Tom Neal: Killer Actor

From Hollywood Star to Prison Inmate

Lori Johnston
13 min readSep 24, 2022

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A publicity photo of Tom Neal early in his career (photo source)

“Fate or some mysterious force can put the finger on you or me for no reason at all.” — Tom Neal as Al Roberts in “Detour” (1945).

From the moment of his birth in January of 1914, Tom Neal seemed destined for the fame he craved most of his life; his great uncle was the noted actor and theater manager John Drew. Neal was brought up in a…

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Lori Johnston

Writer, reader, margarita drinker. Currently looking for a “dare to be great” situation.