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Also Known As: Died: December 28, 1983
Born: February 27, 1892 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: St Paul, Minnesota, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Millionaire, The (1978)
Three people's lives are drastically changed when they are suddenly given one million dollars each by an eccentric billionaire in this pilot to a prospective new series which the producers hoped would equal the success of the original one that ran from 1955 to 1960 -- with Robert Quarry now in the r
McCullochs, The (1975) as Father Gurkin
Patriarch J.J. McCulloch rules his family with an iron hand and his grown children's attempts to gain independence from him lead to tragedy. One son goes to fight in Korea and is killed, another is arrested for murder, and the only daughter is drawn into dysfunctional relationships. Only the younges
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (1973) as Harris--The Handyman
A trim chiller that has a young couple inheriting an old mansion inhabited by demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.
That Darn Cat (1965) as Mr. MacDougall
A woman is kidnapped. While in captivity, she manages to send a message out with a wandering cat. The cat's owner calls the FBI. The FBI tries to follow the cat. Jealous boyfriends and nosy neighbours also get in the act.
Viva Las Vegas (1964) as Mr. Martin
A race-car driver falls for a pretty swimming instructor who wants him to slow down his career.
Son of Flubber (1963) as Mr. Hummel
An absent-minded professor gets into legal trouble because of his experiments with a gravity defying substance.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) as Chief of police
A group of greedy clowns tears up the countryside in search of buried treasure.
Pepe (1961) as Guard at studio
When is beloved horse is stolen and sold to a movie star, a young man travels to Hollywood.
King of the Roaring 20's--The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961) as Hecht
A gangster rises to the top of the gambling racket.
Twenty Plus Two (1961) as Slocum
When a Hollywood secretary is found murdered, a detective is hired to investigate the murder.
The Rawhide Years (1956) as Brand 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.
The Mountain (1956) as Father Belacchi
Brother mountain climbers clash over how to deal with the survivor of a plane crash.
Hell on Frisco Bay (1956) as Dan Bianco
A cop framed for a murder he did not commit hunts the San Francisco waterfront for the Mob racketeers who are responsible.
The Private War of Major Benson (1955) as John
An outspoken officer is forced to take charge of a military school.
Sincerely Yours (1955) as Sam Dunne
Hearing loss creates professional and romantic crises for a concert pianist.
Jupiter's Darling (1955) as Mago
A beautiful Roman mounts a romantic campaign to halt Hannibal's invasion of the empire.
The Far Horizons (1955) as Sgt. Cass
Romanticized version of Lewis and Clarks voyage of discovery through the American West.
Lucy Gallant (1955) as Charlie Madden
A fashion designer sacrifices happiness to build a string of clothing stores.
Jamboree (1954) as Himself
Based by a true story of an estranged couple stranded in a blizzard at Christmas, Suzanne Shemwell's estranged husband Jim unexpectedly comes to Idaho for a family visit just before the holiday, Suzanne is less than thrilled, but their two daughters, 16-year-old Miranda and seven-year-old Taryn, are
The Yellow Mountain (1954) as Jackpot Wray
Dangerous When Wet (1953) as Pa Higgins
A family of fitness freaks sets out to swim the English Channel.
The Lady Wants Mink (1953) as Harvey Jones
For her birthday Ritchie Connors gives his wife Nora a coat from the store where he works. His workday gloom is made even worse when their friend from next-door shows up that evening in a mink. To try and make things right Nora goes out and buys four live mink to raise. But the attempt at grow-your-own-coat is none too popular with husband or neighbours.
Here Come the Girls (1953) as Dennis Logan
A chorus boy is used as bait to catch an attacker.
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) as Campbell
The Civil War complicates the Cavalry''''s battle against Indians.
What Price Glory (1952) as Cpl. Kiper
A marine captain and his top sergeant are assigned to take their company from a small village to the brutal reality of war in the trenches.
The Blazing Forest (1952) as Syd Jessup
The Strip (1951) as Fluff
A jazz drummer fights to clear his name when he's accused of killing a racketeer.
Excuse My Dust (1951) as Harvey Bullitt
An inventor''''s new automobile could put his girlfriend''''s livery stable out of business.
The First Legion (1951) as Monsignor [Michael] Carey
Behave Yourself! (1951) as O'Ryan
A young couple''''s dog gets them mixed up in a string of murders.
Riding High (1950) as Happy [Oscar Maguire]
An heiress and her sister''''s fiancee defy her family to race horses.
When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950) as Pa Kluggs
A small-town soldier gets a chance to be a hero when he accidentally crosses enemy lines.
He's a Cockeyed Wonder (1950) as Bob Sears
A fledgling magician and his girlfriend get mixed up with bank robbers.
Jolson Sings Again (1950) as Steve Martin
After a premature retirement, the legendary singer revives his career to entertain the troops during World War II.
Never a Dull Moment (1950) as Mears
A female music critic marries a rancher and has to adjust to life out West.
Whispering Smith (1949) as Bill Dansing
A railroad detective tries to bring in a gang of train robbers and a lost love.
Sorrowful Jones (1949) as Regret
A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. When her father doesn't return, he learns that taking care of a child interferes with his free-wheeling lifestyle. Sorrowful must also evade crooked gangsters and indulge in a bit of horse-thieving.
Red, Hot and Blue (1949) as Charlie Baxter
An actress''''s rising career is threatened when she finds a dead gangster in her apartment.
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) as Lieut. Shawn
When heiress Jean Courtland attempts suicide, her fiancée Elliott Carson probes her relationship to John Triton. In flashback, we see how stage mentalist Triton starts having terrifying flashes of true precognition. His partner, Whitney Courtland, uses Triton's talent to make money; but Triton's inability to prevent what he foresees, causes him to break up the act and become a hermit. Years later, Triton has new visions and desperately tries to prevent tragedies in the Courtland family. Can his warnings succeed against suspicion, unbelief, and inexorable fate?
On Our Merry Way (1948) as Floyd
Oliver Pease gets a dose of courage from his wife Martha and tricks the editor of the paper (where he writes lost pet notices) into assigning him the day's roving question. Martha suggests, "Has a little child ever changed your life?" Oliver gets answers from two slow-talking musicians, an actress whose roles usually feature a sarong, and an itinerant cardsharp. In each case the "little child" is hardly innocent: in the first, a local auto mechanic's "baby" turns out to be fully developed as a woman and a musician; in the second, a spoiled child star learns kindness; in the third, the family of a lost brat doesn't want him returned. And Oliver, what becomes of him?
The Sainted Sisters (1948) as Vern Tewilliger
While hiding out in small-town Maine, two female con artists inadvertently become philanthropists.
Variety Girl (1947) as Barker
Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio.
The Jolson Story (1947) as Steve Martin
The singer and star of the first "talkie" risks it all to become a star.
The Perils of Pauline (1947) as George "Mac" McGuire
The world''''s worst actress rises to stardom as serial queen Pearl White.
Our Hearts Were Growing Up (1946) as Peanuts Schultz
Cornelia and Emily, at college in the early 1920s, have triangle trouble with their beaus. Their affairs become entangled with those of a chance-met, kindly bootlegger. Much of the humor derives from pre-Roaring Twenties naivity.
Salty O'Rourke (1945) as Smitty
Salty owes money to Doc Baxter; he and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up. They get a race horse and a disbarred jockey, Johnny Cates, who must fake his identity to race. Johnny and Salty both fall in love with Barbara Brooks and, to get even, Johnny considers throwing the horserace.
Duffy's Tavern (1945) as
When Archie, the proprietor of the neighborhood bar discovers that one of his regulars, Michael O'Malley, owner of a record company is going broke, he realizes that many of his regulars will soon be unemployed and therefore, unable to pay their tab at the tavern. Archie immediately begins recruiting
Pardon My Past (1945) as Chuck Gibson
A penniless veteran is mistaken for a millionaire playboy.
Along Came Jones (1945) as George Fury
A mild-mannered cowboy is mistaken for a notorious outlaw.
Nine Girls (1944) as Walter Cummings
When a sorority girl is found murdered, her classmates set out to solve the case.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) as Sgt. Julius Heffelfinger
A group of veterans help a small-town fraud convince his family he was a war hero.
The Great Moment (1944) as Eben Frost
A 19th-century dentist sets out to find a painless method for pulling teeth in this true story.
Once Upon a Time (1944) as Brant
A Broadway producer finds fame with his new act -- a dancing caterpillar.
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) as Officer Kockenlocker
During World War II, a 4F tries to help the woman he loves cover up a surprise pregnancy.
True to Life (1943) as Jake
A writer for a radio program needs some fresh ideas to juice up his show. For inspiration, he rents a room with a typical American family and begins to secretly write about their true life antics. The show becomes a big hit, but he begins to feel guilty about his charade when he falls in love with the family's pretty older daughter.
Dangerous Blondes (1943) as Detective Gatling
A mystery writer and his wife investigate the murder of a couturier''''s wife.
Stage Door Canteen (1943) as
A USO girl defies the rules when she falls for a soldier visiting the star-studded Stage Door Canteen.
Sullivan's Travels (1942) as Mr. Jones
A filmmaker masquerades as a hobo to get in touch with the little people.
Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942) as Officer
Kathy lives in a cramped New York flat with her father Madden Thomas, a celebrated actor brought down by drink. Lame from an early age and feeling trapped with her father in her small world, Kathy is delighted to meet fellow tenant Robert. When Madden is offered the lead in a new King Lear and Robert lands a composing job in Hollywood, better times seem for a while to beckon.
The Palm Beach Story (1942) as First member Ale and Quail Club
To finance her husband's career, a married woman courts an eccentric millionaire.
My Favorite Spy (1942) as Flower pot cop
Bandleader Kay Kyser leaves his bride at the altar to help catch international spies.
Behind the Eight Ball (1942) as McKenzie
Johnny Doughboy (1942) as Harry Fabian
All Through the Night (1942) as Sunshine
A criminal gang turns patriotic to track down a Nazi spy ring.
Pardon My Sarong (1942) as Detective Kendall
True to the Army (1942) as Sergeant Butes
Country Fair (1941) as Stogie McPhee
Dressed to Kill (1941) as Inspector Pierson
Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne leave a marriage bureau when shots fired in a nearby theatre draw his attention to a string of theatrical murders.
The Lady Eve (1941) as Muggsy
A lady cardsharp tries to con an eccentric scientist only to fall for him.
Little Men (1941) as Constable
A con artist tries to save the boarding school where his son has found a home.
Ride on Vaquero (1941) as Barney
The Cisco Kid (Cesar Romero) is captured while keeping a rendezvous with cantina dancer Dolores (Joan Woodbury) but is released by his captor, the commander of a U.S. Army regiment, to help break up a kidnap ring. On his way to Las Tables with his pal, Gordito (Chris-Pin Martin), he makes a stop at the Martinez Rancho, where they learn that his friend Carlos (Robert Lowery) has been kidnapped, from his wife Marquerita (Lynne Roberts). At the Crystal Palace Saloon, Cisco runs into an old girlfriend, Sally (Mary Beth Hughes), who he once jilted for a tight-rope walker, but she doesn't betray him when the sheriff (Arthur Hohl) and an army officer (Robert 'Buddy' Shaw as Robert Shaw, since there was no other Robert Shaw at the time and this Robert Shaw had no need of the "Buddy" attribute given him by latter-day historians, who can't tell the players without a program and a roman numeral..and quite often not even then),enter searching for Cisco. While Cisco and the easily-forgiving Sally dance, the heads of the kidnap gang, the sheriff, Clark (Edwin Maxwell) and Redge (Don Costello), meet upstairs to discuss the plans for collecting the $50,000 ransom they have on Carlos. Cisco follows the kidnappers after they collect the ransom money, but before he can do anything about it, he is arrested and thrown in jail.
Rookies on Parade (1941) as Mike Brady
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) as First detective
A department store owner goes undercover as an employee to thwart union activists.
Glamour Boy (1941) as Papa Doran
Marathon Pictures is stuck with Billy Doran (Darryl Hickman), Whiz Quiz radio show star but a flop in Hollywood. Ex-child star Tiny Barlow (Jackie Cooper) suggests that the studio remake "Skippy", the film that made him famous, with himself as coach for little Billy. A. J. Colder (Walter Abel), Marathon's Mighty Mogul, agrees. Joan Winslow (Susanna Foster), a contract player who has never had a part, is picked to replace balky Brenda Lee (Ann Gillis) in Marathon's monster musical of the year. Tiny poses as a big shot and takes credit for getting Joan the role. They are soon seen everywhere together as Tiny is taking advantage of her publicity build-up for his own gain, until he suddenly finds out he is in love with her and confesses his duplicity. This occurs when Colder has forbid Joan to see Tiny anymore, directing her to only be seen with important people who can help her career, and Tiny thinks it is because she has dumped him. He enters into a conspiracy with Brenda's agent, Mickey Fadden (John Gallaudet), to make Brenda give up her strike and accept the role Colder gave Joan. She does and Tiny is given the role of her leading man. But he is unhappy about what he has done in costing Joan her big chance, plus his old friend, Georgie Clemons (Jackie Searle) who used to play the mean kid in Tiny's films is also replaced. Faced with the taunts of the production crew because of what he helped engineer and broken hearted about Joan, Tiny walks out on the picture, climbs into his automobile and heads for parts unknown. Little Billy, who adores him, stows away in the luggage compartment. Billy, the high IQ kid, has devised a scheme to set everything right.
The Farmer's Daughter (1940) as Victor Walsh
The Great McGinty (1940) as The politician
A hobo rises to town mayor when he hooks up with a crooked political boss.
Comin' Round the Mountain (1940) as Gusty Mann
The Golden Fleecing (1940) as Swallow
A mild-mannered insurance salesman gets mixed up with gangsters.
Wolf of New York (1940) as Bill Ennis
Christmas in July (1940) as Mr. Bildocker
An unemployed dreamer thinks he's won a big radio contest.
Cowboy Quarterback (1939) as Rusty Walker
A football scout tries to get a legendary runner back into the game.
King of the Turf (1939) as Arnold
Miracles for Sale (1939) as Quinn
A magician turns detective to investigate murder and a phony seance.
While New York Sleeps (1939) as Red Miller
The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) as Sergeant Heath
The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a nightclub that night, Gracie inadvertently links Bill to the murder of a thug after finding the dead body and Bill's cigarette case at the scene of the crime. While being questioned at the club, she meets Vance who's investigating the homicide. After Gracie's bungled attempts to solve the case, Vance decides it might be easier to have her working with him. Despite Gracie's "help," the two eventually find the real killer.
Laugh It Off (1939) as Barney [Gimpy] Cole
The Great Man Votes (1939) as Charles Dale
A drunk fighting to hold on to his family discovers he has the deciding vote in a local election.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) as Bill Griffith
An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption.
One Wild Night (1938) as Editor Collins
Josette (1938) as Bill
Two young men (Ameche and Young) try to wrest their father (Collier) from the clutches of a gold digger (Birell) but by mistake think the woman is a young nightclub singer (Simon) with whom they both fall in love.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) as Henry Kipper
A frantic radio producer must find the perfect Little Miss America for an advertiser's national program and discovers her in his country neighbor.
Romance on the Run (1938) as Eckhart
The Hit Parade (1937) as Parole officer
Agent Pete Garland is fired by society singer Monica Barrett after he got her a new radio contract, because she thinks her lawyer friend Teddy Leeds fits in better with her social status. To get even, Pete wants to make an unknown singer into a star. He finds Ruth Allison, drives her hard through rehearsals and makes her a star. But she is worried about her past, something she hasn't told Pete: She's an ex-convict and jumped bail in order to keep her partners in crime out of it. Further she's in love with Pete, but feels that he's still carrying a torch for Monica. When Monica's popularity is decreasing, Pete is able to get Ruth a stint on the program, the result is Monica is fired and Ruth get her job, but Monica takes revenge by revealing Ruth's past. Ruth considers it is best for her to disappear before being arrested, but she has become a star in public opinion. Will she get Pete or will she go to prison again ?
Oh, Doctor (1937) as "Marty" Short
Charlie Chan at the Opera (1937) as Sergeant Kelly
Regarded by many as the best of the Charlie Chan series. The opera star Gravelle suffers amnesia. He is a recent escapee from an insane asylum, accused of murdering fellow performers (his wife and her lover). Included in the movie is the opera "Carnival", composed for the picture by Oscar Levant.
Wake Up and Live (1937) as Attendant
Rosalie (1937) as Army coach
A West Point cadet falls for a European princess.
Blonde Trouble (1937) as Paul Sears
Fred Stevens (Johnny Downs), on his way to New York City with hopes of succeeding as a songwriter, meets and falls in love with Edna Baker, an employee in a dentist's office. In New York, Fred meets Paul Sears (William Demarest), a broken-down songwriter, his wife Lucille (Helen Flint) and her gold-digging sister, Eileen Fletcher (Terry Walker.) They are indifferent to him until they discover he has his life's savings with him. Eileen makes plans to marry Fred and ignores her song-publishing boy friend, Joe Hart (Lynne Overman.) Fred and Paul write a song together and take it to Hart, who sees a way to get Eileen off his hands by giving Fred a large advance. Fred, who is completely swayed by Eileen, parts with Edna. Hart continues the advances but when Fred and Paul go to him asking why the song hasn't been published, Hart tells them it isn't any good and he was using Fred to help rid him of Eileen. Fred now realizes he loves Edna. A popular radio singer sees Fred's song in Hart's office and sings it on the air, and it becomes a hit.
Time Out for Romance (1937) as Willoughby Sproggs
The Great Gambini (1937) as Sergeant Kirby
Don't Tell the Wife (1937) as Larry Tucker
A milquetoast banker gets caught in an investment swindle.
Easy Living (1937) as Wallace Whistling
When a working girl tries to return a lost fur coat, she gets caught up in a wealthy family''''s battles.
Big City (1937) as Beecher
An honest cab driver fights against corruption.
The Great Hospital Mystery (1937) as Mortimer Beatty
Love on the Run (1936) as Editor [Berger]
Rival newsmen get mixed up with a runaway heiress and a ring of spies.
Wedding Present (1936) as "Smiles" Benson
Mind Your Own Business (1936) as Droopy
After Office Hours (1935) as Detective
A society newspaperwoman tries to prove to her editor that she can crack a murder case.
Diamond Jim (1935) as Harry Hill
Hands Across the Table (1935) as Natty
A manicurist uses her beauty and emery board to snag a rich husband.
Bright Lights (1935) as Detective
Husband-and-wife vaudeville stars separate when success goes to his head.
Murder Man (1935) as "Red" Maguire
A hard-drinking reporter specializes in murder cases, until he becomes a suspect in one himself.
The Casino Murder Case (1935) as Auctioneer
Society sleuth Philo Vance takes on a series of murders at an aging dowager's mansion.
Fugitive Lady (1934) as Steve Rogers
Many Happy Returns (1934) as Brinker
Gracie Allen (Gracie Allen) assumes the "management" of the shop owned by her papa Horatio Allen (George Barbier), turning it into a radio station and then an aviary---with the usual Gracie Allen logic---while distracted Papa is trying to get younger daughter, beauty contest winner Florence (Joan Marsh), married before she can head to Hollywood and get into the movies. The story moves to Hollywood, where, with Gracie around, kidnappers get kidnapped and the chatter between her and George Burns (George Burns)even takes a few satirized shots at Filmland, in addition to their usual unusual routines. Guy Lombardo, top-billed on the ads and posters with Burns and Allen but not the cast listings, and dance team Frank Veloz and Yolanda, fill in where needed between the cracks of the mostly on-the-fly plot, and they don't seem to be taking their gigs all that seriously either. Burns & Allen Radio fans, the few of us that still remember "Radio", will love it,while others are likely to give it a "say what" or 'duh", especially if they were raised on television comedy of the past 20 years.
Circus Clown (1934) as Ringmaster
A young man defies his father''''s wishes to join the circus.
White Lies (1934) as [Al] Roberts
Fog over Frisco (1934) as Spike
A San Francisco heiress discovers her sister is hanging out with gangsters.
Five and Ten Cent Annie (1928) as Briggs
Pay As You Enter (1928) as "Terrible Bill" McGovern
Sharp Shooters (1928) as "Hi Jack" Murdock
The Butter and Egg Man (1928) as Jack McLure
The Crash (1928) as Louie
The Escape (1928) as Trigger Caswell
Finger Prints (1927) as Cuffs Egan
The Jazz Singer (1927) as Buster Billings
A cantor's son breaks with family tradition to go into show business.
The First Auto (1927) as Dave Doolittle
In this silent film, a horse-loving father clashes with his auto-loving son at the turn of the century.
The Gay Old Bird (1927) as Mr. Fixit
A Reno Divorce (1927) as James, the chauffeur
Simple Sis (1927) as Oscar
The Black Diamond Express (1927) as Fireman
A Million Bid (1927) as George Lamont
The Bush Leaguer (1927) as John Gilroy
What Happened to Father (1927) as Dibbin, detective
Don't Tell the Wife (1927) as Ray Valerian
Matinee Ladies (1927) as Man-about-town
A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927) as Detective

Cast (special)

Thanksgiving Reunion with the Partridge Family and My Three Sons (1977) as My Three Sons Member
A reuniting of the stars of the TV series "The Partridge Family" and "My Three Sons."
Desilu Revue, The (1959)
An hour review, broadcast as a special segment of "The Desilu Playhouse," that spotlights members of the Desilu Workshop for aspiring performers.

Cast (short)

The Night Court (1927)
A police raid on a club results in the entire cast of the floor show being hauled into court, where they must perform their routines for the judge in this musical short.

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