Philip Bourneuf

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Philip Bourneuf
Born (1908-01-07)January 7, 1908
Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died March 23, 1979(1979-03-23) (aged 71)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Stage, film, television actor
Years active 1944–1976
Spouse(s) Frances Reid (1940-1979; his death)
Parent(s) Ambrose Bourneuf
Josephine Comeau Bourneuf
L-R: Burgess Meredith, Claude Dauphin & Philip Bourneuf in A Salute to France (1944)

Philip Bourneuf (January 7, 1908 - March 23, 1979) was an American character actor who had a long stage career before appearing in films.

The son of engineer Ambrose Bourneuf and his wife, the former Josephine Comeau, Bourneuf was born in Somerville, Massachusetts.[1]

Bourneuf's obituary in The New York Times noted, "Mr. Bourneuf was included in the small circle of distinguished actors who appeared in the original casts of the American Repertory Theater, a group founded by Eva Le Gallienne, Margaret Webster, and Cheryl Crawford."[1]

A founding member of the Actors Studio,[2] one of Bourneuf's more memorable roles was as the district attorney who maneuvers the apparently innocent Dana Andrews into the electric chair in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956). His last screen role was in the 1976 television mini-series Captains and the Kings.

Bourneuf made three guest appearances on Perry Mason. In 1960, he played Asa Culver in "The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor." In 1963 he played murder victim Edgar Thorne in "The Case of the Lawful Lazarus," and in 1965 he played defendant Victor Montalvo in "The Case of the Golden Girls." He also appeared in other television series like Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Dr. Kildare.

Personal life

Bourneuf was married to actress Frances Reid from 1940 until his death in March 1979. They had no children.


On March 23, 1979, Bourneuf was found dead in his apartment in Santa Monica, California, at age 71.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Goodman, George, Jr. (March 24, 1979). "Philip Bourneuf 71". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Birth of The Actors Studio: 1947-1950". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. Also [in Lewis' class were] Henry Barnard, Jay Barney, John Becher, Philip Bourneuf, Joan Chandler, Peter Cookson, Stephen Elliott, Robert Emhardt, Joy Geffen, William Hansen, Will Hare, Jane Hoffman, George Keane, Don Keefer, George Matthews, Peggy Meredith, Ty Perry, Margaret Phillips, David Pressman, William Prince, Elliot Reid, Frances Reid, Kurt Richards, Elizabeth Ross, Thelma Schnee, Joshua Shelley, Fed Stewart, John Straub, Michael Strong, John Sylvester, Julie Warren, Mary Welch, Lois Wheeler, and William Woodson.

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