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Les Tremayne was a radio, film, and television actor. Born Lester Tremayne in England, he moved with his family at the age four to Chicago, where he began in community theater. He danced as a vaudeville performer and worked as amusement park barker. He began working in radio when he was 17 years old.


On radio during the 1930s and 1940s, Tremayne was heard in as many as 45 shows a week. Replacing Don Ameche, he did The First Nighter Program from 1936 to 1942. He starred in The Adventures of the Thin Man and The Romance of Helen Trent during the 1940s. He also starred in the title role in The Falcon, and played detective Pat Abbott in The Abbott Mysteries in 1946-1947. After divorcing his first wife, Lenore Kingston, he did a morning talk show, The Tremaynes with his second wife, Alice Reinhardt.


His film credits include A Man Called Peter, The Racket, The War of The Worlds and North by Northwest.


Between 1974 and 1977, Tremayne appeared on the Saturday morning Shazam! television series based on the DC Comics superhero Captain Marvel. In the role of Mentor, Tremayne served as the literal mentor of the program's protagonist, young Billy Batson. He appeared in General Hospital as Edward Quartermaine, the oldest character in that series.

After doing more than 30,000 broadcasts, Tremayne was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. He died of heart failure at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Californiamarker at the age of 90.

He was entombed in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemeterymarker.


  1. IMDb
  2. Mclellan, Dennis. "Les Tremayne, 90; Radio Icon’s Acting Career Ran 6 Decades," Los Angeles Times, December 23, 2003.

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