Singer-actor Russell Arms, who appeared regularly as a vocalist on NBC musical program “Your Hit Parade” in the 1950s, died Feb. 13 in Hamilton, Ill. He was 92.
Arms and the other regulars on the popular Saturday-night show, which had begun on radio, performed the week’s seven most popular songs.
After studying at the Pasadena Playhouse, he began his showbiz career just before WWII when Warner Bros. signed him to a contract. He made his feature debut in “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” with Bette Davis and Monty Woolley, and appeared in several war films for the studio before being drafted himself. As part of his military service he made training films for the Army Signal Corps and the Army Air Forces.
After returning to Warners and appearing in a number of Westerns, he transitioned to radio roles. Arms had a relatively sizable supporting role in the 1953 Doris Day film “By the Light of the Silvery Moon.”
He exited “Your Hit Parade” in 1958 and subsequently did guest work on TV for decades, appearing on “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Rawhide,” “Perry Mason,” “Dragnet,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Mod Squad” and “The Paper Chase.”
Arms made his last screen appearance in a 1985 episode of “Hardcastle and McCormick.”