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Frank Lovejoy would have turned 100 today, March 28, 2012. He died at the age of 50 on October 2, 1962, nearly 50 years ago. He was an actor who had a ten-year run of lead and second lead roles in a steady stream of westerns, war movies, dramas and crime thrillers before he moved into television, starring in two series, “Man Against Crime” and “Meet McGraw” and guest-starring on numerous other shows. He generally played good guys—in the military or law enforcement—and his gruff, no-nonsense professionalism usually masked a warm core. He was thoroughly believable in every role he played, an everyman drawn into service and trying to do the most honest and professional job he can.

This still is from Nicholas Ray’s IN A LONELY PLACE (1950), in which he plays a Los Angeles police detective investigating a murder in which his friend, a temperamental screenwriter with a…

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