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Full Name
Ragnar Godfrey Lind

February 16, 1909 (
Auburn, Massachusetts, US

November 24, 1995, Burbank, California, United States

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Jeffrey Lynn (born Ragnar Godfrey Lind; February 16, 1909 – November 24, 1995) was an American stage-screen actor and film producer who worked primarily through the Golden Age of Hollywood establishing himself as one of the premier talents of his time. Throughout his acting career, both on stage and in film, he was typecast as "the attractive, reliable love interest of the heroine," or "the tall, stalwart hero."


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Born and raised in Massachusetts, he attended Bates College, before working as a teacher. He was tapped to act in his first film in 1938, which convinced him to move to Hollywood, California. His second film–Four Daughters (1938)–propelled him into national fame sparking three squeals: Daughters Courageous (1939), Four Wives (1939) and Four Mothers (1941) with Lynn reprising his role in each of them. He was at the center of the Gone with the Wind (1939) screening controversy; he was noted as the top contender to play Ashley Wilkes, however, the directer eventually chose Leslie Howard instead. Lynn was asked to join James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart in The Roaring Twenties (1939), a gangster noir that garnered him critical praise. His success continued with such films as The Fighting 69th (1940) in which he portrayed poet-soldier Joyce Kilmer opposite Cagney, It All Came True (1940), All This and Heaven Too (1940) and Million Dollar Baby (1941).

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His movie career was put on hold for World War II draft, where he received a Bronze Star for his service as a in Italy and Austria as a combat intelligence captain. He returned to the screen in 1948 and was in the notably successful, A Letter to Three Wives (1949), which went on to be nominated of best picture in the 1950 prime time Academy Awards. A year later he joined that cast of Home Town Story (1951) billed alongside Marilyn Monroe. His later film career credits include: BUtterfield 8 (1960) along with Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey, and Tony Rome (1967) with Frank Sinatra.

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Lynn also began to act on Broadway and was featured in such plays as Any Wednesday (1966) and Dinner at Eight (1967). Later on in his career he found mixed critical success television starring in hit shows such as Robert Montgomery Presents, Your Show of Shows, My Son Jeep (with young Martin Huston), and Lux Video Theatre.

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He died in November 1995 in Burbank, California from natural causes and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. Actor Jeffrey Lynn "Jeff" Goldblum is named in honor of Jeffrey Lynn.

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Early life and education

Ragnar Godfrey Lind was born in Auburn, Massachusetts.

He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and graduated in 1930 with a B.A. degree in education. While in college, he was a part of the secret society, Nova Scotia, and participated in the 1930 Penn Relays where he won the year's international two mile track & field run. His interest in acting developed in college where a production of Brother Rat landed him a contract signing with Warner Bros in 1937.

Early career and rise to fame: 1938 - 1941

He came to Hollywood and made his film debut in short Out Where the Stars Begin (1938). He achieved a notable success in 1938 appearing with the Lane Sisters in Four Daughters, and the popularity of the movie was so great that it was followed by three sequels, Daughters Courageous (1939), Four Wives (1939) and Four Mothers (1941) with Lynn reprising his role in each of them.

After the success of Four Daughters, Lynn was screen tested for the role of Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939). He was considered to be the front runner for the role, partly due to his physical resemblance to the character as written. Lynn was used extensively during the "Search for Scarlett" playing Ashley in the screen tests for many of the actresses who tried out for the part. David O. Selznick eventually cast the more experienced and popular Leslie Howard. It was during this time that he received typecasting as "the handsome romantic husband or boyfriend," "the attractive, reliable love interest of the heroine," and "the tall, stalwart hero."

Instead, Lynn acted in The Roaring Twenties (1939), a gangster film that reunited him with Four Daughters star Priscilla Lane, as well as James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. As one of a trio of friends, and the only one not to "go bad", Lynn won excellent reviews. His success continued with such films as The Fighting 69th (1940) in which he portrayed poet-soldier Joyce Kilmer opposite Cagney, It All Came True (1940), All This and Heaven Too (1940) and Million Dollar Baby (1941).

Service in WWII & critical acclaim: 1941 - 1955

In 1941, Lynn was voted 7th in the "Top Ten Stars of Tomorrow" two spots behind U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

His movie career was interrupted by service during World War II. He earned a bronze star in the war as a combat intelligence captain in Italy and Austria. He was discharged in 1946 as Special Intelligence Officer.

While in service he often served as a bartender in his unit's Officer's Club. He legally changed his name to his stage name while in service as he noted "that he wanted to serve his country during World War II under the name that had become popular." In 1947, he was in a car accident with his first wife according to the New York Times.

He returned to the screen in 1948. He was in the notably successful A Letter to Three Wives (1949). Lynn starred in Home Town Story (1951) which featured Marilyn Monroe in a minor role and in Lost Lagoon (1958) opposite Lelia Barry.

He made his Broadway debut in Lo and Behold! (1952).

Later television, film, and broadway work: 1960 - 1987

In 1960, he starred in BUtterfield 8 (1960) along with Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey. The same year he was tapped to star in Any Wednesday (1966) to mixed reception. A year later he went back to Broadway to act in Dinner at Eight (1967). Later in the year he received a call from the director of Tony Rome (1967), asking him to star in the movie. Lynn initially declined the offer in pursuit of side projects but came around after the directer brought on Frank Sinatra.

Soon after his film with Sinatra, Lynn decided to go into television beginning with Ironside (1969) as Professor Halstead and The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1969) as Thomas Cleary.

In 1973, he appeared on Barnaby Jones as himself. In 1975, he moved to Tarzana, California to be closer to production studios.

In 1982, he played the lead role in Forbidden Love as Dr. Brinkley. He starred in two episodes of Simon & Simon as Perkins Oliphant in 1983. In 1985, he established himself as an actor and producer at the Los Angeles' Center Theater. A year later he produced The Diary of Anne Frank at the Centre in 1986.

Lynn was asked to star in an episode of Murder, She Wrote in 1987, a television sequel to the feature film Strange Bargain (1949), which reunited him with his original co-star, Martha Scott. He played the character "Sam Wilson."

In 1990, he played Ambrose McGee in the television series, Midnight Caller and starred in Knots Landing as Mr. Ahern.

Death and legacy

He died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California, aged 86, from natural causes. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. He was survived by his third wife, seven stepchildren, three sisters, two brothers, and 17 grandchildren.

His New York Times obituary cited him as "the handsome leading man in a string of Warner Brothers films." Denis Gifford of The Independent noted that "his good looks and sincere playing won him a place in the memories of all film fans of Hollywood's golden age."


Midnight Caller (TV Series) as
Ambrose McGee
- Old Friends (1990) - Ambrose McGee
Knots Landing (TV Series) as
Mr. Ahern
- Good News, Bad News (1990) - Mr. Ahern
Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) as
Sam Wilson
- The Days Dwindle Down (1987) - Sam Wilson
Simon & Simon (TV Series) as
Perkins Oliphant
- Bon Voyage, Alonso (1983) - Perkins Oliphant
Forbidden Love (TV Movie) as
Dr. Brinkley
Barnaby Jones (TV Series) as
- A Little Glory, a Little Death (1973) - Jack
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series) as
Thomas Cleary
- Crisis (1969) - Thomas Cleary
Ironside (TV Series) as
Prof. Halstead
- Love My Enemy (1969) - Prof. Halstead
Tony Rome as
Adam Boyd
Theatre '62 (TV Series) as
Dr. Parry
- The Spiral Staircase (1961) - Dr. Parry
The Spiral Staircase (TV Movie) as
Doctor Parry
Play of the Week (TV Series) as
George Wilson
- The Magic and the Loss (1961) - George Wilson
BUtterfield 8 as
Bingham Smith
The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) as
David Carpenter
- The Case of Julia Walton (1959) - David Carpenter
Lost Lagoon as
Charlie Walker
True Story (TV Series)
- Black Dates (1957)
The Edge of Night (TV Series) as
District Attorney Mike Karr (1971) (temporary replacement)
Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
- Till the End of Time (1956)
Justice (TV Series)
- Violence at Stover's Corner (1955)
Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Death and the Sky Above (1955)
- The Woman Who Hated Children (1953)
- Happy Birthday, George (1952)
Danger (TV Series)
- A Taste for Murder (1954)
Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Independent (1954)
The Elgin Hour (TV Series) as
- High Man (1954) - Jackson
The Stranger (TV Series)
- The Girl with the Pink Parasol (1954)
Doorway to Suspicion as
Paul Stapleton
Suspense (TV Series) as
Don Ashley / John Bantreagh
- Before the Act (1954)
- The Quarry (1953) - Don Ashley
- The Murderer (1949) - John Bantreagh
The Secret Storm (TV Series) as
Charlie Clemens (1966-1967)
The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series)
- Nightmare (1953)
Main Street to Broadway as
Jeffrey Lynn - First Nighter (uncredited)
Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- The Trouble Train (1953)
My Son Jeep (TV Series) as
Doctor Robert Allison
Checkmate (TV Movie)
Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Accident (1953)
Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) as
Tom / Ralph Caswell / Seth Warner
- Thanks for a Lovely Evening (1953) - Tom
- Stone's Throw (1952) - Ralph Caswell
- Sweet Sorrow (1951) - Seth Warner
The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Black Sheep (1952)
Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- Sleep No More (1952)
Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Man That I Marry (1952)
Family Theatre (TV Series) as
Bartimeus the Beggar
- That I May See (1951) - Bartimeus the Beggar
The Clock (TV Series)
- The Afflication (1951)
Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
- Blackout (1951)
Home Town Story as
Blake Washburn
Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre (TV Series)
- A Doctor's Dream (1951)
Up Front as
Capt. Ralph Johnson
Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Dispossessed (1951)
Studio One (TV Series) as
Art Hugenon
- Miracle in the Rain (1950) - Art Hugenon
Captain China as
Capt. George Brendensen
Strange Bargain as
Sam Wilson
A Letter to Three Wives as
Brad Bishop
Whiplash as
Dr. Arnold Vincent
For the Love of Mary as
Phillip Manning
Black Bart as
Lance Hardeen
The Body Disappears as
Peter DeHaven
Law of the Tropics as
Jim Conwoy
Underground as
Kurt Franken
Million Dollar Baby as
James Amory
Flight from Destiny as
Michael Farroway
Four Mothers as
Felix Dietz
Money and the Woman as
Dave Bennett (Bennet in Newspaper Story)
My Love Came Back as
Tony Baldwin
All This, and Heaven Too as
Henry Martyn Field
It All Came True as
Tommy Taylor
The Fighting 69th as
Joyce Kilmer
Four Wives as
Felix Dietz
A Child Is Born as
Jed Sutton
The Roaring Twenties as
Lloyd Hart
Espionage Agent as
Lowell Warrington
Daughters Courageous as
Johnny Heming
Yes, My Darling Daughter as
Douglas Hall
Four Daughters as
Felix Deitz
Cowboy from Brooklyn as
Chronicle Reporter
When Were You Born? as
Reporter Davis (Gemini)
Out Where the Stars Begin (Short) as
The Makeup Artist
Lost Lagoon (additional dialogue)
Movieland Magic (Short) (performer: "You're Lovely as You Are" - uncredited)
It All Came True (performer: "Angel in Disguise" (1940), "Londonderry Air", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" (1912), "Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)" (1888), "The Gaucho Serenade" (1940), "Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine" (1908) - uncredited)
Four Wives (performer: "Symphonie Moderne" (1939) - uncredited)
Out Where the Stars Begin (Short) (performer: "You're Lovely as You Are" - uncredited)
Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990 (TV Movie documentary) as
The 5th Annual American Cinema Awards (TV Special) as
The Movie Crazy Years (TV Movie documentary) as
What's My Line? (TV Series) as
Self - Mystery Guest
- Arlene Francis' Broadway Co-Stars in "Dinner at Eight" (1966) - Self - Mystery Guest
The Wonderful World of Wash 'n' Wear (Short) as
Self - Host
Star Stage (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- The Real Thing (1956) - Self - Host
- Foundations (1956) - Self - Host
- The Man in the Black Robe (1956) - Self - Host
- The Guardian (1956) - Self - Host
- Bend to the Wind (1956) - Self - Host
- A Place to Be Alone (1956) - Self - Host
- The Shadowy Third (1956) - Self - Host
- Being Nice to Emily (1956) - Self - Host
- The Sainted General (1956) - Self - Host
- Scandal on Deepside (1956) - Self - Host
- The Secret Place (1956) - Self - Host
- The Man Who Was Irresistable to Women (1956) - Self - Host
- Cleopatra Collins (1956) - Self - Host
- I Am Her Nurse (1956) - Self - Host
- Career (1956) - Self - Host
- The School Mistress (1956) - Self - Host
- White Night (1956) - Self - Host
- Killer on Horseback (1956) - Self - Host
- Screen Credit (1956) - Self - Host
- Articles of War (1956) - Self - Host
- Of Missing Persons (1956) - Self - Host
- The Marshal and the Mob (1956) - Self - Host
- The Knife (1955) - Self - Host
- The Recluse (1955) - Self - Host
- Foreign Wife (1955) - Self - Host
- The Thousand Dollar Bill (1955) - Self - Host
- The Marmalade Scandal (1955) - Self - Host
- The Girl Who Wasn't Wanted (1955) - Self - Host
- In Houses I Enter (1955) - Self - Host
- Spring Over Brooklyn (1955) - Self - Host
- Dr. Jordan (1955) - Self - Host
- A Letter to Mr. Priest (1955) - Self - Host
- Trumpet Man (1955) - Self - Host
- The U.S. vs Alexander Holmes (1955) - Self - Host
- Honest John and the 13 Uncle Sams (1955) - Self - Host
- First Date (1955) - Self - Host
- On Trial (1955) - Self - Host
- Cop Without a Badge (1955) - Self - Host
- The Toy Lady (1955) - Self - Host
Your Show of Shows (TV Series) as
Self - Guest Performer
- Episode #4.9 (1952) - Self - Guest Performer
Hollywood Screen Test (TV Series) as
- Jeffrey Lynn (1952) - Self
Wonderful Town, U.S.A. (TV Series) as
- Jeffrey Lynn, Ezra Stone, Le Roy Anderson, Georgia Gibbs (1951) - Self
Penthouse Party (TV Series) as
- Episode #1.29 (1951) - Self
Breakdowns of 1942 (Short) as
Self (uncredited)
Archive Footage
Compression (TV Series documentary)
- Compression Home Town Story de Arthur Pierson (2016)
Century of Cinema (TV Series documentary) as
Lloyd Hart, 'The Roaring Twenties'
- A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) - Lloyd Hart, 'The Roaring Twenties' (uncredited)
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (TV Movie documentary) as
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy (TV Movie documentary)


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