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Thursday, September 5, 1991 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Thomas Tryon, Actor And Author

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LOS ANGELES - Thomas Tryon, who starred in "The Cardinal" and other films before turning author of best sellers such as "The Other" and "Harvest Home," died of cancer yesterday at his home. He was 65.

Born in Wethersfield, Conn., in 1926, the Yale-educated Tryon turned to acting after Navy service in World War II.

After appearing in live television dramas, he came to Hollywood and starred for Walt Disney in a series of frontier TV movies called "Texas John Slaughter."

He appeared in "The Story of Ruth," "Moon Pilot," "The Longest Day" and other films, then was chosen by Otto Preminger for the title role in "The Cardinal."

After suffering under the torment of the irascible Preminger, Tryon decided to turn to writing. His first novel, a thriller called "The Other," became a best seller in 1971.

It was made into a 1972 movie for which Tryon wrote the screenplay. "Harvest Home" continued his success, and he never returned to acting.

Other works include "Lady," "Crowned Heads," "All That Glitters" and "The Night of the Moonbow." "The Wings of the Morning," the first volume of a historical trilogy, was published last fall.

The second volume, "By the Rivers of Babylon," is scheduled for release next year.

Copyright (c) 1991 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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