Richard Derr

Active - 1941 - 1982  |   Born - Jun 15, 1918 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States  |   Died - May 8, 1992   |   Genres - Drama, Mystery, Comedy

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Biography by Hal Erickson

American leading man Richard Derr made his first film appearances as a 20th Century-Fox contractee in 1941 and 1942. Physically indistinguishable from most others of his ilk, Derr nonetheless was an above-average actor, as he occasionally proved in such films as When Worlds Collide (1951). In 1957, Derr was cast as Lamont Cranston in the New Orleans-filmed pilot episode for the TV version of radio's The Shadow; the series didn't sell, but the pilot was released theatrically as Invisible Avenger. Richard Derr spent the 1970s and 1980s as a utility character man in films like The Drowning Pool (1975) and American Gigolo (1980).

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  • Graduated high school at the age of 16.
  • Performed with Little Theatre Movement in Norristown, Pennsylvania, while working as a bank clerk.
  • Served for three years in the Army Transport Service during World War II.
  • In 1983, retired from acting and became a licensed real state agent.
  • A life member of the renowned The Actors Studio.