Gerald Mohr may not have been the most well known actors of his time, but he was arguably one of the busiest.Credited with over 4000 radio appearances, 73 films, and more than 100 television shows, his available body of work is remarkable. Often working in low budget and B grade film projects, Mohr's performances always show a man working a craft he was highly skilled at and enjoyed performing. Often cast as the villain, Mohr's bad guys were not ones that would give the audience nightmares, but rather ones they would enjoy booing; bad guys that made the Hero that much more heroic.
Gerald Leonard Mohr was born to Sigmond Mohr Sr. and Viennese singer Henrietta Noustadt on June 11, 1914, in New York City. After his father's sudden death in 1917, Gerald was raised by his mother and grandfather, who was a psychologist who studied psychoanalysis with Freud. Mohr attended the prestigious Dwight Preparatory School in New York, where he learned chess and horsemanship, attained fluency in French and German, and began a life-time love affair with the piano.
While studying Pre-Med at Columbia University, Mohr was hospitalized with appendicitis. Rather than finding inspiration from the medical staff during his stay in the hospital, Mohr's life would be influenced by his hospital room-mate Andre' Baruch, Radio Announcer. Baruch recognized that the young man's pleasant baritone and excellent diction would be terrific for radio, and encouraged Mohr to audition. (Baruch's own career had a circuitous beginning; he was to audition as a pianist for NBC, but got in the wrong line, and was hired on the spot as an announcer.) Mohr became a junior reporter and announcer for CBS. This led to an interest in acting. He would learn his craft as a member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre Company.
Mohr's first movie success was as Slick Latimer, the villain in the 1941 serial Jungle Girl. Mohr served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Upon returning after his service he was signed to star in The Notorious Lone Wolfin 1946.
In 1939 Mohr married childhood sweetheart Rita Deneau; she would sue for divorce 18 years later citing "mental suffering and anguish." Rita won custody of their son Anthony and their home in Sherman Oaks, CA. (The Hon. Anthony J. Mohr sits on the Superior Court of Los Angeles County; he won re-election unopposed in 2010. He has heard cases involving Ford Explorer/Firestone Tires, the side effects of the Fen Phen diet drug, and Medical Marijuana shops in LA County.)
On July 18, 1958, Mohr married Mai Dietrich, whom he met working on the syndicated series Foreign Intrigue-Cross Current, shot in Stockholm, Sweden, for distribution in the US.
In September of 1968 Mohr returned to Stockholm to film the pilot for a proposed TV series, Private Entrance. Shortly after filming of the pilot was completed, Mohr suffered a fatal heart attack. His remains are interred in Sweden.
Much of Gerald Mohr's work has been recorded and is available on the internet. The best place to find his radio work is Old Time Radio. Many of his television and movie work are preserved on VHS and DVD, as well as being available in Video On Demand.