TED MANSON ‘44
TV, Movie Star
Ted Manson was born October 23, 1926, at 719 Livingston Avenue. At age
one made my escape to the Hilltop. At age 10, my mother, Margaret, my
brother, Donald, and I moved with a wonderful stepfather, Fred Bowman,
to 686 Racine Avenue.
Schools I attended were John Burroughs Elementary, West Junior and Senior
High Schools, where I had some remarkable teachers, including Carl Snowden
Kennedy, the best engineering drawing teacher in the state - as his
students proved in competitions.
Graduated from West in January 1944. Entered the U. S. Navy in February
1944. Honorably discharged in July 1946. College at John Carroll University
and The Ohio State University.
Married a North High Graduate (!!!) Carol Noel. I have three children,
daughters Valerie and Stephanie and son Philip and three amazing grandchildren,
Will, Jon and Sierra.
Spent many years in construction, working for the Klingbeil Company,
Jim Trueman (Red Roof Inns), and as an independent general contractor.
In the late 50's and early 60's I acted at Players' Club and Stadium
Theatre with an inspirational mentor, Dr. Roy Bowen, after whom a theatre
at Ohio State is named. Two of my favorite roles at those venues were
Biff in "Death of a Salesman" and Johnny, the lead in the musical "A
Tree Grows in Brooklyn."
Got into movies quite by accident. Living in Atlanta since 1970, I saw
an ad for a community theater play audition. Got the part and was offered
the lead in their next production. After twenty years away from the
stage, I was really scared. But the leading lady was a pro and helped
One night she brought her agent who asked if I would like to do some
commercial work. I said, "heck yeah!" Since then I have had speaking
parts in more than fifty movies. Sometimes one or two lines, sometimes
sizeable roles such as Colonel Murphy in "Sweet Home Alabama," Chip
in "Talladega Nights," and Mr. Daws in the yet-to-be-released Brad Pitt
movie, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
The movie business has allowed me to devote time helping poor children
in Sonora, Mexico. The smiles when I visit make it all worthwhile. This
year, 2007, I have worked in five movies and I am looking forward to
more. I have worked with Oscar winners Clint Eastwood, Susan Sarandon,
and Reese Witherspoon, and I got to dance with Diane Lane, wow! I am
having a lot of fun.
Title character: Feature Films, Elizabethtown - Sad Joe, Major League
III - Skip, Midnight in the Garden… - Passerby, Last Dance - Judge Borman,
Fried Green Tomatoes - Bailiff, Gordy - Henry Royce, Untitled Will Ferrell
Movie - Chip, Runaway Jury - Pulaski.
Television films: Snow Wonder - Pastor Lindquist, Matlock: The Hunting
Party - Ed Tucker, Murder in Mississippi - Jailer, North and South -
Series: The Cape - Jerry, Second Noah - Doc, Heat of the Night - Sam
Update: We were saddened by the news that Ted Manson died June 1,
2008 at the age of 81.
In December 2008 his last movie, "The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button" was released and has been nominated for several awards.
Ted had a funny line in the movie, which he repeated several times,
saying "Did I tell you I was struck by lighting seven times!"