Glen Vernon, character actor and song-and-dance man who enjoyed a long career in film, TV and on the stage, died Oct. 27 at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills from complications of a stroke. He was 76.
A native of Fall River, Mass., he moved to New York City following high school to pursue a career in acting and appeared on Broadway during the early ’40s in “Best Foot Forward” and “Junior Miss.”
In 1944 he was recruited by RKO Studios in Hollywood and appeared in a string of films including “Days of Glory” (his first film as well as the debut of Gregory Peck), “Youth Runs Wild,” “Bedlam” and “Woman on the Beach.”
Vernon left RKO in 1949 and worked consistently in TV and film until recently. TV credits included “One Man’s Family” (early 1950s version), “Columbo,” “Golden Girls” and “Night Stand.”
He also appeared in several local theater productions, including “Edith Stein” and “West Side Story.”
He is survived by sons, Michael, a screenwriter, and Jeffrey.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturdayat the John Ford Chapel, Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills.
Family suggests donations in Vernon’s name be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills.