FRANK LOVEJOY

(1912 - 1962)

Frank LovejoyWell known for his mostly supporting roles in 1940s and 50s films, Frank Lovejoy was also one of the busiest talents during the Golden Age of Radio. The business of show biz may have been part of his blood; his father, Frank Sr., was a salesman for Pathe' Film Studios. Young Lovejoy attended NYU after working as a Wall Street page. After acting in stock companies, he made it to Broadway in 1934's Judgment Day.

Lovejoy's voice would be heard on hundreds of radio soap-operas, mystery shows, and crime dramas. He was a regular on the 1930s crime drama Gang Busters and narrated This is Your FBI. Lovejoy played the title character in the syndicated The Blue Beetle, and would star in the crime drama Nightbeat.

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Lovejoy debuted in films with the 1948 release of Black Bart. In film he was effective in Everyman roles due to his somewhat bland looks and unassuming personality. He also specialized in tough and cynical characters like Cvetic in I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. The movie market of the time called for a lot of war pictures, and Lovejoy has a number of them to his credit, including Breakthrough(1951), Force of Arms(1951), Retreat, Hell!(1952), Men of the Fighting Lady(1954), and Strategic Air Command(1955).

Lovejoy's television work included starring roles in Man Against Crime and Meet McGraw. He also hosted 1956's Playhouse 90: Rendezvous in Black, and appeared on The Red Skelton Show in 1959, playing a gangster boss who hides in Freddie the Freeloader's shack by convincing Freddie he is an exterminator who uses bullets instead of bug spray.

Frank Lovejoy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 6301 Hollywood Blvd, 3 tiles from the curb, facing west.

 


I Was A Communist for the FBI