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1953 Press Photo Ron Randell Australian Born American Film Actor. - RSC88261

$12.33
AdID: 833443

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Part Number: RSC88261

Height: 10

Width: 8

Source: Rogers

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This is an original press photo. Ronald Egan "Ron" Randell (October 8, 1918 - June 11, 2005) was an Australian-born American film and stage actor. Randell was born in Sydney. He started his career as a stage and radio performer in his teens. He soon established himself as a leading male juvenile for radio, acting for 2KY Players, George Edwards, BAP and on Lux Playhouse. He also worked as a compere for variety shows, in particular with Jack Davey.[1] The majority of his stage work was done at the Minerva Theatre, including performances in Of Mice and Men and The Voice of the Turtle. His break came when he was spotted by producer Nick Perry at the Minerva Theatre performing in While the Sun Shines.[2] This led to Randell being cast as the lead in Smithy, a biographical movie about the pioneering Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, who made the first flight across the Pacific (from the United States to Australia) in 1928. (The film was released as Pacific Adventure in the United States and as Southern Cross in the UK). Randell had previously appeared in another film, A Son Is Born, opposite Peter Finch and Muriel Steinbeck. Although made before Smithy, its release was held off until after the latter film had come out to take advantage of its publicity. Smithy has been made with funds from Columbia Pictures who offered Randell a long-term contract and he moved to Hollywood in October 1946.[4] They cast him as Bulldog Drummond in two low-budget films and he had good support roles in some expensive "A" productions such as It Had to Be You (1947) and The Loves of Carmen (1948). However the studio seemed to lose enthusiasm for Randell and he wound up mainly playing romantic leads in lower budget films. However he continued to work in television and theatre and had a number of good roles for other studios, including Kiss Me, Kate (as Cole Porter), I Am a Camera, King of Kings, The She-Creature and The Longest Day.
Arguably his best performance was in King of Kings, as the Roman centurion Lucius, who defends Christ at his trial as a sort of impromptu legal counsel, and presumably becomes converted to Christianity after the Crucifixion.(Wikipedia)Photo measures 8 x 10inches. Photo is dated 04-04-1953.