Born 1909 near Collins in southern Mississippi, American actor Dana Andrews had his first role in Lucky Cisco Kid (1940), then in Sailor’s Lady (1940), released by Fox. He had his first lead in the B-movie Berlin Correspondent (1942), and second lead in Crash Dive (1943) and then appeared in the 1943 film adaptation of The Ox-Bow Incident in a role often cited as one of his best in which he played a lynching victim.
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Andrews was a major Hollywood star during the 1940s. He is remembered for his roles as a police detective-lieutenant in the film noir Laura (1944) and as war veteran Fred Derry in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), the latter being the role for which he received the most critical praise.
Andrews spent the 1970s in supporting roles of Hollywood films. He also appeared regularly on TV in such shows as Ironside, Get Christie Love!, Ellery Queen, The American Girls, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, and The Love Boat.
Andrews’s final roles included Born Again (1978), Ike: The War Years (1979), The Pilot (1980), Falcon Crest (1982–83) and Prince Jack (1985). He died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia in 1992, 15 days before his 84th birthday.
Take a look at these vintage photos to see portrait of Dana Andrews in the 1940s and 1950s.