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.
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.
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.
|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|