|es Tremayne (Apr 16. 1913 - Dec 19. 2003)|
Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
(1) Eileen Palmer, actress (May 1 or 2, 1940 - ?,
(2) Alice Reinheart (Dec 9, 1945 - ?, divorced)
(3) Ruth Ann Mills (Oct 18, 1963 - May 26, 1967,
(4) Joan L. Hertz (Jul 17, 1980 - Dec 19, 2003,
After a group of bullies beat him he disguised his British accent while growing up and began his career with community theater, dancing in vaudeville shows and even put those splendid vocal chords to work as a sometimes barker in amusement parks.
He was educated at Northwestern, Columbia and UCLA
Reportedly he started his
legendary radio career in Chicago on his birthday in 1932.
He appeared on stage with Heads or Tails in 1947 Tremayne was in the original cast of the Broadway hit, Detective Story, for its full 18-month run.
A poll in the early 1940s cited
Tremayne as one of the three most famous voices in America. The other
two were President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bing Crosby. Tremayne’s
credits extend far beyond drama. In Chicago Les was briefly married to the
attractive actress Eileen Palmer
after his divorce, he co-starred with second wife, equally beautiful
radio actress Alice Reinhardt, on The
Tremaynes breakfast talk show on WOR/New York.
Comic fans will probably best
identify him for his role as Mentor on the 1974-75 Saturday morning
series, Shazam! But he also was heard on many cartoon shows. He
was the Voice of Christmas Present in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
(1964), the voice of Churchy LaFemme
and other characters on The Pogo Birthday Special,
(1969) and the
villain in dozens of Hanna-Barbera shows.
In the mid-80's Tremayne
co-produced and and co-hosted Please Stand By: A History of Radio... an
accredited course of 30 half-hour programs... for a group of Southern
California Community Colleges.3
He is reputed to have said that because of its
reliability in delivering paychecks that radio helped an actor to be
"......an upstanding, home-owning, stay-in-one-place, family-raising...
Tremayne stayed active in show business until his recent retirement. He died of heart failure in Santa Monica, CA. He was survived by wife, Joan, and brother, Charles Henning of Vermont.
In 2009 he was portrayed by actor
Michael Brandon in Me and Orson Welles.
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