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Also Known As: Died: October 11, 1971
Born: January 11, 1886 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oskaloosa, Iowa, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Chaplinesque, My Life and Hard Times (1972) as Himself
Charlie Chaplin's early life and career are chronicled in this documentary. Clips from Chaplin's early shorts are shown, separated into categories in order highlight his dramatic ability and range.
A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) as Old man in saloon
A pioneer woman replaces her ailing husband in a poker game after he loses most of their money.
Paradise Alley (1962) as
When Comedy Was King (1960) as
A compilation of funny moments from the top comedians of the silent era.
The Beast with a Million Eyes (1956) as Ben Webber
An alien lands in a desert town bent on controlling humans through mind control and making docile animals into attacking beasts.
Apache Woman (1955) as Dick Mooney
A government agent is sent to a western town to investigate attacks that the townspeople say are being commited by rampaging Apaches. The agent, however, suspects that different forces may be committing these crimes.
Son of Paleface (1952) as Chester
In this sequel to "The Paleface", Bob Hope and Jane Russell return as the lead characters. Hope plays Junior Potter, who returns to claim his father's gold, which is nowhere to be found. Throw in Russell as "Mike", the luscious head of a gang of thieves, and Roy Rogers as a federal marshal hot on her trail.
My Favorite Spy (1951) as Comic
A comedian poses as an international spy to recover mysterious microfilm.
Fancy Pants (1950) as Guest
A wild West family wins a British valet in a poker game and passes him off as a nobleman.
Never a Dull Moment (1950) as Albert
A female music critic marries a rancher and has to adjust to life out West.
Joe Palooka in Humphrey Takes a Chance (1950) as Prentice
The Square Deal Boxing Corporation (crooked as a snake's hind leg), through Gordon Rogers (Tom Neal), tries to make a deal with Knobby Walsh (Leon Errol) whereby it will own thirty percent of the contract with Heavyweight Champion Joe Palooka (Joe Kirkwood Jr.) Knobby refuses, saying even in West Wokkington Falls he could stage a record bout. He only mentions the town because that is where he is going with Joe and his wife, Anne Howe Palooka (Lois Collier), to visit their friend Humphrey Pennyworth (Robert Coogan). Rogers assumes Walsh is going to stage a bout between Palooka and Pennyworth and hastens to block it. Rogers tricks Pennyworth into signing with him for a bout and then arranges for the crooked town mayor, Phiffeny (Jack Kirkwood), and his cousins who run the town to erect a fight stadium. Knobby tells Humphrey that the only way to get out of his contract is a recall election replacing the present town officials with honest ones. Humphrey, the most-liked citizen agrees to run for mayor. At a campaign picnic, a child actress hired by Rogers rushes up to the unmarried candidate, crying "Daddy."
Let's Dance (1950) as Watchman
Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a way according to the customs of her dead husband's class.
The Good Humor Man (1950) as Gardner
A good-hearted ice cream man's efforts to help a young woman turn him into a murder suspect.
The Milkman (1950) as
Roger Bradley, son of a milk magnate, isn't allowed to work for his dad's company because of a lingering war trauma: in moments of stress he quacks like a duck. Desperate to escape from idleness, he gets a job with his father's arch-rival, sponsored by eccentric milkman Breezy Albright, and promptly falls in love with the boss's daughter. But his career as a milkman soon degenerates into slapstick.
Shakedown (1950) as
Knock on Any Door (1949) as Barber
A crusading lawyer fights to save a juvenile delinquent charged with murder.
Brimstone (1949) as Drunk
The Golden Stallion (1949) as Old man
Bandits use a specially designed horseshoe to smuggle diamonds.
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) as Messenger boy
Saloon-bar singer Freddie gets very angry whenever boyfriend Blackie seems to be playing around. She always packs a six-shooter, so this is bad news for anything that happens to be in the way. As this is usually the local judge's rear-end, Freddie and friend Conchita are soon hiding out teaching school in the middle of nowhere.
The Wreck of the Hesperus (1948) as Hostler
The Son of Rusty (1947) as Bakery clerk
When they are separated, a boy and his dog fight to find each other.
The Perils of Pauline (1947) as Chef comic
The world''''s worst actress rises to stardom as serial queen Pearl White.
Song of the Wasteland (1947) as Jailer
Ranger Jimmy Wakely joins a medicine show heading for Buffalo Flats. The vigilantes there have been evicting innocent ranchers and he has been sent to investigate. The evicted ranchers blame Steve Crane the head of the vigilantes but Jimmy soon learns that his assistant Lance Bennett is the culprit. But before Jimmy can get evidence against Bennett, he is framed and put in jail.
Merton of the Movies (1947) as Kop
A star-struck hick goes to Hollywood to become a star.
Song of Scheherazade (1947) as Sailor
In 1865, the cadets of a Russian Naval Academy ship have shore leave in Morocco; among them is (fictionalized) future composer 'Nicky' Rimsky-Korsakov. In search of a piano, Nicky and singing ship's doctor Klin meet a family of once-wealthy Spanish colonists...and their daughter Cara who secretly dances in a cabaret. Romantic complications ensue, but Nicky seems less interested in Cara's favors than in inspirations for his future masterpieces.
The Trouble with Women (1947) as Comedian
Springtime in the Sierras (1947) as Old timer
A cowboy investigates a gang of big game poachers.
Little Giant (1946) as Tailor
Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's a crackerjack salesman. This comedy is somewhat like "The Time of Their Lives," in that Abbott and Costello don't have much screen time together and there are very few vaudeville bits woven into the plot.
The Hoodlum Saint (1946) as Policeman
After finding religion, a cynical newspaperman tries to help young hoods.
Fear (1946) as Switchman
A detective uses psychological warfare to get a confession out of a murderous student.
Two Sisters from Boston (1946) as Street cleaner
Two girls with Broadway aspirations find work in a Bowery saloon.
She Wrote the Book (1946) as Man at bar
A plain-Jane math professor (Joan Davis) at a small midwestern college is talked into journeying to New York on behalf of a colleague who has written a steamy bestseller under an assumed name. While in the big city, the math prof receives a bump on the head which brings on a form of amnesia. She begins to believe she is the author of the sultry book, and has actually lived its story. Now freed from her inhibitions, the lady professor sashays about with abandon. With a PR man (Jack Oakie) in tow, she crashes a party of swells at the home of a wealthy industrialist (Thurston Hall) and pressures him into making a large contribution to her tiny college back home.
Singin' in the Corn (1946) as Austin driver
Judy McCoy (Judy Canova), a fortune teller with a circus, learns she has inherited some property and heads west to collect. When she arrives in the desert ghost town, she learns that a stipulation in the will is that she has to return the property to the rightful owners, an Indian tribe, before she gets the remaining inheritance. A gambling ring, led by Honest John Richards (Alan Bridge), will gain possession of the town if it is not returned to the Indians. The latter believe the town is haunted, because of the schemes of Honest John, and do not want it.
A Guy, a Gal, and a Pal (1945) as Station owner
Helen Carter is wooed by two men and she is torn between the financial security offered Granville Breckinridge and happiness love she feels for serviceman Jimmy Jones.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945) as Yokel
A pair of wacky lackeys try to take Tinseltown by storm.
Betrayal from the East (1945) as
A carnival showman tries to keep Japanese spies from sabotaging the Panama Canal.
Having Wonderful Crime (1945) as Motel proprietor
Three amateur detectives try to find a missing magician.
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) as Pete
During World War II, a 4F tries to help the woman he loves cover up a surprise pregnancy.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) as Western Union man
A group of veterans help a small-town fraud convince his family he was a war hero.
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944) as Photographer
A poor family in Florida saves all the money they can in order to plan something special for the soldier they've invited to Sunday dinner. They don't realize that their request to invite the soldier never got mailed. On the day of the scheduled dinner, another soldier is brought to their home and love soon blossoms between him and Tessa, the young woman who runs the home.
Knickerbocker Holiday (1944) as Town caller
It's 1650 in New Amsterdam, and Brom Broeck, a young outspoken newspaper publisher is arrested for printing advanced opinions on the undemocratic rule of Govenor "Peg-Leg" Stuyvesant. While Brom is in prison, old "Peg-Leg" goes on the make for Brom's sweetheart. But, when "Peg-Leg" is forced to release Brom... Watch-out!
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) as Judge
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944) as
Insurance Investigator Roy is looking for Weston and the missing money he supposedly obtained in a robbery. When he catches him and listens to his story, he changes his mind about him. A freak accident locates the missing money box and they find the seal unbroken. Roy then announces the box will be opened at the showboat that evening.
Man from Frisco (1944) as Baggage man
Matt Braddock (a fictional version of real-life Henry Kaiser) is an engineer with revolutionary ideas for shipbuilding. When he tries to set up yards for prefabricating ships on the West Coast, he runs up against a rival builder, Joel Kennedy. Kennedy's son Russ idolizes Matt, but Russ's sister Diana thinks Matt is a hopeless idealist who could ruin her father.
The Great Moment (1944) as Frightened patient
A 19th-century dentist sets out to find a painless method for pulling teeth in this true story.
Around the World (1944) as Waiter
Kay Kyser and his Kollege of Musical Knowledge entertain the troops overseas.
Goodnight, Sweetheart (1944) as Bottle man
The Avenging Rider (1943) as Drunk
Two cowhands are wrongly jailed as members of a murderous gang.
Sagebrush Law (1943) as
A Western bank president is framed on embezzlement charges.
Riders of the Rio Grande (1943) as Drunk
Valley of the Sun (1942) as Man on street
A government spy goes after a crooked Indian agent in Arizona.
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1942) as Drunk
In the shanty town called the Cabbage Patch, Mrs. Wiggs scrabbles for survival with her brood of children and hopes for the return of her husband, who left many years before.
The Palm Beach Story (1942) as Sixth member Ale and Quail Club
To finance her husband's career, a married woman courts an eccentric millionaire.
Sullivan's Travels (1942) as Old bum
A filmmaker masquerades as a hobo to get in touch with the little people.
X Marks the Spot (1942) as Bum
I Married a Witch (1942) as Bartender
A 300-year-old witch wreaks havoc when she falls in love with a young politician.
The Remarkable Andrew (1942) as Shopkeeper
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?
Sons of the Pioneers (1942) as Old timer
An aging sheriff enlists an old friend''''s son to help stop a series of deadly nighttime raids.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) as Newsboy
A prizefighter who died before his time is reincarnated as a tycoon with a murderous wife.
Prairie Stranger (1941) as Cook
Jesse James at Bay (1941) as Drunk
The infamous outlaw helps Missouri settlers battle railroad tycoons.
Honolulu Lu (1941) as Comedian
Harmon of Michigan (1941) as Gasoline Chuck
Tom Harmon (ol' # 98 for the Michigan Wolverines, husband of actress Elyse Knox and father of Mark Harmon and Kelly Harmon)took a back seat to no one on the football field (except the Minnesota Gophers) or, later, in the broadcast booth, but, on film, he managed to find himself in two of the all-time bad sports movies..."The Spirit of West Point" and "Harmon of Michigan." The latter, if it had been a true-life biography of Tom Harmon, might have made a passable film but after a short prologue, narrated by sports writer Bill Henry who is not the same as actor William Henry, that semi-recaps Harmon's football-playing days at the University of Michigan, it quickly develops into a mess that indicates the director and writers used the technical adviser, Coach Jeff Cravath, only to put plays on the blackboard. Once Harmon,(supposedly playing himself but the character he plays here has more character flaws than the law allows), graduates from Michigan, he marries his college sweetheart Peggy Adams (Anita Louise), turns up his nose at the prospect of playing professional football---a poor-paying and not-that-well respected job in 1941---and starts a vagabond tour of coaching tank-water colleges. Authenicity went out the window when the narration ended, as did any kind of time tracking, as everything that follows seems to happen in a single football season. Tom takes an assistant coach job at a cow-pasture college under Jimmy Wayburn (William Hall) and lasts one day before Wayburn fires him. Then he signs to play for a College All-Star team doing exhibition games against pro teams, but his team-mates, hacked because Tom gets star billing, lay down on him and he gets smacked down hard on every play. One of the leaders willing to let Harmon get slaughtered is old Michigan teammate Forrest Evashevski (playing himself), a life-long friend in real life and Godfather to Mark Harmon and a long-time respected coach at the University of Iowa. Harmon wins the game by himself, but decides this isn't his cup of tea. He hangs around the house a few weeks, then gets a job as an assistant under old-time coach Pop Branch at a college that has three buidings on campus and a football stadium seating 100,000 fans. He helps Pop win a few games (still ticking along in what appears to be the same fall football season), but the alumni at Webster College are tired of losing, fire their coach and hire Harmon away from Pop. Harmon takes over the Webster team in mid-season and becomes the all-time example of a hard-ass coach willing to win at any cost, including installing a screen-pass play that depends on an illegal blcoking scheme---the Flying Wedge---to make it work. His Webster team begins to thump their opponents by large scores, usually leaving the other team battered and bloodied by the use of the illegal blocking scheme. They win four or five games which, based on the writers time scheme, would have them playing 20 games a season in what was then a nine-and-ten game season. Plus, the press and other coaches around and about, are up in arms about Harmon's tatics, but the jerks refereeing the games evidently haven't read the rule book nor the newspapers and throw no penalty flags against his team. Well, one referee does once, but he never officiated nor had lunch in that town again. It, by any reasonable calendar must now be July of the next year in a season that should have ended in December, and hard-case Harmon's team is going up against Pop's team (where Harmon coached earlier in this never-ending season) and Pop drops by and tells Tom he ain't all that fond of Tom's coaching methods, but Tom poo-pahs him off, and then sends his team out and they gleefully dismantle Pop's fair-playing team by 109-0. But Webster's quarterback Freddie Davis (Stanley Brown) suffers a concussion running a play Harmon calls just to run up the score even higher---Harmon evidently didn't read the script because nobody using their own name would want this character perceived
The Great Dictator (1941) as
A Jewish barber takes the place of a war-hungry dictator.
Sweetheart of the Campus (1941) as Vagrant
A college dean tries to keep a nightclub from opening too close to his campus.
Li'l Abner (1940) as Mayor Gurgle
Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) as Sheriff
Michael Linnett Connors takes Molly Adair from Broadway understudy to 1913 Hollywood star. Although she is in love with him, she marries her co-star reckoning wrongly Connors thinks of her only in terms of movies. He fires her in pique, apparently terminally damaging his career.
Henry Goes Arizona (1939) as Barney Eastland
A Broadway tenderfoot takes over a Western ranch.
Zenobia (1939) as Farmer
When he cures a circus elephant, a country doctor gets an unwanted friend.
Every Day's a Holiday (1938) as Cabby
Forlorn River (1937) as Sheriff Grundy
Hotel Haywire (1937) as O'Shea
The Preview Murder Mystery (1936) as Comedian
Call of the Prairie (1936) as Sandy McQueen
Hoppy returns to find Johnny in trouble. Buck Peters has been shot by Porter who made it look like Johnny did it. When Johnny flees he runs into Linda. He takes a liking to her only to learn her father Shanghai is one of Porter's gang. Going after Shanghai, he gets captured by the gang and Porter now plans to kill him. But Hoppy is near by and Johnny will get unexpected help from Shanghai.
Modern Times (1936) as A mechanic
The Tramp struggles to live in a modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933) as Sunday
A tramp rescues the mayor's girlfriend from a suicide attempt.
Her Majesty Love (1931) as Emil
A circus entertainer fights snobbery in her search for romance.
The Love Trader (1930) as Nelson
Swing High (1930) as Sheriff
Marquis Preferred (1929) as Mr. Gruger
The House of Horror (1929) as Chester
The Virginian (1929) as Uncle Hughey
Molly Wood arrives in a small western town to be the new schoolmarm. The Virginian, foreman on a local ranch, and Steve, his best fiend, soon become rivals for her affection. Steve falls in with bad guys led by Trampas, and the Virginian catches him cattle rustling. As foreman, he must give the order to hang his friend. Trampas gets away, but returns in time for the obligatory climactic shootout in the streets.
The Show of Shows (1929) as Traffic cop
Warner Bros. stars perform a series of musical and dramatic sketches.
Sunset Pass (1929) as Windy
Fast Company (1929) as C. of C. President
The Studio Murder Mystery (1929) as George
Philandering actor Richard Hardell is murdered at a movie studio. His jealous wife Blanche, his director Rupert Borka, and a girl he mistreated, Helen MacDonald, all have substantial reasons for having wanted him dead.
Stairs of Sand (1929) as Tim
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928) as Judge
Varsity (1928) as Pop Conlan
The Big Noise (1928) as John Sloval
The Haunted House (1928) as Mr. Rackham
Fools for Luck (1928) as Samuel Hunter
Samuel Hunter, the richest man in Huntersville, is an eccentric who convinces his fellow citizens to invest in an oil field marketed by Richard Whitehead. But Whitehead is a notorious swindler and the oil wells appear to be dry holes. Sam Hunter, however, comes up with a means of turning the tables on the swindler.
Taxi 13 (1928) as Angus Mactavish
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1928) as Horatio Q. Frisbee
The ring master is plotting to get the circus owner done away with in a lion cage so he can take over. World War I intervenes and eventually aids the Allied cause by joining the German army.
Cabaret (1927) as Jerry Trask
McFadden's Flats (1927) as Jock McTavish
A Kiss in a Taxi (1927) as Maraval
Rubber Heels (1927) as Tennyson Hawks
Two Flaming Youths (1927) as Sheriff Ben Holden
Sheriff Ben Holden is in love with hotel owner Madge Malarkey when down-and-out carnival man Gabby Gilfoil shows up hoping to take her for some money. Gilfoil is mistaken for the wanted man Slippery Sawtelle. Neither suitor gets Malarkey but manage to take her husband (wealthy Simeon Trott) for a bundle.
Tell It to Sweeney (1927) as Luke Beamish
Midnight Lovers (1926) as Moriarity
The Wilderness Woman (1926) as Kadiak MacLean
The Nervous Wreck (1926) as Mort
The Lady of the Harem (1926) as Ali
We're in the Navy Now (1926) as Captain Smithers
The Duchess of Buffalo (1926) as Hotel manager
A Social Celebrity (1926) as Johann Haber
Behind the Front (1926) as Scottie
Say It Again (1926) as Prince Otto V
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) as Orderly
In this silent film, a hideously deformed man haunts the sewers beneath the Paris Opera.
Greed (1925) as Mr. Sieppe
In this silent film, lust for gold tears apart a dentist and his wife.
A Woman of the World (1925) as Sam Poore
The Great Love (1925) as Perkins
The Pleasure Buyers (1925) as Burke
The Great Jewel Robbery (1925) as Cootie Joe
Battling Bunyon (1925) as A stranger
The Winding Stair (1925) as Onery
Under the Rouge (1925) as Mr. Fleck
Where Was I? (1925) as Elmer
My Neighbor's Wife (1925) as Cameraman
One Year To Live (1925) as Froquin
The Masked Bride (1925) as Wine waiter
Galloping Fish (1924) as Jonah
The Fire Patrol (1924) as
Another Man's Wife (1924) as Rumrunner
North of Nevada (1924) as Lem Williams
Tea--With a Kick (1923) as Jiggs, taxi driver
Anna Christie (1923) as Tommy
Desire (1923) as Oland Young
Souls for Sale (1923) as
In this silent film, a young woman turns Hollywood upside down in her search for stardom.
Skirts (1921) as
Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919) as Officer of Death's Head Hussars
A U.S. spy infiltrates the German Army disguised as a woman.
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) as Mr. Whoozis
In this silent film, a con man dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage.
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) as Mr. Whoozis, guest at party
In this silent film, a con man dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage.

Cast (short)

Cinema Circus (1937)
In this short film, various celebrities take part in a circus performance.
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935)
This short film provides a musical and sketch comedy revue staged as a fiesta in Santa Barbara.
A Clever Dummy (1917)
Comedy ensues when a mechanical robot is mistaken for a janitor in this silent short film.
Do-Re-Mi-Boom! (1915)
In this silent short, a man tries to use a stolen organ and monkey to woo a piano playing woman.
Dizzy Heights and Daring Hearts (1915)
In this silent short film, a foreign agent on a train to Northampton must derail a rival agent in order to buy aeroplanes for his country''''s military.
A Bird's a Bird (1915)
In this short silent comedy, man has numerous misadventures when he attempts to buy a turkey for dinner.
"Curses!" They Remarked (1914)
In this silent short film, two dastardly men conspire to keep their ward from marrying in order to maintain control of her vast fortune.

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