Richard Gaines

Active - 1940 - 1962  |   Born - Jul 23, 1904 in Oklahoma City, OK  |   Died - Jul 20, 1975 in North Hollywood  |   Genres - Mystery, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Crime

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Broadway actor Richard Gaines made his initial film appearance as Patrick Henry in The Howards of Virginia (1940). Gaines is best-known to modern audiences as Jean Arthur's stuffy suitor C. J. Pendergast in George Stevens' The More the Merrier (1942). Less pompous but no less dignified were his performances as George Washington in DeMille's Unconquered (1947) and Professor Jackson in Flight to Mars (1953). Either by accident or design, Richard Gaines made most of his last screen appearances at MGM, playing DAs, doctors and other briskly professional types.

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