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 Post subject: The great Joseph Kearns
PostPosted: Jul Sun 12, 2020 11:53 am 
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It's taken years for me to begin to recognize the great dramatic radio actors. William Conrad, Parley Baer, and Agnus Moorhead have always been my favorite. I always knew of Joseph Kearns, but only now do I easily recognize his voice. Looking at his radio credits I see many of my top favs and realize why they are so. He had a style that made any script more exciting. I can't believe it's the same guy from Dennis The Menace after hearing the sinister parts he played on radio!
Here's his body of work on radio:
https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/a ... eph-kearns
This is great old-time radio site by the way.


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 Post subject: Re: The great Joseph Kearns
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You picked a good one. I came to know his voice and can pick it out of any radio show. I was surprised by just how many shows he was on.
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 Post subject: Re: The great Joseph Kearns
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You picked a good one. I came to know his voice and can pick it out of any radio show. I was surprised by just how many shows he was on.
Don

There was certain people that quickly proved themselves to be excellent actors for radio. Just like movie actors, once you got that name you're were in demand. I'm realizing that a lot of these people went on to do TV and voice-over. They seemed like just older bit actors in '60's-'70's shows, but they were actually in business for 30-40 years by that point!


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 Post subject: Re: The great Joseph Kearns
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Mr. Kearns was also known for installing the huge Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ from Warner Brothers studios in his home.
After he died, the Carson family moved in and maintained it. In the late 1980s it was moved and rebuilt, finally finding
a home in the Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield, Ohio where it still plays.


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 Post subject: Re: The great Joseph Kearns
PostPosted: Nov Wed 24, 2021 8:22 pm 
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decojoe67 wrote:
Old Tube wrote:
You picked a good one. I came to know his voice and can pick it out of any radio show. I was surprised by just how many shows he was on.
Don

There was certain people that quickly proved themselves to be excellent actors for radio. Just like movie actors, once you got that name you're were in demand. I'm realizing that a lot of these people went on to do TV and voice-over. They seemed like just older bit actors in '60's-'70's shows, but they were actually in business for 30-40 years by that point!


I think Joseph Kearns was excellent as a radio and television character actor. William Bendix was also one that excelled in both fields. "life of riley" is a hilarious show. I always got a kick out of John Browns portrayal of Digger O'Dell "the friendly undertaker" just his voice and phrasing would crack you up. "One of the neighborhood boys played a joke on me. he took a sign from the local beauty parlor and hung it outside the funeral parlor. the sign read "try one of our mud packs". One time (presumably the same boy) has put a sign from the local ballgame in front of his funeral parlor that read "double header today". :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: The great Joseph Kearns
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decojoe67 wrote:
It's taken years for me to begin to recognize the great dramatic radio actors. William Conrad, Parley Baer, and Agnus Moorhead have always been my favorite. I always knew of Joseph Kearns, but only now do I easily recognize his voice. Looking at his radio credits I see many of my top favs and realize why they are so. He had a style that made any script more exciting. I can't believe it's the same guy from Dennis The Menace after hearing the sinister parts he played on radio!
Here's his body of work on radio:
https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/a ... eph-kearns
This is great old-time radio site by the way.

Thank you for the tip. I didn't know about oldtime radio downloads.

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