He was a staple of radio shows as well as a popular voiceover pitchman, recording up to 12 commercials a week at the height of his career.
“His face isn’t familiar, but his voice is a brand name”. Montanari, Linda. Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie, NY. October 24, 1989, page 15A. Newspapers.com
“It took a little time (to get to work with Hi Brown)...on one of the Inner Sanctums. He was a very difficult man to get with... one had to besiege him for a long time before one got to work with him. It was one of my major triumphs when I finally became part of what he was doing.”
Did you know he ... First worked with Himan Brown on Inner Sanctum.
“Radio Out of the Past” Interview with Himan Brown and Ralph Bell. Gassman, Larry. New York, NY. October 21, 1993.
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...Initially majored in Education at the University of Michigan, but switched to Speech and joined the theater his sophomore year
“Don’t Be Fooled By Ralph Bell’s Role: He’s Really Not So Tough Off The Stage”. The Record, Hackensack, NJ. November 30, 1940, page 17. Newspapers.com
… Starred in an episode of CBS’s 1950s TV show The Web alongside CBSRMT host E.G. Marshall
Television Highlights: The Web—Drama: ‘Murder’s Challenge’ with Ralph Bell and E.G. Marshall”. The Central New Jersey Home News, New Brunswick, NJ. November 11, 1950, page 25. Newspapers.com
… Acted in and directed several plays by U of M classmate Arthur Miller
“First Miller Play Will Be Revived”. The Central New Jersey Home News, New Brunswick, NJ. July 21, 1957, page 22. Newspapers.com
Too many Ralphs
In 1930s Bergen County, NY (believe it or not) there were two Ralph Bells (Ralph H. and our Ralph S.) Both participated in this human pyramid for the newspaper. However, the caption writer didn’t differentiate between the two, so which one is our CBSRMT tough guy is anyone’s guess. (Our guess is the top row Ralph).
… Was led to pursue more lucrative work in TV and radio advertising by his passion for fine food and clothes.’
“His face isn’t familiar, but his voice is a brand name. Doing commercials beats heavy lifting, says Bell”. Montanari, Linda. Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie, NY. October 24, 1989, page 15A. Newspapers.com
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