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Kenneth Tobey
Birth: Mar. 23, 1919
Oakland
Alameda County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 2002
Rancho Mirage
Riverside County
California, USA

Actor. Usually cast in roles of authority of which include police detectives, sheriffs, military figures or attorneys, he advanced from a minor performer to a leading man in several Science Fiction films during the 1950s. He will perhaps be remembered for playing group leader ‘Air Force Captain Patrick Hendry’ in the classic picture “The Thing From Another World” (1951). To television audiences he was known for playing ‘Chuck Martin’ in the series “The Whirlybirds” (1957 to 1960). He was initially working towards a degree in Political Science at the University of California in Berkeley, prior to finding his interesting in acting. He participated in stage productions at Berkeley and moved to New York City, where he trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse along with several future known performers of which included Gregory Peck, Eli Wallach and Tony Randall. He made his Broadway debut in the Shakespeare revival “As You Like It” (1942) and would go on to appear in several more plays during that decade. He worked his way into motion pictures and found an early role in ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ film “Dangerous Venture” (1947). In addition to “The Thing From Another World”, he starred in the Science Fiction/Horror films “It Came From Beneath the Sea” (1955) and “The Vampire” (1957). He also had notable roles in the pictures “Ring of Fear” (1954), “Rage at Dawn” (1955), “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (1957, as ‘Bat Masterson’) and “Airplane!” (1980). In addition to “The Whirlybirds”, he played ‘Russ Conway’, the government supervisor in the TV series “I Spy” (1967 to 1968). During the course of his career, he accumulated scores of guest roles on television. He played ‘Tom Moody’ in the long running Broadway play “Golden Boy” (1964 to 1966), of which starred Sammy Davis, Jr. He remained active in both television and films until a few years prior to his death. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
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Record added: Dec 27, 2002
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Kenneth Tobey
Added by: Fred B. Deem, III
 
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