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Ralph Ernest Dumke (July 25, 1899 in South Bend, Indiana – January 4, 1964 in Sherman Oaks, California) was an American actor.

Ralph Dumke
Ralph Ernest Dumke

(1899-07-25)July 25, 1899
DiedJanuary 4, 1964(1964-01-04) (aged 64)
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
Years active1934–1961
Spouse(s)Greta Leona Edner (1924–1964) (his death) (2 children)

Dumke attended the University of Notre Dame and entertained in vaudeville.[1]

Dumke starred as Captain Billy Bryant in the CBS-TV variety show Captain Billy's Showboat (1948)[2] and was one of the hosts of ABC-TV's Movieland Quiz (1948).[2]:719-720

On old-time radio, in the role of Captain Walt he was the host of Hook 'n' Ladder Follies on NBC (1943-1944)[3] and was host of the parody show Sisters of the Skillet (1930-1934) on NBC-Blue.[3]:305

He was married to Greta Leona Edner from 1925 until his death. They had two children.

On January 4, 1964, Dumke died of "a sudden heart seizure" at his home at age 64.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Services for Ralph Dumke Scheduled This Afternoon". The Van Nuys News. California, Van Nuys. January 7, 1964. p. 4. Retrieved September 25, 2018 – via  
  2. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 155. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.

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