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Dan Tobin
Dan Tobin in Four Star Playhouse (The Gift).jpg
Tobin in the TV series Four Star Playhouse (1953)
Daniel Malloy Tobin

(1910-10-19)October 19, 1910
DiedNovember 26, 1982(1982-11-26) (aged 72)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1939–1974
(m. 1951)

Daniel Malloy Tobin (October 19, 1910 – November 26, 1982) was an American supporting actor on the stage, in films and on television. He generally played gentle, urbane, rather fussy, sometimes obsequious and shifty characters, often with a concealed edge of malice.

Early years

Tobin was a native of Cincinnati, and he attended the University of Cincinnati.[1]


Tobin acted with a touring troupe in England. After an impresario saw him in Ah, Wilderness!, he gained a role in Behind Your Back at the Strand.[1]

Tobin's most memorable roles were as the overbearing secretary, Gerald, in Woman of the Year (1942), and the top-billed scientist in Orson Welles's innovative Peabody Award-winning unsold television pilot, The Fountain of Youth, filmed in 1956 and televised once two years later as an installment of NBC's Colgate Theatre.

Dan Tobin and Katharine Hepburn on Broadway in The Philadelphia Story (1939)
Dan Tobin and Katharine Hepburn on Broadway in The Philadelphia Story (1939)

Tobin also played as Alexander "Sandy" Lord in the original Broadway production of Phillip Barry's The Philadelphia Story, thus starting his career on stage in 1939. His work on Broadway included American Holiday (1939).[2]

On television, Tobin was a regular on I Married Joan,[3] My Favorite Husband,[3]: 729 , Mr. Adams and Eve, and Where Were You?[3]: 1170 

The Internet Movie Database[unreliable source?] lists 96 television and film acting roles for Tobin over a career spanning from 1939 to 1977, however TV Guide only credits him with 44 appearances.[4] In 1965, he appeared in an episode of The Cara Williams Show. In 1966, he became a regular during the final season of Perry Mason as the proprietor of "Clay's Grill". He made a prior Mason appearance in 1964 as Dickens the butler in "The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor."

Personal life

Tobin was married to film and television screenwriter Jean Holloway (born Gratia Jean Casey: August 16, 1917 - November 11, 1989) from 1951 to his death in 1982.


Tobin died in Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, in November 1982, at age 72. He was survived by his wife.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1939 Black Limelight Roberts - Reporter
1942 Woman of the Year Gerald Howe
1946 Undercurrent Professor Joseph Bangs
1947 A Likely Story Phil Bright
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Chester Walters Released as Bachelor Knight (UK)
1948 The Big Clock Ray Cordette
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Bunny Funkhauser Uncredited
1948 The Velvet Touch Jeff Trent
1948 Sealed Verdict Lt. Parker
1948 Miss Tatlock's Millions Clifford Tatlock
1949 Song of Surrender Clyde Atherton
1950 The Magnificent Yankee Dixon Uncredited
1951 Queen for a Day Owen Cruger
1953 Dream Wife Mr. Brown
1956 The Catered Affair Hotel Caterer
1956 It's Always Jan Jack Adams TV series, episode "Guilty Conscience"
1957 Mr. Adams and Eve Burt Stewart TV series, regular cast
1959 The Last Angry Man Ben Loomer
1962 Who's Got the Action? Mr. Sanford
1965 The Munsters Reginald Stubbs TV series, episode "Country Club Munsters"
1966 Gunsmoke The Professor TV series, episode "Champion of the World"
1967 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Johnson
1969-1970 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Mr. Hampton / Dr. Ryan McNally TV Series, 2 episodes
1974 Herbie Rides Again Lawyer
2018 The Other Side of the Wind Dr. Burroughs (final film role)


  1. ^ a b "Invited Out!". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 19, 1939. p. 32. Retrieved June 17, 2017 – via open access
  2. ^ "Dan Tobin: Performer". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 17, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (January 10, 2014). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company. p. 493. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ^ "Dan Tobin". TV Guide. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  5. ^ "Character actor Dan Tobin, whose career ranged from movies..." United Press International Archives. United Press International. November 28, 1982. Archived from the original on June 17, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017.

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