Gayne Whitman

Gayne Whitman (born Alfred D. Vosburgh; March 19, 1890 – August 31, 1958) was an American radio and film actor.[1] He appeared in 213 films between 1904 and 1957. In some early films he was credited under his birth name. He was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Gayne Whitman
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Whitman in 1916
Alfred D. Vosburgh

(1890-03-19)March 19, 1890
DiedAugust 31, 1958(1958-08-31) (aged 68)
Other namesAlfred Whitman
Years active1904-1957
Spouse(s)Estelle Margaret Allen (1893-1970)

Whitman's theatrical debut came when he carried a spear behind an actor portraying King Richard III in a production in Indianapolis.[2]

As Allen Vosburgh, he was the leading man in the film Princess of the Dark (1917). Soon after that, he changed his screen name to Alfred Whitman because "1917 was not a good time to have a German sounding name."[3]

Beginning in 1921, Whitman acted at the Morosco Theater in Los Angeles.[3] He returned to films in 1925 when he received a contract with Warner Bros.[4]

On radio, Whitman played the title role in Chandu the Magician,[5] was the narrator on Lassie[5]:192-193 and Strange as It Seems,[5]:319 and was an announcer on Paducah Plantation[5]:264 and other programs.

Personal lifeEdit

Whitman was married to Estelle Taylor, an actress with a stock theater company in St. Louis.[2] On August 31, 1958, Whitman died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at age 68.[6]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Kear, Lynn; Rossman, John (March 30, 2016). The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances. McFarland. ISBN 9781476602875. Retrieved January 13, 2019 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b "How Gayne Whitman Was Drawn Into Radio Work". The Honolulu Advertiser. Hawaii, Honolulu. March 21, 1937. p. 33. Retrieved April 6, 2019 – via
  3. ^ a b Soister, John T.; Nicolella, Henry; Joyce, Steve (2014). American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929. McFarland. pp. 467–468. ISBN 9780786487905. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gayne Whitman to Do Pictures". The Owensboro Messenger. Kentucky, Owensboro. April 16, 1925. p. 8. Retrieved April 6, 2019 – via
  5. ^ a b c d Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  6. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 77. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved April 6, 2019.

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