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John Regis Toomey (August 13, 1898 – October 12, 1991) was an American film and television actor.

Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey in Cry Danger trailer.jpg
Trailer for Cry Danger (1951)
Born
John Francis Regis Toomey

(1898-08-13)August 13, 1898
DiedOctober 12, 1991(1991-10-12) (aged 93)
Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh
OccupationStage, film, and television actor
Years active1929–1987
Spouse(s)
Kathryn Scott Toomey
(m. 1925; died 1981)
Children2

Early lifeEdit

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was one of four children of Francis X. and Mary Ellen Toomey, and attended Peabody High School. He initially pondered a law career, but acting won out and he established himself as a musical stage performer.

CareerEdit

Educated in dramatics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became a brother of Sigma Chi, Toomey began as a stock actor and eventually made it to Broadway. Toomey was a singer on stage until throat problems (acute laryngitis) while touring in Europe stopped that aspect of his career. In 1929, he appeared in his first films, starting out as a leading man, but finding more success as a character actor, sans his toupee.

In 1941, Toomey appeared in You're in the Army Now, in which he and Jane Wyman had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes and 5 seconds.[1]

In 1956, Toomey was cast as the Reverend Arnold Grumm in the episode "Lifeline" of the religion anthology series, Crossroads. Toomey appeared in a number of episodes of Richard Diamond, Private Detective as Lt. McGough.

About this time he appeared on the NBC western series, The Tall Man, starring Barry Sullivan and Clu Gulager. He also made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murderer Sam Crane in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Loquacious Liar." and as Andy Grant in the 1965 episode "The Case of the 12th Wildcat."

From 1963 to 1966, Toomey was one of the stars of the ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, starring Gene Barry. He played Sergeant Les Hart, one of the detectives assisting the murder investigations of the millionaire police captain Amos Burke. Toomey also appeared in the CBS western series, Rawhide episode "Incident of the Tinkers Dam" as TJ Wishbone. He guest-starred on dozens of television programs, including the popular "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode of ABC's Maverick.

In 1968, after the death of Bea Benaderet who played Kate Bradley, Toomey played a transitional role in the CBS series, Petticoat Junction. Appearing as Dr. Stuart, who cared for the citizens of Hooterville, the character decided to take on a partner in his medical practice. Dr. Janet Craig, played by June Lockhart, was introduced as the new female lead for the show in the episode "The Lady Doctor".

Toomey died at age 93 on October 12, 1991.[2]

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