Everett Sloane

Everett H. Sloane (October 1, 1909 – August 6, 1965) was an American character actor who worked in radio, theatre, films and television. He was also a songwriter and theatre director.

House of glass 1935
The cast of Gertrude Berg's radio series House of Glass (1935)
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As Mr. Bernstein in the trailer for Citizen Kane (1941)
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With Nancy Olson in the musical television adaptation of High Tor on Ford Star Jubilee (1956)
Everett Sloane
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Sloane on the set of Citizen Kane (1941)
BornOctober 1, 1909
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 6, 1965 (aged 55)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathSuicide
Resting placeAngelus-Rosedale Cemetery
OccupationActor, songwriter, theatre director
Years active1935–1965
Spouse(s)Lillian Herman (1933–1965; his death; 2 children)

Early life

Everett H. Sloane was born in Manhattan October 1, 1909, to Nathaniel I. Sloane and Rose (Gerstein) Sloane.[1][2] At age seven he played Puck in a play at Manhattan's Public School 46 and decided to become an actor.[3] He completed two years[4] at the University of Pennsylvania, and left in 1927 to join Jasper Deeter's Hedgerow Theatre repertory company. He made his New York stage debut in 1928. Sloane took a Wall Street job as a stockbroker's runner, but when his salary was cut in half after the stock market crash of 1929 he began to supplement his income with radio work. He became the sleuth's assistant on WOR's Impossible Detective Mysteries,[3] played the title character's sidekick, Denny, in Bulldog Drummond[5] and went on to perform in thousands of radio programs.[6]

Sloane married Lillian (Luba) Herman, an actress on stage and radio, January 4, 1933, in Manhattan.[3][7][8]


Sloane made his Broadway debut in 1935, playing Rosetti the agent in George Abbott's hit comedy, Boy Meets Girl.[3][9][10]

Sloane was a member of the repertory company that presented the radio news dramatization series The March of Time.[11]:13 "It was like a stock company, whose members were the aristocrats of this relatively new profession of radio acting," wrote fellow actor Joseph Julian. At that time Julian had to content himself with being an indistinguishable voice in crowd scenes, envying this "hallowed circle" that included Sloane, Kenny Delmar, Arlene Francis, Gary Merrill, Agnes Moorehead, Jeanette Nolan, Paul Stewart, Orson Welles, Richard Widmark,[12]:9 Art Carney, Ray Collins, Pedro de Cordoba, Ted de Corsia, Juano Hernandez, Nancy Kelly, John McIntire, Jack Smart and Dwight Weist. The March of Time was one of radio's most popular shows.[11]:12–13

Sloane's radio work led him to be hired by Orson Welles to become part of his Mercury Theatre. Sloane recorded one program with The Mercury Theatre on the Air and became a regular player when the show was picked up by a sponsor and became The Campbell Playhouse. Sloane moved with the rest of the company to Los Angeles to continue recording the show after Welles signed his contract with RKO Pictures. Sloane played Mr. Bernstein in Welles's first movie, Citizen Kane. After filming had wrapped, Sloane returned to New York to perform (together with fellow Kane stars Ray Collins and Paul Stewart) in Mercury Theatre's last play, Richard Wright's Native Son, which had 114 performances from March to June 1941.[13] Although he did not appear in Welles's second film, The Magnificent Ambersons, in 1943 he joined fellow Mercury Theatre alumni Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, and Ruth Warwick in Journey into Fear. In 1947, Sloane also starred as lawyer Arthur Bannister in The Lady from Shanghai, produced and directed by Welles. He played an assassin in Renaissance-era Italy opposite Welles' Cesare Borgia in Prince of Foxes (1949).

Sloane portrayed a doctor for paraplegic World War II veterans in 1950's The Men with Marlon Brando (in his film debut).

Sloane's Broadway theater career ended in 1960 with From A to Z, a revue for which he wrote several songs. In between, he acted in plays such as Native Son (1941), A Bell for Adano (1944), and Room Service (1953), and directed the melodrama The Dancer (1946).

In the 1940s, Sloane was a frequent guest star on the radio theater series Inner Sanctum Mysteries and The Shadow (as comic relief Shrevie, the cab driver, among other roles), and was in The Mysterious Traveler episode "Survival of the Fittest" with Kermit Murdock. Sloane co-starred with Tony Curtis and Piper Laurie in Universal's 1951 The Prince Who Was a Thief as a thief who adopts a baby and raises it as his own. In 1953, he starred as Captain Frank Kennelly in the CBS radio crime drama 21st Precinct. In 1957, he co-starred in the ninth episode of Suspicion co-starring Audie Murphy and Jack Warden. In 1958, he played Walter Brennan's role in a remake of To Have and Have Not called The Gun Runners.

Sloane also worked extensively on television. In 1950, for example, he portrayed Vincent Van Gogh in The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse's production "The Life of Vincent Van Gogh."[14] Later, in November 1955, he starred in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Our Cook's a Treasure". He appeared on the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show, also known as On Trial, in the 1956 episode "Law Is for the Lovers", with co-star Inger Stevens.

On March 7, 1959, he guest-starred in an episode of NBC's Cimarron City titled "The Ratman", appearing alongside the show's star, John Smith.[15] Later that same year, Sloane appeared as a guest in "Stage Stop", the premiere episode of John Smith's second NBC western series, Laramie.[16]

In 1961, Sloane appeared in an episode of The Asphalt Jungle. In the early 1960s, he voiced the title character of The Dick Tracy Show in 130 cartoons. Beginning in 1964, he provided character voices for the animated TV series Jonny Quest. He also starred in the ABC sci-fi television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in the episode "Hot Line". He wrote the unused lyrics to "The Fishin' Hole", the theme song for The Andy Griffith Show. Sloane guest starred on the show in 1962, playing Jubal Foster in the episode "The Keeper of the Flame". He starred in both the film and television versions of Rod Serling's Patterns, and in the first season of The Twilight Zone in the episode "The Fever"(S1, Ep.17; Airdate: Jan. 29, 1960). He guest starred as a San Francisco attorney in the 1962 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Poison Pen Pal".

Sloane appeared in Walt Disney's Zorro series in 1957–1958 as Andres Felipe Basilio, in the "Man from Spain" episodes. He also appeared in a few episodes of Bonanza and an episode in Rawhide.

Sloane performed renditions of passages from The Great Gatsby on the NBC program devoted to F. Scott Fitzgerald in August 1955, part of the "Biography in Sound" series on great American authors.


Sloane committed suicide by barbiturate overdose at age 55 on August 6, 1965, apparently because he feared he was going blind.[17] He is buried at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Partial filmography

Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane and Erskine Sanford in Citizen Kane

Radio appearances

Year Program Episode/source
1948 The Molle Mystery Theater Solo Performance[18]


  1. ^ Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, US: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  2. ^ Ancestry.com, California, Death Index, 1940–1996 [database online], Provo, Utah. US: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2000. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  3. ^ a b c d "Everett Sloane Dies on Coast; Veteran Character Actor, 55". The New York Times. August 7, 1965.
  4. ^ Ancestry.com, 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, US: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  5. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 123.
  6. ^ Katz, Ephraim, Fred Klein; Ronald Dean Nolan, The Film Encyclopedia (Third Edition). New York: HarperPerennial, 1998. ISBN 9780062734921 page 1271.
  7. ^ Ancestry.com. New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866–1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, US: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  8. ^ "Studio One Radio Program Biographies – Everett Sloane". The Digital Deli Too. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  9. ^ "Boy Meets Girl". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  10. ^ "Who's Who in the Cast". Playbill for Native Son, April 13, 1941. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  11. ^ a b Fielding, Raymond, The March of Time, 1935–1951. New York: Oxford University Press 1978. ISBN 0-19-502212-2
  12. ^ Julian, Joseph, This Was Radio: A Personal Memoir. New York: Viking Press, 1975. ISBN 9780670702992
  13. ^ "Native Son". Internet Broadway Database. n.d. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  14. ^ "The Life of Vincent Van Gogh," March 5, 1950. The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse. International Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  15. ^ "Cimarron City: "The Ratman", March 7, 1959". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "Laramie: "Stage Stop", September 15, 1959". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  17. ^ "Blindness fear cited in suicide". The Pittsburgh Press. West Los Angeles. 7 August 1965. p. 6. Retrieved 27 July 2018 – via Google News.
  18. ^ "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 39 (1): 32–41. Winter 2013.

External links

Cloak and Dagger (radio series)

Cloak and Dagger was an NBC radio series, a foreign intrigue adventure adapted from the book Cloak and Dagger by Corey Ford.A syndicated transcription package produced by the Louis G. Cowan agency, Cloak and Dagger was broadcast from May 7 to October 22, 1950, with a cast that included Raymond Edward Johnson, Everett Sloane and Jackson Beck. Scriptwriter Wyllis Cooper directed the series with research support provided by Percy Hoskins, British journalist, crime reporter and author.

Crime Doctor (character)

The Crime Doctor is a fictional character created by Max Marcin. Criminal Phil Morgan suffers amnesia and becomes criminal psychologist Dr. Ordway. He uses his expertise to solve crimes as well as to help patients.

The character was the hero of the CBS radio program Crime Doctor on Sunday nights between 1940 and 1947. Dr. Benjamin Ordway was played by Ray Collins, House Jameson, Brian Donlevy, Hugh Marlowe, Everett Sloane and John McIntire.Columbia Pictures Corporation made a series of 10 low-budget "Crime Doctor" mysteries from 1943 through 1949. In them, Dr. Robert Ordway was played exclusively by Warner Baxter. In the first film, as an in-joke, Collins played the supporting role of Dr. John Carey, the Crime Doctor's doctor. Baxter was in poor health much of the time while working on the series, and two years after making the tenth film, he died of pneumonia.

In March 2014, the "Crime Doctor" film series was shown on GetTV, an American digital multicast television network owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sony acquired Columbia Pictures Corporation in 1989.

From A to Z

From A to Z is a musical revue with a book by Woody Allen, Herbert Farjeon, and Nina Warner Hook and songs by Jerry Herman, Fred Ebb, Mary Rodgers, Everett Sloane, Jay Thompson, Dickson Hughes, Jack Holmes, Paul Klein, Norman Martin, William Dyer, and Charles Zwar.

High Tor (album)

High Tor is a soundtrack album featuring Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews and Everett Sloane. It was primarily taken from the soundtrack of the Ford Star Jubilee TV film aired on March 10, 1956 by CBS. A musical adaptation of Maxwell Anderson’s play of the same name, the soundtrack album was released in 1956 by Decca Records, (catalogue number, DL 8272) and the album was later issued on CD by Stage Door Records in 2017 (catalogue No. STAGE 2420).Julie Andrews' songs from the film were included on the Sepia Records CD "Once Upon a Time" (Sepia 1103) released in 2007.

Home from the Hill (film)

Home from the Hill is a 1960 American Metrocolor drama film in CinemaScope directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, George Hamilton, Everett Sloane, and Luana Patten.

The script was adapted from the 1958 novel of the same name by William Humphrey. The film was entered into the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. The film's title is from the last line of Robert Louis Stevenson's short poem "Requiem". This film was originally intended for actors Clark Gable and Bette Davis, but the roles then went to Robert Mitchum and Eleanor Parker. As of 2018 the film's only surviving credited cast member is George Hamilton.

Jigsaw (1949 film)

Jigsaw is a 1949 American film noir crime drama directed by Fletcher Markle starring Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace and Marc Lawrence. The feature was produced by the Danziger Brothers, Edward J. Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger, from a screenplay by Vincent McConnor and Fletcher Markle, based on a story by John Roeburt.Of note is that the film has cameo appearances by Marlene Dietrich, Henry Fonda, John Garfield, Burgess Meredith, Marsha Hunt, Doe Avedon, Everett Sloane, newspaper columnist Leonard Lyons, and the director Fletcher Markle.

Kermit Murdock

Kermit Murdock (20 March 1908 – 11 February 1981) was an American film, television and radio actor known for his avuncular and professorial character portrayals.

His more prominent character roles in major motion pictures included Dean Pollard in Splendor in the Grass (1961), Henderson, the banker in In the Heat of The Night (1967), and Dr. Robertson in The Andromeda Strain (1970).

He is also well known for his voice acting in many episodes of the 1950s science fiction radio series X Minus One. He was in The Mysterious Traveler episode "Survival of the Fittest" with Everett Sloane, and was featured in an episode of the series Adventure Ahead.

He appeared in character roles in television drama of the 1960s and 1970s including episodes of Kung Fu, The Mod Squad, and The Defenders. He portrayed a prosecutor of witches in the penultimate Star Trek episode, "All Our Yesterdays".

Les Misérables (radio series)

Les Misérables is a seven-part radio series broadcast July 23 – September 3, 1937 (Fridays at 10 p.m. ET), on the Mutual Network. Orson Welles adapted Victor Hugo's novel, directed the series and starred as Jean Valjean. The 22-year-old Welles developed the idea of telling stories with first-person narration on the series, which was his first job as a writer-director for radio.Marking the radio debut of the Mercury Theatre, Welles's Les Misérables was described by biographer Simon Callow as "one of his earliest, finest and most serious achievements on radio". The production costarred Martin Gabel as Javert, Alice Frost as Fantine, and Virginia Nicolson, Welles's first wife, as the adult Cosette. The supporting cast included Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Betty Garde, Hiram Sherman, Frank Readick, Richard Widmark, Richard Wilson and William Alland.

Lust for Life (film)

Lust for Life is a 1956 American biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Irving Stone which was adapted for the screen by Norman Corwin.

It was directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by John Houseman. The film stars Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh, James Donald as his brother Theo, with Pamela Brown, Everett Sloane, and Anthony Quinn. Douglas won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his performance, while Quinn won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Official Detective

Official Detective is an American anthology television series which aired in syndication from 1957 to March 19, 1958. The series hosted by veteran film actor Everett Sloane.

Patterns (film)

Patterns is a 1956 American drama film directed by Fielder Cook and starring Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, and Ed Begley. The screenplay by Rod Serling was an adaptation of his teleplay Patterns originally telecast January 12, 1955 on the Kraft Television Theatre, which starred Sloane, Begley and Richard Kiley.

The Big Knife

The Big Knife is a 1955 film noir directed and produced by Robert Aldrich from a screenplay by James Poe based on the 1949 play by Clifford Odets. The film stars Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey, Jean Hagen, Rod Steiger, Shelley Winters, Ilka Chase, and Everett Sloane.

The Campbell Playhouse (radio series)

The Campbell Playhouse (1938–40) was a live CBS radio drama series directed by and starring Orson Welles. Produced by Welles and John Houseman, it was a sponsored continuation of The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The series offered hour-long adaptations of classic plays and novels, as well as adaptations of popular motion pictures.

When Welles left at the end of the second season, The Campbell Playhouse changed format as a 30-minute weekly series that ran for one season (1940–41).

The Gun Runners

The Gun Runners is a 1958 film noir crime film directed by Don Siegel, is the third adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not, starring Audie Murphy and Patricia Owens. Everett Sloane essays the part of the alcoholic sidekick originally played by Walter Brennan in the film's first adaptation, although Sloane's interpretation is less overtly comic. Eddie Albert delivers a bravura performance as a charismatic villain; other cast members include Jack Elam and Richard Jaeckel. Gita Hall, "Miss Stockholm of 1953", made her film debut as Albert's girlfriend Eva.

The earlier remake, titled The Breaking Point (1950), was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred John Garfield.

The Lady from Shanghai

The Lady from Shanghai is a 1947 film noir directed by Orson Welles and starring Welles, his estranged wife Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane. It is based on the novel If I Die Before I Wake by Sherwood King.

Although The Lady from Shanghai initially received mixed reviews, it has grown in stature over the years, and many critics have praised its set designs and camerawork. In 2018, The Lady from Shanghai was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

The Men (film)

The Men is a 1950 American drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann, written by Carl Foreman, and starring Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright and Everett Sloane. Despite the film's commercial failure, it marked Brando’s film debut.

The Million Dollar Incident

The Million Dollar Incident is a 1961 television drama directed by Norman Jewison and starring Jackie Gleason, Everett Sloane, Jack Klugman, and Peter Falk. Gleason plays himself being kidnapped and held for ransom. The film begins with Gleason telling the story, shown in flashback, to Ed Sullivan in Toots Shor's bar. The TV-movie is available for viewing at the Paley Center for Media in New York City and Los Angeles.

The Patsy (1964 film)

The Patsy is a 1964 American comedy film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. It was released on August 12, 1964 by Paramount Pictures.

The Prince Who Was a Thief

The Prince Who Was a Thief is a 1951 swashbuckler film starring Tony Curtis. It was his first film as a star.

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