LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 12, 1955: Richard Egan poses at home in Los Angeles,California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Tomorrow’s Stars Yesterday: Richard Egan, 1954

Richard Egan was a throwback to the 30s and 40s when virile leading men were the norm. In the 50s he was an anomaly matched against sensitive method actors who were the new superstars.

Steve Forrest and Hugh O’Brian. The HFPA was in a generous mood that year, as were they the next when again there were three New Star of the Year winners, Shirley MacLaine, Kim Novak and Karen Sharpe. Despite that push, Egan was in his mid-thirties when Darryl F. Zanuck finally signed him to a seven-year contract.

Henry King’sUntamed. Egan jumped in, and so impressed the studio he was rewarded with the lead in Richard Fleischer’s critically acclaimed Violent Saturday, which suddenly made him a star. He got top billing over Anthony Quinn and other Fox contract players in Seven Cities of GoldPhilip Dunne’sThe View from Pompey’s Head.

A Summer Place,Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue. He and Dorothy played their understanding parents.

Joan Collins and ended up third billed on loan-out to Disney for Pollyanna, another teen hit. He then returned to Fox as the star of Rudolph Mate’s The 300 Spartans, his last obligation to the studio.

Susan Strasberg.

Jeff Richards, George Nader, Russ Tamblyn, and Ray Danton, none of whom lived up to their initial promise.