Anthony Ross as Lt. Hale in The Telltale Clue
|Died||October 26, 1955 (aged 46)|
New York City
|Occupation||Stage, film, television actor|
Anthony Ross (born Rosenthal, February 23, 1909 — October 26, 1955) was an American character actor whose career extended to Broadway stage, television and film.
Born in New York City, Ross was the son of Charles M. Rosenthal and Cora S. Rosenthal; he had his name changed legally. He was a graduate of Brown University and, while living in France, continued his studies at the Sorbonne and the University of Nancy. He may be best remembered for being the first to play the character of the "Gentleman Caller" in the original 1944 production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.
Ross made his Broadway debut in Whistling in the Dark (1932). He also appeared on Broadway as a fictionalized version of Harold Ross, the founding editor of The New Yorker, in the 1950 Wolcott Gibbs comedy Season in the Sun.
Ross appeared in 20th Century Fox films including Kiss of Death (1947) and The Gunfighter (1950); in the Warner Bros. courtroom drama Perfect Strangers (1950) the Nicholas Ray-directed film noir, On Dangerous Ground (1952), and in the popular serial Mysterious Island (1951). He also appeared as the "Producer" in The Country Girl, both the movie and the Broadway production as well as the "Professor" in the Broadway production of Bus Stop.
He appeared in many television productions, including the 1954 CBS series The Telltale Clue in which he starred as police captain Richard Hale.
Ross was 46 when he died of a heart attack while sleeping in his apartment at 506 East 89th Street in Manhattan. A few hours earlier, he had played the supporting role of The Professor at the Tuesday evening performance of Bus Stop at the Music Box Theatre. He and his wife, Mary Jean Copeland, who was the assistant stage manager for the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie, were the parents of a son, Stephen.
|1947||Kiss of Death||'Big Ed' Williams|
|1949||The Window||Detective Ross||Uncredited|
|1950||The Vicious Years||Police Insp. Umberto Spezia|
|1950||Perfect Strangers||Robert (Bob) Fisher|
|1950||The Gunfighter||Deputy Charlie Norris|
|1950||The Skipper Surprised His Wife||Joe Rossini|
|1950||Between Midnight and Dawn||Police Lt. Masterson|
|1950||The Flying Missile||Adm. Bradley|
|1951||On Dangerous Ground||Pete Santos|
|1953||Girls in the Night||Charlie Haynes|
|1954||Rogue Cop||Father Ahearn|
|1954||The Country Girl||Philip Cook||(final film role)|
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- Barron, Mark. "Broadway, Sights, Sidelights" (Lewiston Evening Journal, October 27, 1950, p.10)
- "Anthony Ross, Actor, Dead at 46; Portrayed Professor in 'Bus Stop'" (The New York Times, October 27, 1955, p.33)
- "Anthony Ross Will Portray a Magazine Editor in New Comedy". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. September 10, 1950. p. 42 A. Retrieved 6 August 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Anthony Ross". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 6 August 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
- Calta, Louis. "Inge's 'Bus Stop' Set to Rehearse / Anthony Ross Is Signed for Featured Role in Play Due to Open Next Month" (The New York Times, January 8, 1955, p.10)