Friday, August 5, 2011

Actor Tom Aldredge R.I.P.

Character actor Tom Aldredge, who appeared on Ryan's Hope and The Sopranos, passed on 22 July 2011 at the age of 83. The cause was lymphoma.

Tom Aldredge was born on 28 February 1928 in Dayton, Ohio. He had intended to become an attorney and even attended the University of Dayton. It was in 1947 that he saw a performance on Broadway of A Streetcar Named Desire and he changed his career plans to take up acting. He trained in acting at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. He made his debut on Broadway in The Nervous Set in 1959. Over the years he would return to Broadway several times, appearing in such productions as Everything in the Garden, How the Other Half Loves, a revival of The Iceman Cometh, Rex, On Golden Pond, a revival of Inherit the Wind, a revival of 1776, and Twelve Angry Men.

Tom Aldredge made his television debut in the special Seasons of Youth in 1961. He made his movie debut in The Mouse on the Moon in 1963. In the Sixties he would appear in such films as The Troublemaker (1964), Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965), The Boston Strangler (1968), and The Rain People (1969). In the Seventies he appeared in such movies as The Happiness Cage (1972), Sticks and Bones (1973), and Cool Red (1976). He was a regular on the soap opera Ryan's Hope from 1979 to 1982.

From the Eighties into the Naughts Mr. Aldredge appeared in such films as Seize the Day (1986), *batteries not included (1987), See You in the Morning (1989), Brenda Starr (1989), What About Bob? (1991), Other People's Money (1991), Rounders (1998), A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), All the King's Men (2006), and A Magic Helmet (2010). He was a regular on the TV programmes The Sopranos and Damages. He also appeared on the TV shows The Hallmark Hall of Fame, Third Watch, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Boardwalk Empire.

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