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Tom Tully
American actor

Tom Tully

Tom Tully
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Intro American actor
Was Military officer Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor Soldier Officer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Military
Gender male
Birth 21 August 1908, Durango, USA
Death 27 April 1982, Newport Beach, USA (aged 73 years)
Star sign Leo
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Tom Tully (born Thomas Kane Tulley; August 21, 1908 – April 27, 1982) was an American actor. He began his career in radio and on the stage before making his film debut in Northern Pursuit (1943). Subsequently, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in The Caine Mutiny (1954).

In 1960, Tully was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry.

Early years

Born in Durango in southwestern Colorado, Tully was the son of Thomas H. Tulley and Victoria Lenore Day Tulley. He served in the United States Navy, was a private pilot, and worked as a reporter for the Denver Post in Denver, before he entered acting with the expectation of better pay.


Tully debuted on Broadway in Call Me Ziggy (1937). His other Broadway credits include The Sun Field (1942), The Strings, My Lord, Are False (1942), Jason (1942), Ah, Wilderness! (1941), The Time of Your Life (1940), Night Music (1940), The Time of Your Life (1939), The White Steed (1939), and Chalked Out (1937).


In the era of old-time radio, Tully had the lead role of Joe in the serial Home of the Brave. He also played Jim Carroll in the serial Life Begins, Uncle Willie in the comedy My Mother's Husband, and Charles Martin in the serial Stella Dallas. He was a frequent guest actor on Gunsmoke, portraying a wide range of parts.


Tully's Hollywood film career spanned from the early 1940s until 1973. After a brief appearance in the film Carefree (1938), he next appeared in I'll Be Seeing You (1944) as Shirley Temple's character's father.

He received an Academy Award nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role for portraying the first commander of the Caine in 1954's The Caine Mutiny, with Humphrey Bogart.

His last feature film role was as a crooked gun dealer in Don Siegel's thriller Charley Varrick (1973), with Walter Matthau.


From 1954 through 1960, he played the role of police Inspector Matt Grebb on the CBS police drama, The Lineup, with co-star Warner Anderson. In repeats, The Lineup was known as San Francisco Beat.

He made two appearances as Rob Petrie's (Dick Van Dyke) father on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1964 and 1966. This role reunited Tully with Jerry Paris from The Caine Mutiny. He also was a guest star on the Andy Griffith show during the seventh season. He played Walt, the milkman in the Episode, "Goodbye, Dolly."

In 1962, he appeared on the NBC modern western series, Empire in the role of Tom Cole in the episode "Long Past, Long Remembered." Richard Jordan appeared in this episode too as Jay Bee Fowler. The series starred Richard Egan as New Mexico rancher Jim Redigo. In 1963, he was cast as Danny Mundt in "A Taste for Pineapple" of the ABC crime drama, The Untouchables. That same year he portrayed Jethro Tate in "Who Killed Billy Jo?" on another ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, with Gene Barry.

In 1964, Tully had two appearances on CBS's Perry Mason. The first was as defendant Carey York in "The Case of the Arrogant Arsonist;" the second was as murder victim Harvey Scott in "The Case of the Nautical Knot." During the 1966 season of ABC's Shane western series, he made 17 appearances as Tom Starett. Tully also guest starred twice in the western TV series Bonanza: in the 1965 episode "The Dilemma" as Sundown Davis and in the 1967 episode "The Sure Thing" as Burt Laughlin.

Later, Tully continued his acting in television dramas such as Mission: Impossible and The Rookies.

Later years

In November 1969, Tully traveled to South Vietnam, currently Vietnam, for the United Service Organization. His "handshake tour" took him to hospitals, radio interviews, and flight behind enemy lines, courtesy of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, to visit strategic military outposts such as the "Hawks Nest" in the Phum Valley. While in Vietnam entertaining troops, Tully contracted a filarial worm, similar to the creature that causes elephantiasis. After returning to the United States, his condition worsened. Because a blood clot in a major vein shut off circulation, his left leg was amputated close to the hip. The amputation was performed in Laguna Beach, California, close to his home in San Juan Capistrano. Complications from his surgery caused pleuritis, deafness, and serious debilitation.

At the time of his death, Tully had completed a manuscript about his grandmother and grandfather, David F. Day, a Medal of Honor recipient in the American Civil War. Day enlisted in the army at age 14, served with the 57th Ohio Infantry, fought in the battles of Shiloh and Stones River, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions when he was just 16 years old. Day was the owner of the newspaper in Ouray, Colorado, formerly known as The Solid Muldoon, now the Durango Herald.

Personal life

In 1930, Tully married Helen Brown in Colorado. They had a daughter, and they were divorced on November 26, 1935. In 1938, he married actress Frances McHugh, to whom he remained wed until her death in 1953. On June 20, 1954, he married Ida Johnson in Los Angeles, and they remained married until his death.


Tully died of cancer at the age of 73 on April 27, 1982 at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California.

Partial filmography

  • The Sign of the Cross (1932) - Hoboken (1944 Re-Release Prologue) (uncredited)
  • Mission to Moscow (1943) - American Engineer in Russia (uncredited)
  • Northern Pursuit (1943) - Inspector Barnett
  • Destination Tokyo (1943) - Mike Conners
  • Reward Unlimited (1944, Short) - Peggy's Father
  • Secret Command (1944) - Colonel Hugo Von Braun aka 'Brownie' Brownell
  • The Town Went Wild (1944) - Henry Harrison
  • I'll Be Seeing You (1944) - Mr. Marshall
  • The Unseen (1945) - Sullivan
  • Kiss and Tell (1945) - Bob Pringle
  • Adventure (1945) - Gus
  • The Virginian (1946) - Nebraska
  • Till the End of Time (1946) - C.W. Harper
  • Lady in the Lake (1946) - Capt. Kane
  • Intrigue (1947) - Marc Andrews
  • Killer McCoy (1947) - Cecil Y. Walsh
  • Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948) - Robert 'Roarer' McGill
  • Rachel and the Stranger (1948) - Parson Jackson
  • June Bride (1948) - Mr. Whitman Brinker
  • Blood on the Moon (1948) - John Lufton
  • Illegal Entry (1949) - Nick Gruber
  • A Kiss for Corliss (1949) - Harry P. Archer
  • The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949) - Henry Duckworth
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) - Jiggs Taylor
  • Branded (1950) - Ransom
  • Tomahawk (1951) - Dan Castello
  • Dick Turpin's Ride (1951) - Tom King
  • Texas Carnival (1951) - Sheriff Jackson
  • Return of the Texan (1952) - Stud Spiller
  • Love Is Better Than Ever (1952) - Mr. Charles E. Macaboy
  • Lure of the Wilderness (1952) - Zack Taylor
  • The Turning Point (1952) - Matt Conroy
  • Ruby Gentry (1952) - Jud Corey
  • The Jazz Singer (1952) - Dan McGurney
  • Trouble Along the Way (1953) - Father Malone
  • The Moon Is Blue (1953) - Michael O'Neill
  • Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach (1953) - Michael O'Neill
  • Sea of Lost Ships (1953) - Ice Patrol Capt. Holland
  • Arrow in the Dust (1954) - Crowshaw
  • The Caine Mutiny (1954) - Lieutenant Commander William H. De Vriess
  • Soldier of Fortune (1955) - Tweedie
  • Love Me or Leave Me (1955) - Frobisher
  • Behind the High Wall (1956) - Warden Frank Carmichael
  • Ten North Frederick (1958) - Mike Slattery
  • The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) - Capt. McClung
  • The Carpetbaggers (1964) - Amos Winthrop
  • McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965) - Gen. Harkness
  • Coogan's Bluff (1968) - Sheriff McCrea
  • Charley Varrick (1973) - Tom
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