Bromfield as Frank Morgan.
June 11, 1922
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||September 19, 2005 83) (aged|
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California|
|Occupation||Actor and commercial fisherman|
(m. 1948; div. 1954)
(m. 1955; div. 1959)
Mary Ellen Bromfield
(m. 1962; his death 2005)
Farron Bromfield was born in South Bend, Indiana. He played football and was a boxing champion at Saint Mary's College of California, where he also lettered in football, baseball, track and swimming. In the 1940s, he gained his first acting experience at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Bromfield served in the United States Navy in World War II.
Bromfield's screen debut came in Harpoon (1948). The same year, he was cast as a detective in Sorry, Wrong Number, starring Burt Lancaster and Barbara Stanwyck for Paramount Pictures. In 1953, Bromfield appeared with Esther Williams, Van Johnson and Tony Martin in Easy to Love.
In 1956, Bromfield was cast as law enforcement officer Frank Morgan in the syndicated western-themed crime drama series Sheriff of Cochise, and in its spinoff, U.S. Marshal.:1134 The real sheriff of Cochise County at the time, Jack Howard, visited the set when the program began and made Bromfield an honorary deputy. Bromfield once told The Los Angeles Times: "About 40 million see 'Sheriff of Cochise' or 'U.S. Marshal' every week. I'd have to do about twenty-five pictures, major pictures, over a span of eight or nine years for enough people to see me in the theater who see me in one week on 'U.S. Marshal'... The show is seen all over the world. Television is a fabulous medium." The series was actually created by his co-star Stan Jones, who appeared in twenty-four segments as Deputy Harry Olson.
Bromfield married actress Corinne Calvet in Boulder, Colorado, in 1948. They were divorced March 16, 1954. He also was divorced from actress/dancer Larri Thomas. He and his third wife, actress/dancer and author Mary Ellen Bromfield, were married 43 years.
- Harpoon (1948)
- Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
- Rope of Sand (1949)
- Paid in Full (1950)
- The Furies (1950)
- Hold That Line (1952)
- Flat Top (1952)
- Easy to Love (1953)
- Ring of Fear (1954)
- Revenge of the Creature (1955)
- The Big Bluff (1955)
- Three Bad Sisters (1956)
- Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)
- Manfish (1956)
- Frontier Gambler (1956)
- Crime Against Joe (1956)
- Hot Cars (1956)
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