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Also Known As: Died: September 21, 1974
Born: July 25, 1894 Cause of Death: emphysema
Birth Place: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Two For the Money (1972) as Cody Guilford
Two cops quit the force to become private detectives and are quickly thrust into the search for a killer who has eluded the authorities for twelve years.
Home for the Holidays (1972) as Benjamin Morgan
A suspense tale in which an ailing father summons his three daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his much younger wife, whom he suspects is trying to poison him.
Over-the-hill Gang Rides Again, The (1970) as Nash Crawford
In this sequel to "The Over-the-Hill Gang" (1969), the old-time comrades-in-arms join forces to sober up an old buddy, a down-and-out drunk, and restore his reputation. Fred Astaire made his TV-movie debut in this one and appeared in his only Western role.
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) as Pa Danby
A cowboy drifts into a lawless town and brings things back together.
Over-the-hill Gang, The (1969) as Nash Crawford
In this comedy Western, a retired Texas Ranger and three aged pals help to clean up a town run by a crooked mayor, a drunken judge and a trigger-happy sheriff. This marked the TV-movie debuts of both Rick Nelson and Gypsy Rose Lee, and it was the latter's farewell acting appearance.
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) as Grandpa Bower
A Democrat and his family band provide entertainment during the 1880 presidential election.
The Gnome-Mobile (1967) as D. J. Mulrooney/Knobby
An eccentric millionaire and his niece and nephew are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes! He's committed, and the niece and nephew and the gnomes have to find him and free him.
Who's Minding the Mint? (1967) as Pop Gillis
When he accidentally destroys good money, a mint worker tries to break in to print some more.
The Oscar (1966) as Orrin C. Quentin
An unscrupulous actor fights his way to the top, destroying everyone in his path.
Those Calloways (1965) as Alf Simes
A fur trapper dreams of building a bird sanctuary.
How the West Was Won (1963) as Colonel Hawkins
Three generations of pioneers take part in the forging of the American West.
Shoot Out at Big Sag (1962) as Preacher Hawker
Rio Bravo (1959) as Stumpy
A sheriff enlists a drunk, a kid and an old man to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron.
The Way to the Gold (1957) as Uncle George Williams
Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) as Grandpa [John Dinwitty]
A country girl saves a pilot after a plane crash.
God Is My Partner (1957) as Dr. Charles Grayson
A retired surgeon starts giving away money to religious causes and his family tries to file suit, claiming that he's incompetent.
The Proud Ones (1956) as Jake
Marshal Silver is run out of town under suspicion of being a trigger-happy killer after shooting a hired gun of Honest John Barrett. A placid life in a new town is interrupted by the reappearance of Barrett, old enemies and the son of the hired gun from years ago, Anderson.
Glory (1956) as Ned Otis
A young woman's devotion to her racehorse creates romantic problems.
Come Next Spring (1956) as Jeff Storys
Matt Ballot has returned home after 12 years of hard drinking in all 48 states. His wife has managed to raise their 14 year daughter and 12 year old sun nicely without his help. Matt is considered a disgrace to the town he came from and now he finds himself trying to win the love of his children, his wife and the respect of the towns people. Set in Arkansaw in the 1920's.
Good-Bye, My Lady (1956) as Uncle Jesse Jackson
A stray dog brings together a young boy and an old man in the Georgia swamps.
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) as Doc Velie
A one-armed veteran uncovers small-town secrets when he tries to visit an Asian-American war hero''''s family.
At Gunpoint (1955) as Doc Lacey
The Far Country (1955) as Ben [Tatum]
Two cowboys on the road to Alaska help a wagon train in trouble.
Four Guns to the Border (1954) as Simon Bhumer
Drums Across the River (1954) as Sam Brannon
A bigot is forced into the role of peacekeeper when crooks try to steal Native American lands.
Sea of Lost Ships (1954) as Chief O'Malley
Return of the Texan (1952) as Grandpa Firth Crockett
A young widower named Sam Crockett returns from Kansas City to his small hometown in rural Texas, bringing with him his feisty grandfather and two young sons, Steve and Yoyo. He tries to make a go of the old family homestead but faces financial problems and pressures from his well-to-do neighbor, Rod Marshall. He also begins an on-again-off-again romance with Rod's sister-in-law, even though she's engaged to wed the town's doctor. Events come to head when Sam's grandfather suffers a stroke.
Lure of the Wilderness (1952) as Jim Harper
A young girl and her father, who is unjustly accused of murder, seek refuge in a Georgia swamp until they are befriended by a trapper who penetrates the swamp in search of his dog.
The Wild Blue Yonder (1951) as Maj. Gen. Wolfe
Along the Great Divide (1951) as Pop Keith
A U.S. Marshal tries to get a rustler to trial before a vengeful rancher can kill him.
Best of the Badmen (1951) as "Doc" Butcher
A band of notorious outlaws help a friend against a corrupt federal agent.
The Showdown (1950) as Capt. MacKellar
Shadrach Jones (William Elliott), ex-Texas State Policeman, has a ruthless determination to find and kill the man who shot his brother in the back and stole the money with which he was to buy a ranch for he and Shadrach. At the saloon-hotel ran by Adelaide (Marie Windsor), Shadrach is convinced that one of the cowhands on a cattle drive by Captain McKellar (Walter Brennan) to Montana is the killer, and he takes the trail-herd boss job to identify the man. McKellar preaches to Jones that he should forget revenge and let the law of retribution take care of the killer. Shadrach's hard driving of the men and his hunt for the killer makes him bitterly hated, and his retribution quest ends in a manner he has not anticipated.
Singing Guns (1950) as Dr. Jonathan Mark
Rhiannon, an outlaw who regularly robs gold from the stagecoach, shoots the new sheriff and then carries him to the doctor. The doctor cleans up Rhiannon and presents him to the sheriff as the man who saved his life. Rhiannon is deputized by the sheriff, and becomes torn between his new life and the prospect of robbing the next gold shipment...
A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950) as Terence Sweeny
In 1876 Dawson wants to prevent a train from getting to Tomahawk CO on time, to keep it from competing with his stage coach line. Kit, who must get the train to its goal, forces Johnny aboard as the needed passenger. Madame Adelaide's showgirls (including Marilyn as Clara) ride along and, en route to Tomahawk, join Johnny in "Oh, What a Forward Young Man You Are."
Curtain Call at Cactus Creek (1950) as Rimrock [Thomas, also known as Hardrock Johnson]
Surrender (1950) as William Howard
The Green Promise (1949) as Mr. Matthews
A farmer's daughter is torn between love and her obligation to work the family's land.
Task Force (1949) as Pete Richard
A naval officer devotes his life to the development of the aircraft carrier.
Brimstone (1949) as Pop "Brimstone" Courteen
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948) as Tony Maule
Light-hearted, old-style romance about a farm-hand who arranges to buy a pair of mules from his employer. No one is able to handle the mules and he must train them. Adding to his dilemma, he pursues his boss's daughter who gets her kicks out of keeping him guessing about her true feelings. Of course, at the end he tames both the mules and the girl.
Blood on the Moon (1948) as Kris Barden
A gunslinger hired to drive off a rancher falls in love with the man's daughter.
Red River (1948) as Groot Nadine
A young cowhand rebels against his rancher stepfather during a perilous cattle drive.
Driftwood (1947) as Murph
Six-year-old Jenny (Natalie Wood) rescues a collie dog, the only survivor of a plane wreck. A tag on the dog's neck states that it is en route to a medical laboratory where its blood will be used for spotted fever vaccine. Dr. Steven Webster (Dean Jagger) meets both Jenny and the dog and "adopts" them both. His fiancee Susan (Ruth Warrick) isn't too fond of either the girl or the dog. Webster wants to get a hospital for the town but he is suppressed by the town mayor (Jerome Cowan.) In the arguments that follow, Webster's lab is wrecked and ticks infected with spotted fever escape. The town is in a panic and all want to be vaccinated. Jenny is infected and is about to die.
Nobody Lives Forever (1946) as Pop Gruber
A con artist falls for the rich widow he's trying to fleece.
My Darling Clementine (1946) as Old Man Clanton
When the Clantons steal his family's cattle and kill his brother, Wyatt Earp signs on as sheriff of Tombstone and vows to bring them in.
Centennial Summer (1946) as Jesse Rogers
In 1876 Philadelphia, two sisters (Jeanne Crain and Linda Darnell) vie for the affections of a Frenchman (Cornel Wilde) who's come to town to prepare the French pavilion for the Centennial exposition.
A Stolen Life (1946) as Eben Folger
A twin takes her deceased sister''''s place as wife of the man they both love.
Dakota (1945) as Captain Bounce
In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin (John Wayne) elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli (Vera Ralston), daughter of Marko Poli (Hugo Haas), an immigrant who has risen to railroad tycoon. Sandy, knowing that the railroad is to be extended into Dakota, plans to use their $20,000 nest egg to buy land options to sell to the railroad at a profit. On the stage trip to Ft. Abercrombie, their fellow passengers are Jim Bender (Ward Bond) and Bigtree Collins (Mike Mazurki), who practically own the town of Fargo and Devlin is aware that they are prepared to protect the little empire...trying to drive out the farmers by burning their property, destroying their wheat, and blaming the devastation on the Indians. Continuing their journey north on the river aboard the "River Bird', Sandy and John meet Captain Bounce (Walter Brennan), an irascible old seafarer. Two of Bendender's henchmen, Slagin (Grant Withers) and Carp (Paul Fix), board the boat and relieve John of his $20,000 at gunpoint. Captain Bounce, chasing the robber's dinghy, wrecks his boat on a sandbar. At Fargo, the land wars begin and John teams with the wheat farmers against the Bender gang. Several attempts are made on his life and Collins tries to frame him for murder.
To Have and Have Not (1944) as Eddie
A skipper-for-hire's romance with a beautiful drifter is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance.
The Princess and the Pirate (1944) as Featherhead
A cowardly knight rescues a disguised princess from pirates.
Home in Indiana (1944) as J. T. "Thunder" Bolt
A troubled teen gets a new future when he moves to the country to raise a racehorse.
Slightly Dangerous (1943) as Cornelius Burden
A small-town girl changes her identity to make it in New York, leaving her boyfriend a suspect in her "disappearance."
Hangmen Also Die! (1943) as Stepan Novotny, Professor of History
When a Nazi officer is assassinated, Czech patriots band together to protect his killer.
Stand by for Action (1943) as Chief Yeoman Henry Johnson
A Harvard graduate serving on a battleship is faced with the realities of war.
The North Star (1943) as Karp
Ukrainian villagers unite to fight off invading Nazis.
The Pride of the Yankees (1943) as Sam Blake
Baseball legend Lou Gehrig faces a crippling disease at the height of his success.
Sergeant York (1941) as Pastor Rossier Pile
True story of the farm boy who made the transition from religious pacifist to World War I hero.
Swamp Water (1941) as Tom Keefer
A hunter discovers a fugitive living in the swamps and goes into business with him and his daughter.
Rise and Shine (1941) as Grandpa
The college president, the head cheerleader and a gambling gangster try to keep a flunking football star in the game.
Nice Girl? (1941) as Hector Titus
A professor''''s daughter tries to shed her nice girl image when she falls for one of his business associates.
Meet John Doe (1941) as The "Colonel"
A reporter's fraudulent story turns a tramp into a national hero and makes him a pawn of big business.
This Woman Is Mine (1941) as Captain Jonathan Thorn
Northwest Passage (1940)
True story of Rogers' Rangers and their fight to open up new frontiers for Colonial America.
Maryland (1940) as William Stewart
Woman (Bainter) tormented by the hunting death of her husband forbids her son (Payne) to have anything to do with horses. But when he falls for the daughter (Joyce) of his father's trainer (Brennan), he defies his mother by entering the Maryland Hunt.
The Westerner (1940) as Judge Roy Bean
A drifter accused of horse stealing faces off against the notorious Judge Roy Bean.
They Shall Have Music (1939) as Professor Lawson
A runaway tries to help the students at a school for musical prodigies.
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) as Walter
True story of the dancing team who taught the world to two-step.
Stanley and Livingstone (1939) as Jeff Slocum
An American newspaper searches Africa for a lost explorer.
Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939) as Jim [Martin], the mailman
The Buccaneer (1938) as Ezra Peavey
French pirate Jean Lafitte tries to redeem his name helping the U.S. in the War of 1812.
Mother Carey's Chickens (1938) as Mr. [Ossian] Popham
A widow with four children fights to keep her home.
Kentucky (1938) as Peter Goodwin
A Romeo and Juliet love story set amidst horseracing.
The Texans (1938) as Chuckawalla
The Cowboy and the Lady (1938) as Sugar
A socialite posing as her own maid falls for a rodeo rider.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) as Muff Potter
An orphan in 1850 Missouri gets into a variety of scrapes, including a murder mystery.
She's Dangerous (1937) as "Ote"
Wild and Woolly (1937) as Gramp [Hercules] Flynn
Affairs of Cappy Ricks (1937) as Cappy Ricks
When Love Is Young (1937) as Uncle Hugo
These Three (1936) as Taxi driver
Scandal destroys the lives of two small-town schoolteachers.
The Moon's Our Home (1936) as Lem
A writer and an actress meet and marry without really knowing each other--they are even unaware that both bride and groom are equally famous. During the honeymoon, all hell breaks loose as a comedic war of the sexes leads inevitably to love.
Fury (1936) as "Bugs" Meyers
An innocent man escapes a lynch mob then returns for revenge.
Come and Get It (1936) as Swan Bostrom
Years after deserting his true love, a lumber tycoon vies with his son for her daughter''''s hand.
Paradise Valley (1936) as Famer Hiram
Banjo on My Knee (1936) as Newt Holley
Misunderstandings and wanderlust keep frontier newlyweds from building a life together.
Three Godfathers (1936) as [Sam Bartow, also known as] Gus
Three fugitives risk their lives to bring a newborn baby out of the desert to safety.
Law Beyond the Range (1935) as Abner
Tim is dismissed from the Rangers for letting his friend Kane who is accused of murder escape. When newspaper editor Alexander dies, Tim takes over to continue that fight against Heston and his stooge Sheriff. He also hopes to find the notorious leader of an outlaw gang and to also help Kane prove his innocence.
Barbary Coast (1935) as Old Atrocity
A vice king's girlfriend falls for a young miner.
Lady Tubbs (1935) as Joseph
Northern Frontier (1935) as Cook
The Mounties are after counterfeiters. When McKenzie catches an arriving agent, he uses that man's letter of introduction to get into the counterfeiting gang. Greatly outnumbered and in trouble when his true identity becomes known, he receives unexpected help from one of the gang members.
The Wedding Night (1935) as Bill Jenkins
A married author falls for the beautiful farm girl whose inspiration has saved him from writer's block.
Party Wire (1935) as Paul
When a small-town girl's boyfriend leaves in disgrace, gossips spread false reports of her pregnancy.
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) as Milk man
An opium addict''''s obsession with a young girl leads to murder.
Metropolitan (1935) as Grandpa
Opera prima donna leaves the Metropolitan to form her own company with Tibbett as leading man. She leaves this company too which means Tibbett and company must carry on without her.
Spring Tonic (1935) as Bum
The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935) as "Legs" Garnett
A henpecked husband''''s lie gets him in trouble at home and at work.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) as Neighbor
To save his wife, Baron Frankenstein must build a mate for his monster.
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935) as Station agent
A mystery writer runs into the real thing when he holes up at a deserted inn.
Welcome Home (1935) as Walter
Public Hero No. 1 (1935) as Farmer
An undercover G-man helps with a jailbreak to learn the mob's secrets.
There's Always Tomorrow (1934) as Mechanic
A Wicked Woman (1934) as Slot machine man
A woman kills her drunken husband to defend her children.
Cheating Cheaters (1934) as Ship's steward
The Palmers, an apparently wealthy family, move into the house next- door to the Lazarres. However, the Palmers are actually a gang of thieves plotting to rob the Lazarres. What the Palmers don't realize is that the Lazarres are also a criminal gang, and they are planning to rob their new wealthy neighbors, the Palmers!
The Life of Vergie Winters (1934) as Roscoe
A politician marries while maintaining a second, illegitimate family on the side.
Helldorado (1934) as Pete, the waiter
Fugitive Lovers (1934) as Bus company employee
A cross-country bus trip brings together a chorus girl and an escaped convict.
Whom the Gods Destroy (1934) as Clifford
Broadway's most successful producer, John Forrester (Walter Connolly, character actor who was first-billed in six films in the mid-1930s), is deeply in love with his wife Margaret (Doris Kenyon)and dreams of the future when his son Jack (played in age order by Scotty Beckett, Macon Jones and Robert Young) will step into his shoes. He sails to England to produce a show but the ship strikes a derelict wreckage and is sinking rapidly. In the ensuing wild panic, Forrester saves many lives, until finally, panic stricken by sudden fear, he dons a woman's clothes and is among the rescued. On the coast of Newfouldland, the villagers, not aware of his true identity, curse him but he is befriended by Alec (Hobart Bosworth)who helps him conceal his identity. With a planned story of his survival, he returns to New York but cannot face his family or friends after he sees the plaque to his heroism on his New York theatre. Deciding to remain thought of as dead, he becomes a derelict himself, surviving on odd jobs as he watches from afar his now-grown son (Robert Young)begin his career as a producer. The son meets with failure and Forrester, claiming to be an old friend of his father, goes to him and renders assistance as Jack works on a new play. It is a success and Jack brings his mother to meet his mentor. She recognizes him as her husband and, after Jack has left the room, the two of them decide they still have happiness ahead of them, without Jack having to know the truth.
Uncertain Lady (1934) as Gas station attendant
Half a Sinner (1934) as Announcer
The Prescott Kid (1934) as Stage driver
Good Dame (1934) as Elmer Spicer
Beloved (1934) as Stuttering boarder
You Can't Buy Everything (1934) as Peanut man
A scorned woman dreams of revenge on the man who betrayed her.
Riptide (1934) as Chauffeur
A chorus girl weds a British lord then falls for an old flame.
Murder in the Private Car (1934) as Switchman
A speeding train becomes the setting for murder.
Murder in the Clouds (1934) as
A hotshot pilot takes on enemy agents to fly a scientist and his new explosive to Washington.
Death on the Diamond (1934) as Hot dog vendor
A rookie pitcher tries to stop someone from killing the St. Louis Cardinals.
One Year Later (1933) as Yokel
Phantom of the Air, The (1933)
An adventure serial presented in 12 chapters. Inventor Thomas Edmunds (Desmond) uses a superplane, 'The Phantom,' to protect his new anti-gravity invention, the Contragrav, from theft.
Silent Men (1933) as "Coyote" Cotter
Man of Action (1933) as Summers
When the bank is robbed, the Sheriff shoots the robber and recovers the money bag only to find it empty. Ranger Tim Barlow arrives and over objections of the Sheriff decides to stay and find who has the missing money. He has four suspects, the Sheriff, the Banker, the Cashier, and Curt Masters.
My Woman (1933) as Animal imitator
When a vaudeville hoofer hits the big time, he neglects the wife who helped put him there.
Law and Order (1932) as Lanky Smith
Traveling west, former peace officer Frame Johnson and his three friends arrive in Tombstone, a lawless town controlled by the three Northrup brothers. Preceded by his reputation, the town Council tries to get him to take the job of Marshal. He says he will not wear a badge again but seeing the ruthless Northrup murders he accepts. After a killing on both sides, although outnumbered, Johnson and his two remaing friends head to the OK Corral for a shoot out with the two remaining Northrups and their men.
Hello Trouble (1932) as
After killing a friend in a gunfight, Jeff Douglas quits the Texas Rangers. He arrives at the Kenyon ranch just as Jonathan Kenyon apparently commits suicide. He and Janet Kenyon then become the new half owners. At first he refuses to wear a gun and is believed to be a coward, but as trouble mounts he straps it on once again.
Two Fisted Law (1932) as Deputy Sheriff Bendix
Rancher Tim Clark borrows money from Bob Russell, who then rustles Clark's cattle so he will be unable to repay the money. Thus Russell is able to cheat Clark out of his ranch. Clark becomes a prospector for silver and ultimately comes to settle accounts with Russell and crooked deputy Bendix.
Speed Madness (1932) as Joe
Fighting for Justice (1932) as Zeke
A cowboy fighting to save his land is framed for murder.
Honeymoon Lane (1932) as Driver
Texas Cyclone (1932) as Sheriff Lew Collins
Pecos Grant rides into a strange town only to find that everyone recognizes him, not as Pecos Grant, but as a presumed-dead man named Rawlins. Even Rawlins' wife thinks her husband has come back. Pecos sets out to solve the mystery.
Is There Justice? (1931) as Rollins
Neck and Neck (1931) as Hector
King of Jazz (1930) as
Paul Whiteman and his orchestra lead a series of musical numbers with brief, comedic sketches in between.
Smilin' Guns (1929) as Ranch foreman
The Long Long Trail (1929) as "Skinny" Rawlins
Its time for the big race and its the Rambling Kid riding Dynamite versus Wilson's horse Thunderbolt. When Gyp informs Wilson that Lightning is faster, Wilson has Gyp drug the Kid's coffee just before the race.
One Hysterical Night (1929) as Paul Revere
The Lariat Kid (1929) as Pat O'Shea
Tearin' Into Trouble (1927) as Billy Martin

Cast (special)

Date with Debbie, A (1960) as Guest
A delightful hour of music, comedy, and song with actress-singer Debbie Reynolds in her first television special.
Mr. Tutt (1958) as Mr Tutt
The story of Mr. Tutt, a respected small-town lawyer in New York State. In the pilot episode, Mr. Tutt attempts to help a girl who claims that someone has tampered with her late grandfather's will. Based on the stories by Arthur Twain. ("Mr. Tutt" was the proposed series title.)

Cast (short)

The Perfect Tribute (1935)
This short drama focuses on the immediate effect of Abraham Lincoln''''s Gettysburg address.

Misc. Crew (short)

Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
This short film presents a blooper reel containing clips of various movies from 1941.

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