Tom Tryon

Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter
Tall, ruggedly handsome leading man of the 1950s and 60s who after a 16-year career gave up acting in 1971 to write the best-selling novels "Crowned Heads" and "Harvest Home". After beginning in a stock theatre company ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1926 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

The Narco Men 1970 (Movie)

Harry Bell (Actor)

Color Me Dead 1969 (Movie)

Frank Bigelow (Actor)

Winchester '73 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

In Harm's Way 1965 (Movie)

Lt William O'Connell (Actor)

The Glory Guys 1964 (Movie)

Demas Harrod (Actor)

The Cardinal 1963 (Movie)

Stephen Fermoyle (Actor)

Marines, Let's Go 1961 (Movie)

Skip Roth (Actor)

Moon Pilot 1961 (Movie)

Capt Richmond Talbot (Actor)

Texas John Slaughter 1958 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Ruth 1960 (Movie)

Mahlon (Actor)

I Married a Monster From Outer Space 1957 (Movie)

Bill Farrell (Actor)

The Unholy Wife 1957 (Movie)

San (Actor)

Frontier 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Scarlet Hour 1956 (Movie)

"Marsh" Marshall (Actor)

Three Violent People 1956 (Movie)

Cinch (Actor)

Winchester '73 (Movie)

Lin McAdam (Actor)

Biography

Tall, ruggedly handsome leading man of the 1950s and 60s who after a 16-year career gave up acting in 1971 to write the best-selling novels "Crowned Heads" and "Harvest Home". After beginning in a stock theatre company as a set painter and assistant manager, and later becoming a production assistant with NBC-TV, the Yale-educated Tryon entered film in 1955 with "Scarlet Hour". He appeared in mostly forgettable fare including "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" (1958) (as a stone-faced alien), and as the title character in the 1958 Walt Disney TV series "Texas John Slaughter". The height of his acting career was the starring role in Otto Preminger's "The Cardinal" (1963). In 1971, Tryon wrote the highly popular, supernatural thriller "The Other", which he adapted to the screen the following year, and then switched full time to his eventually more successful writing career. His novel "Harvest Home" was made into a 1978 TV movie "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home", and his "Crowned Heads" was adapted in part for the 1978 Billy Wilder film, "Fedora".

Relationships

Elizabeth Tryon

Mother

A Lane Tryon

Brother

William Tryon

Brother

Ann Noyes

Wife
married in June 1955 divorced in 1958

Arthur Tryon

Father

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1949
graduated with honors

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied under Sanford Meisner

Art Students League of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

1978

Novel, "Crowned Heads" adapted in part as Billy Wilder film, "Fedora"

1972

Wrote first screenplay, adapting the "The Other"

1972

Began writing full time

1970

First novel published, "The Other"

1970

Acted in final film, "The Nacro Men"

1962

Cast opposite Marilyn Monroe in the never-completed film, "Something's Got to Give"

1958

Appeared in title role of Walt Disney TV series, "Texas John Slaughter"

1955

Film debut, "Scarlet Hour"

1955

Moved to California

1955

TV acting debut, "The Way of the World"

1952

Broadway debut as understudy in the musical, "Wish You Were Here"

1942

Enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and spent three years as a radio specialist in the South Pacific during WWII

Grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut

Joined Cape Playhouse stock company in Dennis, Massachusetts as set designer, assistant stage manager and later actor

Worked as TV production assistant at CBS before switching to acting

Bonus Trivia

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"When I began writing all that I had going for me was that I could type 80 words per minute, I could spell and I liked words. But in doing it, I found that the real reward was the writing itself, working at it day by day and finally accomplishing something--that was it. To have a book published is one of the most exciting things that can happen to you. Infinitely more rewarding than acting." --Thomas Tryon, quoted in his obituary in The New York Times, September 5, 1991.

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Among his ancestors was William Tryon, a Tory who was Governor of New York before and during the American Revolution.

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Awarded the Prix Femina de Belgique (1964)

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