Louise Lorimer

Louise Lorimer (July 14, 1898 – August 11, 1995) was an American actress who played character roles on Broadway, in films, and on television in a career lasting over six decades.

Louise Lorimer
Lorimer in the TV series One Step Beyond
Born(1898-07-14)July 14, 1898
DiedAugust 11, 1995(1995-08-11) (aged 97)

Life and career

Born Louise Knapp Pinkham in Newton, Massachusetts, she attended Newton High School and studied drama at the Leland Powers School in Boston before taking the stage name Louise Lorimer.[1]

After launching her career in Broadway productions in the 1920s, she played a series of small cinematic roles, including in To Mary – with Love (1936), Gangster's Boy (1938), Manhattan Heartbeat (1940), and Flying Cadets (1941).

During World War II, she performed with the USO in the Pacific. She returned to Broadway in the 1940s, including a role in I Remember Mama (1944), which featured Marlon Brando in his stage debut.[2]

Lorimer's film career continued with Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Once More, My Darling (1949), Father Was a Fullback (1949), The Glass Menagerie (1950), The Sun Sets at Dawn (1951), The Prowler (1951), The People Against O'Hara (1951), Japanese War Bride (1952), Young Man with Ideas (1952), Mister Cory (1957), Compulsion (1959), and -30- (1959).

On television, she played Stagecoach Sal in the western Hopalong Cassidy. She appeared in several other series, including Dragnet (1955-58), Dennis the Menace (1959-61), and Perry Mason (1958-62).[2]

In addition to appearing in the TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, she had a small role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 film Marnie. She continued appearing on television into her 80s, including the pilot of the 1978 series Battlestar Galactica ("Saga of a Star World").[1]

Lorimer died at the age of 97 at her home in Newton, Massachusetts.[3]


  1. "Louise Lorimer, 97, Longtime Character Actress". Boston Globe. September 28, 1995. p. 35. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  2. "Louise Lorimer". Variety. October 23, 1995. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  3. "Louise Lorimer; Actress, 97". New York Times. September 2, 1995. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
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