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Regis Toomey
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Actor
    (August 13, 1898-October 12, 1991)
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Birth name was John Regis Toomey
    Portrayed Sgt Les Hart in 'Burke's Law' (1963-66)
    Appeared in the films 'Alibi' (1929), 'Murder by the Clock' (1931), 'Murder on the Blackboard' (1934), 'The Invisible Menace' (1938), 'His Girl Friday' (1940), 'Meet John Doe' (1941), 'The Died with Their Boots On' (1941), 'You're in the Army Now' (1941), 'Follow the Boys' (1944), 'Spellbound' (1945), 'The Big Sleep' (1946), 'The Bishop's Wife' (1947), 'The Boy with Green Hair' (1948), 'Mighty Joe Young' (1949), 'Beyond the Forest' (1949), 'Show Boat' (1951), 'Guys and Dolls' (1955), 'Man's Favorite Sport?' (1964), 'Change of Habit' (1969), 'Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood' (1976) and 'C.H.O.M.P.S.' (1979)
    He started in musical theater, until he developed laryngitis during a tour of England.
    He was killed off in so many of his early films, he said he should have been named 'morticians' man of the year.'
    He had a collection of several hundred pipes.
    He said, 'I'd rather be a supporting actor than a star. Supporting actors last longer.'
    He and choreographer Kathryn Scott were married for 56 years until her death.
    He and Jane Wyman set the record for longest kiss in a Hollywood film: 3 minutes, 5 seconds in 'You're in the Army Now.'
    He was worried when Ronald Reagan (then Wyman's husband) approached him after the scene was filmed, until Reagan asked deadpan, 'How'd you ever get her to sit still for so long?'

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