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  • BIRTH 12/02/1919
  • DEATH 25/10/1986
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 14
  • MOVIES 26

Forrest Tucker

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Forrest Meredith Tucker (February 12, 1919 – October 25, 1986) was an American actor in both movies and television who appeared in nearly a hundred films.

Tucker described himself as a farm boy. He was born in Plainfield, Indiana, on February 12, 1919, a son of Forrest A. Tucker and his wife, Doris Heringlake. His mother has been described as an alcoholic. Tucker began his performing career at age 14 at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, pushing the big wicker tourist chairs by day and singing "Throw Money" at night. After his family moved to Washington, D.C., Tucker attracted the attention of Jimmy Lake, the owner of the Old Gaiety Burlesque Theater, by winning its Saturday night amateur contest on consecutive weeks. After his second win, Tucker was hired there at full time as Master of Ceremonies, but left when it was soon discovered that he was underage. He graduated from Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., in 1938, and, joining the United States Cavalry, was stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington County, Virginia, but discharged for, once again, being underage. He returned to work at the Old Gaiety after his 18th birthday.

When Lake's theatre closed for the summer in 1939, Tucker was helped by a wealthy mentor to travel to California and try to break into film acting. He made a successful screen test, and began auditioning for movie roles. In his own estimation, Tucker was in the mold of large "ugly guys" such as Wallace Beery, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen, rather than a matinee idol. His debut was as a powerfully built farmer who clashes with the hero in The Westerner (1940), which starred Gary Cooper.

Like many other movie actors at the time, Tucker enlisted in the United States Army during World War II; he earned a commission as a second lieutenant.

Tucker married four times:

Sandra Jolley (1919–1986) in 1940, divorced in 1950, daughter of the character actor I. Stanford Jolley (who also died of emphysema) and the sister of the Academy Award-winning art director Stan Jolley. They had a daughter, Pamela "Brooke" Tucker.

Marilyn Johnson on March 28, 1950 (died on July 19, 1960).

Marilyn Fisk on October 23, 1961. They had a daughter, Cindy Tucker, and son, Forrest Sean Tucker.

Sheila Forbes on April 15, 1986.

Tucker, who had battled lung cancer for more than a year, as well as having a series of minor illnesses, collapsed and was hospitalized, for the second time in a week, on his way to the ceremony for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 21, 1986. He died at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital on October 25, 1986, a few months after the theatrical release of Thunder Run and Outtakes. He was interred in Forest Lawn–Hollywood Hills Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills. CLR

Forrest Tucker

Shows (14)

Columbo
Columbo
Bo Williamson
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Tom Cassidy
The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Sam Zachary / Tex / Tom Preston
Bonanza
Bonanza
Frank Ryan
F Troop
F Troop
Sergeant. Morgan O'Rourke
Night Gallery
Night Gallery
Dr. Ernest Stringfellow
Kojak
Kojak
Det. Paul Zachary
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Adam Benteen / Brad McClain / John Charron / Sergeant Holly / Sgt. Emmett Holly / Will Donavan
Rawhide
Rawhide
Dan Carlock
The Virginian
The Virginian
Martin Evers
Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare
Max Beemis
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Frank Marlowe
Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone
Joe Snag
Burke's Law
Burke's Law
Cyrus Smuts

Movies (26)

Chisum
Chisum
Lawrence Murphy
The Westerner
The Westerner
Wade Harper
Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame
Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Fort Massacre
Fort Massacre
McGurney
The Yearling
The Yearling
Lem Forrester
Pony Express
Pony Express
James Butler aka Wild Bill Hickok
The Abominable Snowman
The Abominable Snowman
Tom Friend
Sands of Iwo Jima
Sands of Iwo Jima
PFC Al J. Thomas
Adventures in Silverado
Adventures in Silverado
Zeke Butler
Hurricane Smith
Hurricane Smith
Dan McGuire
Honolulu Lu
Honolulu Lu
Barney
Jubilee Trail
Jubilee Trail
John Ives
The Nevadan
The Nevadan
Tom Tanner
Flight Nurse
Flight Nurse
Capt. Bill Eaton
Flaming Feather
Flaming Feather
Lt. Tom Blaine
Barquero
Barquero
Mountain Phil
Three Violent People
Three Violent People
Deputy Commissioner Cable
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Duke
The Night They Raided Minsky's
The Night They Raided Minsky's
Trim Houlihan
Two Guys from Texas
Two Guys from Texas
'Tex' Bennett
Keeper of the Flame
Keeper of the Flame
Geoff Midford
Rage at Dawn
Rage at Dawn
Frank Reno
Warpath
Warpath
Sgt. O'Hara
Hellfire
Hellfire
Marshall Bucky McLean
Bugles in the Afternoon
Bugles in the Afternoon
Donavan
Rock Island Trail
Rock Island Trail
Reed Loomis