Jerome Courtland

Active - 1944 - 1981  |   Born - Dec 27, 1926 in Knoxville, TN  |   Died - Mar 1, 2012 in Santa Clarita Valley, CA  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Western, Adventure, Children's/Family

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A gangling young Southerner and lead actor in comedies, Courtland played juveniles in the early to mid '40s, then served in World War II; upon his return he played young leads and second leads, generally in action-adventure flicks. After six year of doing native-language films in Germany and Italy, he did a variety of work for Disney in the '50s (starred in the TV series The Saga of Andy Burnett, sang the title song for Old Yeller, did all the male voiceovers for the cartoon Noah and the Ark, and narrated and sang for the TV show The Boy and the Falcon), all of which led to a position as a producer for Disney. In the '60s, Courtland gave up acting to produce for Disney and elsewhere (for an example, he produced the '60s TV show The Flying Nun). He was married at one time to actress Polly Bergen.

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