95) Lon Clark
For twelve seasons, Lon Clark played his memorable role as Nick Carter, Master Detective but this was not the limit of Clark’s radio acting. He remained a presence on all sorts of New York-based programs including Cavalcade of America and 2000 Plus. Even after the golden age of radio ended, his lent his talent to productions such as Theater Five and The CBS Mystery Theater.
94) Shirley Mitchell
One of radio’s best comedic character actresses, she had featured roles on the Joan Davis programs, the Life of Riley, Fibber McGee and Molly, and most famously on the Great Gildersleeve where she played Leila, a Southern Belle. As radio comedy declined in the mid-1950s, she became a reliable actress for CBS’ Drama series including Have Gun Will Travel, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, Suspense and Fort Laramie, often providing some comic relief, but capable of pulling off a serious performance.
93) William Bendix
William Bendix landed a defining role as Chester Riley in 1944. Riley was a lovable dope and a Brooklyn transplant to Los Angeles. It was Bendix’s perfect timing that made the show work for seven years over radio followed by another five over television. In addition to Life of Riley, Bendix had his share of performances on Suspense, Lux Radio Theater, the Columbia Workshop, and the Family Theater that showcased his talent.
92) Edward Arnold
Legendary film character actor Edward Arnold was a force to be reckoned with on radio. With his booming voice, and powerful presence, he made a great MC for shows like the Maxwell Good News Show of 1940 and the Hallmark Hall of Fame. He also appeared in many memorable adaptations of Hollywood films. Arnold also starred as Mr. President for six years in a legendary series that told true life stories from the lives of the men who held the highest office in the land. His performance had even Harry Truman calling him “Mr. President.”
91) Frances Langford
Frances Langford had a long association with radio that began in the mid-1930s and lasted for more than a decade and a half. She appeared on musical programs with Rudy Vallee and Dick Powell, but she was best known for her association with Bob Hope. During World War II, she toured with Hope overseas. She also played Blanche on the iconic radio sitcom, The Bickersons.
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