Richard Cromwell was an American actor. Richard was born LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh the second of five children on January 8, 1910 in Long Beach, California, U.S. to Fay B. and Ralph R. Radabaugh. Richard’s father was an inventor who suddenly died in 1918, one of the millions of people who perished during the “Spanish flu” pandemic when Richard was still in grade school.
Richard attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles on a scholarship. Richard later ran a shop in Hollywood where he sold pictures, made lampshades, and designed colour schemes for houses.
Richard’s acting career broke out when he played a role in Jezebel (1938) with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda and again with Fonda in John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln (1939).
Richard’s rose to prominence with his work in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), sharing top billing with Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone. The film which was the first major effort directed by Henry Hathaway, was based upon the popular novel by Francis Yeats-Brown.
In 1945, he eloped with actress Angela Lansbury, when she was 19 while he was 35 and they got married on September 27, 1945 in a small civil ceremony but unfortunately they got divorced in 1946.
In Gore Vidal’s satirical novel Myra Breckinridge (1968), he mentioned Richard as “the late Richard Cromwell, so satisfyingly tortured in Lives of a Bengal Lancer”.
How did Richard Cromwell (actor) die?
Richard Cromwell became ill and died of liver cancer at the age of 50 on October 11, 1960 in Hollywood.