Ron Randell was engaged in radio and stage work in his native Australia from his teens. Randell's first leading film role was as a real-life aviation hero in Smithy (1946). In Hollywood, Randell starred as fictional detectives Bulldog Drummond and the Lone Wolf, at the tail end of both of those characters' long-running B-picture series. He spent the 1950s fluctuating between American and British productions; he was featured as Cole Porter in Kiss Me Kate (1958) and starred in the 1957 TV espionage series O.S.S. Ron Randell continued his stage career into the 1990s, going on to join Tony Randall's National Actors Theater.