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It was a 'trouvaille' to introduce inspector Queen in his books, the father of the brilliant Ellery, was himself an amateur-
sleuth. Father Queen is an inspector with the "New York Homicide Bureau". This combination allowed official police-activities to merge with the unofficial investigations of
Ellery Queen, and the possibilities this offered were exhaustively explored by the writers. In my opinion the addition of Inspector Queen as Ellery's dad not only affords him the opportunity to participate in official police business but tremendously adds to the nostalgic feel to the stories. Intended or not, the NYPD corps fighting crime with deductive powers and lots of hard work is omnipresent. Those were the days where police work seem to depend a lot more on people and their knowledge rather then technology!

Inspector Queen as depicted by Frank Godwin for a Redbook edition of the Chinese Murder MysteryFew books are full fledged Richard Queen books.
Inspector Queen's Own Case of course and to a certain point also it's sequel
The House of Brass in which Ellery eventually shows up. "Manny once acknowledged that the character of Ellery's father, Inspector Richard Queen, was modeled after his own dad Benjamin Lepofsky as well as his father-in-law Robert Hugh Brinker". (Steinbock EQMM 2005 Jan - Rand B.Lee)  According to Rand B. Lee Manny was extremely fond of the latter.
Richard is about 1,62 m tall somewhat crooked, thick gray hair and a moustache. Fine gray eyes and slim hands. He's also extremely skinny, 
 "... . And now the Inspector was denuded, his little sexagenarian hide impaled on the point of a needle. ..." 28 .
His office was situated in Central Street. He used to be captain in an outside N.Y. district. His telephone number at the office was SP 7-3100. Richard Queen appears for the first time in The Roman Hat Mystery and handles an old brown carved snuffbox 1. Richard's precious snuffbox is a Florentine antique which he had picked up at an auction. Richard is close to sixty and wears a cheap wedding ring. Richard studied in Heidelberg (sometimes wrongly referred to as Neurenberg).
JJMcC first words tell us the Inspector succumb to the blandishments of a charming old lady whose name he had cleared of slander. He eventually gets remarried to Jessie Sherwood (whose name he does clear). It took the Inspector two books to finally tie the knot.

 A Japanese modern vision of Ellery Queen and Richard Queen, by Japanese artist (Osaka based)Takenaka, an illustration for the Japanese edition of The French Powder Mystery


Guy UsherAppeared in EQ movieGuy Usher (05/09/1899 - 06/18/1944)

In 1935 Guy was the first to appear, very briefly, as Inspector Queen in 'The Spanish Cape Mystery'. Only the opening scene, at one time thought to be lost, has the Inspector calling in his son to help him out with a jewel robbery.

Wade BotelerAppeared in EQ movieWade Boteler (10/03/1888 - 05/07/1943)

Wade has played the role of police inspector several times during his career. No surprise when he did so in 'The Mandarin Mystery' (1937), where he played the part of Inspector Queen in an easily forgettable movie.

Santos Ortega -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on radio showSantos Ortega (06/30/1899 - 04/10/1976)

Prolific radio actor played grandpa Hughes on As The World Turns TV drama. He was narrator on Gangbusters. But he also originated the radio roles of Inspector Queen on Ellery Queen ...  (click on picture for more)

Charles Grapewin -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared in EQ movieCharles Grapewin (12/20/1869 - 02/02/1956)

Best known for three of his roles: Grandpa in "The Grapes of Wrath",  Jeeter Lester in "Tobacco Road" and Uncle Henry in "The Wizard of Oz". In the unsuccesful Ellery Queen movies series he played the role of Inspector Queen ... (click on picture for more)

Appeared on radio showBill Smith ( - )

Click if you think you can help out...!In 1947 the radio series made many changes one being the introduction of Bill Smith as Inspector Queen.


Herb Butterfield

Appeared on radio showHerb Butterfield (10/28/1895 - 05/02/1957)

Bill Smith was quickly replaced by Herb in 1947 and thus became the last actor in the role of Inspector Queen in the popular radio series.

Florenz Ames -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on EQ tv-showFlorenz Ames (01/06/1883 - 03/06/1961)

When Dumont started with Ellery Queen's (1950-1952) first steps into television Inspector Queen was played by Florenz Ames sharing the title role with Lee Bowman (Ellery Queen). ... (click on picture for more)

Les Tremayne -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on EQ tv-showLes Tremayne (04/16/1913 - 12/19/2003)

One of radio’s most popular stars, born in England, played Inspector Queen in The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen  (1958-1959) Tremayne was once named one of the three most distinctive voices on American radio. ... (click on picture for more)

Harry MorganAppeared on EQ tv-showHarry Morgan (04/10/1915 - 12/07/2011)

"Ellery Queen Don't Look Behind You" was intend as a pilot when Universal brought it to the tv screen in 1971. Morgan, well-suited as the long-suffering Dad, has been rewritten as a long-suffering uncle. Thus resolving the difference in accents between the two actors.    

David Wayne -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on EQ tv-showDavid Wayne (01/30/1914 - 02/09/1995)

His crusty Inspector Queen in the Ellery Queen tv-series (1976-1977) must be the definitive depiction of The Old Man although Wayne lacked the moustache so often mentioned in the books. ... (click on picture for more)

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