|Known for||American actor and director|
|A.K.A.||Richard Alden, Alfred Sinclair Alderdice|
|Was||Actor Television actor Film actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||5 August 1918, Brooklyn, USA|
|Death||11 August 1982, Torrance, USA (aged 64 years)|
Tom Drake (born Alfred Sinclair Alderdice, August 5, 1918 – August 11, 1982) was an American actor. Drake made films starting in 1940 and continuing until the mid-1970s, and also made TV acting appearances.
Drake was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Iona Preparatory School and graduated from Mercersburg Academy.
He was excused from serving in World War II due to heart problems. Despite this limitation, he did act in British training films.
Billed as Alfred Alderdice, Drake appeared on Broadway in Run Sheep Run (1938) and Clean Beds (1939). After appearing in the film The Howards of Virginia (billed as Richard Alden), he got his break after starring in the 1942 Broadway smash Janie, after which he was signed to a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He began his film career using the name Richard Alden.
After a number of films, Drake co-starred with Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) as John Truett, the boy next door. He appeared in more than forty films in all, including Mrs. Parkington (1944), The Green Years (1946), Cass Timberlane (1947), as composer Richard Rodgers in the loosely-based biography Words and Music (1948) and, in a role at the opposite end of the character spectrum from John Truett, as the leader of a gang of criminals in Warlock (1959). He also had a minor role in the film The Singing Nun (1966), playing Ed Sullivan's producer Mr. Fitzpatrick.
After television jobs for actors transitioned from live telecasts from New York to shows that were filmed in California, Drake had roles in the CBS series Lassie, NBC's Cimarron City, ABC's 77 Sunset Strip, CBS’ Perry Mason, ABC’s Combat!, ABC’s Land of the Giants, ABC’s The Streets of San Francisco and NBC’s Banacek. He completed his last acting job in 1975, according to his obituary in the Chicago Tribune
Tom Drake was married to Isabelle Dunn during the 1940s.
Drake was a Roman Catholic and a lifelong Democrat who supported Adlai Stevenson during the 1952 presidential election.
Drake died of lung cancer at Torrance Memorial Hospital in Torrance, California (Los Angeles County) on August 11, 1982.
His body is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.