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Radio’s ‘One Man’s Family’ Star Dies

June 8, 1990

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Radio actor Michael Raffetto, who played the original Paul Barbour on ″One Man’s Family″ during the 1930s and ’40s, has died. He was 91.

Raffetto died May 31, his family said Thursday. No cause of death was given.

Raffetto played the eldest son of Henry and Frances Barbour on ″One Man’s Family,″ among radio’s longest running and most popular programs.

From its initial broadcast on April 29, 1932, until May 8, 1959, ″One Man’s Family″ was heard regularly on NBC. Raffetto left the show in 1956.

Raffetto played a fighter pilot who was wounded in World War I and whose bride had died in a flu epidemic.

Beginning in 1939, Raffetto also played globe trotter and soft-spoken hero Jack Packard on ″I Love a Mystery,″ a radio program popular during the Depression and World War II.

Raffetto was born in Placerville. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1925 and practiced law briefly in San Francisco.

He returned to Berkeley as a drama teacher and directed at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre in the late 1920s.

In 1930, he starred in and produced NBC’s ″Arm of the Law.″ He went on to become the network’s West Coast program director and join the ″Family″ cast.

His other radio credits included ″Death Valley Days″ and ″Attorney for the Defense.″

Raffetto made a few silent films in his youth, including ″Tillie’s Punctured Romance.″ He also had a small part in ″A Foreign Affair″ with Marlene Dietrich in 1948 and ″Storm Center″ with Bette Davis in 1956.

In his later years, Raffetto lived in Europe, where he wrote novels and short stories. He returned to Berkeley in 1960.

He is survived by his wife, Constance, four daughters and five grandchildren.

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