Kane RichmondKane Richmond
Born Fred Bowditch
December 23, 1906(1906-12-23)
Minneapolis, MinnesotaDied March 22, 1973(aged 66)
Corona Del Mar, CaliforniaSpouse(s) Marion Burns
Kane Richmond (December 23, 1906 – March 22, 1973) was an American film actor of the 1930s and 1940s, mostly appearing in cliffhangers and serials. He is best known today for his portrayal of the character "Lamont Cranston" in The Shadow films in addition to his earlier starring role as the lead in Republic Pictures' Spy Smasher serial.
Richmond was born Fred Bowditch in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to Hollywood in the late 1920s to pursue a career in acting. He received his first film roles in 1929, appearing in Song of Love, followed by Their Own Desire, both of which were uncredited. In 1930 he had two more uncredited roles, then landed the lead role in the boxing serial The Leather Pushers, an eleven film series that ran into 1931. From the remainder of 1931 through 1939 Richmond appeared in fifty films, many of which were cliffhangers, serials, and B-movies. He was married for a time during this period to actress Marion Burns, with the marriage ending in divorce.
He appeared in several Charlie Chan films, and in 1940 landed a main supporting role in Knute Rockne All American, which starred Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, and Ronald Reagan. From 1940 through 1946 Richmond appeared in thirty films, including his best known roles today, three films in The Shadow series, starring opposite Barbara Read. Following The Shadow films, his movie career declined considerably, with only three film roles in 1947 and 1948. During the 1950s and 1960s he appeared on several television series' up until 1966 when he retired. He was residing in Corona Del Mar, California at the time of his death on March 22, 1973.
- Kane Richmond at the Internet Movie Database
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