Gerald Mohr


Gerald Mohr

] and frequently starred in "The Whistler".

He began appearing in films in the late 1930s, playing his first principal villain role in the 15-part cliffhanger serial "Jungle Girl" (1941). Then, after three years' war service in the American Air Force (1942-45), he returned to film work, starring as Michael Lanyard in three movies of "The Lone Wolf" series in 1946-47. He also made a cameo appearance in "Gilda" (1946), and "Detective Story" (1951), and co-starred in "The Magnificent Rogue" (1946) and "The Sniper" (1952). During 1949 he was co-announcer, along with Fred Foy, and episode narrator of 12 of the shows of the first series of "The Lone Ranger" TV series, starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.

From the 1950s onwards, he appeared as guest star in over 100 television shows, including TV Westerns "Maverick", "Cheyenne", "Bronco", "Sugarfoot" and "Bonanza", as well as episodes of "Perry Mason", "77 Sunset Strip", "Hawaiian Eye", "Lost in Space" and many other series of the era, especially those being produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Dick Powell's Four Star Productions. ["Best of the Badmen" by Boyd Magers, Bob Nareau and Bobby Copeland (2005). ISBN No. 978-0-944019-43-6. Page 230/1.]

Mohr also made guest appearances in a number of light comedy shows, including "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" (1951), "I Love Lucy" (1953), The Jack Benny Program (1961 & 1962),"The Smothers Brothers Show" (1965) and "The Lucy Show" (1968). He also had the recurring role of newsman Brad Jackson in "My Friend Irma" (1952).

During 1954-55, he starred as Christopher Storm in 39 episodes of the third series of "Foreign Intrigue - Cross Current", produced in Stockholm for American distribution. During several episodes of "Foreign Intrigue", but most noticeably in "The Confidence Game" and "The Playful Prince", he can be heard playing on the piano his own musical composition, "The Frontier Theme." "Foreign Intrigue" was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1954 under the category "Best Mystery, Action or Adventure Program" and again in 1955 under the category "Best Mystery or Intrigue Series".

Mohr guest starred seven times in the 1957-1962 television series "Maverick", twice playing Western outlaw Doc Holliday, a role he reprised once more in "Doc Holliday in Durango", an episode of the TV Western series "Tombstone Territory" (1958). In one of the "Maverick" episodes he portrayed Steve Corbett, a character based on Bogart's in "Casablanca". That episode, "Escape to Tampico," used the set from the original film, this time as a Mexican saloon where Bret Maverick (James Garner) arrives to hunt down Mohr's character for an earlier murder.

Mohr excelled in playing the handsome, charming villain as, for example, in "Escape to Tampico" and also in the lead role of Joe Sapelli in "The Blonde Bandit" (1950).

Mohr appeared in mostly B-movies throughout his career and starred in "My World Dies Screaming" aka "Terror in the Haunted House" (1958) and "A Date with Death" (1959), both of which were filmed in the experimental Psychorama format, "Guns, Girls and Gangsters" (1959), and "The Angry Red Planet" (1960).

During 1964 Mohr, together with his wife Mai, planned the formation of an international film company, headquartered in Stockholm, with Swedish and American writers. The company was to have featured comedy, adventure, crime and drama shows for worldwide distribution. By then fluent in Swedish, he also planned to star in a film for TV in which his character, a newspaperman, would speak only Swedish.

In 1964 he made a comedy Western, filmed in Stockholm and on location in Yugoslavia, called "Wild West Story" (see Swedish Wikipedia link) in which, unusually, the good guys spoke Swedish and the bad guys (Mohr, inter alia) spoke in English.

He also continued to market his powerful voice, playing Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) in the Fantastic Four cartoon series during 1967 and Green Lantern in the 1968 animated series "Aquaman". Also in 1968 he played the cameo role of Tom Branca in "Funny Girl" before guest starring in the TV Western series "The Big Valley". He then flew to Stockholm, Sweden, in September 1968, to star in the pilot of a proposed new TV series called "Private Entrance". Shortly after the completion of filming, he died of a heart attack in the evening of 9 November 1968, in Södermalm, Stockholm, at the age of 54.

References

3. "TV Western Players of the Fifties: A Biographical Encyclopedia of all Cast Members in Western Series, 1950-1959". Author: Everett Aaker. Published by McFarland & Co. (1997). ISBN-10: 0786402849. ISBN-13: 978-0786402847.

4. "Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters". Author: Everett Aaker. Published by McFarland & Co. (2006). ISBN-10: 0786424761. ISBN-13: 978-0786424764.

External links

* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6399893&pt Find-A-Grave profile for Gerald Mohr]
* [http://www.lindawood.bravehost.com. Gerald Mohr fansite]
* [http://conelrad.com/features/invasionusa/mohr.html Gerald Mohr: King of Atomic Cool]
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