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Tom Ewell (Samuel Yewell Tompkins)

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Biography

Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Beleaguered character actor Tom Ewell, the unlikely film and TV star with the trademark lumpy figure and droopy, lugubrious mug, was born Samuel Yewell Tompkins on April 29, 1909, in Kentucky. His family tried to steer him towards a law career but he chose the path of acting instead after becoming involved in college productions at the University of Wisconsin.

Ewell began his career at the age of 19 in summer stock roles, marking his professional stage debut in the play "The Spider" in 1928, before making an emphatic move to New York three years later. Read more...

Actor

Character: New Hired Hand

They Knew What They Wanted 1940

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Character: Warren Attinger

Adam's Rib 1949

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Character: Gregory Whitcomb

The Lieutenant Wore Skirts 1956

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Character: Scrappleton

Easy Money 1983

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Character: Sheriff Bill Lang

Search for Tomorrow 1951

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Character: Congressman Albert Higgins

The Dick Powell Theatre 1961

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Character: Earl Tendermeyer

Trapper John, M.D. 1979

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Character: Barney Henderson

The United States Steel Hour 1953

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Character: Earl Carleton

The Alcoa Hour 1955

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Character: Billy Truman

Baretta 1975

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Character: Himself - Guest Performer

Your Show of Shows 1950

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Character: Leander Clement

Burke's Law 1963

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Character: Tom Caraway

A Life of Her Own 1950

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Character: Dr. Hargrove

To Find a Man 1972

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