Edward Gildea De Corsia (September 29, 1903 – April 11, 1973) was an American radio, film, and television actor, best remembered for his chilling debut in The Lady from Shanghai (1947), as the ex-wrestler murderer Willie Garzah in the film The Naked City (1948), and as a gangster who turned state's evidence in the film The Enforcer (1951).
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De Corsia was a member of the cast of Blackstone Plantation. He starred in the title role on Mike Hammer and played Sergeant Velie on The Adventures of Ellery Queen. He also voiced roles on Family Theater, The March of Time, Cavalcade of America, Gang Busters, and The Shadow.
He made his film debut in Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and went on to make a career playing villains and gangsters in 1940s and 1950s films, including The Naked City (1948), The Enforcer (1951), Crime Wave (1954), The Big Combo (1955), The Killing (1956), Baby Face Nelson (1957), Slightly Scarlet (1956), and The Joker is Wild (1957).
In his last feature, The Outside Man (1972) with Ann-Margret and Angie Dickinson, his character, the mobster Victor, is killed off early in the film, but he later appears as his embalmed corpse, posed in a chair, holding a cigar.
In the late 1950s and 1960s, he appeared in a number of television series, mostly westerns. He appeared in S2 E15 of "Wanted: Dead or Alive" playing George Winters in "Chain Gang" which aired 12/10/1959.
He was featured on three episodes of the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason, including the episodes "The Case of the Drifting Dropout" (1964), in which he played murder victim Mort Lynch, and "The Case of the Positive Negative" (1966), in the role of murder victim George Emory. Other notable television series appearances included The Lone Ranger; The Untouchables; The Twilight Zone; Sea Hunt; I Dream of Jeannie; The Outer Limits, and The Monkees
|1947||The Lady from Shanghai||Sidney Broome|
|1948||The Naked City||Willie Garzah|
|1949||The Life of Riley||Norman|
|Neptune's Daughter||Lukie Luzette|
|It Happens Every Spring||Manager Jimmy Dolan|
|Mr. Soft Touch||Rainey|
|Cargo to Capetown||Rhys|
|Three Secrets||Del Prince|
|1951||The Enforcer||Joe Rico|
|Vengeance Valley||Herb Backett|
|A Place In The Sun||Judge R.S. Oldendorff|
|Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison||Warden Ben Rickey|
|New Mexico||Acoma - Indian Chief|
|Crazy Over Horses||Duke|
|1952||Captain Pirate||Capt. Easterling|
|The Savage||Iron Breast|
|The Turning Point||Harrigan|
|1953||Man in the Dark||Lefty|
|Ride, Vaquero!||Sheriff Parker|
|Hot News||Dino Rizzo|
|Crime Wave||'Doc' Penny|
|1954||20,000 Leagues Under the Sea||Capt. Farragut|
|1955||The Big Combo||Ralph Bettini|
|Man with the Gun||'Frenchy' Lescaux|
|Slightly Scarlet||Solly Caspar|
|The Steel Jungle||Steve Marlin|
|The Kettles in the Ozarks||Professor|
|Mohawk||Indian Chief Kowanen|
|The Killing||Patrolman Randy Kennan|
|Showdown at Abilene||Dan Claudius|
|Dance with Me, Henry||Big Frank|
|1957||Gunfight at the O.K. Corral||Shanghai Pierce|
|The Lawless Eighties||Grat Bandas|
|The Midnight Story||Lt. Kilrain|
|The Joker is Wild||Georgie Parker|
|Gun Battle at Monterey||Max Reno|
|Man on the Prowl||Detective|
|Baby Face Nelson||Rocca|
|1958||Handle with Care||Sam Lawrence|
|South Seas Adventure||Supplemental Narration||Voice|
|Enchanted Island||Capt. Vangs|
|The Buccaneer||Capt. Rumbo|
|1957-1958||Official Detective||Ellis / Lt. Evans||2 episodes|
|1959||Inside the Mafia||Augie Martello|
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Police Inspector Salva||Season 5 Episode 9: "Dead Weight"|
|1960||Oklahoma Territory||Chief Buffalo Horn|
|Noose for a Gunman||Jack Cantrell|
|From the Terrace||Mr. Ralph W. Benziger|
|1961||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Lieutenant Christensen||Season 7 Episode 7: "You Can't Be a Little Girl All Your Life"|
|1962||It's Only Money||Patrolman|
|1964||The Quick Gun||Jud Spangler|
|Blood on the Arrow||Jud|
|The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Herlie||Season 2 Episode 13: "The Magic Shop"|
|1965||The Money Trap||Police captain||Uncredited|
|1966||Nevada Smith||Hudson (bartender)|
|1967||The King's Pirate||Capt. McTigue|
|1968||5 Card Stud||Eldon Bates|
|1970||The Delta Factor||Ames|
|1972||The Outside Man||Victor||(final film role)|
|1955||The Lone Ranger||Sam Slater||Episode "Gold Freight"|
|1957||Have Gun - Will Travel||Chief Harry Blackfoot||Episode "The Englishman"|
|1960||Wanted Dead or Alive||Arthur Barchester||Season 3, Episode 10 "The Medicine Man"|
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- "Harry Wismer Off On Sports Trek". Brownwood Bulletin. Brownwood Bulletin. November 25, 1953. p. 6. Retrieved May 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Whistling Clown Sunday Mystery". Harrisburg Telegraph. Harrisburg Telegraph. March 2, 1940. p. 18. Retrieved May 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Grunwald, Edgar A. (1938). Variety Radio Directory. Variety, Inc. p. 1284.