Truman Bradley (actor)

Truman Bradley (February 8, 1905 – July 28, 1974) was an actor and narrator in radio, television and film.

Early yearsEdit

Bradley was born February 8, 1905, in Sheldon, Missouri. Although he wanted to be an actor, he followed his parents' desires and studied law.[1]



Bradley began his career in the 1930s as a radio broadcaster. Working at WBBM[2] in Chicago, Illinois, some considered him "the Mid-West's leading news commentator."[3] He was selected by Henry Ford to be the announcer for the Ford Sunday Evening Hour, for which he flew to Detroit, Michigan, each weekend.[3] With his distinctive, authoritative voice, he soon became a radio actor as well as a narrator in numerous movies. In the mid-1940s, Bradley was a newscaster with KERN in Bakersfield, California.[4]

Bradley was the announcer for Red Skelton's program,[5] Burns and Allen[6] Easy Aces,[1] the Frank Sinatra Show[7] and Screen Guild Players.[8]


A newspaper columnist wrote in 1942 that representatives of the film industry "had stalked him [Bradley] in Chicago, pouncing on him with such enthusiasm and rich offers that he could not, in honesty to himself, refuse."[3] He received critical praise for his work in The Night Before the Divorce in 1942.[3] He was also in Northwest Passage (1940),[9] Millionaires in Prison (1940)[10] and Murder Among Friends (1941).[11]


Bradley was the host of the 1950s syndicated TV series Science Fiction Theatre.[12] He occasionally worked as an actor in films (including two Charlie Chan mysteries in the 1930s) and live theater. He made his final acting appearance in a 1960 episode of the American legal drama Perry Mason entitled "The Case of the Madcap Modiste" playing a grey-haired television interviewer and the episode's narrator. Then retired.

Other business activitiesEdit

In 1937, Bradley and his sister bought the Chicago-based Mme. Huntingford Cosmetic Company. He was the company's president, and Elene Bradley was general manager, "active in the sales end of the business."[13]


Bradley married Evelyn Jane Esenther of Oak Park, Illinois, September 8, 1937.[13] He married actress Myra Bratton January 12, 1940, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bratton filed for divorce in Los Angeles, California, March 17, 1941.[14] The divorce was granted November 17, 1941.[15]

He later had a complex relationship with actress Phyllis Ruth, whom he married in 1942. Three years later, she announced plans to file for divorce.[16] Early in 1946, however, a newspaper columnist reported: "The judge who ruled that Starlet Phyllis Ruth and Radio Announcer Truman Bradley could live in the same house, though separated, did a smart thing. They are reconciled now and are going to have a baby in June."[17] A July 14, 1946, column by Jimmie Fidler reported, "The Truman Bradleys ... got a six-pound baby girl."[18]


Bradley died July 28, 1974, in Hollywood, California, at the Motion Picture Home.[19]


Year Title Role Notes
1932 Are You Listening? Radio Announcer Uncredited
1938 Vacation from Love Mark Shelby
1938 Young Dr. Kildare Jack Hamilton
1938 Spring Madness Walter Beckett
1939 The Ice Follies of 1939 Paul Rodney Voice, Uncredited
1939 The Hardys Ride High Clerk
1939 6,000 Enemies Reporter Uncredited
1939 Stronger Than Desire Man in Courtroom Uncredited
1939 On Borrowed Time James Northrup
1939 Miracles for Sale Nightclub Master of Ceremonies Uncredited
1940 Northwest Passage Captain Ogden
1940 Millionaires in Prison Dr. William 'Bill' Collins
1940 We Who Are Young Commentator Voice, Uncredited
1940 A Night at Earl Carroll's Radio Announcer
1941 Murder Among Friends McAndrews
1941 Dead Men Tell Capt. Kane
1941 Charlie Chan in Rio Paul Wagner
1941 Last of the Duanes Texas Ranger Capt. Laramie
1941 Mob Town Officer Cutler
1941 Burma Convoy Victor Harrison
1941 Keep 'Em Flying Butch
1941 They Died with Their Boots On 7th Michigan officer Uncredited
1942 Bombay Clipper Dr. Gregory Landers
1942 Treat 'Em Rough Jordan Perkins
1942 The Night Before the Divorce Inspector Bruce Campbell
1942 Lone Star Ranger Phil Lawson
1945 Objective, Burma! Narrator - Opening Sequence Voice, Uncredited
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight Radio Announcer
1946 Mr. Ace Radio Forum Moderator Uncredited
1947 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Martin Webb
1948 Call Northside 777 Narrator Voice, Uncredited
1948 Fighter Squadron Narrator Voice, Uncredited
1949 Special Agent Narrator Voice
1952 Macao Narrator Voice, Uncredited
1952 Confidence Girl Narrator Voice, Uncredited
1953 Never Wave at a WAC Narrator Voice, Uncredited


  1. ^ a b "Your Announcers Are". Radio Mirror. Vol. 6, no. 6. October 1936. p. 63.
  2. ^ Wolters, Larry (June 30, 1936). "News of the Radio Stations". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 12. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Boesen, Vic (May 1, 1942). "Meet the Stars". Alton Evening Telegraph. p. 27. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via  
  4. ^ "Dial Dates (ad)". The Bakersfield Californian. May 25, 1945. p. 12. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via  
  5. ^ "Behind the Mike". Broadcasting. February 9, 1942. p. 32. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  6. ^ Fisher, George (April 1940). "Hollywood Radio Whispers". Radio and Television Mirror. Vol. 13, no. 6. pp. 40, 74.
  7. ^ "Frank Sinatra Show". Billboard. January 15, 1944. p. 26. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  8. ^ Abbott, Sam (October 31, 1942). "Hollywood". Billboard. p. 8. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Clipped from the Pantagraph". The Pantagraph. 29 July 1974. p. 1.
  10. ^ "(movie ad)". The Daily Mail. November 11, 1940. p. 2. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via  
  11. ^ "Exciting and Funny Murder Mystery at Henry's Theatre". The Daily Mail. May 15, 1941. p. 3. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via  
  12. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 39.
  13. ^ a b "Bradley Buys Talc Firm But Continues in Radio". September 15, 1937. p. 26. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Truman Bradley Sued Again by Wife". The Times. March 17, 1941. p. 14. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via  
  15. ^ "Divorces". Billboard. November 29, 1947. p. 46. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Phyllis Ruth To Seek A Divorce". The Morning Herald. August 30, 1945. p. 5. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via  
  17. ^ Carroll, Harrison (January 23, 1946). "Behind The Scenes In Hollywood". The Morning Herald. p. 9. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via  
  18. ^ "Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood". Joplin Globe. July 14, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via  
  19. ^ "Truman Bradley dies in Hollywood". The Pantagraph. July 29, 1974. p. 1. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via  

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