Mandel Kramer 03.12.1916 - 01.29.1989 (73 years old)
Mandel Kramer was an exception amongst actors in that he did little more self-promotion and glory seeking than was necessary to find work. As a long-time member of the New York “Radio Row” players, more often than not work came looking for him. Kramer told an interviewer in 1953 that “I’m a product of radio”, which is to say that he made a comfortable living working in the medium and had no particular desire to expand into films, although he would work in daytime TV after the end of network radio drama. oon he was receiving regular calls for Cavalcade of America, Columbia Workshop, Words at War, and other programs. One of his most important career stepping stones was as David Harding’s able assistant, Harry Peters, on Counterspy. While many radio actors were migrating to Hollywood in hopes of gaining movie work on top of their radio actors, Kramer made the rounds of shows still based in the Big Apple, like Adventures of the Thin Man, The Adventures of the Falcon, The Big Story, Casey, Crime Photographer, and Gang Busters. He spoofed cabbies as Mr. and Mrs. North’s driver, Mahatma McGloin. Mandel KramerMandel Kramer may be best known among OTR fans as the last actor to play Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. Some sources incorrectly list Kramer as replacing Bob Bailey in the role. Mandel Kramer was the last actor to play the title role of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. He also appeared on the The Edge of Night. Kramer had appeared on the TV version of The Guiding Light in 1953, and he was Chief Bill Marceau on The Edge of Night from 1961 to 1979. When Hiram Brown tried to rekindle interest in radio drama with CBS Radio Mystery Theater between 1974 and 1982, Kramer appeared in 130 episodes. Mandel Kramer passed away at the age of 72 in 1989.
This actor appeared in the following radio shows