Thomas McAdam Beck was an actor during the mid to late 1930s, who first attracted attention playing romantic leads in the film series of Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto, during the years he was under contract at Fox Film and later 20th Century-Fox. Born in New York City, on December 28, 1909, he grew up in the Forest Park section of Baltimore, Maryland. Beck was so good looking by the time he was a teenager that it is said that girls used to literally swoon when he'd go down the hallway at Forest Park High, where he graduated in 1928. He entered John Hopkins University where he studied science and had intentions of becoming a doctor. At the time he also studied piano at Peabody Conservatory of Music and painting at the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts, and appeared in many plays with a Baltimore theater group created by Henry Fonda. Beck finally studied engineering, but after graduating in 1932, he believed engineering jobs would be scarce during the Depression, so he turned to acting. His first professional stage appearances were with a Massachusetts theater company, but by October 1932 he was cast in his first Broadway play, "Mademoiselle". His work interested film executives, when he got noticed in 1934 as Pauline Frederick's brother in John Charles Brownell's play "Her Majesty the Widow" and was signed by Fox Films. A year later when Fox and 20th Century Pictures merged, Beck was lost in the change and saw all the major roles go to Don Ameche, Henry Fonda, Richard Greene, and Tyrone Power, although the tall and handsome young man was noticed whenever he appeared on the screen. Beck was featured in 28 films in his career, with notable roles in "Charlie Chan in Paris" (1935), "Charlie Chan in Egypt" (1935), "Charlie Chan at the Race Track" (1936), and "Charlie Chan at the Opera" (1936). He also worked with Will Rogers in George Marshall's "Life Begins at Forty" (1935), in which he played the spoiled son of a landowner; appeared as a French legionnaire in Frank Lloyd's "Under Two Flags" (1936), and as Pastor Schultz, the village priest, in Allan Dwan's "Heidi" (1937), opposite child superstar Shirley Temple. He was seen to good advantage in two 1936 Fox motion pictures, in which he had leading roles: as a pilot in Peter Lorre's first American film, the espionage thriller "Crack-Up" and as a rich socialite in the drama "Champagne Charlie". When his career seemed ready to take off, Fox refused to raise his wages for a third time, and Beck left the studio in 1939. He had never been a favorite of top executives, and he never played the games of studio politics, but one could also suspect other causes behind his dismissal, as Beck's open homosexuality and his work to promote the Screen Actors Guild to improve working conditions for actors, in those years of ideological persecution by major studios, actors and producers. Beck free-lanced for Republic Studios and Universal, but left motion pictures in 1939. After appearing on the stage in "Delicate Story" in 1940, Beck then served in the Army in the Pacific theatre during World War II, finishing as a major in 1945. After the war, he briefly returned to the theatre in New York City, appearing in 1946 with Blanche Yurka in "Temper the Wind", and then retired from acting. He worked in advertising for 17 years and then operated a real estate office in Connecticut with his longtime companion (and former advertising colleague) until they retired to Florida. In a late interview Beck confessed that he had enjoyed his work on stage more than in films, and that his only regret was not leaving Hollywood, but never working in his chosen profession, as an engineer. He also painted and wrote poetry, publishing in 1990 his book of poems «Astride the Wind», written before, during and after World War II. He died on September 23, 1995 in Miami Shores, Florida, of Alzheimer's disease and heart ailments. He is buried along with the rest of his family at Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore. In this article, we will talk about Thomas Beck's Biography including Net Worth, Age, Birthday, Height, Weight, Family, Children etc.
Thomas Beck Biography
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|Date of Birth||:||December 29, 1909|
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Thomas Beck Age in 2023 and Birthday Info
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|Date of Birth||:||December 29, 1909|
|Birth Place||:||New York City, New York, USA|
|Date of Death||:||1995-9-23|
|Death Place||:||Miami Shores, Florida, USA (Alzheimer's disease and heart ailments)|
|Next Birthday||:||29 December, 2023|
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Thomas Beck Net Worth in 2023
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Thomas Beck Facts and Trivia
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- Beck grew up in the Forest Park section of Baltimore, Maryland along with his 2 sisters, Dorothy and Ida. He was also a graduate of Forest Park High School.
- Buried along with the rest of his family at Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. His grave is near the road of the northernmost part of section 'P' near the large Crowl family marker.
- The day when Thomas Beck was born was Wednesday.
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