A radio actor and entertainer of the 1930s and 1940s, Les Tremayne was Nick Charles on The Adventures of the Thin Man, and was featured in variety shows and several other dramas, including The Romance of Helen Trent and The Falcon. He succeeded Don Ameche as host of The First Nighter in 1936. A poll in the early 1940s named his the third most familiar voice in America, after Franklin Roosevelt and Bing Crosby.
On film, he played a general in War of the Worlds (1953), and narrated Forbidden Planet and the US release of Rodan. He was a voice-over on several animated films, including Mr. Magoo, The Smurfs and Johnny Quest. Tremayne was enshrined in the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. Some fading and discoloration, crease lower left corner, some ink loss to inscription and signature.
One of America's most heard men back in the day with thousands of radio programs to his credit and the possessor of one of the most prominent male voices of that medium's war-era "Golden Age, " veteran actor Les Tremayne was considered to have the third most distinctive tones on the airwaves, only behind Bing Crosby and Franklin D. Born Lester Tremayne Henning in London, England, on April 16, 1913, the family moved to Chicago, Illinois when the boy was only four. Wanting to bury his British accent growing up in the States, Les took an an eager interest in community theatre.He began his professional career as a dancer in vaudeville, supplementing his income on the side as a barker in various amusement parks. Les received his first radio job in Chicago when he was 17 years old. While gaining experience, he attended Northwestern University where he studied Greek drama and also took up anthropology at Columbia University and UCLA. During the 1930s and 1940s, Tremayne was usually heard in more than one show per week.
Growing in leaps and bounds as a voice that could handle many types, ages and accents, his first big break occurred in 1934 as the leading man on the soap drama The Romance of Helen Trent. " He then replaced actor Don Ameche as the leading man on the popular weekly radio drama "The First Nighter, a stint that lasted six years. During that time, his more popular series work included that of super-sleuth Nick Charles in The Adventures of the Thin Man. " He also became the announcer on "The Bob Crosby Show. " Searching for bigger opportunities, Les transplanted himself to both Los Angeles New York in 1943, and continued to find radio work as the title role in "The Falcon, " played detective Pat Abbott in "The Abbott Mysteries, " appeared on Bob Crosby's programs "The Old Gold Show" and "The Bob Crosby Show, " and co-starred as the straight man alongside "The Great One" on "The Jackie Gleason/Les Tremayne Show when Crosby enlisted for WWII service.Other shows would include a breakfast talk format, "The Tremaynes, " with second wife Alice Reinheart, as well as the programs "Cavalcade of America, " "Ford Theatre, " "Inner Sanctum Mysteries, " "Kraft Music Hall, " "Lux Radio Theatre" and "The Whistle, " among so many others. In the 1950s, Les took on films and the new medium of TV. Typically playing military types, erudite professionals, shifty execs and errant husbands, Tremayne's more officious roles included playing a police commission chief in The Racket (1951); a colonel in Francis Goes to West Point (1952); a lawyer in Susan Slept Here (1954); a senator in A Man Called Peter (1955) and another colonel in The Perfect Furlough (1958). Best remembered for his characters in cult 1950s sci-fiers, he co-starred or was featured in The War of the Worlds (1953), The Monolith Monsters (1957), The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) and The Angry Red Planet (1959). His mellifluous voice was also utilized in films Forbidden Planet (1956), in film trailers The Iron Petticoat (1956) and for narrating documentaries Adventures in the Red Sea (1951). On TV, Les earned frequent appearances on such established programs as "The Danny Thomas Show, " Mr. Adams and Eve, " "The Thin Man, " "Bachelor Father, " "77 Sunset Strip, " "The Jack Benny Program, " "The Rifleman, " "State Trooper, " "M Squad, " "Thriller, " "Perry Mason, " "Alfred Hitchcock Presents, " "Checkmate" and "The Andy Griffith Show. He also had a recurring TV role as Major Stone on The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954) and co-starred as Inspector Richard Queen, the father of the famed mystery writer played by George Nader on the series The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen (1958).
A flurry of low-budget films came Tremayne's way in later years including Shootout at Big Sag (1962), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963), The Slime People (1963), Creature of Destruction (1968), Strawberries Need Rain (1971) and Fangs (1974). Les also found work with the CBS Mystery Radio Theatre. He also provided voices for Mr. Magoo, " "Johnny Quest, " "The Smurfs, " "Go-Bots, " "Scooby Doo, " and" Rikki Tiki Tavi.
Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995, Les would take his final bow in the comedy film horror The Naked Monster (2005) which featured several other cult actors of 50's sci-fi/horror including Kenneth Tobey, John Agar, Robert Clarke, Robert Cornthwaite, Jeanne Carmen, Lori Nelson, Ann Robinson and Gloria Talbott. Les died of heart failure in Santa Monica, California, on December 19, 2003, at the age of 90, and was survived by his fourth wife, Joan Hertz.Sister of the Sword (1993)... The Game Players of Undaar (1992)... 1990Adventures of the Gummi Bears (TV Series). 1987'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy (TV Movie). 1987Ultraman: The Adventure Begins (TV Movie). Smurf on the Wild Side: Part 1/Smurf on the Wild Side: Part 2 (1987)... Episode dated 6 April 1987 (1987)... Episode dated 13 February 1987 (1987)... Episode dated 12 February 1987 (1987)... 1986The New Adventures of Jonny Quest (TV Series). 1985Attack of the B Movie Monsters (Video). 1985The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (TV Mini Series).
The Ghouliest Show on Earth (1985)... It's a Wonderful Scoob (1985)... 1985The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible (TV Series). 1985Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer. Orin / Bombo / TV announcer (voice).
1985Starchaser: The Legend of Orin. 1984Challenge of the GoBots (TV Series). 1984The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries (TV Series).1983Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island. 1982The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series).
1979Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy in the Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile (TV Movie). 1978Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper (TV Movie). Alexander Graham Wolf / Santa Claus (voice). Sound of a Different Drummer (1976)...1975Yankee Doodle Cricket (TV Movie). Cricket / Harry the Cat (voice). 1974Easter Is (TV Movie) (voice). 1973A Very Merry Cricket (TV Movie).
1973The Cricket in Times Square (TV Movie). Cricket / Harry the Cat / Father /...1971Curiosity Shop (TV Series) (voice). Doc Lyman / Judge George Jackson. The Law and Billy Burgess (1970)... 1969The Pogo Special Birthday Special (TV Movie). Churchy La Femme / Beauregard (voice). 1969Judd for the Defense (TV Series). The View from the Ivy Tower (1969)... 1968One Life to Live (TV Series).
Victor Dalby Lord #4 (1987). An Echo of Thunder (1966)...
A Slight Case of Charity (1965)... General Norton (English version, voice, uncredited). Harry Lannon / Ed Pierce / George Browne /.. The Case of the Unwelcome Well (1966)...The Case of the Ruinous Road (1964)... The Case of the Nervous Neighbor (1964)... The Case of Constant Doyle (1963)... The Case of the Left-Handed Liar (1961)... 1965My Favorite Martian (TV Series). A Game for Three (1963)... 1965The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1965)... General Shaw / General Alfred Cartwright. 1964The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series). Start the New Year Right (1964)... 1964Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series). Turn Back the Clock (1964)...
196477 Sunset Strip (TV Series). Howard / Horace Jurist Hamilton. The Jed Whitmore Story (1964)...
The Tom O'Neal Story (1963)... The Maggie Hamilton Story (1960)... Commander Roberts / General Shinzo / Narrator (voice, uncredited). Sanctuary at Crystal Springs (1963)... The Girl from Nob Hill (1963)...1962Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (TV Movie). Ghost of Christmas Present (voice). Mile-Long Shot to Kill (1962)... 1962The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series). Andy and Barney in the Big City (1962)... 1962Father of the Bride (TV Series). 1962The New Breed (TV Series). Through a Dark Glass (1961)...
1961Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series). Bixby and the Colonel's Coat (1960)...
Incident at the Top of the World (1961)... 1960McGarry and His Mouse (TV Movie).
Let There Be Light (1960)... Inspector Richard Queen / Man.
Death Liked It Hot (1959)... The Murder of Whistler's Brother (1959)... The Jinn City Story (1959)...1959The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series). A Summer's Ending (1959)...
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1959)... 1959The Monster of Piedras Blancas. 1959The David Niven Show (TV Series).
Decision of Rin Tin Tin (1958)... 1958The Gray Ghost (TV Series). 1958From the Earth to the Moon.
To Whom It May Concern (1956). 1958The Jack Benny Program (TV Series). Bentley and His Junior Image (1958)... Bentley and the Talent Contest (1958)...
1958The Court of Last Resort (TV Series). The Arnold McHugh Case (1958)... 1957The Thin Man (TV Series).
Adams and Eve (TV Series). The Life Story of Eve Drake and Howard Adams (1957)... 1957The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series).Lose Me in Las Vegas (1957)... The Night of January Sixteenth (1956)... 1956Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers (Documentary). 1955The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series). The Fred Malcolm Story (1955)... The Man Who Ran (1955)... Harvey Butterworth, Mark's Lawyer. Opening Off-Screen Narrator (voice, uncredited).
1953The War of the Worlds. 1952Francis Goes to West Point. 1950The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series).I'm Still Alive (1950). The Man in the Black Hat (1950). 1950One Man's Family (TV Series).
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