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Donald Cook

Donald Cook

Donald Cook was an American stage and film actor.\nBorn in Portland, Oregon, he originally studied farming but later started business with a lumber company. He joined the Kansas Community Players and through this received an offer of stage work. He started screen work in \"shorts\" before going on to feature films.\nCook was known for his portrayal of Mike Powers in the film The Public Enemy. He also was one of the first film actors to portray Ellery Queen, in The Spanish Cape Mystery. He played the role of Steve opposite Helen Morgan's Julie in the 1936 film adaptation of Show Boat, was one of the suspects in the Philo Vance mystery The Casino Murder Case, and starred as an heroic U.S. Immigrant Inspector of the Deporting Squad in the 1936 movie, Ellis Island.\nCook made his Broadway debut in 1926 as Donn Cook, and his New York theatrical career continued until 1959. His credits included a 1948 revival of Private Lives and the original 1951 Broadway run of The Moon Is Blue.\nCook was married to Princess Gioia Tasca di Cuto from 1937 until his death from a heart attack in New Haven aged 60.
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