Tom Neal

Movie Actor

Tom Neal was born in Evanston, Illinois, United States on January 28th, 1914 and is the Movie Actor. At the age of 58, Tom Neal biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 28, 1914
United States
Place of Birth
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Death Date
Aug 7, 1972 (age 58)
Zodiac Sign
Boxer, Stage Actor, Television Actor
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Northwestern University
Tom Neal Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Vicky Lane, ​ ​(m. 1948; div. 1950)​, Patricia Fenton, ​ ​(m. 1956; died 1958)​, Gale Bennett, ​ ​(m. 1960; died 1965)​
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Tom Neal Life

Thomas Carroll Neal Jr. (January 28, 1914 – August 7, 1972) was an American actor and boxer best known for his role in the critically lauded film Detour for having a match with actress Barbara Payton and then commiting murder.

Personal life

Neal was married three times and had one child. Vicky Lane, a British actress and singer, was his first marriage after he married in 1944. In 1949, Lane divorced Neal, citing "mental and physical cruelty."

Neal first attended Barbara Payton's party in the early 1950s. The two met and became engaged to actor Franchot Tone, but Payton ended the friendship shortly after. Despite her commitment, Payton began seeing Neal again. Neal, Payton, and Tone made news after Neal became embroiled in a physical altercation with Tone over Payton in her front yard on September 14, 1951. Neal defeated Tone very well, while Payton reportedly watched the match closely. Tone suffered severe injuries, including a broken cheekbone, a cracked nose, and a brain injury that required hospitalization. Tone and Payton married on September 28, 1951, after he recovered. After 53 days in Tone, Payton returned to Neal. Tone filed for divorce in March 1952, citing Payton for adultery. In May 1953, Neal and Payton announced their marriage in May 1953, but later this year, they broke off their friendship.

Patricia Fenton, Neal's sister, was married shortly after their breakup. Patrick Thomas Neal, his only child, was born in 1957. Fenton died of cancer the following year. Patrick Neal, Jr., played Al Roberts in a 1992 independent remake of Detour.


Tom Neal Career


Neal was born in Evanston, Illinois, and was one of three children born to banker Thomas, Sr., and Mayme Neal (née Martin). Mary Elizabeth and Dorothy Helen were his two older sisters. John Drew, the noted spian, was his great uncle. Neal and his siblings were born in Chicago's large ten-room home. He attended Lake Forest Academy and Evanston Township High School before enrolling in Northwestern University, where he majored in mathematics. Neal played many sports in college and also competed in amateur boxing tournaments for a brief period. He was also a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and was active in the drama club.

After a year in Northwestern, Neal then moved to Chicago. He appeared in various stage productions during summer stock before heading to New York City in 1933. In 1935, Neal made his Broadway debut. He appeared in film in Out West with the Hardys, as part of Mickey Rooney's "Hardy family" film collection.

In the 1940s/1950s, Neal appeared in many low-budget B-movies. He appeared in the Republic Pictures 15-episode serial Jungle Girl in 1941. Al Roberts was undoubtedly his most memorable role in Ann Savage's classic film noir Detour. They went on to produce five films together.