Tom Drake

Actor, Producer, Director
Tom Drake received his first taste of the acting world when--under his real name, Alfred Alderdice--he starred in the hit Broadway production of "Janie" in 1942. After taking the stage name Tom Drake, the newly ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1918 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Meet Me in St. Louis 1977 (Movie)

John Truett (Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Savage Abduction 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Spectre Of Edgar Allan Poe 1973 (Movie)

Dr Forrest (Actor)

City Beneath the Sea 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The McMasters 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Red Tomahawk 1966 (Movie)

Bill Kane (Actor)

Johnny Reno 1965 (Movie)

Joe Connors (Actor)

The Sandpiper 1965 (Movie)

Walter Robinson (Actor)

The Singing Nun 1965 (Movie)

Fitzpatrick (Actor)

The Bramble Bush 1960 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Warlock 1958 (Movie)

Abe McQuown (Actor)

Cyclops 1957 (Movie)

Lee Brand (Actor)

Raintree County 1957 (Movie)

Bobby Drake (Actor)

Hills of Home 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

Ned Talbot (Actor)

The Howards of Virginia 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cass Timberlane (Movie)

Jamie Wargate (Actor)

Courage of Lassie (Movie)

Sergeant Smitty (Actor)

Maisie Goes to Reno (Movie)

Bill Fullerton (Actor)

Marriage Is a Private Affair (Movie)

Bill Rice (Actor)

Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (Movie)

Bill Chase (Actor)

She Cried Murder (TV Show)

Actor

The Beginning or the End (Movie)

Matt Cochran (Actor)

The Great Rupert (Movie)

Peter Dingle (Actor)

The Green Years (Movie)

Robert Shannon (Actor)

The Mortal Storm (Movie)

(Actor)

The Return of Joe Forrester (TV Show)

Actor

The White Cliffs of Dover (Movie)

American Soldier (Actor)

Two Girls and a Sailor (Movie)

Frank Miller (Actor)
Director (1)

The Keeper 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Tom Drake received his first taste of the acting world when--under his real name, Alfred Alderdice--he starred in the hit Broadway production of "Janie" in 1942. After taking the stage name Tom Drake, the newly christened actor gathered the success from the musical and went on to star in his most famous role, next to Judy Garland in the 1944 musical "Meet Me in St. Louis." There, Drake played John Truett, the love interest of a girl whose family lived in St. Louis during the Louisiana Purchase Convention. The picture gained an array of Academy Award nominations, including Best Music. The next film in which Drake appeared was "The Green Years," in which he starred as Robert Shannon, an orphan who overcomes boundaries on his path to become a doctor. Drake starred in the 1950 holiday feature "The Great Rupert," playing a young man striking up a little romance--with some assistance from a helpful little squirrel. A supporting role in the Civil War-themed "Raintree County" in 1957 helped Drake's film career stay afloat before television appearances overwhelmed his filmography from the '50s to the '70s.

Relationships

Claire Alderdice

Sister

Milestones

1976

First film as producer and director "The Keeper"

1940

Film acting debut in "The Howards of Virginia"

1938

First role on Broadway

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