Classic Film Club


Dana Andrews

Dana Andrews in A Walk in the Sun (1945)



Dana Andrews was born Carver Andrews on a farm outside of Collins, Mississippi, in 1909.   His father was a Baptist minister. The family later moved to Huntsville, Texas.   Andrews attended college there and also studied business administration in Houston, working briefly as an accountant for Gulf & Western.

In 1931, he traveled to Los Angeles, seeking his fortune in the entertainment industry.   He worked at various odd jobs, including pumping gas.   One of his employers believed in him and paid for singing lessons and an acting program at the Pasadena Playhouse. Andrews later signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and was given his first movie role in 1940.

By the 1950’s, alcoholism had derailed Andrews' career and nearly cost him his life in a couple of automobile accidents.   He was forced into supporting roles and character parts in B-movies.   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.   With a career spanning over 75 feature films, his last film role was in 1985.

Andrews married Janet Murray in 1932.   She died of pneumonia in 1935, not long after the birth of their son, David (a musician who died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1964).

In 1939, he married Mary Todd.   They raised three children.

In the last years of his life Andrews suffered from Alzheimer's disease and, in 1992, died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia.   He was 83 years old.

Other Pictures

Dana Andrews (1955)
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Ball of Fire

Ball of Fire
  • Ball of Fire
  • 1941
  • A nightclub entertainer and mobster's moll hides out from the police in a university think-tank. All the academics fall for her. Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck star.

The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident
  • The Ox-Bow Incident
  • 1943
  • A half-cocked posse heads off to find a murderer and cattle-rustler. Henry Fonda stars as one of the reluctant posse members.


  • Laura
  • 1944
  • In this who-done-it, an investigator tries to find out who killed the beautiful Laura and ends up falling in love with her portrait. Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews star.

A Walk in the Sun

A Walk in the Sun
  • A Walk in the Sun
  • 1945
  • An U.S. Army platoon lands on a beach in Italy and is ordered to take a farmhouse 6 miles inland in this World War II era film. Lewis Milestone directs Dana Andrews.

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • 1946
  • Three WWII veterans must face the postwar world as they try to re-adjust to civilian life. William Wyler directs Myrna Loy, Fredric March and Dana Andrews.
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