Born in 1912, Payne started life as a wrestler and Vaudeville singer before starting out in B-grade movies for Sam Goldwyn. His early career included quite a few musicals, before he moved into dramas and westerns. His best known film is "Miracle on 34th Street" with Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood. Payne's career ground to a halt after a serious car accident in 1959, and he passed away in 1989, aged 77.
1930s promo shot.
With Betty Furness in "Fair Warning", 1937.
Payne in "Kid Nightingale", 1939.
1930s beefcake shot, check out that swimsuit!
On the beach, 1930s.
I haven't seen many of his films, I'm not to proud to admit that my interest in Payne is largely physical. So handsome!
You can read more about Payne at Brian's Drive-in Theatre.