Tom Conway

Tom Conway
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Tom Conway
TV: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Born Thomas Charles Sanders on Sept. 15, 1904 in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Died April 22, 1967 of liver ailment in Culver City, Calif.

Tom Conway was the suave star of nearly 300 movies, including the "Falcon" series, and the radio serials "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Saint."

During the 1950s he appeared in the title role in the "Inspector Mark Sabre" television show.

Conway estimated that he had made $1 million in films. His credit include "One Touch of Genius" with Ava Gardner, "The Seventh Heaven" and "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine." At the time of his death, however, he appeared no better off than he'd been two years earlier, when he was discovered in poor health in a $2-a-night Venice hotel room, a situation that inspired offers of help from all over the world.

Conway was the brother of actor George Sanders, although the two had a falling out years before Conway died in 1967. Five years later Sanders took his own life in a Spanish hotel room.

Conway's second wife, from whom he'd been divorced for years, said offers of help had fallen through for her ex-husband.

"He has not lived comfortably and he wasn't well enough to work," said Queenie Leonard Conway. "He has been in and out of hospitals for the last few years. When he wasn't in the hospital, he lived in a West Los Angeles apartment. He didn't even have a phone."

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