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Mystery Photos #2: Who’s That Gent?

Thanks to all who reviewed and commented on our inaugural post last week of unknown film stills.

Since last week we posted a series of unknown women, this week, we offer up a series of unknown men.

Any suggestions, thoughts, or even speculation on who any of these gentlemen might be is gratefully appreciated and can be shared in the Comments.


1) Probably an actor from the late silent era or early talkies.

SOLVED:  This is legendary Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. 


2) A very familiar face, but so far we’ve been unable to put a name to him.

SOLVED!:  This is British actor Michael Knowles.


3) A character actor we can’t quite place.

SOLVED!:   Fred Foy, longtime radio announcer.


4) He looks like a character actor who would be cast as a judge, a school principal or a kindly father. But who is he?

SOLVED!:  This is Wells Church, CBS radio executive.

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5) Another character actor.

SOLVED:  This is playwright Leonard Melfi.


6)  The back of this photo has a hand-written notation on its back, “Fri TV ON Two Guys,” but there’s no other information.

SOLVED:  The above is the Maine-based humorist Marshall Dodge.

 Thanks for your help! 


  1. Keith Folk
    August 16, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    1. George E, Stone, famous as The Runt in the 1940s Boston Blackie films

  2. Julie
    August 16, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Could #4 be a young Karl Malden?

  3. Julie
    August 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Sorry…#5 on Karl Malden

  4. Stan Brown
    August 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    #4 might be Nat Polan, an actor on several soap operas from the 1950s to the 1970s

  5. Rebecca
    August 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    #2 Looks a lot like Charlie Chaplin, but I’m not sure.

  6. Larry Blamire
    August 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Yep, looked like George E. Stone to me too. Next to last looks like Steven Hill, maybe in the 70s.

  7. Jim Barton
    August 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    #5 I can’t identify the film but the actor looks a lot like Steven Hill, sometime between Mission Impossible season 1 and Law & Order.

  8. Larry Blamire
    August 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Actually the last one may be Jesse Vint.

  9. Bill Davis
    August 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I don’t see Steven Hill in number 4.

    Number 2 looks a little like Lex Barker.

  10. Teri Sturtevant
    August 16, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    number 2 looks like Whit Bissell.

  11. Stephen R. Pickard
    August 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Could #3 be character actor Herbert Rudley?

  12. Jim Bell
    August 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I’m 99.9999 percent sure the actor in the third photo is Richard Webb, perhaps best known as Captain Midnight on TV in the early 1950s. Google search the name and you’ll find an array of photos of Webb that will surely verify that your photo is indeed him.

  13. will
    August 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Looks like this guy


  14. t. kelly
    August 17, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    #3 Lex Barker

  15. Sandra
    August 18, 2016 at 12:33 am


  16. Jim Bell
    August 18, 2016 at 10:54 am

    After checking and comparing IMDb and Online photos of Lex Barker and the guy in photo #3 I’m now persuaded that #3 was Lex Barker, looking a little long in the tooth.

  17. Mary
    August 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    First gentleman is Audi Murphy

  18. PF
    August 18, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I’m with Julie on #5 possibly being a young Karl Malden – just look at those eyes, and especially the tip of the nose! However, Karl never had that much hair and never wore it that way in his younger days (the hairstyle in the picture looks too ’70s-ish when Karl would have been too old to sport such a full head of hair) so I guess this could just be the Malden “brother of [later] another mother”…

  19. PF
    August 18, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    * “brother of another [later] mother”…

  20. t kelly
    August 19, 2016 at 10:36 am

    #4 looks a bit like Harry Bartell

  21. t kelly
    August 19, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Another suggestion for #4: Victor Mature

  22. Hugh O’Brien
    August 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    #4 looks like character actor Art Smith (1899-1973).

  23. Greg Chapman
    August 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    6 I think is Richard Crenna.

  24. Rachel
    August 23, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    #2 reminds me of an early Christopher Plummer, but I can’t prove my theory.

  25. Nancy Kauffman
    August 23, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I don’t believe #1 is George E. Stone. The ears and nose do not match. The shape of the face is also different.

  26. Ray Dolan
    August 24, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I agree with Nancy Kauffman re #1; also #1’s ear appears differently shaped than either of Stone’s and the lobe appears free, unlike, I believe, either of Stone’s.

  27. Jon P
    September 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I believe #2 is a fairly current British (?) character actor, usually plays government minister types. Maybe that will jog someone else’s memory. I cannot place his name or remember where I’ve seen him, but he would be in any number of British movies or shows in the last decade or so.

  28. Jym Corona
    September 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    #2 looks like Peter Finch, Network’s [1976] Howard Beale

  29. David L Rattigan
    September 14, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I did spot the resemblance before you mentioned it, Jym, but #2 is definitely NOT Peter Finch.

  30. Stacia
    October 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    #1 is definitely not George E. Stone.

  31. Jonathan
    October 5, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Is #2 possible Larry Lamb? I don’t think the nose is quite right, but a possibility?


  32. Greg Chapman
    October 12, 2016 at 12:36 am

    #1 Is surely a young Cesar Romero.

  33. Sally Stark
    November 20, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Number 4 looks like a younger version of THEO GOETZ, who played “Papa Bauer”, in the early days of the Soap Opera GUIDING LIGHT.

  34. Carolyn
    December 8, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    number 3 is actor Eddie Albert, I think

  35. Jim Beaver
    December 22, 2016 at 12:29 am

    No. 1 is definitely not George E. Stone. No. 3 is definitely not Lex Barker, Aldo Ray, or Richard Webb. No. 4 is definitely not Art Smith.

  36. Molls
    January 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

    #3 Not A. Murphy, not Aldo Ray.

  37. Mary
    August 16, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    No 3 is NOT Aldo Ray or Lex Barker. A difficult set of gentlemen.

  38. Laurel
    October 18, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I’m quite positive that #4 is NOT Steven Hill. Steven Hill is well documented throughout 60’s to the 2000’s. If you did a comparison you would clearly see that it’s not him.

  39. grant garland
    December 28, 2017 at 10:11 am

    #5 is NOT Steven Hill!

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