Nero Wolfe Radio Series
The Adventures of Nero Wolfe
The Amazing Nero Wolfe
The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Nero Wolfe

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character created by mystery writer Rex Stout in 1934. Wolfe, (he never liked being called by his first name) a rather large person, is described as being 5'11" tall and weighting "one-seventh of a ton" which figures out to be 285.7 pounds. He rarely left his home and relied on his assistant, Archie Goodwin to do all the leg work and investigation. Archie would report back and Wolfe would solve the crime. With very few exceptions, this was his method of operation. In my research, I found four different Nero Wolfe radio series which were broadcast on five different radio networks.

The Adventures of Nero Wolfe



Santos Ortega


Luis Van Rooten


The Adventures of Nero first aired on the New England Network on June 30, 1943. It starred, J.B. Williams in the lead role. On July 5, 1943 it was picked up by a major network, ABC and remained on ABC until July 14, 1944. Nero Wolfe was played on ABC by Santos Ortega until September 27, 1943 and by Luis Van Rooten from January 21, 1944 until July 14, 1944.

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The Amazing Nero Wolfe

I haven't been able to come up with much info on The Amazing Nero Wolfe other than it ran on the Mutual Radio Network (one source said it ran on ABC) from 1945 to 1946. It starred Don Lee and the last show, "The Case of the Shakespeare Folio," aired December 15, 1946.

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The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe



Sydney Greenstreet


Gerald Mohr


Harry Bartell


Wally Maher


This series aired on NBC from October 20, 1950 through April 27, 1951.

Sydney Greenstreet starred as Nero Wolfe. Gerald Mohr, Herb Ellis, Harry Bartell, Lamont Johnson, and Wally Maher among others played the role of Archie Goodwin.

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Nero Wolfe



Mavor Moore and Don Francks


This 13 episode series aired on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) from January 16, 1982 through April 10, 1982. It starred Mavor Moore as Nero Wolfe and Don Francks as Archie Goodwin.

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