About this actor
James Marshall Thompson (November 27, 1925 – May 18, 1992) was an American film and television actor. He was born in Peoria, Illinois. In 1943, Thompson, known for his boy-next-door good looks, was signed by Universal Pictures. He played quiet, thoughtful teens in Universal's feature films, including a lead opposite singing star Gloria Jean in Reckless Age, earning $350 weekly. In 1946, Universal discharged most of its contract players. That same year Thompson moved to MGM and his roles steadily increased and improved. In the 1950s, Thompson became a freelance actor and worked for various studios. He appeared in a number of horror and science-fiction films, including the role of Carruthers in It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958). He also starred as Mel Hunter in the TV series World Of Giants. By the 1960s, Thompson's boyish looks had matured and his screen persona became more authoritative. He co-starred with Annie Fargé in the 33-episode CBS sitcom Angel (1960–1961) about an...