Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 - December 17, 1992) was an American actor. He was born Carver Dana Andrews on a farm just outside of Collins, Covington County, Mississippi, the third of nine children of Anice and Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister, his given names being the last names of two of the minister's teachers. The family subsequently moved to Texas, where they settled in Huntsville, where the younger siblings (including actor Steve Forrest) were born.
Dana Andrews attended college there and also studied business administration in Houston, working briefly as an accountant for Gulf & Western.
In 1931 Andrews went to Los Angeles, California seeking opportunities as a singer. He worked at various jobs to earn his living, including pumping gas at a filling station in Van Nuys. One of his employers believed in him and paid for his studies in opera and also at the Pasadena Playhouse, a prestigious theater and acting school. Andrews later signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and nine years after arriving in Los Angeles was offered his first movie role in William Wyler's The Westerner (1940) which starred Gary Cooper.
Andrews' role in the 1943 movie adaptation of The Ox-Bow Incident with Henry Fonda is often cited as one of his better early films. He gave finely calibrated performances in "Where the Sidewalk Ends (1945), in the film Laura opposite Gene Tierney (1944), and in the Oscar-winning 1946 film The Best Years Of Our Lives. Many thought his performance in the latter film was his best work, deserving of an Academy Award.
By 1950 alcoholism had derailed Andrews' career, and on a couple of occasions nearly cost him his life on the highway. He was forced into supporting roles and character parts in B-movies, albeit good ones (he once said that he'd made more money in real estate than he'd ever made as an actor). In 1972, after four years of sobriety, he became one of the first celebrities to appear in a public service announcement for AA.
In 1963 he was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild.
Andrews married Janet Murray on New Year's Eve, 1932. She died in 1935, not long after the birth of their son, David (a musician and composer who died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1964). On November 17, 1939, he married actress Mary Todd, from whom he was divorced in 1968. They had three children, Katharine (born in 1942), Stephen (born in 1944), and Susan (born in 1948). Despite his success as an actor, the family lived in a relatively modest home in Studio City, California.
In the last years of his life Andrews suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and, in 1992, he died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
He was the older brother of actor Steve Forrest.
Wild About Ari (1993) Prince Jack (1984) The Pilot (1979) Born Again (1978) A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud (1978) Good Guys Wear Black (1978) The Last Tycoon (1976) Take a Hard Ride (1976) Airport 1975 (1974) Innocent Bystanders (1972) The Devil's Brigade (1968) Cobra II (1967) Hot Rods to Hell(1967) Johnny Reno (1966) The Loved One (1965) Battle of the Bulge (1965) Town Tamer (1965) Crack in the World (1965) Brainstorm (1965) In Harm's Way (1965) Madison Avenue (1962) The Crowded Sky (1960) Enchanted Island (1958) Spring Reunion (1957) Zero Hour! (1957) Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) Comanche (1956) While the City Sleeps (1956) Smoke Signal (1955) Strange Lady in Town (1955) Duel in the Jungle (1954) Three Hours to Kill (1954) Elephant Walk (1954) Assignment: Paris (1952) I Want You (1951) Sealed Cargo (1951) Edge of Doom (1950) Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) Sword in the Desert (1949) My Foolish Heart (1949) Britannia Mews (1949) Deep Waters (1948) No Minor Vices (1948) The Iron Curtain (1948) Night Song (1948) Boomerang! (1947) Daisy Kenyon (1947) The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Canyon Passage (1946) A Walk in the Sun (1945) Fallen Angel (1945) State Fair (1945) Laura (1944) Wing and a Prayer (1944) The Purple Heart (1944) Up in Arms (1944) December 7th (1943) The North Star (1943) The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) Crash Dive (1943) Berlin Correspondent (1942) Swamp Water (1941) Ball of Fire (1941) Belle Starr (1941) Tobacco Road (1941)