santos ortega

Happy Birthday, Santos Ortega

Radio and television actor Santos Ortega was born June 30, 1899. During his long career, the versatile Ortega made appearances on Suspense, Dimension X, Casey, Crime Photographer, and The Adventures of Superman, among others. He played a number of radio detectives, including Charlie Chan and Bulldog Drummond. Ortega appeared as Commissioner Weston on The Shadow and Inspector Richard Queen on Ellery Queen.

Happy Birthday, Santos Ortega

Radio and television actor Santos Ortega was born June 30, 1899. During his long career, the versatile Ortega made appearances on Suspense, Dimension X, Casey, Crime Photographer, and The Adventures of Superman, among others. He played a number of radio detectives, including Charlie Chan and Bulldog Drummond. Ortega appeared as Commissioner Weston on The Shadow and Inspector Richard Queen on Ellery Queen.

On television, Ortega may be best known for his long-running (1956-76) role as “Grandpa” Will Hughes on As the World Turns.

In honor of his birthday, I’ll post some of his old time radio performances. For more from the Golden Age of Radio, click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.