Regis Toomey, who appeared in more than 200 movies and is credited with participating in the longest on-screen kiss in Hollywood history, died Saturday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital. He was 93.
Toomey - best known for his man-of-action roles in such films as "Northwest Mounted Police," "Dive Bomber," and "The Big Sleep" - died of natural causes, a spokeswoman for the Woodland Hills hospital said.Among the films Toomey appeared in was "You're in the Army Now," made in the 1940s, and co-starring Jane Wyman. Their 185-second kiss has been called the longest on-screen kiss in Hollywood history.
Wyman's former husband, ex-President Ronald Reagan, and Nancy Reagan visited their longtime friend at the hospital Sept. 22.
Toomey was born in Pittsburg, Pa., on Aug. 13, 1898, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and did postgraduate work in drama at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.
His film debut in 1925 followed a number of stage appearances, including a tour of England in George M. Cohan's "Little Nelly Kelly."
Among his later credits were "Union Pacific," "Top Gun," "Spellbound," "The Bishop's Wife," "Show Boat," "Warlock," "The Mighty Joe Young," "Voyage to the Botton of the Sea," "Peter Gunn," and "The Carey Treatment."