Film star Edmund Purdom has died at 84, Theatermania.com has reported.
In the 1950's, the mere sight of him had teenage girls swooning on both sides of the Atlantic. Purdom was no great shakes as an actor, but he looked great in a toga, whether in The Egyptian or Julius Caesar. And in 1954, when Mario Lanza ate himself out of the lead in the film version of the operetta The Student Prince, Purdom was called in to play the role. Ann Blyth and Richard Anderson were also in the movie. Out of sight, but not out of earshot, Lanza provided the singing.