Truman Bradley (February 8, 1905 – July 28, 1974) was an actor and narrator in radio, television and film.
Bradley began his career in the 1930s as a radio broadcaster. Working at WBBM in Chicago, Illinois, some considered him "the Mid-West's leading news commentator." 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. 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.
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." He received critical praise for his work in The Night Before the Divorce in 1942. He was also in Northwest Passage (1940), Millionaires in Prison (1940) and Murder Among Friends (1941).
Bradley was the host of the 1950s syndicated TV series Science Fiction Theatre. 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."
Bradley married Evelyn Jane Esenther of Oak Park, Illinois, September 8, 1937. He married actress Myra Bratton January 12, 1940, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bratton filed for divorce in Los Angeles, California, March 17, 1941. The divorce was granted November 17, 1941.
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. 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." A July 14, 1946, column by Jimmie Fidler reported, "The Truman Bradleys ... got a six-pound baby girl."
|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||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|
|1952||Confidence Girl||Narrator||Voice, Uncredited|
|1953||Never Wave at a WAC||Narrator||Voice, Uncredited|
- "Your Announcers Are". Radio Mirror. Vol. 6, no. 6. October 1936. p. 63.
- Wolters, Larry (June 30, 1936). "News of the Radio Stations". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 12. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- Boesen, Vic (May 1, 1942). "Meet the Stars". Alton Evening Telegraph. p. 27. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Dial Dates (ad)". The Bakersfield Californian. May 25, 1945. p. 12. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Behind the Mike". Broadcasting. February 9, 1942. p. 32. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- Fisher, George (April 1940). "Hollywood Radio Whispers". Radio and Television Mirror. Vol. 13, no. 6. pp. 40, 74.
- "Frank Sinatra Show". Billboard. January 15, 1944. p. 26. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- Abbott, Sam (October 31, 1942). "Hollywood". Billboard. p. 8. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- "Clipped from the Pantagraph". The Pantagraph. 29 July 1974. p. 1.
- "(movie ad)". The Daily Mail. November 11, 1940. p. 2. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Exciting and Funny Murder Mystery at Henry's Theatre". The Daily Mail. May 15, 1941. p. 3. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- 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.
- "Bradley Buys Talc Firm But Continues in Radio". September 15, 1937. p. 26. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- "Truman Bradley Sued Again by Wife". The Times. March 17, 1941. p. 14. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Divorces". Billboard. November 29, 1947. p. 46. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- "Phyllis Ruth To Seek A Divorce". The Morning Herald. August 30, 1945. p. 5. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Carroll, Harrison (January 23, 1946). "Behind The Scenes In Hollywood". The Morning Herald. p. 9. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood". Joplin Globe. July 14, 1946. p. 28. Retrieved April 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Truman Bradley dies in Hollywood". The Pantagraph. July 29, 1974. p. 1. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.