Legendary actor, Larry Parks, was born Sam Klusman Lawrence Parks on Dec 13, 1914 in Olathe, KS. Parks died at the age of 60 on Apr 13, 1975 in Studio City, CA .
MINI BIO:Black-haired American actor with open, slightly mischievous looks who, despite a weak heart (from a severe childhood attack of rheumatic fever), maintained a hectic film schedule once signed by Columbia in 1941. His eye-catching performance in Renegades came at just the right time and he was chosen for the title role in The Jolson Story, which proved a personal triumph (and a box-office gold mine). In 1951, however, he was virtually forced out of films after testifying to the Un-American Activities Committee. Married to Betty Garrett from 1944 to his death from a heart attack. He received an Oscar nomination for The Jolson Story. (Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Although Parks was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.
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