(Lt. Carl Fredericks)
When Rusty Lane isn't acting at the theatre, performing
fatherly duties for his two small children, or regaling his
wife, actess Sara Anderson with tales of the excitement
backstage at the Barrymore, one can be certain to find
him in an aquarium. For Mr. Lane is a devoted
ichthyologist or in simpler language, a student of fish life.
In fact, he has several tanks filled with numerous marine
species not only in the sanctum at his home in Astoria
but also in his dressing room at the theatre, and needs
little encouragement to explain their habits and their
lineage to anyone who cares to listen. Indeed Mr. Lane is
a man of many interests. For thirteen years, before his
Broadway career began, he was a professor of speech
and drama at the University of Wisconsin and also
directed the University Playhouse. Still further back when
he was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, he
played star quarterback on the football team alongside
the famous Red Grange. In 1942 he went to England to
direct the London production of "The Eve of St. Mark"
and was persuaded by Dwight Deere Winman, then
staging shows for our troops, to remain as the latter's
assistant. His first Broadway appearance was in
"Decision" and since then, he has been involved in many
video dramas as well as in "Lower North," "Bathsheba,"
"Galileo" and the revival of "What Price Glory." His
longest run, however, was in "Mister Roberts" in which he
started in the role of Chief Johnson and eventually
toured in the part of the Captain.