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Jerome Cowan

Cowan as Captain Nagle in The Hurricane
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Birth nameJerome Palmer Cowan
Birth dateOctober 6, 1897
Place of birthNew York City, New York, U.S.
Date of deathJanuary 24, 1972(age 74)
Death placeEncino, California, U.S.|yearsactive=1923-1959 (stage)
1936-1971 (film)
SpouseHelen Dodge (1905-1980)

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Jerome Palmer Cowan (October 6, 1897 - January 24, 1972) was an American film and television actor. At eighteen he joined a travelling stock company, shortly afterwards enlisting in the navy in World War I. After the war he returned to the stage and became a vaudeville headliner, then gained success on the New York stage. He was spotted by Samuel Goldwyn and was given a film contract, his first film being Beloved Enemy.

He appeared in over 100 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.

The New York-born actor 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.

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 The Tab Hunter Show on NBC. In 1962, he guest starred on Fess Parker's ABC sitcom, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. In 1964 and 1965, Cowan appeared as the demanding Herbert Wilson alongside Walter Brennan in the 32-episode ABC series The Tycoon.

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