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Coe Norton

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Coe Norton
Borncirca 1912
Tacoma, Washington
DiedApril 26, 1998 (age 85)

Coe Norton was an actor, magician and teacher.

With his wife, actress Laura Lee Norton (d. June 23, 2001), he enjoyed a long and successful career in the theater.[1]

Norton learned magic from his father and a Mysto Magic set when young. He received a degree in drama from Carnegie Tech, and after serving in the Navy during World War II, he went to Hollywood to learn acting. In 1951, he moved to New York to pursue his acting career, which led to Broadway appearances.

While in New York, Norton served as president of the Magician's Guild of America.

In addition to being a TV soap opera regular on Love of Life, Secret Storm, and Search for Tomorrow, Norton starred in the 1954 "Mandrake the Magician" TV series. He also had ongoing roles on U.S. Steel Hour, Omnibus, Naked City, and True Story. He created national commercials with magic for Viceroy, Thumbelina Dolls, Nestle's Chocolate, and Cricket Lighters.[2]

In 1962, Coe married the successful actress Laura Lee. They became a couple act, worked numerous magic conventions and performed on cruise ships.

In the late 1980s, they moved to Columbia, South Carolina, to be near their grandchildren.[3] The IBM Ring Ring 105 in Columbia South Carolina is named in his hotor.[4]

His publicity photo can be seen at the Conjuring Arts exhibit "The Many Faces of Magic"[5]

References

  1. Tribute To Coe Norton
  2. Coe Norton imdb
  3. Obit, Magic, June 1998
  4. http://www.scamcon.org/magicclub/index.htm/
  5. http://conjuringarts.org/exhibitions/the-many-faces-of-magic/coe-norton/