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Veteran Character Actor Edward Andrews Dies At 70

March 10, 1985

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Character actor Edward Andrews, whose 50-year career included 51 films and 31 Broadway plays, has died of a heart attack at age 70, his daughter said Saturday.

Andrews, whose film career began as crime boss Rhett Tanner of ″The Phenix City Story″ in 1955, died Friday at Santa Monica Hospital, Tabitha Andrews said.

He was a versatile performer with an expressive face. His recent roles included performances as the grandfather in ″Sixteen Candles″ and the banker in ″Gremlins.″

Andrews made four films with Doris Day. In the 1963 film ″The Thrill of It All,″ he played a flustered husband who blurted to Miss Day, ″Call your baby 3/8 My wife’s having a husband 3/8″

He appeared with Burt Lancaster and Shirley Jones in ″Elmer Gantry″ in 1960; with Deborah Kerr in ″Tea and Sympathy″ in 1956 and with Humphrey Bogart in ″The Harder They Fall,″ also in 1956.

Andrews frequently appeared on television and on the stage. His stage work included ″Of Mice and Men,″ ″The Time of Your Life,″ ″I Am a Camera″ and ″They Knew What They Wanted.″

A native of Griffin, Ga., Andrews married Emily Barnes in 1955 and the couple had three children: Edward III, Abigail and Tabitha.

He is survived by his wife and children. Memorial services were scheduled Tuesday in Pacific Palisades.

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