Subject: ARCHIVE: April 11, 1973 ~Veteran character actor Ted DeCorsia, known for his DOZENS of tough-guy appearances in film/TV, in roles like film noir classic, "The Enforcer", and shows like "Twilight Zone", dies at 69. ...
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Date Posted:Wednesday, April 11, 08:46:16pm
American radio, film, and television actor best remembered for his role as Italian thick-accented gangster
who turned state's evidence against the mob, in the film, "The Enforcer (1951), starring Humphrey Bogart. ...
Ted de Corsia
[ Edward Gildea De Corsia ]
(September 29, 1903 – April 11, 1973)
...Brooklyn-born Edward Gildea De Corsia was a member of the Radio cast of Blackstone Plantation",
starred in the title role on Mike Hammer and played Sergeant Velie on The Adventures of Ellery Queen.
He also voiced roles on Family Theater, The March of Time, Cavalcade of America, Gang Busters, and The Shadow.
He made his movie debut in Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai and went on to make a career playing villains and gangsters in 1940s and 1950s films including The Naked City (1948), Crime Wave (1954), The Big Combo (1955), The Killing (1956), Baby Face Nelson, and Slightly Scarlet (1956), The Joker is Wild (1957), A Place in the Sun (1951) as the condemning 'Judge R.S. Oldendorff', and The Enforcer (1951), starring Humphrey Bogart. DeCorsia plays Italian thick-accented gangster 'Joseph Rico' who turns state's evidence against the mob, in the film, "The Enforcer (1951), starring Humphrey Bogart. ...
In the late 1950s and 1960s, he appeared in a
number of television series, mostly westerns. ...
...He was featured on three episodes of the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason, including the episodes "The Case of the Drifting Dropout" (1964), in which he played murder victim Mort Lynch, and "The Case of the Positive Negative" (1966), in the role of murder victim George Emory. Other television appearances included The Californians, The Lone Ranger, Maverick, Tales of Wells Fargo, Sugarfoot, Jefferson Drum, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Frontier Doctor, Mackenzie's Raiders, Riverboat, Tate, Sea Hunt", 'Lawman, Stoney Burke, Rawhide, Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, The Dakotas, I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, Zane Grey Theater and The Outer Limits ("The Inheritors", 1964), and two episodes of "The Twilight Zone" -'The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine' with Ida Lupino, and 'The Brain Center at Whipple's' with Richard Deacon, with deCorsia a disgruntled machinist 'Foreman Dickerson ', with the classic TZ line"...When you're dead and buried, who will you get to mourn for you??" ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGXLCeyyKlQ
In his last film, "The Outside Man" with Ann-Margret and Angie Dickinson, his character, the mobster Victor,
is killed off early in the film, but he later appears as his embalmed corpse, posed in a chair, holding a cigar. ...
Ted deCordia died of a cerebral thrombosis following a two-week hospitalization
at West Valley Community Hospital, on April 11, 1973. He was 69.
and survived by two daughters with his second wife, Rachel.
His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.