Dana Andrews Biography
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Fred Derry’ in the Film ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’)
Birthday: January 1, 1909 (Capricorn)
Born In: Collins, Mississippi, United States
Carver Dana Andrews was an American actor known for his roles in films like ‘Laura’ and ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’. Born in southern Mississippi, in Covington County, he was the son of a Baptist minister and his wife. He studied at Sam Houston State University. Singing was his first passion and he tried to become a singer before pursuing acting. After much struggle, he landed an important role in the western film ‘Lucky Cisco Kid’, which was directed by H Bruce Humberstone. He played his first lead role in the movie ‘Berlin Correspondent’, after which he gained attention for several other movies like ‘Crash Dive’, and ‘The Ox-Bow Incident’. As a young man, he achieved immense success and became a superstar during the 1940s. However, he suffered from alcoholism during the latter part of his life and this addiction led to his decline. Eventually, he controlled his addiction and later worked actively with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. He suffered from Alzheimer’s disease during the last years of his life.