- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 27, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Keith Andes, a handsome actor who was Marilyn Monroe’s leading man in the 1952 film “Clash by Night,” died Nov. 11 in Santa Clarita, Calif. He was 85.

Mr. Andes, who had suffered from bladder cancer and other ailments, was found dead in his home, said longtime friend Marshall LaPlante. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office ruled the death a suicide by asphyxiation.

Though Mr. Andes rarely discussed his career, his apartment walls displayed memorabilia including an album cover from “Wildcat,” the 1960 Broadway musical in which he starred with Lucille Ball.

A framed note from her refers to the close quarters they shared on stage: “I ate onions, ha-ha, love, Lucy.”

Mr. Andes’ grandson, Ryan Andes, said people “always, always, always” asked about the friendship with Monroe.

“There was always a murmur about them having a relationship, but he said that wasn’t the case,” he said.

The actor, known for a comforting baritone, played one of the brothers in “The Farmer’s Daughter” (1947) and Gen. George C. Marshall in “Tora! Tora! Tora!” (1970).

On television, he was an amateur sleuth on “Glynis,” a 1963 CBS sitcom in which Glynis Johns played his wife, and appeared in the syndicated police drama “This Man Dawson” during 1959 and 1960. He had guest appearances on more than 40 shows, many of them westerns.

Born John Charles Andes in Ocean City, N.J., he attended Oxford University, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Temple University in 1943 and studied voice at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music.

Survivors include two sons, Mark, an original member of the rock groups Canned Heat and Spirit, and Matt; and three grandchildren.

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