many of the finest films ever made,
pivotal roles. He appeared in major works in almost every film genre,
excelling in them all.
He was good-looking, charming and poised, yet his
most valuable film attributes were a low-key manner and a pleasing adaptability.
He was quietly present in an amazing amount of films that have achieved
highest honors and/or cult status: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons,
Gaslight, The Third Man, Shadow of a Doubt, Portrait of Jennie, and
The Farmer's Daughter, to name a few. In a career spanning 40 years
and 70 films, it's hard to label him as a character actor, leading man,
action or romantic hero -- he was the cinematic Average Guy, and an actor
with a talent that was anything but average.