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Douglas, Melvyn

DOUGLAS, MELVYN

DOUGLAS, MELVYN (1901–1981), U.S. actor. Son of Edouard Hesselberg, a musician, Douglas first appeared on the New York stage in 1928 in A Free Soul. He went to Hollywood in 1931 to act in a screen version of Tonight or Never. After his army service in World War ii, Douglas' Broadway appearances included Two Blind Mice (1949), Inherit the Wind (1955), Waltz of the Toreadors (1956), The Best Man (1960), and Spofford (1967). His films include Counselor-at-Law (1933), The Shining Hour (1938), Ninotchka (1939), Billy Budd (1962), Hud (1963), for which he received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, The Americanization of Emily (1964), Hotel (1967), I Never Sang For My Father (1970), The Candidate (1972), The Tenant (1976), and Being There (1979).

[Jonathan Licht (2nd ed.)]

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