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Dan Duryea

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(1907-1968)

A slightly-built man who projected menace in many of his most memorable roles, Dan Duryea was the quintessential "compensation" actor. A New Yorker educated at Cornell, he was a singularly articulate actor with a precisely styled manner of speech. He made his name on Broadway as G-man in Sidney Kingsley's 1935 crime drama, "Dead End." But he earned fame as Leo Hubbard in Lillian Hellman's masterpiece, "The Little Foxes." The motion picture version of the play established him as a Hollywood stalwart, albeit as a supporting "problem character" in films and television shows until 1967's "Peyton Place." David S. Shields/ALS