William Lundigan was discovered when Charles R. Rogers, then production chief of Universal Studios, visited Lundigan's hometown of Syracuse and heard his voice on the radio.
Rogers arranged for a test, and Lundigan came to Hollywood with a Universal contract in 1937.
His first picture for Universal was "Armored Car," in which he had a few lines as a guard; he subsequently moved to Warner Bros. where, after a few more parts, he was given his first starring role in the 1938 picture "The Case of the Black Parrot."
Lundigan's career was burgeoning when, in 1942, he joined the Marine Corps. He took part in the landings at Peleliu and Okinawa as a combat photographer and was wounded in the latter campaign.
After the war Lundigan resumed his career, and his films included "Pink," "I'll Get By," "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain," "Riders to the Stars," "The Way West" and "Love Nest," in which he was cast opposite Marilyn Monroe.
He later served as host of the television series "Climax!" and "Shower of Stars," and starred in the short-lived "Men Into Space."