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Frank Fenton (actor)

Frank Fenton (Moran)
Frank Fenton in Lady of Burlesque (1943)
Born April 9, 1906
Hartford, Connecticut
Died July 24, 1957
Los Angeles, California

Frank Fenton (Moran) (April 9, 1906 – July 24, 1957) was an American stage, film and television actor.


Born Francis Fenton Moran,[1] the Georgetown University-graduate started his career on stage in New York, eventually starring in the Broadway versions of Susan and God with Gertrude Lawrence and as George Kittredge in The Philadelphia Story (1939) alongside Katharine Hepburn. He also appeared on stage in London, and toured with Katherine Cornell in Romeo & Juliet and other plays.

After moving to Hollywood for Barbara Stanwyck's Lady of Burlesque (1943),[2] the Hartford, Connecticut native appeared in more than 80 movies and television programs. Although the majority of his motion picture career was spent in supporting roles, he starred alongside John Carradine in Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943), which was re-issued as Monsoon.

Fenton was married from 1934-1948[3] to the former Aqueena Bilotti, daughter of sculptor Salvadore Bilotti. The couple had two daughters, Alicia and Honoree.[4][5]

He is often confused—in print and online—with screenwriter and novelist Frank Fenton (1903 - August 23, 1971). Ironically, the actor dropped his last name early in his career to avoid confusion with other well-known Morans in New York City, including prizefighter Frank Moran, drama reporter Frank Moran, and George Moran of the popular comedy team Moran and Mack.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b Los Angeles Times, January 5, 1937, Pg. 15
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1943, Pg. A7
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1948, Pg. 7
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times, July 26, 1957, Pg. C10
  5. ^ New York Times, July 26, 1957, Pg. 19

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