Regis Toomey

Age: 115

John Regis Toomey (August 13, 1898 – October 12, 1991) was an American film and television actor.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, he was one of four children of Francis X. and Mary Ellen Toomey and attended Peabody High School. He initially pondered a law career, but acting won out and he established himself as a musical stage performer.

Educated in dramatics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became a brother of Sigma Chi, Toomey began as a stock actor and eventually made it to Broadway. Toomey was a singer on stage until throat problems (acute laryngitis) while touring in Europe stopped that aspect of his career. In 1929, Toomey first began appearing in films. He initially started out as a leading man, but found more success as a character actor (sans his toupee).

Toomey appeared in over 180 films, including classics such as The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart. In 1956, he appeared as a judge, with Chuck Connors as "Andy", in the third episode, "The Nevada Nightingale", of the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show. Toomey thereafter appeared in another anthology series too as the character "Harry" in the 1960 episode "The Doctor and the Redhead", with Dick Powell and Felicia Farr, of CBS's The DuPont Show with June Allyson. In the 1961–1962 television season, he appeared in a supporting role with George Nader in the syndicated crime drama Shannon about insurance investigators. From 1963–1966, Toomey was one of the stars of the ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, starring Gene Barry. He played Sergeant Les Hart, one of the detectives assisting the murder investigations of the millionaire police captain Amos Burke. He also guest-starred on dozens of television programs, including the "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode of Maverick.

In 1941, Toomey appeared in You're in the Army Now, in which he and Jane Wyman had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

Movie Character Year
Hkrsuy4cvg9pqs5ekhbvb8dhmwm Shopworn David Livingston 1932
9ev1yasylxjtzh4ghs4kb85fdwf The Crowd Roars Dick Wilbur 1932
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Yiwrzcdmprnhgxn2rbquwgedg0r Bulldog Edition Jim Hardy 1936
Btlrclzokyeg3tkzlq4ympk9euo Thunder Afloat Ives 1939
Bmknttl5aougkuuwln40fmvazdr North West Mounted Police Constable Jerry Moore 1940
Azbzeds2uymgbsndqutvaeu2dha His Girl Friday Reporter Sanders 1940
Quvd0awufbt0yaixuagnc3jinph They Died With Their Boots On Fitzhugh Lee 1941
Nnu3zr8nevfht02r38tnd4le34 The Doughgirls Timothy Walsh 1944
X7x9jnrzcdtrddejzkx7onzxfzh Murder in the Blue Room Inspector McDonald 1944
Lkfnoybiubxxtlxlrx49zfkjn85 Strange Illusion Dr. Vincent 1945
E4ks6zv8nlusrk5iqk7h855qrvb Spellbound Det. Sgt. Gillespie 1945
Ok4u0k45lxl0buwv0gbf0wg4cxa The Big Sleep Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls 1946
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Qsg188j1fspkprzwl6exu9sd0o8 The Bishop's Wife Mr. Miller 1947
J6wxgu37oapstzjbw3ue0aofqxr Station West Jim Goddard 1948
Akhcokjgpotsc052h24z9wgo4wa The Boy With Green Hair Mr. Davis 1948
Popcorn Dynamite Pass Dan Madden 1950
Aevp75fnbmxsjmi3wl9v6n3g2sp The Battle at Apache Pass Dr. Carter 1952
B82wsrndu1x0fycjvnigin7zymo Island in the Sky Sergeant Harper 1953
2al8moszeexh70d62lraplvz1y4 The Nebraskan Col. Markham 1953
Mnxvcxh2iqqomjtk47yjkais1jb The High and the Mighty Tim Garfield 1954
Itccnkd9m1ex7ogampkeei8cpqf Guys and Dolls Arvide Abernathy 1955
Ipihay37ybi7deyofjnp1nxdtxd Warlock Skinner 1959
Isyhasuyk3cvv3uw2b1dk8e2hg1 Man's Favorite Sport? Baggley 1964
52m0ssbmcmwkxylbghyqbqn8b1g The Carey Treatment Sanderson the Pathologist 1972