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Portrait of Gene O'Donnell, CBS Radio actor. He performs... News Photo -  Getty ImagesGene O'Donnell (February 28, 1911 - November 22, 1992) was an American actor who played character roles in films of the '40s, '50s, and '60s, primarily working for Republic Studios. He got his start as a radio announcer and made his film debut in the Boris Karloff vehicle The Ape (1940). He also was seen as Steve in the Dick Tracy serials and in "The Devil Bat" wtih Bela Lugosi.

Gene O'Donnell was born on February 28, 1911 in Des Moines, Iowa, as Orville Eugene O'Donnell. He had a lavender marriage with a woman named Dolores Dé Costa.

He served in the Army during WWII and afterward returned to Hollywood to resume his career in both films and television. After Army service in World War II he appeared regularly in two early TV series, "Date With Judy" and "Barney Blake Police Reporter." On Broadway he was seen in "Another Part of the Forest" and "Point of No Return." His other TV credits included "Gunsmoke," "Perry Mason," and "I Love Lucy."

He died at the Motion Picture Hospital in Woodland Hills on November 22, 1992, of cancer.


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