Howard Green Duff (November 24, 1913 – July 8, 1990) was an American actor of film, television, stage, and radio.
Howard Duff in 1969
|Born||Howard Green Duff
November 24, 1913
Charleston (now Bremerton),
|Died||July 8, 1990
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
(m. 1951; div. 1984)
Judy Jenkinson Duff
(m. 1986; his death 1990)
Life and careerEdit
He graduated in 1932 from Roosevelt High School in Seattle, where he began acting in school plays after he was cut from the school basketball team. Thereafter, he worked locally in the theater in Seattle until he entered the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was assigned to the United States Army Air Corps's radio service.
Duff began working in radio while in the military during World War II. He announced re-broadcasts prepared for Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS). In this role, he served as the announcer for Suspense dated March 16, 1943. Duff's greatest radio role was when he played Dashiell Hammett's private eye Sam Spade from 1946 to 1950, starring in The Adventures of Sam Spade on three different networks: ABC, CBS, and NBC. Lurene Tuttle starred as Effie Perrine, Spade's attentive secretary. In 1951, Steve Dunne took over the role of Sam Spade.
After his success as Spade, Duff was signed to a long-term contract by Universal and quickly procured his first film role as an inmate in Brute Force (1947). That film was producedby Mark Hellinger and director Jules Dassin who gave Duff a bigger role in their next film, The Naked City (1948).
He had a good role in All My Sons (1948), based on the Arthur Miller play.
Universal thought Duff was a leading man and gave him the star role in a film noir, Illegal Entry (1949). He also played the lead in a Western, Red Canyon (1949); Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949), a noir with Dan Duryea; Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949), a Western with Yvonne de Carlo.
Woman in Hiding (1950), a film noir, was the first film he made with Ida Lupino. He followed it with Spy Hunt (1950); Shakedown (1950), a film noir; The Lady from Texas; and Steel Town (1952) was with Ann Sheridan.
Following his marriage to Ida Lupino in October 1951, Duff asked for and got a release from his contract with Universal.
He was reunited with De Carlo in Flame of the Islands (1956) for Republic, and was one of several names in Fritz Lang's While the City Sleeps (1956). He made some Westerns, Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado (1956) and The Broken Star (1956).
From January 1957 to September 1958, he appeared with his then-wife, Ida Lupino, in their CBS sitcom, Mr. Adams and Eve, which revolved around the private lives of two fictitious film stars named Howard Adams and Eve Drake. They also served as producers.
Appearing as themselves, he and Ida were in an episode of The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show, "Lucy's Summer Vacation." The hour special program aired on CBS on June 8, 1959. Howard and Ida were seen together again as guests on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show on January 10, 1960, in color, on NBC.
Howard played the young Samuel Langhorne Clemens, in his early life in the West as a satirical and crusading journalist, in the NBC western series Bonanza ("Enter Mark Twain," season 1, episode 5, 1959). In 1960, he played the male lead in The Twilight Zone episode "A World of Difference" as Arthur Curtis/Gerry Reagan.
From October 1960 through April 1961, Duff played Willie Dante, owner of the fictional San Francisco nightclub Dante's Inferno, in the NBC adventure/drama series Dante. Tom D'Andrea, formerly Jim Gillis on The Life of Riley, was cast as Dante's bartender, Biff, in this series.
He had a small role in Boys' Night Out (1962).
In 1964, Duff guest-starred as Harold Baker in the episode Prodigy of NBC's medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour, starring Jack Ging and Ralph Bellamy. He was then cast as Joe Stillman in the 1965 episode "Mountains to Climb" of the NBC education drama series Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus.
He worked as director on the TV series Camp Runamuk (1965-66).
In 1984, he starred in the Murder, She Wrote episode "Deadly Lady"; and in 1990, The Golden Girls' "The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present". In the 1980s, he appeared on NBC's Flamingo Road; and Knots Landing and Dallas, the latter both on CBS. He also appeared as 'Capt.' Thomas Magnum, II, the grandfather to the TV character Thomas Magnum, portrayed by Tom Selleck, on the CBS series Magnum, P.I.
After he was listed in Red Channels as a communist subversive in 1950, he lost his radio work and might have forfeited his entire career had it not been for his marriage. Duff and Lupino had a daughter, Bridget Duff (born April 23, 1952). They separated in 1966 and divorced in 1984. He subsequently married Judy Jenkinson. Like former wife Ida Lupino, Duff was a staunch Democrat.
- Brute Force (1947) .... Robert 'Soldier' Becker
- The Naked City (1948) .... Frank Niles
- All My Sons (1948) .... George Deever
- The Life of Riley (1949) .... Sam Spade on Radio Show (voice, uncredited)
- Red Canyon (1949) .... Lin Sloane
- Illegal Entry (1949) .... Bert Powers
- Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949) .... Sam Bass
- Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949) .... George Morton
- Woman in Hiding (1950, co-starring with Lupino) .... Keith Ramsey
- Panther's Moon (1950) .... Steve Quain
- Shakedown (1950) .... Jack Early
- The Lady from Texas (1951) .... Dan Mason
- Steel Town (1952) .... Jim Denko
- Models Inc. (1952) .... Lennie Stone
- Roar of the Crowd (1953) .... Johnny Tracy
- Spaceways (1953) .... Dr. Stephen Mitchell
- Jennifer (1953, co-starring with Lupino) .... Jim Hollis
- Tanganyika (1954) .... Dan Harder McCracken
- Private Hell 36 (1954, co-starring with Lupino) .... Jack Farnham
- The Yellow Mountain (1954) .... Pete Menlo
- Women's Prison (1955, starring Lupino) .... Dr. Crane
- Flame of the Islands (1956) .... Doug Duryea
- Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado (1956) .... Tom 'Blackjack' Ketchum
- While the City Sleeps (1956, starring Lupino) .... Lt. Burt Kaufman
- The Broken Star (1956) .... Deputy Marshal Frank Smeed
- Sierra Stranger (1957) .... Jess Collins
- Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour "Lucy's Summer Vacation" (1959, TV Series) .... Himself
- Boys' Night Out (1962) .... Doug Jackson
- War Gods of Babylon (1962) .... Sardanapalo
- Panic in the City (1968) .... Dave Pomeroy
- A Little Game (1971, TV Movie) .... Dunlap
- Snatched (1973, TV Movie) .... Duncan Wood
- The Late Show (1977) .... Harry Regan
- A Wedding (1978) .... Dr. Jules Meecham
- Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) .... John Shaunessy
- The Dream Merchants (1980) .... Lester Harlen
- Oh, God! Book II (1980) .... Dr. Benjamin Charles Whitley
- Bob Hope's All-Star Look at TV's Prime Time Wars (1980) .... Himself
- The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch (1982)
- Love on the Run (1985)
- Monster in the Closet (1986) .... Father Finnegan
- No Way Out (1987) .... Senator Duvall
- War and Remembrance (1988, TV Mini-Series) .... William Tuttle
- Too Much Sun (1990) .... O.M. (final film role)
- "Actor Howard Duff, Radio's Sam Spade, Dies at 72", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 10, 1990
- Buxton, Frank and Owens, Bill - The Big Broadcast - 1920–1950, The Viking Press, 1972
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- Smith, C. (1981, Jun 01). HOWARD DUFF DISCOVERS VILLAINY. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/152835761?accountid=13902
- Martin Weil Washington Post,Staff Writer. (1990, Jul 10). Longtime character actor howard duff dies at 76. The Washington Post (1974-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/140163634?accountid=13902
- Howard duff weds ida lupino. (1951, Oct 22). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/111948214?accountid=13902
- Ida lupino becomes bride of howard duff. (1951, Oct 22). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/166228206?accountid=13902
- Donati, W. (2013). Ida Lupino: A Biography. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813143521. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
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- Panic in the City (1968) IMDB