Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tom Neal 1914-1972

Film Actor 1938-1959 (Jungle Girl, Behind the Rising Sun, Crime Inc, Club Havana, Detour, I shot Billy the Kid,)  Amateur Boxer, Landscaper

He’s best remembered for his performance and presence in Ulmer’s Detour, but he’s also known for his severe beating of Franchot Tone over their common relationship with Barbara Payton in 1951. Fourteen years later, he killed his wife, Gale Bennett, and was found guilty of involuntary homicide in Palm Springs, CA. He served six years in prison, was released in 1971 and died the next year.  He came from a wealthy family in Evanston, Illinois, and studied Mathematics at Northwestern University.  In Detour he’s the very image of the doomed but sensitive jazz musician.

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