Horror History: Tom Conway

tomconwayTom Conway
Born Sept. 15th, 1904 – Died April 22nd, 1967

Older brother of actor George Sanders, Tom had to change his name after he lost a bet with his brother on who would change their name for show business.  Born in a wealthy Russian family that were forced to leave and move to England for some reason, political or otherwise.  While Conway appeared in quite a few films in his career, he never really hit the big time.  Even starring in 3 films for Val Lewton in the early ’40s, such as The Cat People (1942), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), and The Seventh Victim (1943), his career just never took off or lasted that long.  Due to his failing eyesight and problems with alcoholism, worked started to get fewer and fewer.  He did appear in two films for Edward L. Cahn, The She-Creature (1956) and Voodoo Woman (1957).

The later part of his life was spend with very little money and even less fame.  At the end, he was found dead in his girlfriend’s bed, at the age of 62.  It is a shame that a somewhat talented actor who was doing pretty good at one point in his life, but possibly due to the alcoholism, it effected his career too much for him to stay working.  But at least we can still remember him and his work, even after all years later.

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