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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The Girl: I just hope it's not some priceless antique or something.
Richard Sherman: Forget it. Just early Sears, Roebuck.

[Richard exhales after a long drag on a forbidden cigarette]
Richard Sherman: All those lovely, injurious tars and resins.

Richard Sherman: My wife. She found out about us and she shot me. Five times in the back and twice in the belly!

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

He claimed never to have seen any of his films, including The Seven Year Itch, and had only ever seen glimpses of himself on the screen when his wife was watching television. He said he suffered from an acute inferiority complex and could not bear to see himself on screen as he was too critical of himself.

Ex-son-in-law of George Abbott.

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