His final role was a sympathetic part (the leading lady’s father) in a 1959 episode of the Rory Calhoun series, The Texan. Cause of Death: suicide by overdose of barbiturates. Starring roles in major pictures later dwindled to supporting parts, mainly as villains in B-movies and serials.  That year he played Charles Stewart Brent, owner of the Brent Building in Los Angeles, where Perry Mason had his office, and the defendant in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Gilded Lily. I was so unhappy. Appearing in The Red-Haired Alibi (1932) with Temple, he played the role of her first on-screen parent.
Gridley obviously felt that force was the only way of getting what he wanted, and he exerted force early and often, continually threatening hero Don Terry and heroine Gwen Gaze with brutal violence and doing his best to make good on such threats. With failing health, Withers committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates on March 27, 1959. Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database. In later years, back problems were among his health issues. Above: Grant Withers, Maurice Murphy (in plane) and Paul E. Browne in Tailspin Tommy (Universal, 1934). Appeared in over 200 films. The marriage was not a happy one. Starring roles in major pictures later dwindled to supporting parts, mainly as villains in B-movies and serials. Withers also appeared in two other Have Gun – Will Travel episodes. Tommy went to work for Howe’s employer, the Three Point Airline, and soon found himself trying to prevent the company from being taken over by unscrupulous competitor “Tiger” Taggart (John Davidson). character and the percentage % character looks for zero or more characters. Sadly, Withers, suffering from illness and personal problems, killed himself with a barbiturate overdose in 1959. Grant Withers (January 17, 1905 – March 27, 1959) was an American film actor. The following is a list of notable people who have died from drug-related causes. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
He also appeared that year as Sheriff Charlie Clayton in the episode "A Matter of Friendship" in John Bromfield's crime drama U.S. Withers starred in a few more B-films in the late 1930s before settling down to a long career as a character actor in major and minor films, a career that lasted throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s. He took numerous supporting roles in television as his popularity in films waned. A husky, gruff-looking man, Withers was unequaled at making his heroes seem tough and determined; his grim, dogged manner seemed positively hard-bitten at times. Nationality: United States Executive summary: American character actor Estelita began a nightclub singing career at the end of her Republic contract. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. While in his 20s, his hairy-chested rugged good looks made him a leading man over rising talent James Cagney in Other Men's Women (1931). ( Log Out /
Above: The mustached Grant Withers attacks Don Terry in the back of a speeding ambulance in The Secret of Treasure Island (Columbia, 1938). Grant Withers American film actor (1905-1959) Upload media Wikipedia: Date of birth: 17 January 1905 Pueblo: Date of death: 27 March 1959 North Hollywood: Manner of death: suicide; Cause of death: drug overdose; Place of burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park; Work period (start) 1925: Country of … I was so unhappy. Withers' credits at Republic total about 60 films from 1937 to 1957. Withers left a suicide note that read, "Please forgive me, my family. He appeared in nine movies with John Wayne, including Fort Apache (1948) and Rio Grande (1950). Marshal. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Grant Withers. The comedy short So Long Bill (1926) marked Withers' film debut..
In 1930, at twenty-six, he eloped to Yuma, Arizona, with 17-year-old actress Loretta Young.
The annulment took place just as their second movie together, ironically titled Too Young to Marry, was released. To install click the Add extension button. Estelita began a nightclub singing career at the end of her Republic contract. Withers gave some real dimension to the stock part of the hero’s wrongfully-accused friend. Episodes popup code (jTip) by Cody Lindley. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account.
Although Withers figured prominently in some of Tommy’s action scenes, the serial belonged to youthful stars Maurice Murphy, Noah Beery Jr., and Patricia Farr, and Withers’ role was definitely a supporting one. Gridley’s single-minded villainy was his undoing, though; in the final chapter, he became too preoccupied with his attempts to explode Terry and Gaze to make his escape from a volcanic eruption.