Tom Tryon - biography

Actor from United States of America

Tom Tryon Tom Tryon (January 14, 1926 – September 4, 1991) was an American film and television actor, best known for playing the title role in the film The Cardinal (1963) and the Walt Disney television character Texas John Slaughter (1958–1961). He later became a writer and authored several science fiction, horror and mystery novels. He was born Thomas Tryon in Hartford, Connecticut. Tom Tryon is often erroneously identified as the son of silent screen actor Glenn Tryon; his actual father was Arthur Lane Tryon, a clothier and owner of Stackpole, Moore & Tryon. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific from 1943–1946 during World War II. He then studied Acting at NYC's Neighborhood Playhouse under the tutelage of Sanford Meisner. Tryon appeared in the 1952 original Broadway production of Wish You Were Here, a long-running musical that starred Jack Cassidy, Patricia Marand and Sheila Bond. He guest starred in 1955 as Antoine De More in the two-part episode "King of the Dakotas" of NBC's western anthology series Frontier. His other television roles included that of Texas John Slaughter, a part of ABC's Walt Disney Presents in the late 1950s. The role was based on actual historical figure John  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Thomas Tryon
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Writer, Actor


Institution From To
Yale University


Year Performance Character
1969 Color Me Dead
1967 Winchester '73
1965 The Glory Guys Capt. Demas Harrod
1963 The Cardinal
1962 Something's Got to Give
1960 Marines, Let's Go
1958 I Married a Monster from Outer Space
1956 The Scarlet Hour
1956 Screaming Eagles


Date of death
Cause of death
Stomach cancer
Place of death
Los Angeles

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