Carver Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 - December 17, 1992) was an American actor relatively famous during The Golden Age of Hollywood for his Tall, Dark, and Handsome detectives which regularly appeared in classic films noirs.
Starting out as a gas jockey and accountant but with Hollywood aspirations, Andrews was discovered and signed by Samuel Goldwyn in 1938, but his first movie role was in 1940 in the Lucky Cisco Kid. The early forties gave him bit parts such as the gangster in Howard Hawks’ Screwball Comedy, Ball of Fire, and a lynching victim in the William A. Wellman drama, The Ox-Bow Incident. But it wasn't until he was loaned out to 20th Century Fox that his Breakout Role came as the portrait-obssessed detective in Otto Preminger’s Laura, a classic of the Film Noir genre. Here he portrayed a man torn by complex emotions, a running theme in many of his roles. Andrews would later work with Preminger several times, though never reaching the success of their first film. Another big role came in 1946 with William Wyler's drama, The Best Years of Our Lives, where he plays a veteran suffering from PTSD.
He also was an accomplished opera singer which he was only able to show in one film, The North Star.
He was a talented actor, but unlike his peers, he never cared for the Hollywood lifestyle. Although alcoholism was a constant battle and is generally attributed to hindering his stardom, he was able to finally curb the addiction in 1969.
However, Andrews did stack up quite the résumé, working with the best directors of his era: John Ford, William Wyler, Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Lewis Milestone, just to name a few. He also worked with with Gene Tierney in five films.
He died at the age of 83.
- Ball of Fire (1941)
- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
- The North Star (1943)
- Laura (1944)
- Fallen Angel (1945)
- State Fair (1945)
- A Walk in the Sun (1945)
- The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
- Boomerang (1947) — Not to be confused with the Eddie Murphy film of the same name.
- Night Song (1948)
- Deep Waters (1948) — notable as the very first program shown on what is now TBS in 1976 when it became a satellite-distributed susperstation
- Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
- Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
- While the City Sleeps (1956)
- Night of the Demon (1957)
- Zero Hour! (1957) — in which Andrews originated the timeless role of Ted Stryker
- Battle of the Bulge (1965)
- The Satan Bug (1965)
- In Harm's Way (1965)
- The Loved One (1965)
- Johnny Reno (1966)
- Airport (1970)