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Photo Blog #13: Men of Mystery

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Here is another set of unknowns.  These gentlemen may be actors, or they may be directors, writers, producers.  And some might not be affiliated with film/TV at all–perhaps they are captains of industry, or TV hosts, or local anchormen.  Regardless, we welcome your thoughts as to who they might be.  Please place your educated guesses in the “comments” section below.  As always, as they are positively ID’ed, we will update this blog accordingly.  And, as always, “clicking” on any of the images below will increase them in size.  Thank you!!!


1.  The above gent may be a character actor of some note.

SOLVED:  This is late LA businessman Richard E. Lewis.

622.  This man, in this shot probably from the 1970s, may be a musician or a veteran of the daytime soaps?

SOLVED!:  Actor Bill Cable (“Basic Instinct,” “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”)


3.  Who is the distinguished man with the carnation in his lapel?

SOLVED!:  This is Walter Reade, Jr., founder of the Walter Reade Organization, a distributor of arthouse films.


4.  This gentleman looks very familiar–surely an actor of some renown.  But what is his name?

SOLVED!:  Director Carl Franklin.–Thanks, Beverly W.


5.  Something about this picture seems to shout “anchorman” but we don’t know his identity.

SOLVED!:  John J. McMahon, a one-time NBC exec.


6.  Who is the man with the glasses?.

SOLVED:  F.M. Richard Simons.


7.  Another man who looks a bit like he belongs in news or local weather.  Regardless, who is he?

SOLVED:  William F. Storke, film producer


8.  We do not know if the man pictured here is a doctor or if he just plays one on TV.

SOLVED!:  Mark Jenkins in the TV show “Young Dr. Kildare” (1972)–Thank you Steven Thompson!


9.  This photo has far more information attached to it than we’re used to.  It is dated 1982 and is marked “Universal City Studios.”  But beyond that, who is the man at the drawing board?  (Note the subject matter of his drawings–a WWII fighter plane and an exotic street scene.)

SOLVED!:  Ron Cobb, art director/designer.  Thank you Mike Johnson!


10.  Probably an executive of some sort.

To see our previously mystery photo posts–some photos still waiting to be ID’ed–please click on any of the links below.

Photo Blog #1:  Who’s That Lady?

Photo Blog #2:  Who’s that Gent? (4 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #3:  Name That Movie! (5 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #4:  Musical Mysteries (4 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #5:  Unknown Horrors

Photo Blog #6:  Small Screen Oddities (4 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #7:  International Unknowns (5 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #8:  Mysterious Silents (3 out of 6 solved!)

Photo Blog #9:  Portraits of an Unknown Woman (2 of 10 solved!)

Photo Blog #10:  The Films With No Name (6 out of 8 solved!)

Photo Blog #11:  The Kids are Unknown (5 out of 10 solved!)

Photo Blog #12:  Reel Mysteries (5 out of 10 solved!)

Comments (17)

  1. Man #1 appears to have wear the “CBS Eye” lapel pin and bow tie. If so, I’d say he’s an early local B/W TV guy (news anchor, etc.). I don’t remember many character actors wearing a bow tie.

  2. Man no. 6 is not Larry Gelbart.

  3. I wish I could add some positives but man no. 10 is not William Castle.

  4. No. 10 is definitely NOT William Castle.

  5. No. 2 looks somewhat like Peter Firth when he was in Equus in the 1970s on Broadway. Same hair, similar face. Nothing like he looks today.

  6. Number 2 is most definitely Englebert Humperdink. He was and still is a British singer

  7. #4 is Director Carl Franklin!

  8. man # 1 Reminds me of Robert Stack an actor on the Untouchables.

  9. Man # 2 I think is Jim Morrison, singer for The Doors.

  10. #6 is NOT Larry Gelbart.

  11. 10 looks a lot like Jerry Reinsdorf.

  12. #3 Looks a lot like George Kennedy.

  13. Could #7 be Nick Clooney, father of George Clooney? The man pictured shares a resemblance and Nick Clooney was a news anchor and journalist.

  14. Could #7 be Nick Clooney, father of George Clooney?

  15. No 2 Peter Firth. I will discuss this with my friends.
    Allyson Brunetti

  16. No. 7 is actually William F. Storke, who was involved in the NBC at the time.

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