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Glenn Langan
Glenn Langan in Margie.JPG
Born(1917-07-08)July 8, 1917
DiedJanuary 26, 1991(1991-01-26) (aged 73)
Years active1939–1971
Spouse(s)Helen Weston
Adele Jergens

Glenn Langan (July 8, 1917 – January 26, 1991) was an American character actor on stage and films.

Early years

Born in Denver, Colorado, Langan was the son of Thomas Langan and Kate Quinn Langan.[1] He attended schools there. His early training in acting came in Denver,[2] where he was stage manager at Elitch's Gardens, handling various behind-the-scenes duties.[3]

Langan went to New York, washing dishes in a cafeteria and taking other jobs while he sought acting jobs by visiting producers' offices. Fainting on a street resulted in a stay in Polyclinic Hospital for treatment of malnutrition.[3]


Langan made his Broadway debut in Glamour Preferred (1940). His other Broadway credits included A Kiss for Cinderella (1942), and Fancy Meeting You Again (1952).[4] He made his credited film debut in The Return of Doctor X (1939).[5] His other stage experiences included performing in Johnny Belinda and Glamor Preferred.[3]

Langan appeared as a French professor in the romantic Margie (1946), a devoted young doctor protecting Gene Tierney from the evil machinations of Vincent Price in Dragonwyck (1946), and as one of the psychiatrists looking after demented patient Olivia de Havilland in The Snake Pit (1948). Langan also portrayed a privateer captain in Forever Amber (1947).[citation needed]

On old-time radio, Langan starred as police inspector Barton Drake on the Mutual crime drama Murder Is My Hobby.[6] He also starred on the syndicated Mystery Is My Hobby, a revision of the earlier program.[6]: 250-251 

Langan's work on television included portraying Jeff Standish on the comedy series Boss Lady (1952).[7] On November 20, 1950, Langan co-starred with Mabel Taliaferro in "The Floor of Heaven" on Studio One on TV.[8]

Later years/family

His popularity waned by the early 1950s. He spent the next decade appearing on various television episodes, but eventually achieved a form of cult status as the irradiated 60-foot hero of Bert I. Gordon's sci-fi outing, The Amazing Colossal Man (1957). After winding down his screen career in the 1960s, Langan re-invented himself as a successful real estate salesman.[citation needed] He was married to actress Adele Jergens, with whom he had a son, Tracy.[2] He had earlier been married to showgirl Helen Weston.[3]


On January 26, 1991, Langan died of lymphoma at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, California, aged 73.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1939 Everybody's Hobby Ranger Uncredited
1939 Dust Be My Destiny Warden's Secretary Uncredited
1939 Espionage Agent Student Uncredited
1939 The Return of Doctor X Intern
1942 Flight Lieutenant Lt. Anderson's Orderly Uncredited
1943 Action in the North Atlantic Gun Crewman Uncredited
1943 The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler Youth Leader Uncredited
1943 Riding High Jack Holbrook
1944 Four Jills in a Jeep Capt. Stewart Uncredited
1944 Wing and a Prayer Executive Officer
1944 In the Meantime, Darling Lt. Larkin Uncredited
1944 Something for the Boys Lieutenant Ashley Crothers
1945 Hangover Square Eddie Carstairs
1945 A Bell for Adano Lt. Crofts Livingstone, USN
1946 Sentimental Journey Judson
1946 Dragonwyck Dr. Jeff Turner
1946 Margie Prof. Ralph Fontayne
1947 The Homestretch Bill Van Dyke III
1947 Forever Amber Capt. Rex Morgan
1948 Fury at Furnace Creek Capt. Rufe Blackwell / Sam Gilmore
1948 The Snake Pit Dr. Terry
1949 Treasure of Monte Cristo Edmund Dantes
1950 The Iroquois Trail Capt. Jonathan West
1950 Rapture Pietro Leoni
1952 Hangman's Knot Capt. Petersen
1953 One Girl's Confession Johnny
1953 99 River Street Lloyd Morgan
1954 The Big Chase Officer Pete Grayson
1955 Outlaw Treasure Sam Casey
1957 Jungle Heat Roger McRae
1957 The Amazing Colossal Man Lt. Col. Glenn Manning
1965 Mutiny in Outer Space Gen. Knowland
1966 Women of the Prehistoric Planet Capt. Ross
1970 Chisum Colonel Nathan Dudley
1971 The Andromeda Strain Cabinet Secretary Uncredited


  1. ^ Shaffer, Rosalind (August 18, 1945). "Breaks were slow in coming for talented Glenn Langan". Tampa Bay Times. Associated Press. p. 11. Retrieved April 15, 2021 – via
  2. ^ a b c "Glenn Langan Dies; Film Actor Was 73". The New York Times. January 29, 1991. p. B 5. Retrieved April 15, 2021 – via ProQuest.
  3. ^ a b c d Heffernan, Harold (February 18, 1946). "Glenn Langan Gets Break After Years of Waiting". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 15, 2021 – via
  4. ^ "Glann Langan". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "Glenn Langan profile". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  7. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 126. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  8. ^ "Television . . . . . . Highlights of the Week". Detroit Free Press. November 19, 1950. p. 22. Retrieved April 13, 2021 – via

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