Regis Toomey

Birth: August 13, 1898
Pittsburgh, PA
Death: October 12, 1991
Woodland Hills, Ca
Cause: Natural Causes
Cemetery: Cremated
Burial Location: Cremated, Ashes Scattered At Sea.
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Biography: With the birth of sound pictures, Toomey made an auspicious debut with Alibi (1929) starring Chester Morris where a climactic death scene sparked controversy...and a movie career that would include almost 200 pictures...and a number of other notorious death scenes. His lead/second lead status opposite such stars as Clara Bow, Constance Bennett, Barbara Stanwyck and Evelyn Brent fell away within a few years, finding more work in streetwise character roles. Fast-paced crime action was his forte and he was prevalent throughout the 30s and 40s, but, with time, he moved further down the credits list. In the 50s he found employment on TV as a good guy, typically playing judges, sheriffs, businessmen, and police sergeants. He was a regular on "The Mickey Rooney Show"(1955). Fellow one-time singer Dick Powell became a friend and Powell, having turned producer, saw to it that Toomey had involving roles on a couple of his TV series such as "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (1957) and "Burke's Law" (1963). He was later a regular on "Petticoat Junction" (1987). Toomey played roles well past his 80th year. His marriage (from 1925) to Kathryn Scott produced two children. They met in 1924 when he appeared in the musical "Rose Marie" which Kathryn had assistant choreographed. Toomey died of natural causes on October 12, 1991, at the Motion Picture Country House in Woodland Hills, California at age 93. IMDB
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