William Gargan (July 17, 1905 – February 17, 1979) was an American motion picture, television and radio actor. Gargan played character roles in many Hollywood productions, including two appearances as detective Ellery Queen, but was best known for his role as Detective Martin Kane in the 1949-51 radio-television series, Martin Kane, Private Eye, sponsored by U.S. Tobacco. He also appeared as a private detective in the NBC radio show Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator, which ran from 1951 to 1955.
Gargan's career came to an end in 1958 when he developed throat cancer, and doctors were forced to remove his larynx. Speaking through an artificial voice box, Gargan became an activist and spokesman for the American Cancer Society, often warning about the dangers of smoking.
Gargan was the brother of actor Edward Gargan.
|1945||Midnight Manhunt||Pete Willis|
|1945||The Bells of St. Mary's||Joe Gallagher|
|1941||Cheers for Miss Bishop||Sam Peters|
|1941||Keep 'Em Flying||Craig Morrison|
|1940||They Knew What They Wanted||Joe|
|1937||You Only Live Once||Father Dolan|
|1935||Black Fury||Slim Johnson|
|1934||Strictly Dynamite||Georgie Ross|
|1934||The Lineup||Bob Curtis|
|1934||Four Frightened People||Stewart Corder|
|1933||Headline Shooter||Bill Allen|
|1933||Aggie Appleby Maker of Men||Red Branahan|
|1933||Night Flight||Brazilian pilot|
|1933||Emergency Call||Steve Brennan|
|1933||The Story of Temple Drake||Stephen Benbow|
|1933||Lucky Devils||Bob Hughes|
|1932||The Animal Kingdom||'Red' Regan, Tom's Butler|
|1932||The Sport Parade||Johnny Baker|
|1930||Follow the Leader||gangster|