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Tom Drake

Highest Rated:   100% Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Lowest Rated:   9% The Sandpiper (1965)
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American actor Tom Drake inaugurated his acting career in 1938 with Clean Beds, a Broadway-bound play that closed out of town. A revived Clean Beds in 1939 brought Drake to the attention of MGM, who only half-heartedly promoted the actor, usually casting him in bits or secondary roles. His chance at stardom in White Cliffs of Dover (1944) was squelched when Drake's scenes were cut from that still-overlong wartime drama. A better opportunity came in the role of Judy Garland's "boy next door" vis-a-vis in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944); this was followed by an even meatier part in The Green Years (1946), in which Drake managed to keep his head above water despite such formidable supporting acting talent as Hume Cronyn, Charles Coburn, Jessica Tandy and Gladys Cooper. Unfortunately, the good roles began diminishing shortly afterward; Drake's performance as Richard Rodgers in Words and Music (1948) was knocked out of the box by Mickey Rooney's tyro interpretation of Lorenz Hart, while in Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949) everybody in the cast - including Shirley Temple - played second fiddle to Clifton Webb. Never able to fulfill his potential, Drake continued into the '70s playing subordinate roles in 'A' pictures, the occasional lead in low-budget films, and secondary TV parts in such productions as Marcus Welby MD and The Return of Joe Forrester. A classic example of how talented people could fall between the tracks of the studio contract system, Tom Drake spent his final years supplementing his performing income with a job as a used car salesman.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Savage Abduction (Cycle Psycho)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Dr. Adam Forrest
1973
No Score Yet City Beneath the Sea
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Warkill
  • Phil Sutton
1968
No Score Yet The Singing Nun
  • Fitzpatrick
1966
No Score Yet Johnny Reno
  • Joe Connors
1966
9% The Sandpiper
  • Walter Robinson
1965
No Score Yet House of the Black Death
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet The Bramble Bush
  • Larry
1960
No Score Yet Warlock
  • Abe McQuown
1959
No Score Yet Money, Women and Guns
  • Jess Ryerson
1958
11% Raintree County
  • Bobby Drake
1957
No Score Yet The Cyclops
  • Lee Brand
1957
No Score Yet Sangaree
  • Dr. Roy Darby
1953
No Score Yet FBI Girl
  • Carl Chercourt
1951
No Score Yet A Christmas Wish (The Great Rupert)
  • Peter Dingle
1950
No Score Yet Scene of the Crime
  • Det. "C.C." Gordon
1949
20% Words and Music
  • Richard Rodgers
1948
No Score Yet Hills of Home
  • Tammas Milton
1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane
  • Jamie Wargate
1947
No Score Yet The Beginning or the End
  • Matt Cochran
1947
No Score Yet I'll Be Yours
  • George Prescott
1947
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie
  • Sgt. Smitty
1946
No Score Yet The Green Years
  • young Robert Shannon
1946
No Score Yet Faithful In My Fashion
  • Actor
1946
100% Meet Me In St. Louis
  • John Truett
1944
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair
  • Bill Rice
1944
80% The White Cliffs of Dover
  • American Soldier
1944
100% Two Girls and a Sailor
  • Frank Miller
1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington
  • Ned Talbot
1944
100% The Mortal Storm
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia
  • James Howard at Age 16
1940

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
  • Desmond
  • 1976
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • Larry Yates
  • 1973
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • Chatfield Appleton
  • 1973
  • 1969
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Ben Hurley
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Kurt
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962-1965
  • Dade
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
  • Fisher
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
  • Cleve Niles Harkens
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
No Score Yet Playhouse 90
  • Johnny Mark

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