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Also Known As: Died: March 26, 1960
Born: February 27, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

The Ten Commandments (1956) as Rameses I
To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharoah, Rameses I, condemning all first-born Hebrew males, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri, as well as the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt Moses's fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him who can 'harden his heart'.
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) as Admiral Burns
A giant octopus attacks San Francisco.
Duel on the Mississippi (1955) as Jacques Scarlet
Prince of Players (1955) as King in <I>Hamlet</I>
Acclaimed tragic actor Edwin Booth struggles to rebuild his career after his brother assassinates President Lincoln.
New York Confidential (1955) as Waluska
Story follows the rise and subsequent fall of the notorious head of a New York crime family, who decides to testify against his pals in order to avoid being killed by his fellow cohorts.
The Black Shield of Falworth (1954) as King Henry IV
Technicolor & tights. In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles and his sister Meg have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of who their father really was. But one day they journey to Macworth castle. There Myles falls in love with the Mackworth's daughter Anne, makes friends and enemies, and learns to be a knight so that, through the planning of Mackworth and his friend, Prince Hal, Myles can regain his true birthright from the evil Albon, and bear the black shield of Falworth.
The Three Musketeers (1948) as Rochefort
Athletic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure about the king's musketeers and their mission to protect France.
Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947) as Vitamin Flintheart
Dick Tracy takes on "The Claw" in this crime thriller
Forever Amber (1947) as Tybalt
Amber St Clair means to get on in life and despite a poor background knows she has the assets to do it. Husbands, lovers, prison and a liaison with King Charles II form a tapestry of apparently calculating ups and downs, although in fact the one love of her life, Bruce Carlton, is never far from Amber's thoughts.
Border Feud (1947) as Doc Peters
Nightmare Alley (1947) as Pete
An ambitious carnival worker attempts to scam his way out of the carnival in this brutal noir.
Mr. Hex (1946) as Raymond
A hypnotist turns one of the Bowery Boys into a championship boxer.
Singing on the Trail (1946) as Jerry Easton
The Strange Woman (1946) as Lincoln Pittridge
An unscrupulous 19th-century woman will stop at nothing to control the men in her life.
Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946) as Vitamin Flintheart
A police detective uses his girlfriend to track down a homicidal maniac.
Valley of the Zombies (1946) as Ormand Murks
Dr. Maynard (Charles Trowbridge) tells Dr. Terry Evans (Robert Livingston) and his nurse, Susan Drake (Lorna Grey as Adrian Booth), about the theft of ten pints of blood from his lab. Later, he is visited by Ormand Murks (Ian Keith), a man Maynard had once had committed to an insane asylum and who later died from an operation, and Maynard learns that Murks is an example of living death whose abnormality is counter-acted only by blood. The doctor soon becomes Murk's unwilling blood donor. Murks' brother Fred (Earle Hodgins) threatens to expose him and he too is murdered. Terry and Susan find Maynard's body near an abandoned graveyard and this leads them to an estate where a partially obscured sign reads:"Murks Bros.,Undertakers." Susan is kidnapped.
Song of Old Wyoming (1945) as Lee Landow
Ma Conway (Sarah Padden), owner of a cattle ranch and publisher of the Laramie Bulletin, wages an up-hill battle to have Wyoming join the Union. She refuses to be intimidated by corrupt politician Lee Landow (Ian Keith) and crooked banker Jesse Dixon (Robert Barron), teamed up to fight her. Led by cowhand Eddie Reed (Eddie Dean) and foreman Uncle Ezra (Emmett Lynn), the Conway cattle drive is blocked at La Platte Pass by the Dixon henchmen, led by Ringo (Rocky Camron). A fight ensues and Eddie is saved by the quick trigger hand of the Cheyenne Kid (Al LaRue, long before he had a whip), a notorious outlaw. Vicky (Jennifer Holt), whom Ma has raised as her daughter, admires Cheyenne's courage to the chagrin of Eddie, who is in love with her. Cheyenne, on his way to a job in Laramie, turns down Ma's offer but when he gets to Laramie he finds he has been hired by Landow and Dixon to ruin Ma's cattle business and, in order to carry out the plan, he accepts Ma's ranch-job offer. Accidents quickly begin and Eddie suspects Cheyenne but Ma refuses to listen to his warnings, as she has become fond of the young outlaw. Eddie subsequently learns that Cheyenne is really Ma's long-lost son, missing from 25 years past in an attack by renegade white men, but Ma does not know this. Cheyenne begins to regret his deeds and turns against the gang leaders.
The Spanish Main (1945) as Capt. Lussan
Dutch rebels in the Caribbean turn pirate and kidnap the corrupt Spanish governor's bride-to-be.
Northwest Trail (1945) as Inspector "Mac" McGrath
Mountie Matt O'Brien is assigned to escort Miss Owens to a remote outpost. But when he finds an illegal mining operation there that is smuggling gold across the border, his superior Sgt. Means orders him to leave.
Fog Island (1945) as Dr. Lake
She Gets Her Man (1945) as [Oliver] McQuestion
Phantom of the Plains (1945) as Fancy Charlie, also known as Talbot Wilberforce Champneys
Red Ryder (Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Elliott) and Little Beaver (Bobby Blake) return to Blue Springs and learn that the Duchess (Alice Fleming), Red's aunt, is going to sell her stagecoach line and marry a snooty Englishman Talbot Champneys (Ian Keith), who is really Fancy Charlie, who has the nasty habit of marrying rich women and then killing them for their fortune. The concerned Red thinks everything is okay until he sees Champneys mistreating Red's horse, Thunder, and he then decides to investigate Champneys because, as he tells Little Beaver, no true Englishman would mistreat a horse. Realizing that he doesn't have much time with Red snooping around, the western Bluebeard persuades the Duchess to return to England with him, meet him at the railroad station to be married and, oh yes, bring her money with her.
Under Western Skies (1945) as Professor Moffett
In a film that was closer to being a "sanitized" version of and contained more elements akin to Mae West's and W.C. Fields' "My Little Chickadee" than it did from anything John Ford had done, or was to do, a traveling show arrives in a small Arizona town and finds much opposition from local townspeople. They plan to stage the show in the saloon and the leading lady, Katie (Martha O'Driscoll), gets involved with the local school teacher, Tod (Noah Beery, Jr). and a mysterious masked bandit, King Randall (Leo Carrillo).
Captain Kidd (1945) as Lord Albermarle
An infamous pirate tries to double cross the King of England.
Identity Unknown (1945) as Major Williams
Casanova in Burlesque (1944) as J. Boggs-Robinson
The Chinese Cat (1944) as
Charlie Chan investigates a string of murders involving a mysterious statue.
Cowboy from Lonesome River (1944) as Matt Conway
Arizona Whirlwind (1944) as Polini
A band of crime-busting cowboys take on diamond smugglers.
Bowery Champs (1944) as [Ken] Duncan
Copy boys Muggs and Glimpy investigate a murder. They locate the ex-wife of the murdered man and become convinced she is innocent. They hide her from the police while they investigate.
Corregidor (1943) as Captain
Here Comes Kelly (1943) as L. Herbert Oakley
A hot-tempered young process server gets mixed up with gangsters.
I Escaped From the Gestapo (1943) as Gerard
The Pay Off (1943) as Inspector Thomas
Special prosecutor Lloyd Pearson (Ian Keith) has been murdered and there is strong evidence that gambler Moroni (John Maxwell) committed the crime, but he has an air-tight alibi, spending the evening with Brad McKay (Lee Tracy), star reporter of the Chronicle. Norris (Robert Middlemass), the publisher, send Brad and his son, Guy Norris (Tom Brown), to cover the story. Brad learns that Moroni did commit the murder, but has no way to prove it. Moroni tells Brad that the murdered prosecutor was getting a payoff, and was killed by his assistant Hugh Walker (Forrest Taylor) following a quarrel. John Angus (Jack La Rue), proprietor of the Hi Lo Club, tells Moroni that Brad suspects him. Phyllis Walker (Tina Thayer) tells Brad that her father is in danger from Moroni. Hugh Walker has given her a key to the public locker where some money is hidden. That night, Brad finds Moroni dead. He realizes there is a higher-up that had Moroni kill Pearson, and then has had Moroni killed. He learns that Walker has been kidnapped, but secures the money from the locker and hides it in his apartment. He meets Alma Dorne (Evelyn Brent)at the night club, and, while attracted to her, he suspects she is an accomplice of the gang. He surprises her while she is searching his apartment for the money, and agrees to help him. Norris summons Brad to his home for Brad to show him what evidence he has collected so far. Norris, at the point of a gun, tells Brad he has collected too much. Brad gets the upper hand by telling Norris that his son Guy is walking into a death trap. Norris rushes to save his son from the trap he himself had set for Brad.
The Man from Thunder River (1943) as Henry Stevens
Henry Stevens knows that Ferguson's abandoned mine is valuable and when Jack Ferguson plans to reopen it he has him framed for murder. Bill and Gabby save him from the lynch mob and then investigate his mine. They accidentally find the secret door that connects it to Steven's mine. But Stevens' men capture them and set a charge that will explode and bury the two intruders.
Bordertown Gun Fighters (1943) as Cameo Shelby
Cameo Shelby is running a crooked lottery out of El Paso and treasury agent Bill Elliott has been sent to break it up. When Bill intercepts a shipment of tickets to New Mexico he forces Shelby to send incriminating papers in the next shipment. Bill captures these also and now has the evidence he needs to go after Shelby.
Wild Horse Stampede (1943) as Mel Carson
Two cowboys try to protect railroad workers from rampaging Indians.
Five Graves to Cairo (1943) as Captain St. Bride
A British corporal goes undercover to infiltrate Field Marshall Rommel's command.
Nazty Nuisance (1943)
Hitler summons the Axis leaders to a secret island meeting with disastrous results.
Remember Pearl Harbor (1942) as Captain Hudson
The Sundown Kid (1942) as J. Richard Spencer
Pinkerton Agent Tracy goes to prison to get information on a counterfeiting operation from inmate Ganley. This leads him to Dawson and his gang who take him in as a friend of Ganley. Now a member of the gang he is just learning how the operation works when Ganley, now knowing Tracy's true identity, escapes and returns to expose him.
The Sea Hawk (1940) as Peralta
A British buccaneer holds the Spanish fleet at bay with the covert approval of Elizabeth I.
All This, and Heaven Too (1940) as Delangle
A French nobleman falls in love with his children's governess.
Comet over Broadway (1938) as Wilton Banks
A stage star's rampant ambition leads to murder.
The Buccaneer (1938) as [Senator] Crawford
French pirate Jean Lafitte tries to redeem his name helping the U.S. in the War of 1812.
Mary of Scotland (1936) as [Earl of] Moray [James Stewart]
Biography of the flighty Scottish queen who was brought down by love.
The Preview Murder Mystery (1936) as E. Gordon Smith
Don't Gamble with Love (1936) as John Crane
Angels in White (1936) as Doctor Murray
The Three Musketeers (1935) as De Rochefort
Alexandre Dumas's classic swashbuckler about a young guardsman fighting for the queen's honor.
The Crusades (1935) as Saladin, Sultan of Islam
King Richard the Lionhearted launches a crusade to preserve Christianity in Jerusalem.
Dangerous Corner (1934) as Martin [Chatfield]
Friends uncover a dark secret when they compare notes about a theft and suicide.
Cleopatra (1934) as Octavian
The fabled queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Marc Antony astray.
Queen Christina (1933) as [Count] Magnus
Young Christina ascends to the Swedish throne at age 5. While she is queen, Sweden becomes a dominant European power at the end of the Thirty Years War. Like England's Elizabeth I, Christina (Greta Garbo) is pressured into a politically correct marriage (her cousin) but she falls in love with an emissary from Spain (John Gilbert). As with her English counterpart, religion becomes a focal point with Protestant Sweden aghast that their queen could marry a Catholic.
The Sign of the Cross (1932) as Tigellinus
After Nero burns the city, a Roman official falls for a Christian accused of setting the fire.
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931) as Robert Lane
A farm girl runs from her abusive father to a series of affairs in the big city.
The Phantom of Paris (1931) as Marquis du Touchais
A magician is charged with killing his fiancee''s father.
A Tailor Made Man (1931) as Doctor [Gustav] von Sonntag
The Sin Ship (1931) as Marsden
A ship''''s captain fights to protect a female passenger from his crew.
The Deceiver (1931) as Reginald Thorpe
Actor Reginald Thorpe is found dead in his dressing room, stabbed in the back. Suspects abound. John Wayne's only contribution was as a stand-in for the corpse.
Prince of Diamonds (1930) as Rupert Endon
The Boudoir Diplomat (1930) as Baron Belmar
Abraham Lincoln (1930) as John Wilkes Booth
In this biography the simple backwoods boy rises to become one of America''''s most beloved presidents.
The Big Trail (1930) as Bill Thorpe
A young mountaineer leads hundreds of settlers on a difficult journey from the Mississippi River to California.
The Great Divide (1929) as Stephen Ghent
A businessman masquerades as a bandit to kidnap a flapper and end her reckless days.
Prisoners (1929) as Nicholas
Light Fingers (1929) as Light Fingers
The Divine Lady (1929) as Honorable Charles Greville
Lady Hamilton''''s love affair with Admiral Nelson rocks the British Empire.
The Street of Illusion (1928) as Edwin Booth Benton
The Look Out Girl (1928) as Dean Richardson
What Every Girl Should Know (1927) as Arthur Graham
The Love of Sunya (1927) as Anthony
In ancient Egypt, an evil priest drove a pure maiden to suicide. In today's reincarnation, to free himself the priest must find and help the a young American singing student, Sunya Ashling, who is torn between pursuing a career in European opera, going to South America with fiancée Paul, or saving her father from financial ruin by marrying wealthy Robert Goring. The ancient priest, reincarnated as a gypsy vagabond, grants her visions of her future life if she should follow each of the three roads. Does each have a fatal drawback?
Convoy (1927) as Smith
A Man's Past (1927) as Dr. Fontaine
Two Arabian Knights (1927) as Shevket
In this silent film, two American soldiers fight to escape the Germans while squabbling over a beautiful harem girl during World War I.
The Truthful Sex (1926) as Tom Barnes
The Greater Glory (1926) as Pauli Birbach
The Prince of Tempters (1926) as Mario Ambrosio, later Baron Humberto Giordano
The Lily (1926) as George Arnaud
The Tower of Lies (1925) as Lars
The Talker (1925) as Ned Hollister
My Son (1925) as Felipe Vargas, a fisherman
Enticement (1925) as Richard Valyran
Manhandled (1924) as Robert Brandt
Love's Wilderness (1924) as Paul L'Estrange
Her Love Story (1924) as Captain Rudi
Christine of the Hungry Heart (1924) as Ivan Vianney

Cast (special)

Twilight of the Gods (1996) as Police Sergeant
Inspector Morse makes inquiries into the murder of a freelance journalist who was working on an article about millionaire businessman Andrew Baydon. During the opening celebrations for a new college at Oxford, donated by Braydon, one of the guests is shot.
Star Maker, The (1958)
The story of a Hollywood theatrical agent. In the pilot episode, the agent attempts to help a promising new client overcome his stage fright.

Cast (short)

Keep 'Em Sailing (1942)
In this short film, an FBI agent goes undercover to investigate the sabotage of American cargo ships.
The Hollywood You Never See (1934)
This promotional short film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Cleopatra" (1934).

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