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Larry Parks

Larry ParksAKA Samuel Klusman Parks

Born: 13-Dec-1914
Birthplace: Olathe, KS
Died: 13-Apr-1975
Location of death: Studio City, CA
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Named names before HUAC

"I would prefer, if you would allow me, not to mention other people's names. Don't present me with the choice of either being in contempt of this Committee and going to jail or forcing me to really crawl through the mud to be an informer." Though Parks named names to avoid being blacklisted, a fact leaked to the press, the tactic failed -- he remained blacklisted.

Mother: (maiden name of Klusman)
Wife: Betty Garrett (actress, b. 23-May-1919, m. 1944, until his death, two sons)
Son: Garrett Parks (composer, with Garrett)
Son: Andrew Lawrence Parks (actor, b. 1-Mar-1951, with Garrett)

    High School: Joliet Township High School, Joliet, IL (1932)
    University: University of Illinois

    Communist Party USA 1941-45, admitted before HUAC in 1951
    Hollywood Blacklist
    HUAC Hearings
    Irish Ancestry

    Freud (12-Dec-1962)
    Tiger by the Tail (1955)
    Love Is Better Than Ever (23-Feb-1952) · Jud Parker
    Emergency Wedding (15-Nov-1950)
    Jolson Sings Again (10-Aug-1949)
    The Swordsman (2-Jan-1948) · Alexander MacArden
    Down to Earth (21-Aug-1947) · Danny Miller
    The Jolson Story (10-Oct-1946) · Al Jolson
    Renegades (13-Jun-1946)
    Counter-Attack (26-Apr-1945)
    Hey, Rookie (6-Apr-1944)
    Is Everybody Happy? (28-Oct-1943)
    Reveille with Beverly (4-Feb-1943)
    The Boogie Man Will Get You (22-Oct-1942) · Bill Layden
    A Man's World (17-Sep-1942)
    Submarine Raider (4-Jun-1942) · Sparksie
    Alias Boston Blackie (2-Apr-1942) · Joe Trilby
    Blondie Goes to College (15-Jan-1942) · Rusty Bryant

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