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Thomas Kane Tulley
August 21, 1908
Durango, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||April 27, 1982
Newport Beach, Orange County, California,U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Spouse(s)||<Helen Ross>Frances McHugh (1938-1953)
Ida Johnson (1954-1982, his death)
|Children||Jeanette Lenore Tully Smith (1931-present)|
Tom Tully (August 21, 1908 – April 27, 1982) was an American actor.
Born in Durango in southwestern Colorado, Thomas Kane Tully served in the United States Navy, was a private pilot, and worked as a junior reporter for the Denver Post in Denver, Colorado, before he entered acting with the expectation of better pay. Tully started out on stage before eventually acting in Hollywood films starting in 1943. He changed his surname for professional reasons, from Tulley to Tully.
He received an Academy Award nomination for the role of the first commander of the Caine in 1954's The Caine Mutiny, with Humphrey Bogart. From 1954 through 1960, he played the role of Police Inspector Matt Grebb on the CBS television series, The Lineup, with co-star Warner Anderson, a gripping police drama. In repeats, The Lineup was known as San Francisco Beat.
He made two appearances as Rob Petrie's (Dick Van Dyke) father on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1964 and 1966. This role reunited Tully with Jerry Paris from The Caine Mutiny. He also was a guest star on the Andy Griffith show during the 7th Season. He played Walt, the milkman in the Episode, "Goodbye, Dolly."
Tully's Hollywood film career spanned from the early 1940s until 1973, and he continued to accept many guest-starring roles on television.
In 1962, he appeared on the NBC modern western series, Empire in the role of Tom Cole in the episode "Long Past, Long Remembered." Richard Jordan appeared in this episode too as Jay Bee Fowler. The series starred Richard Egan as New Mexico rancher Jim Redigo. In 1963, he was cast as Danny Mundt in "A Taste for Pineapple" of the ABC crime drama, The Untouchables. That same year he portrayed Jethro Tate in "Who Killed Billy Jo?" on another ABC crime drama, Burke's Law, with Gene Barry.
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