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Jerome Cowan
Cowan as Captain Nagle in The Hurricane
Born Jerome Palmer Cowan
(1897-10-06)October 6, 1897
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died January 24, 1972(1972-01-24) (aged 74)
Encino, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Place of burial Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1923-1959 (stage)
1936-1971 (film)
Spouse(s) Helen Dodge (1905-1980)

Jerome Palmer Cowan (October 6, 1897 – January 24, 1972) was an American stage, film, and television actor.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Jerome Cowan was born in New York City, the son of William Cowan, a confectioner of Scottish descent, and Julia Cowan, nee Palmer.[1]

Stage[edit | edit source]

At eighteen he joined a travelling stock company, shortly afterwards enlisting in the United States Navy during World War I. After the war he returned to the stage and became a vaudeville headliner, then gained success on the New York stage.

Film[edit | edit source]

He was spotted by Samuel Goldwyn and was given a film contract, his first film being Beloved Enemy.

He appeared in more than one hundred films, but is probably best remembered for two roles in classic films: Miles Archer, the doomed private eye partner of Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon and Thomas Mara, the hapless district attorney who has to prosecute Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street.

Cowan also played Dagwood Bumstead's boss Mr. Radcliffe in several installments of Columbia Pictures' Blondie series. He also appeared in Deadline at Dawn, June Bride, and High Sierra.

Television[edit | edit source]

In 1959 he played Horatio Styles in the episode "Winter Song" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, The Alaskans, with Roger Moore. That same year, he made two guest appearances in the CBS courtroom drama series, Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. He played murdered playwright Royce in "The Case of the Lost Last Act" and then Victor Latimore in "The Case of the Artful Dodger." He guest starred on the David Janssen crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

In the 1960-1961 television season, Cowan starred as John Larsen, the owner of Comics, Inc., and the boss of Paul Morgan, a young cartoonist portrayed by Tab Hunter in the 32-segment NBC sitcom, The Tab Hunter Show. In 1962, he guest starred on Fess Parker's ABC sitcom, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He also appeared on Parker's historical series Daniel Boone and on the ABC religion drama, Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly.

In 1964 and 1965, Cowan appeared as the demanding Herbert Wilson alongside Walter Brennan in the 32-episode ABC series, The Tycoon. Earlier in 1963 he appeared on Brennan's previous series, The Real McCoys, in its final season on CBS.

Partial filmography[edit | edit source]

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