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Al Hodge
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Birth Date:April 18, 1912
Astrology Sign:Aries
Chinese Sign:Rat - Yin
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Died Date:March 19, 1979

Occupation:Movie Actor

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Al Hodge

Biography:Al Hodge Albert Hodge (April 18, 1912 to March 19, 1979) was an American actor best known for playing the DuMont Television Network's famous space adventurer Captain Video from December 15, 1950 to April 1, 1955. He also portrayed the Green Hornet on radio from that series' beginnings in January 1936 until January 1943.

Al Hodge grew up in Ravenna, Ohio, and made a name for himself in both athletics and acting at Ravenna High School. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1934, having focussed mainly on drama. After touring with a troup of actors, he accepted a job at WXYZ in Detroit, in 1935. In addition to playing Britt Reid, the Green Hornet, he also wrote and delivered daily editorials, narrated football games, wrote ad copy, worked as an early disc jockey, and produced radio dramas and documentaries. During the last days of World War II he served in the Navy, winding up bedridden for a year with pleurisy.

In the late 1940s he found work in New York City in a variety of radio and early TV roles, before taking the role of Captain Video from Richard Coogan. After the collapse of the DuMont Network in the spring of 1955, Hodge continued in the role of Captain Video, as a children's show host, from 1955 to 1959, seen only in the New York City area. His last such appearance was as himself in a short-lived 1961 local series, Al Hodge's Space Explorers.

Hodge moved to California where he guest-starred on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Mannix, M Squad, Tightrope, Hawaiian Eye, COronado 9 and other similar drama/detective series. But he was soon back in New York City, working during the late 1960s and early 1970s at increasingly low-paying jobs--- eventually, as a security guard.

He largely dropped from sight after 1975. For the next four years he lived in a small room in a cheap hotel, a room crammed with collectable items from his career as Captain Video. He died there, alone, in 1979. As late as 1978, Hodge told reporters that he was almost always recognized on the street, and greeted by name, as "Captain Video."

Almost nothing is known of Hodge's private life. He was married three times and had only one child, Diane, a product of his first marriage. He and his third wife, Virginia, a former showgirl, are buried side-by-side at Kensico Cemetery in Westchester County, NY.

Chinese Horoscope for Al Hodge
Includes characteristics and Vices
Al Hodge's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 18, 1912 - February 05, 1913
Birthday: April 18, 1912

The Rat is a Yin,
and is the First sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Intellectual Skill
Thirst for Power

Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Al Hodge's Personality Tarot Card Strength - Personality Card

Birthday: April 18, 1912

A time for self-awareness involving courage, strength, and determination.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Al Hodge's Growth Tarot Card The Empress

Birthday: April 18, 2024

Abundance, fruitfulness and fertility; perhaps marriage or children.




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