Trained as an opera singer, but was rarely, e.g. in The North Star (1943), allowed to use his fine singing voice in the movies. In the one musical he did make, State Fair (1945), his voice was dubbed because the studio was unaware he was a trained singer. He later explained that he didn`t correct their mistake because he felt the singer dubbing him probably needed the money.
In the late 1940s, during the height of his popularity, the publicist for Fox sent a telegram to the mayor of Collins, Mississippi suggesting that the town officially change its name to Andrews in honor of its native son. The mayor wired back: "We will not change our name to Andrews. Have Andrews change his to Collins."
President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG). [1963-1965]
Mentioned in the opening song to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) ("Science Fiction")
Suffered from Alzheimer`s Disease in his last years.
He appeared with actress Gene Tierney in five films: Tobacco Road (1941), Belle Starr (1941), Laura (1944), The Iron Curtain (1948) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950).
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 3, 1991-1993, pages 22-23. New York: Charles Scribner`s Sons, 2001.
Sons: David Andrews (1934-1964) & Stephen Andrews (b. 1944). Daughters: Katharine Andrews (b. 1942) & Susan Andrews (b. 1948). (imdb.com)
Brother of actor Steve Forrest. (imdb.com)
Daughter, Katharine Andrews (b. 1942) (imdb.com)
Daughter, Susan Andrews (b. 1948) (imdb.com)