Actor Philip Bourneuf

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

Early years

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


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.”

In the 1930s, Boruneuf acted as part of the Federal Theatre Project.

A founding member of the Actors Studio, 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.


Year Title Role Notes
1944 Winged Victory Col. Gibney Uncredited
1948 Joan of Arc Jean d’Estivet (a prosecutor)
1951 The Big Night Dr. Lloyd Cooper
1953 Thunder in the East Newah Khan
1956 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Dist. Atty. Roy Thompson
1956 Everything but the Truth Mayor Benjamin ‘Ben’ Parker
1962 Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man City Editor
1966 Chamber of Horrors Insp. Matthew Strudwick
1969 The Arrangement Judge Morris
1970 The Molly Maguires Father O’Connor
1972 The Man Chief Justice Williams
1972 Pete ‘n’ Tillie Dr. Willet

External Links

Actor Philip Bourneuf – Wikipedia

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