Tom Ewell Overview:

Character actor, Tom Ewell, was born Samuel Yewell Tompkins on Apr 29, 1909 in Owensboro, KY. Ewell died at the age of 85 on Sep 12, 1994 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend.


American actor who played gullible sorts or inept woman chasers, with the occasional wisecracking friend on the side. Not really discovered by Hollywood until into his forties, when his mournful features found their way into several classic comedies. But the qualities of the roles offered fell away, and he returned to his first love, the stage.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Tom Ewell Quotes:

Richard Sherman: I know girls like this! They just can't keep their big mouths shut! This is gonna be all over New York... she's probably telling someone about it right now... yaddida yaddida yaddida...
[cuts to The Girl gossiping about their crazy night]
Richard Sherman: ... I knew it! I knew it! Big blabbermouth!

Richard Sherman: Miss Morris, I'm perfectly capable of fixing my own breakfast. As a matter of fact, I had a peanut butter sandwich and two whiskey sours.

Richard Sherman: If Helen sent you to get a divorce.
Tom MacKenzie: [incredulous] A divorce?
Richard Sherman: [continuing] I absolutely refuse! I'll fight it in every court!
Tom MacKenzie: [incredulous] She sent me for the paddle.
Richard Sherman: [continuing; crazed] Because I can explain everything: the stairs, the cinnamon toast, the blond in the kitchen.
Tom MacKenzie: [interrupts; incredulous] Wait! Wait a minute Dickey-Boy. What blond in the kitchen?
Richard Sherman: [seething with contempt] Oh, wouldn't you like to know! Maybe it's Marilyn Monroe!

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Tom Ewell Facts
Won Broadway's 1953 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "The Seven Year Itch," a performance that he recreated in the film of the same name, The Seven Year Itch (1955).

Ex-son-in-law of George Abbott.

Was a charter member of the Owensboro High School Rose Curtain Players in 1923.

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