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Arthur Hughes (actor)

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Birth dateJune 24, 1894
Place of birthBloomington, Illinois
Date of deathDecember 28, 1982
Death placeNew York City, New York

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Arthur Hughes (June 24, 1894 - December 28, 1982) was an American actor on the stage, radio and films. On Broadway, he performed in two dozen plays between 1923 and 1968, including Mourning Becomes Electra (1931 32) and Elizabeth the Queen (1930 31). On television he appeared in The Dupont Show of the Week and Playhouse 90.

Hughes was best known as the titular character Bill Davidson on the long-running daytime radio serial, Just Plain Bill, and he acted in other well-known radio programs such as the Fu Manchu Mysteries and Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons. During the 1960s, he appeared in several TV movies. He also appeared in films, including The Great Gatsby (1974) and Woody Allen's Bananas (1971).

Hughes and Edward Pawley, of Big Town fame, were good friends. They were roommates in their early years in New York City where they were appearing in Broadway plays. They appeared together in a popular Broadway production titled Subway Express (1929). Hughes was a witness at Pawley's marriage to his first wife, stage actress Martina May Martin, in 1922.

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