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Also Known As: Died: January 16, 1968
Born: December 25, 1886 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) as Joe Carder
A Democrat and his family band provide entertainment during the 1880 presidential election.
The Happiest Millionaire (1967) as Angier Buchanan Duke
A happy and unbelievably lucky young Irish immigrant, John Lawless, lands a job as the butler of an unconventional millionaire, Biddle. His daughter, Cordelia Drexel Biddle, tires of the unusual antics of her father--especially since the nice young men around town all fear him. Wouldn't you fear a father-in-law that keeps alligators for pets and teaches boxing at his daily Bible classes? Cordelia decides to run off to boarding school and promptly finds the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, his family doesn't approve of Biddle's outrageous antics, either. A Disney musical punctuated by snappy songs and an energetic debut by Tommy Steele. This is reportedly one of the last live- action films Walt Disney personally oversaw.
All That Heaven Allows (1956) as
A lonely widow defies small-town gossip when she falls for a younger man.
Prince Valiant (1954) as Patriarch
A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur''''s Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne.
Thunder in the East (1953) as Hotel clerk
During India's first years of independence from Britain, Steve Gibbs lands his armaments loaded plane in Ghandahar province hoping to get rich. Pacifist Prime Minister Singh hopes to reach an agreement with guerilla leader Khan, the maharajah is a fool, and the British residents are living in the past. Steve's love interest is Joan Willoughby, the blind daughter of a parson.
We're Not Married! (1952) as Best man at wedding
A Justice of the Peace performed weddings a few days before his license was valid. A few years later five couples learn they have never been legally married. Annabel Norris, already Mrs. Mississippi and ready to enter the Mrs. America contest, is now free to enter the Miss Mississippi contest.
Untamed Frontier (1952) as
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.
The Cimarron Kid (1952) as
Audie Murphy comes into his own as a Western star in this story. Wrongly accused by crooked railroad officials of aiding a train heist by his old friends the Daltons, he joins their gang and becomes an active participant in other robberies. Betrayed by a fellow gang member, Murphy becomes a fugitive in the end. Seeking refuge at the ranch of a reformed gang member, he hopes to flee with the man's daughter to South America, but he's captured in the end and led off to jail. The girl promises to wait.
People Will Talk (1951) as Faculty member
A controversial doctor gets mixed up with an unwed mother.
Half Angel (1951) as Best man
A prim and proper lady has an alter ego that comes out while she sleepwalks.
Katie Did It (1951) as
Katherine Standish, who has been brought up in a strict manner in a prudish New England town, falls in love with a city slicker commercial artist, Peter Van Arden. The romance blossoms until Katie falls victim of some false information, and becomes convinced that Peter is already married and the father of two children.
Golden Girl (1951) as Croupier
Against the background of the Civil War, sixteen-year-old song-and-dance artiste Lotta Crabtree works her way across America, becoming ever more popular.
The Sword of Monte Cristo (1951) as Artist
In 1858 France, Emperor Louis Napoleon (David Bond) sends Captain Renault (George Montgomery) of the Royal Dragoons, Minister La Roche (Berry Kroeger) and Major Nicolet (William Conrad) to Normandy in search of the members of a group of rebels. A Masked Cavalier (Paula Corday), the niece, Lady Christianne, of the Marquis De Montableau (Robert Warwick), announces at a secret meeting of the Normandy underground leaders that the fabled treasure of Monte Cristo was willed to her and she will use it to finance their cause. Her uncle, the only one who can decipher the symbols on the sword of Monte Cristo, the key to the treasure, derides her stand against the Emperor. La Roche takes possession of the sword and has the Marquis put into the dungeon. Christianne, as the Masked Cavalier, regains the sword from La Roche, but Captain Renault apprehends her and returns to sword to La Roche.
Dancing in the Dark (1950) as Board member
Conceited film star Emery Slade was on top in 1932; in 1949, he's broke and still insufferable. Fox producer Crossman enlists Slade's aid to persuade broadway star Rosalie Brooks to star in the film "Bandwagon." But when Slade meets Julie Clarke, his assistant's onetime girlfriend, he decides she, not Rosalie, should get the part. No one can fathom his motives for this apparently selfless act, but there are a few tricks in the old fox yet...and he'll need them all.
Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950) as Thug
Two zany wrestling promoters join the French Foreign Legion by mistake.
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) as Waiter
A small-town seductress notifies her three best friends that she has run off with one of their husbands.
Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949) as Steiner's secretary
In the early 1900s, song plugger Larry Kelly chances to meet Alfred Breitenbach, poor opera composer...and his lovely daughter Doris, who falls for Larry. To improve their acquaintance, Doris conspires with Larry to turn her father's opera melodies into popular songs. Alfred, reluctant but needing cash, adopts the pen name Fred Fisher. Affluence results, but when Alfred realizes his opera is vanishing bit by bit, he wants to bring the career of "Fred Fisher" to a halt...
That Wonderful Urge (1949) as Butler
An heiress gets back at the reporter who pretended to romance her to get a story.
You're My Everything (1949) as Headwaiter
In 1924, stage-struck Boston blueblood Hannah Adams picks up musical star Tim O'Connor and takes him home for dinner. One thing leads to another, and when Tim's show rolls on to Chicago a new Mrs. O'Connor comes along as incompetent chorus girl. Hollywood beckons, and we follow the star careers of the O'Connor family in silents and talkies. Includes good imitation "silents" with classic cameo by Buster Keaton.
Slattery's Hurricane (1949) as Maitre d'
A pilot (Richard Widmark) wants a life of ease, flying for drug smugglers and looking the other way until his conscience is tweaked by a woman (Veronica Lake) he has misused. He flies into the eye of a hurricane, thereby saving Miami and redeeming himself. The story unfolds in flashbacks as the pilot battles the storm and recalls his failures, including a love affair with the wife (Linda Darnell) of his best friend.
The Iron Curtain (1948) as Secretary
This film, based on real events, focuses on the defection of Soviet Embassy code specialist Igor Gouzenko.
Bungalow 13 (1948) as Mr. Eden
The Luck of the Irish (1948) as Reporter
One Touch of Venus (1948) as Customer
A window dresser in a department store feels a strange attraction to a statue in the display. One night he impulsively kisses her; she comes to life and reveals herself to be Venus, the goddess of love.
Suddenly, It's Spring (1947) as Man in elevator
A WAC officer returns from the war to find her husband wants a divorce.
Daisy Kenyon (1947) as Mervyn
On the rebound from a married man, a woman marries a veteran, just as her lover becomes available.
Sentimental Journey (1946) as Floorwalker
An actress becomes fatally ill and adopts an orphan so that her husband will not be alone once she has died.
The Razor's Edge (1946) as Banker
A young man's quest for spiritual peace threatens his position in society.
If I'm Lucky (1946) as
Colonel Urias J. Magonnagle (Edgar Buchanan) is running for Governor, against a crooked incumbent, and glib-tongued Wally M. Jones (Phil Silvers) persaudes him to build his campaign around performances by Earl Gordon (Harry James) and his band, including vocalists Terry (Vivian Blaine) and Allen Clark (Perry Como.) The performers (including Carmen Miranda as Michelle O'Toole) perform, Magonnagle orates and the citizens are buying. The crooked political machine gets worried and a few plot twists later (as can only be performed by four screenplay writers evidently in separate rooms), Clark has replaced Magonnagle as the candidate.
Shock (1946) as Mr. Edwards
Dr. Cross (Vincent Price), a psychiatrist, is treating a young woman, Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw), who is in a coma-state, brought on when she heard loud arguing, went to her window and saw a man strike his wife with a candlestick and kill her. As she comes out of her shock, she recognizes Dr. Cross as the killer. He takes her to his sanitarium and urged by his nurse/lover, Elaine Jordan (Lynn Bari), gives Janet an overdose of insulin. But he can't bring himself to murder her in cold blood and asks Elaine to get the medicine to save her. She refuses, they argue, and he strangles her. He saves Janet's life, but now faces two murder charges.
Where Do We Go from Here? (1945) as Benedict Arnold
Bill wants to join the Army, but he's 4F so he asks a wizard to help him, but the wizard has slight problems with his history knowlege, so he sends Bill everywhere in history, but not to WWII.
Captain Eddie (1945) as Reporter
WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane crashed in the South Pacific in late 1942.
Easy to Look At (1945) as Drunk
Circumstantial Evidence (1945) as Lawyer
A young lad has his fine new hatchet confiscated by a grumpy baker. The boy's hot-headed father tries to get it back, but this results in a fight in which onlookers seem to see the father use the disputed weapon to strike and kill the baker. At the resulting murder trial, their evidence on this point becomes a matter of life-and-death.
Wilson (1945) as Doctor
A chronicle of the political career of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.
Bermuda Mystery (1944) as Superintendent
The Chinese Cat (1944) as Carl Kazdas/Kurt Kazdas
Charlie Chan investigates a string of murders involving a mysterious statue.
Call of the Jungle (1944) as Harley
An amateur detective in the South Seas tries to track down a pair of jewel thieves.
The Fighting Devil Dogs (1943) as Lin Wing
In Singapore, two US Marine Lieutenants, Tom Grayson and Frank Corby, discover the threat of a new villain called The Lightning, a masked villain who uses a powerful lightning based weapon in his bid for world conquest. Unfortunately, the battle becomes personal when The Lightning annihilates the officers' unit, and later kills Lt. Grayson's father as he was helping the investigation of the weapon. Now, those young marines have dedicated themselves to stopping The Lightning and bringing him to justice.
Perils of Nyoka (1942)
Professor Campbell's expedition into the hills of Libya obtains a papyrus which might reveal the hiding place of the Golden Tablets of Hippocrates, containing lost medical secrets. Also in the region is intrepid Nyoka Gordon, still seeking her father, lost on a previous expedition. She alone can translate the papyrus, which directs our heroes through deadly perils (including the Tunnel of Bubbling Death) into the land of the Tuaregs. Opposing them are Vultura, Queen of the Desert, and her Arab ally Cassib, both greedy for the treasure...
The Yukon Patrol (1942) as Dr. Sheldon
Canadian Tom Merritt (Stanley Andrews) has discovered a substance, Compound X, that will cure infantile paralysis, which he extracts from a mine at Caribou, Canada. A country at war with Canada (unnamed because while Canada and the British Empire were at war with Germany, the USA "officially" wasn't in 1940) discovers that Compound X also contains magnetic properties which will make their mines effective against the British fleet, and dispatch one of their intelligence officers, John Kettler (Robert Strange), to work undercover to ensure a steady stream of Compound X for the Fatherland. RCMP Major Ross King (Herbert Rawlinson) is killed in a fray against Kettler's henchmen, and his son, RCMP Sergeant Dave King (Allan Lane) continues on in his place in command of the Mountie post. The foreign agents open a "sham" sanitarium, supposedly to help paralysis victims, but actually to ship the gathered quantities of Compound X abroad to their warring country. Sergeant King discovers the fraud and exposes "Dr. Shelton" (John Davidson), the sham head of the hospital. The Mounties also secure some fuse caps which will provide proof that Kettler and his men are saboteurs. In an effort to recover the fuse caps, the enemy agents kidnap Linda Merritt (Lita Conway), sister of RCMP Corporal Tom Merritt,Jr.(Robert Kellard). King and the Mounties eventually put an end to the enemy agents in chapter 12, "Code of the Mounted", but not without a great personal sacrifice by one of their own.
Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
On a scientific expedition to Siam young Billy Batson is given the ability to change himself into the super-powered Captain Marvel by the wizard Shazam, who tells him his powers will last only as long as the Golden Scorpion idol is threatened. Finding the idol, the scientists realize it could be the most powerful weapon in the world and remove the lenses that energize it, distributing them among themselves so that no one would be able to use the idol by himself. Back in the US, Billy Batson, as Captain Marvel, wages a battle against an evil, hooded figure, the Scorpion, who hopes to accumulate all five lenses, thereby gaining control of the super-powerful weapon.
Niagara Falls (1941) as Hotel clerk
A pair of dunces mistake squabbling strangers for fellow newlyweds.
Singapore Woman (1941) as
A woman who believes she''''s cursed, takes refuge on a rubber plantation.
Devil Bat (1940) as Professor Raines
A mad scientist trains killer bats to respond to a special scent.
Turnabout (1940) as
Battling spouses accidentally switch bodies.
Saps at Sea (1940) as
Two factory workers accidentally set sail with an escaped killer.
Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939) as Hakim
A Japanese spy tries to stop secret agents from blowing up the Suez Canal to trigger world war.
Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939) as Prince Suleid
Mr. Moto is after a robber who takes the royal jewels from the Tower of London. He is aided by an archaeologist who is looking for Cleopatra's crown in Egypt.
Miracles for Sale (1939) as Weird voice
A magician turns detective to investigate murder and a phony seance.
Sharpshooters (1938) as Stableman
Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1938) as Gumba
Live, Love and Learn (1937) as Wingate
A bohemian artist and a society girl try to adjust to marriage.
Confession (1937) as Actor friend
A glamorous singer commits murder to protect her daughter''''s virtue.
Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935) as Daoud Atrash, chemist
The Asian sleuth investigates the murder of an archaeologist found wrapped up like a mummy.
Behind the Green Lights (1935) as Peasley
Derived loosely from the popular-in-its-day autobiography of NY Police captain Cornelius W. "The Gang Buster" Willemse. Mary Kennedy, the daughter of police lieutenant Jim Kennedy, works for an unethical criminal attorney and is corrupted by the association. But she sees the light when she twists the law to obtain the acquittal of a client and the man later shoots her father. Mary then enlists the aid of Detective Dave Britten in hopes of bringing down the crooks for whom she works.
A Shot in the Dark (1935) as Professor Brand
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) as Slave
A blacksmith''''s rise to wealth and power is jeopardized by his son''''s Christianity and the eruption of Vesuvius.
A Tale of Two Cities (1935) as Morveau
Charles Dickens'''' classic story of two men in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.
The Scarlet Empress (1934) as Marquis de la Chetardie
A young innocent masters the decadent ways of Imperial Russia in order to reign as Catherine the Great.
Dinner at Eight (1934) as Mr. Hatfield
A high-society dinner party masks a hotbed of scandal and intrigue.
Tailspin Tommy (1934)
A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps win a mail contract. A rival airline plots to destroy it in order to get the contracts for itself.
Viva Villa (1934) as Statesman
Rousing biography of the bandit chief who led the battle for Mexican independence.
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934) as Sour radio announcer
President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new secretary soon runs afoul of political lobbyists out to destroy his department.
Bombay Mail (1934) as Xavier
Murder in Trinidad (1934) as Gookol Meah
Lightning Strikes Twice (1934) as Phillips
A jewel heist leads to murder.
Burn-'Em-Up Barnes (1934) as Chase
Marjorie Temple, owner of a bus line and an apparently worthless plot of land, is set upon by rich oil speculators who know her land actually is worth millions. When they try to put her out of business for good, young race driver Burn 'em Up Barnes comes to her rescue - again and again and again.
The Moonstone (1934) as Yandoo
Typical Monogram whodunit from the 30's, with dialogue and sound effects based on the well known mystery book with same title. A valuable gem from India is stolen in an old dark mansion and it is up to Scotland Yard inspector Charles Irwin to find out who did it among all the suspects who were in the house.
Hold That Girl (1934) as Ackroyd
Broadway Bad (1933) as The Prince
The Mad Game (1933) as Doctor
Bootlegger Ed Carson is sent to prison. His old gang turns from liquor (now legal) to kidnapping. When they nab the son and daughter-in-law of the judge who sent Carson to prison, he is paroled to help in the capture.
Behind Jury Doors (1932) as George Fisher
Arséne Lupin (1932) as Butler
A gentleman thief risks his life in an attempt to steal the Mona Lisa.
6 Hours to Live (1932) as Kellner
The Life of the Party (1930) as Bogus Mr. Smith
Two gold-digging shop girls use their jobs to hunt down sugar daddies.
Skin Deep (1929) as Blackie Culver
The Thirteenth Chair (1929) as Edward Wales
A phony medium tries to prove her protege innocent of murder.
Queen of the Night Clubs (1929) as Don Holland
The Rescue (1929) as Hassim
Kid Gloves (1929) as Stone
Ramshackle House (1924) as Ernest Riever
Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) as Richelieu
When M. Beaucaire, a handsome barber, catches the Duke of Winterset cheating at gambling, Beaucaire exacts Winterset's cooperation in sneaking Beaucaire into a great ball, disguised as the Duke de Chartres, and to introduce him to the beautiful Lady Mary. The disguised barber successfully pulls off the masquerade and is soon the toast of society. But Winterset is embittered at having been blackmailed so, and he sets out to destroy Beaucaire if he can do so without revealing his own duplicity.
His Children's Children (1923) as Florian
Fool's Paradise (1922) as Prince Talaat-Noi
In a Mexican border town Athur befriends cantina girl Poll. She falls for him but he still loves the dancer Rosa. When the cigar Poll gives him explodes and blinds him, Arthur is duped into thinking Poll is Rosa and marries her. When his vision is surgically restored, he leaves for Siam to find Rosa.
The Woman Who Walked Alone (1922) as Otis Yeardley
Saturday Night (1922) as The Count Demitry Scardoff
Though betrothed to fellow socialite Richard, Iris weds her chauffeur Tom leaving Richard to marry the family laundress' daughter Shamrock. Class differences lead to divorces and remarriages.
Under Two Flags (1922) as Sheik Ben Ali Hammed
On the run from punishment for a crime committed by his brother, Bertie Cecil (alias Lewis Victor) joins the French Foreign Legion. In Algeria, he becomes the hated rival of his commander, Chateauroy, who despises Victor's breeding and also competes for the same woman. Victor is beloved of Cigarette, an Algerian camp follower, who saves his life, though he love another.
Cheated Love (1921) as Mischa Grossman
The Idle Rich (1921) as Dillingham Coolidge
No Woman Knows (1921) as Theodore Brandeis
The Bronze Bell (1921) as Salig Singh
The Tiger's Cub (1920) as Lone Wolf
Romance (1920) as Beppo
The Great Lover (1920) as Sonino
The Black Circle (1919) as Jim Garvin
Through the Toils (1919) as Walter Tressler
The Bluffer (1919) as Edmond Curtiss
The Stronger Vow (1919) as José de Cordova
Forest Rivals (1919) as Pierre Dubois
The Winning of Beatrice (1918) as John Maddox, Jr.
The Grouch (1918) as Narciso
The Spurs of Sybil (1918) as Paul Berwick
The Beautiful Lie (1917) as Howard Hayes
The Awakening (1917) as Horace Chapron
Shame (1917) as Cabaret dancer
The Wild Girl (1917) as
Souls Adrift (1917) as Maberly Todd
The Power of Decision (1917) as Wood Harding
The Pawn of Fate (1916) as André Lesar
The Brand of Cowardice (1916) as Navarete
Romeo and Juliet (1916) as Paris
Shakespeare's tragedy of two young people who fall desperately in love despite the ancient feud between their two families, and how the sins of the fathers bring disaster to their children.
The Wall Between (1916) as Captain Burkett
Man and His Soul (1916) as Stephen Might, Jr.
A Million a Minute (1916) as Duke de Reves
The Alien (1915) as Robbins
The Sentimental Lady (1915) as Norman Van Aulsten
Four lifelong friends share one very special summer. Introduced as babies who were born to mothers who met in a prenatal aerobics class, the four grew up together and developed an enduring bond despite their distinctly different emerging personalities. Now, after years of sharing every triumph and l
The Green Cloak (1915) as Paul Duncan
The Danger Signal (1915) as Rodman Cadbury
Continuing the story-line which unfolded in "Kill Bill Vol. I," this is a revenge tale of an expert assassin, called The Bride, who sets out on a quest to wreak vengeance upon her former employer, Bill, and other members of their assassin circle, for shooting her on the day of her wedding--along w

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) as New Line controller
As Frodo and Sam infiltrate Mordor, their allies try to protect Rohan from the evil Sauron.

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Duel Personalities (1939)
While under a hypnotic spell, a boy thinks he''s one of the Three Musketeers and challenges his friend to a duel in this comedic short.

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