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Also Known As: Died: July 28, 1965
Born: December 22, 1889 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Marianna, Arkansas, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

The Rawhide Years (1956) as Matt Comfort
Ben Matthews gives up the flashy life of a riverboat gambler, hoping to settle down in Galena with his girlfriend, luscious entertainer Zoe. But Galena's leading citizen is murdered on the boat; Ben, on arrival, finds a lynch mob after his neck, and flees. Three years of wandering later, Zoe's letters stop coming and Ben returns to find her and attempt the hopeless task of clearing himself.
Trapeze (1956) as John Ringling North
An aging trapeze star and his protegee fall for the same woman.
The Ambassador's Daughter (1956) as Gen. Andy Harvey
A diplomat's daughter in Paris turns a fact-finding mission into a non-stop party.
Ten Wanted Men (1955) as Jason Carr
A cattleman''s dream of law and order is threatened by the ambitions of a ruthless rival.
The Roar of the Crowd (1953) as Cyrus Mackey
Johnny Tracy (Howard Duff), son of veteran race driver Pop Tracy (Harry Shannon), is working his way up on the racing circuit, but is urged by his sweetheart, Marcy Parker (Helene Stanley), to give up the track if he wants to marry her. He persuades her to marry him on the promise that he will quit after racing once in the Indaanapolis 500, but he is injured in a qualifying race and goes to work as a spark plug salesman for Mackey (Minor Watson), an old family friend. He is a failure at selling but Marcy changes her attitude towards his racing, and he qualifies for the 500. Race-car drivers Johnnie Parsons, Duke Nalon, Manuel Ayulo (not the actor Manuel Ayuso) and Henry Banks play themselves.
My Son John (1952) as Dr. Carver
A woman suspects her son is a Communist spy.
Untamed Frontier (1952) as Matt Denbow
The Denbow family hope to freeze out homesteaders by denying access across their land; but to evade a murder charge, Glenn Denbow marries the only witness, Jane, who's conveniently in love with him, but favors the settlers. When Glenn goes back to his blackmailing old flame Lottie, a warm regard develops between Jane and cousin Kirk Denbow. Things come to a head when an impending range war coincides with a rustling foray.
Bright Victory (1952) as Mr. Paterson
A blinded veteran struggles to adjust to peacetime life.
Face to Face (1952) as Scratchy Wilson
The Star (1952) as Joe Morrison
A faded film star fights to hold on to her past glamour despite failing finances.
Little Egypt (1951) as Cyrus Graydon
As Young As You Feel (1951) as Harold P. Cleveland
Sixty-five-year-old John Hodges must retire from Acme Printing. He later impersonates the president of the parent company and arrives at his old plant on an inspection tour. Acme president McKinley is so nervous not even his beautiful secretary Harriet can calm him. McKinley's wife Lucille becomes infatuated with Hodges. Many further complications ensue.
Mister 880 (1950) as Judge O'Neil
A beloved old man is secretly Mister 880, an amateurish counterfeiter.
The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) as Judge Calvin Blackwell
A woman seduces a District Attorney and pulls him into a web of theft and murder.
The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) as Branch Rickey
Jackie Robinson plays himself in this true story of the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier.
Beyond the Forest (1949) as Moose [Lawson]
The wife of a Wisconsin doctor kills a witness to her affair with an influential man from Chicago.
A Southern Yankee (1948) as General Watkins
A bellboy masquerades as a spy and lands behind enemy lines during the Civil War.
The Trouble with Women (1947) as Mr. Carver
Boys' Ranch (1946) as Mr. Harper
A ball player creates a ranch for troubled kids from the city.
Saratoga Trunk (1946) as J.P. Reynolds
A woman with a past returns to 19th-century New Orleans for revenge.
Courage of Lassie (1946) as Sheriff Ed Grayson
A young girl tries to rehabilitate the famous collie after his return from combat service in World War II.
You Came Along (1945) as Uncle Jack
War hero flier Bob Collins goes on a war bond selling tour with two buddies, and substitute "chaperone" Ivy Hotchkiss. Bob's a cheerful Lothario with several girls in every town on the tour. After some amusing escapades, Bob and Ivy become romantically involved, agreeing it's "just fun up in the air." Then Ivy finds out the real reason why it shouldn't be anything more.
Bewitched (1945) as Governor
A girl enlists a psychic to get rid of her murderous alternate personality.
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) as Col. Caleb V. Haynes
A flyer dismissed as too old fights to prove himself against the Japanese.
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) as Sam Ronson
On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
A Bell for Adano (1945) as General McKay
A major and his men attempt to restore order to the war-torn Italian town of Adano.
That's My Baby (1944) as R. P. Moody
Shadows in the Night (1944) as Frederick Gordon
A criminal psychologist tries to help a beautiful heiress going mad in a haunted mansion.
The Falcon Out West (1944) as Dave Colby
A society sleuth turns cowboy to investigate a Texas murder.
Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout (1944) as Ramsey Kent
Christmas Holiday (1944) as Townsend
Here Come the Waves (1944) as High ranking officer
Twin sisters Rosemary and Susie Allison are successful nightclub performers. Their act is about to come to a close when serious-minded Rosemary announces she's joining the Waves. Fun-loving Susie decides to enlist also, especially after she learns that crooner Johnny Cabot has just been drafted by the Navy.
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) as Rear Admiral, Australia
A Navy doctor fights to help wounded sailors escape the Japanese during World War II.
Yanks Ahoy (1943) as Capt. Scott
Feuding sergeants wreak havoc on the Navy.
Crash Dive (1943) as Admiral Bob Stewart
Against his personal preference, PT boat commander Ward Stewart is made executive officer of the submarine USS Corsair. On leave before sailing, he meets schoolteacher Jean Hewlett and gives her a romantic rush...unaware that she's the sweetheart of Dewey Connors, his new commander. At sea, the men bond while fighting German Q-ships. When will they discover their mutual romantic rivalry? Will it interfere with a spectacular commando raid on a secret German base?
Action in the North Atlantic (1943) as Hartridge
A Merchant Marine crew fights off enemy attacks at the start of World War II.
Power of the Press (1943) as John Cleveland Carter
Guadalcanal Diary (1943) as Col. Grayson
Concentrating on the personal lives of those involved, a war correspondent takes us through the preparations, landing and initial campaign on Guadalcanal during WWII.
Happy Land (1943) as Judge Colvin
A small-town druggist thinks back on the life of the son who has just died in World War II.
Princess O'Rourke (1943) as Mr. Washburn
A flying ace's romance with a princess creates diplomatic problems.
Mission to Moscow (1943) as Loy Henderson
True story of U.S. Ambassador Joseph E. Davies' attempts to forge a wartime alliance with the Soviet Union.
Gentleman Jim (1942) as Buck Ware
Fanciful biography of 19th-century boxing champion Jim Corbett.
The Remarkable Andrew (1942) as District Attorney Orville Beamish
When Andrew Long, hyper-efficient small town accountant, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it away. When he insists on pursuing the matter, he's in danger of being blamed himself. In his trouble, the spirit of Andrew Jackson, whom he idolizes, visits him, and in turn, summons much high-powered talent from American history...which only Andrew can see. Can he get out of trouble before too many people think he's crazy?
Kings Row (1942) as Sam Winters
Small town scandals inspire an idealistic young man to take up psychiatry.
Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (1942) as Commodore Lang
The Big Shot (1942) as Warden Booth
A mob leader escapes prison and flees with his love to a mountain hideaway, where he tries to atone for his sins.
Woman of the Year (1942) as William J. Harding
Opposites distract when a sophisticated political columnist falls for a sportswriter.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) as Albee
A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show up to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the US, this is the life- story of George M. Cohan, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs.
They Died with Their Boots On (1942) as Senator Smith
Romanticized biography of General George Armstrong Custer and his last stand.
To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) as Captain [Christopher] Winters
A brash young Marine has to redeem himself after trying to romance a female officer.
'Frisco Lil (1942) as Jeff Gray
Flight Lieutenant (1942) as Major John Thompson
A disgraced pilot sets out to regain his son''''s respect.
The Monster and the Girl (1941) as Judge Pulver
A wrongly executed man seeks revenge on the mobsters who framed him after his brain is placed into the body of an ape.
Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1941) as Uncle Jeff[erson Davis Bethany]
The Parson of Panamint (1941) as Sheriff Nickerson
Western Union (1941) as Pat Grogan
An outlaw goes straight to work for the telegraph company, which puts him in conflict with his lawless brother.
Moon Over Miami (1941) as [Jim] Reynolds
Two sisters from Texas travel to Florida looking for rich husbands.
Birth of the Blues (1941) as Henri Lambert
Jeff grows up near Basin Street in New Orleans, playing his clarinet with the dock workers. He puts together a band, the Basin Street Hot-Shots, which includes a cornet player, Memphis. They struggle to get their jazz music accepted by the cafe society of the city. Betty Lou joins their band as a singer and gets Louie to show her how to do scat singing. Memphis and Jeff both fall in love with Betty Lou.
Mr. District Attorney (1941) as Barrett
Young People (1940) as Dakin
Shirley's last film on her 20th Century Fox contract (aged 12). Her parents (Oakie, Greenwood) decide to retire from show biz so she can have a normal life. They are unwelcome in the small town until a storm lets the family show their stuff. Clips from earlier films fill in Shirley's background.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) as Joshua Speed
An exploration into the domestic and political life of this past president.
Viva Cisco Kid (1940) as Jesse Allen
The Cisco Kid (Cesar Romero) tells his pal Gordito (Chris-Pin Martin) that "From now on, Amigo, I am through with women" and then a few minutes later, after rescuing Joan Allen (Jean Rogers) from an attempted stage holdup, tells her "...but you, senorita, you are different!" and therein lies the short summary of all of the films in the 20th Century-Fox Cisco Kid series. The padded plot, so exhibitors could tell the entries apart, finds Towash, Texas saloon owner Hank Gunther (Harold Goodwin) plotting with Jesse Allen (Minor Watson), Joan's father, to rob the money missed on the aborted stage holdup from the express company safe rather than report empty-handed to the "Boss"(Stanley Fields). Allen robs the express office, but is seen by Moses (Nigel de Brulier), an old hermit, who tells the boys in the saloon that he doesn't know the robber's name but recognized him as the man he had seen that day with Joan. The latter has convinced her father to return the money and they will go to Arizona. Cisco, also seen that day with Joan, gets blamed for the robbery as Gunther has killed ol' Mose who is no longer around to identify Cisco as not being the robber, and Joan is not willing to implicate her father. It is beginning to look like Cisco is indeed through with women, albeit on an involuntary basis.
Gallant Sons (1940) as Barton Newbold
When a man is charged with murder, his son''''s schoolboy friends set out to solve the case.
Rangers of Fortune (1940) as Clem Bowdry
Hidden Gold (1940) as Ed Colby
Hoppy and Lucky have been called in to investigate a series of stage holdups. The robbers are taking gold from Colby's mine and Hoppy suspects it may be ex-outlaw Colby himself. When Speedy strikes gold, Hoppy borrows it and announces a gold shipment hoping to catch the gang and their leader.
20 Mule Team (1940) as Marshal
A miner fights his way across Death Valley to beat out the competition.
Maisie (1939) as Prosecuting attorney
A Brooklyn showgirl tries to clear a ranch foreman of murder charges.
The Flying Irishman (1939) as Personnel manager
True story of "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who set out to cross the U.S. and ended up in Ireland.
The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939) as Maloney
A young delinquent defies his sister to join a tough street gang.
Here I Am a Stranger (1939) as Evans
Stand Up and Fight (1939) as Marshall Cole
A southern aristocrat clashes with a driver transporting stolen slaves to freedom.
While New York Sleeps (1939) as Charles MacFarland
News Is Made at Night (1939) as Charles Coulton, [also known as Clifford Mussey]
The Llano Kid (1939) as Sheriff McLane
Lora Travers is the only person who can identify hold-up artist The Llano Kid and she persuades him to come in on a scheme with her and her husband. They have been searching for the long-lost son of a rich Mexican widow and they get the Kid to claim it is him. All goes according to plan until greed and jealousy raise their heads.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) as Captain Brandy
Mark Twain's classic troublemaker helps a runaway slave escape to the North.
Boy Friend (1939) as Captain Duffy
A cop pretends to be a crook in order to catch a gang of outlaws. The bad guys run a night club as a front. The cop's sister helps him by singing there; otherwise, she's busy making love to a military cadet.
The Hardys Ride High (1939) as Mr. Archer
A small-town family inherits a fortune but has trouble adjusting to society life.
Television Spy (1939) as Burton Lawson
Of Human Hearts (1938) as Captain Griggs
A rebellious son neglects his parents after enlisting in the Civil War.
Checkers (1938) as Dr. Smith
Boys Town (1938) as The bishop
True story of Father Flanagan's fight to build a home for orphaned boys.
Stablemates (1938) as Barney Donovan
A broken down veterinarian saves a stable boy's prize racehorse.
Touchdown, Army (1938) as Major Denby
Prep football star Jimmy Howal(Robert Cummings)gets a reception far different from what he expected when he enters West Point. His cocky attitude earns him the enmity of many upperclassmen, especially hot-tempered southerner Brandon Culpepper (John Howard), who also sees Howal as a rival for beautiful Toni Denby (Mary Carlisle), daughter of West Point officer Colonel Denby (Minor Watson.) Just before the Army-Navy football game, Howals' name is posted as failing French, and the cadets fear he will be kept from playing because of it. (The Paramount writers overlooked the fact that since Howal was a plebe nee freshman student, he couldn't have played anyway as freshman weren't eligible for the varsity in this period.) Toni agrees to tutor Howal, but she, unknowingly, uses an old examination which Is the basis for the new test. Howal realizes what has happened when he passes the exam with flying colors, and suspects Toni of having set out to make a fool of him.
Love, Honor and Behave (1938) as Dr. MacConaghey
A college tennis star gives up the game for love.
Fast Company (1938) as Steve Langner
Married book-dealers Joel and Gerda Sloane try to clear a friend in the murder of a rival book-seller.
Dead End (1937) as Mr. Griswold
A killer returns to his childhood home to plot his escape from the law.
When's Your Birthday? (1937) as [James J.] Regan
An astrologer trusts the stars to make him a championship boxer.
That Certain Woman (1937) as [Clark] Tildon
A gangster's widow fights for love despite society's disapproval.
Navy Blue and Gold (1937) as Lieutenant Milburn
Three buddies fight to survive the rigorous training at Annapolis.
The Woman I Love (1937) as Deschamps
Saturday's Heroes (1937) as Doc Thomas
A college football star rebels against the exploitation of the game and its players.
Rose of the Rancho (1936) as Jonathan Hill
The Longest Night (1936) as Hardy
A department-store head tries to stop a gangland plot.
Annapolis Farewell (1935) as Commander Briggs
Lady Tubbs (1935) as Mr. [Edward J.] Fishbaker
Pursuit (1935) as Hale
The reward in a kidnapping case attracts a variety of desperate characters.
Mary Jane's Pa (1935) as Kenneth Marvin
A female newspaper publisher hires the husband who deserted her years earlier.
Age of Indiscretion (1935) as Mr. Adams
A moralistic publisher discovers his wife is cheating on him.
Charlie Chan in Paris (1935) as Renard
Charlie's visit to Paris, ostensibly a vacation, is really a mission to investigate a bond-forgery racket. But his agent, apache dancer Nardi is killed before she can tell him much. The case, complicated by a false murder accusation for banker's daughter Yvette, climaxes with a strange journey through the Paris sewers.
Mister Dynamite (1935) as Clark Lewis
A young woman wishes to marry her boyfriend and raise a family, but because her own family has been deemed "defective" by the state health authorities, her parents are lazy alcoholics who continue to have children, and her siblings are crippled, have mental problems or are jailed--she is ordered by
Babbitt (1934) as Paul [Reisling]
A small-town businessman bumbles into blackmail and a real-estate swindle.
The Pursuit of Happiness (1934) as Col. Sherwood
An innkeeper''''s daughter falls for a British deserter during the American revolution.
Our Betters (1933) as Arthur Fenwick
An American heiress marries into the British nobility.
Another Language (1933) as Paul [Hallam]
A newlywed discovers that she and her husband''''s snobby family speak different languages.
24 Hours (1931) as David Melbourn

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