They Also Served

The greatest contributions to the private eye genre are, of course, the authors and creators who dared to dream of the men and women who would to go down those mean streets, and put it out there for all the world to see. But the genre wouldn’t be what it is without those who toiled behind the scenes–or right under our noses–bringing those dreams to life. Actors, editors, producers, illustrators, publishers, critics, scholars and others–they all played a part in building Shamus Town, and they all deserve a tip of the fedora.

Here then, are a few I could think of, just off the top of my pointed little head.


  • Humphrey Bogart (actor)
  • Robert Forster (actor)
  • William Gargan (actor)
  • James Garner (actor)
  • Robert Mitchum (actor)
  • Dick Powell (actor, producer)
  • Robert Urich (actor)


  • Anthony Boucher (editor, critic)
  • Philip Durham (scholar, biographer)
  • James Sandoe (critic)
  • Julian Symons (writer, critic)



  • Edward Stratemeyer


Preliminary list respectfully compiled by Kevin Burton Smith.

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