Paul Stewart was born March 13, 1908 in New York.

He developed an interest for acting in his teens. He made his Broadway debut in “Two Seconds” in 1931, following his graduation from Columbia University. It was only after a few stints in various plays that he gained the attention of Orson Welles. Along with Welles, and John Houseman, Stewart became a founding member of The Mercury Theatre, and AFTRA when it was just a radio union.

Stewart played the “3rd Radio Announcer” during The War of the Worlds, an appropriate part for Stewart because his voice was a familiar one on the radio waves that the audience could be convinced by – and Welles knew this.

He began his film career in the early 1940’s and portrayed the wily valet Raymond in Citizen Kane. His dark looks and deep voice landed him dozens of roles as sinister types and tough guys in films like Champion (1949), Twelve O’Clock High (1949) and The Man Who Never Was (1966).

the 1950s Stewart turned to stage and TV directing as well, helming a number of popular crimers such as “Peter Gunn,” “Michael Shayne, “Perry Mason,” “It Takes a Thief,” “Hawaii 5-0” and “Remington Steele.”

Stewart suffered a fatal heart attack in 1986. He was 77 years old.

~ by Peter Overstreet on May 30, 2008.

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