Admiral Nelson in
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE
Note....as a public service, I
have minimally edited the original Fox release.
Basehart, plays the prototype of the warrior-scientist in 20th
adventure-drama series, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.
Mr. Basehart has earned the highest accolades of his profession--he is known as
an actor's actor.
One of the most versatile actors in the business,
Basehart plays an American Admiral in VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF
THE SEA. He brings to VOYAGE the same skill he displayed in such diverse roles as
the Mayan High Priest in the recently completed "Kings of the Sun," a
Russian, Italian, Frenchman and even a German Adolph Hitler whom
he portrayed in the picture "Hitler."
|| Born in Zanesville,
Ohio, Basehart at first planned to follow in his father's
footsteps as a newspaperman (his dad was editor of the local
paper), but at the age of thirteen, he shifted gears and cut his
acting teeth with a local stock company. The glimmer of a career was
Upon graduation from high school,
he was the "hottest" cub reporter on the paper--so hot that he
uncovered a scandal at city hall that caused the administration to topple
and even cost him his job after he punched a detective in the face.
He remembered the fun he'd
had as an actor and applied to and was accepted at Philadelphia's
famed Hedgerow Theater, where, in five years, he played 40 roles, from
For a stage actor,
there is only one Mecca--New York--and Basehart soon made his presence felt,
first in Producer Margaret Webster's "Counter-Attack," which was followed
quickly by roles in "Land of Fame," "Othello," "Take It As It Comes" and
When he heard
Director Bretaigne Windust was looking for an authentic Scotsman for the
lead in "The Hasty Heart," Basehart not only affected an authentic enough
burr to win the part, but won the 1945 New York Critic's Award as the most
promising actor of the year.
long beckoning and Basehart made his screen debut in "Cry Wolf." He left
Hollywood for a final year of Broadway and summer stock, but returned for
good to do "Repeat Performance" and "He Walked by Night," a thriller which
won him a contract at 20th Century-Fox. At Fox, his
great screen successes included "Titanic," Fourteen Hours," "The House on Telegraph
Hill" and "Decision Before Dawn."
In Recent years, he
has become an international star, appearing in such diversified films as
"La Strada," "Time Limit," with Richard Widmark and in "The Brothers
Karamazov," as Ivan, the intellectual.
He recently added
television to his broad acting canvas with appearances on both "Route 66"
and "The Naked City" before Irwin Allen tapped him for the potent role of
Adm. Nelson, designer of the sub of the future, The Seaview, in Voyage to
the Bottom of the Sea.
|Birthplace: Zanesville, Ohio|
Birth date: August 31
JONS AND ERDMAN (Vienna)
THE EXTRA DAY (England)
PORTRAIT IN BLACK
FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE
THE MAN STALIN KILLED
LA STRADA (Italy)
STRANGERS HAND (England)
||THE GOOD DIE YOUNG|
REIGN OF TERROR
THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL
HE WALKED BY NIGHT