Talk:Richard Cromwell (actor)

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Hello and thanks for your interest in this article I initially wrote, and have edited many times since, about Richard Cromwell. Cromwell was my late relative, specifically, I believe according to Emily Post, my "second cousin once-removed" on my mother's side.

Cromwell was "Cousin Roy" Radabaugh to our family. My mother, Sally Stocking Keane, met him many times when she was a child at Stocking family gatherings held at Cromwell's Hollywood Hills home in the 30s and 40s. Roy and my aunt, Marguerite Stocking Buttrey, were very close friends. Roy's sister, Opal Radabaugh Putnam, was friendly with my grandparents, Lowell and Ethel Stocking. I spent many a lovely afternoon in the 80's reminiscing with Opal and my grandfather Lowell (nickname: Sox) at Opal's North Hollywood home, purchased for her and her late husband by Roy.

Roy's grandfather on his mother's side: Frank Stocking and my great-grandfather: Ellsworth Stocking were brothers. Thus, my grandfather, Sox and Cromwell's mother, Faye Stocking Radabaugh, were first cousins. The Stocking family hailed from Oshkosh, WI in the 1800s by way of Hartford, CT in the 1700s, by way of England in the 1600s.

Today, I am the proud owner of many fascinating items of Hollywood memorabilia relating to Cromwell/Radabaugh's 20-year film career. My prized possession is the signed photo from Roy inscribed to my grandparents: "To Socks and Ethel, from your Cousin Roy."

I have, by the way, corresponded over the years with Angela Lansbury because of the family connection (she is a lovely and very gracious lady). Further, in 2004 I finally connected for the first time in person with Dan Putnam, Opal' son and Cromwell/Radabaugh's nephew, who coincidentally, lives near me in the Conejo Valley in California. My cousin Dan Putnam (my third cousin once removed?) has an even more extensive collection of Richard Cromwell memorabilia than I do. In 2007, I finally connected via telephone with Joan Radabaugh, Cromwell's niece, who graciously corrected the names of relatives I misprinted in the article. We decendents of the Stocking family hope to put together a reunion soon.

I welcome your questions and comments here. Thanks again, Bill Keane IV (aka Keane4).

Comments . . .

Would love to see a better portrait of Cromwell 02:08, 27 January 2007 (UTC)LeeAnn92

Bill Keane responds: Yes, I agree, I would to see a better portrait too. The copy of the DVD of Baby Face Morgan was the only thing I could find online that met the "public domain" requirements of Wikipedia for uploading images. While I personally have many photos of Cromwell, I admit that I do not have access to a scanner (nor am I quite sure how to properly upload the images and reference the precise info. that Wikipedia needs to let them stay). Any ideas? suggestions? Stay tuned--I see about getting my 14 yr. old (the computer whiz) involved and maybe we can get some better pics posted. Thanks much, Bill Keane IV (aka Keane4) on 11th of April 2007.

I am pleased to see a comprehensive bio for Richard Cromwell. However, he was not "immortalised forever" by being mentioned in "Myra Breckenwich." I would submit that, in two thousand years years time, this text will not be well known. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:45, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Angela Lansbury???[edit]

Is this a biography of Richard Cromwell or Angela Lansbury? The long passage concerning her, and her view on why the marriage failed, seems inappropriate in a biography about Cromwell. John Paul Parks (talk) 16:52, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

My guess is that it is because his marriage to her is one of the most notable roles in his life. He was not a well-known actor, and if not for her I doubt most people would know his name. I certainly did not. (talk) 00:16, 18 September 2019 (UTC)


Anyone have examples of his artwork? I'd love to see them in the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:56, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

Death and Legacy?[edit]

The para begins with "his legacy ..." - OK then. None of the people mentioned in that statement are notable. Why, then, does this person automatically get a "legacy"? What are the guidelines for this section? If one is an actor, does that alone qualify them for a "legacy"? There are many far more famous men and women in the arts and sciences who don't have a legacy blurb. Normally, a legacy would include heirs or family members who are also noteworthy themselves. Not so in this case. So when I read it, it just stuck out. Am I the only one who finds this unusual? If this man was particularly notable, I might see it - but heck, I had never heard of him until I looked up Ms Lansbury. (talk) 00:15, 18 September 2019 (UTC)