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Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cotten


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Also Known As: Died: February 6, 1994
Born: May 15, 1905 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Petersburg, Virginia, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Rambo Sfida la Citta (1982) as Paterno
Survivor, The (1981) as Priest
Hearse, The (1980) as Walter Prichard
When her aunt dies, Jane Hardy inherits the woman's home and her vintage hearse. Some mysterious people in the town are harassing Jane, and the hearse seems to be trying to kill her. But the real mystery is whether something supernatural is going on, someone is trying to get rid of Jane, or if she
House Where Death Lives, The (1980) as Ivar Langrock
Nurse Meredith Stone goes to the old mansion of invalid Ivar Langrock to care for him. Also living at the house are Langrock's grandson, the servants, and a mysterious person whose face appears in the window of a locked room. When the inhabitants of the mansion begin to be clubbed to death, the iden
Heaven's Gate (1980) as Reverend Doctor
A Wyoming sheriff tries to protect immigrant farmers from ruthless ranchers.
Casino (1980) as Ed Booker
Blake Edwards' old "Mr. Lucky" series of the early sixties was dusted off for a prospective television updating and Mike Connors took the lead role as the suave gambler who owns a floating hotel and gambling ship in this new version, on which Edwards takes billing as "creative consultant." In this p
Screamers (1979) as Professor Ernest Marvin
After their prison ship sinks in the Caribbean, a group of prisoners and a doctor wash ashore on a seemingly deserted island. They soon discover a strange couple, who invite them to stay at their house. While the prisoners try to plan an escape, the doctor does some investigating, and soon finds out just what the pair are really doing, and why the prisoners keep disappearing mysteriously.
Guyana: Cult of the Damned (1979) as Richard Gable
Return to Fantasy Island (1978) as Mr Grant
This second feature-length pilot for the hit series that began in January 1978 offered more dreams fulfilled for six lucky people on a plush island resort. Originally it was to have been titled simply "Fantasy Island II" and had been scheduled to premiere two months earlier.
L'Ordre et la securite du monde (1978) as Foster Johnson
Caravans (1978) as Elwood Crandall
In 1948, Mark Miller, a young diplomat, searches the desert for a politician's runaway daughter and Zuilifigar, her Bedouin lover.
Airport '77 (1977) as Nicholas St Downs Iii
Rescue workers fight to save a hijacked jet crashed in the Bermuda Triangle.
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) as Arthur Renfrew--Secretary Of State
A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President revels details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam War between Dell and the then President's most trusted advisors.
Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, The (1976) as Dr John Francis Condon
A dramatization of the 1932 kidnapping of the Lindbergh infant, the search for the abductor, and his capture, trial and execution three years later. Anthony Hopkins won an Emmy for his acting in this movie which itself was nominated as Outstanding Special, as were J.P. Miller (original teleplay), Ri
Timber Tramps (1975)
After her husband's death, a widow continued to run their Alaskan logging camp. When her livelihood is threatened by two ruthless businessmen, a group of lumberjacks help her to fight back.
Soylent Green (1973) as Simonson
A future cop uncovers the deadly secret behind a mysterious synthetic food.
A Delicate Balance (1973) as Harry
An aging couple is caught between their divorced daughter and troubled friends.
F for Fake (1973)
Director Orson Welles examines the career of a notorious art forger.
Devil's Daughter, The (1973) as Judge Wetherby
A young girl whose mother had sold her soul to the devil in infancy is now called to the fold by Satan (in the guise of Shelley Winters) who tries to marry her off to a fellow demon. This devil-worshipping horror tale was assembled by the producers and the writer of such later collaborations as "Sil
Screaming Woman, The (1972) as George Tresvant
A contemporary gothic horror story that has a dowager, an ex-mental patient, discovering a woman buried alive and screaming for help on the grounds of her sprawling estate, but her family feels that her mind has snapped and refuses to believe the bizarre story in its greed to get hold of her money i
Lo Scopone Scientifico (1972) as George
An old American millionairess comes to Rome every year with her chaffeur to play a game of cards with a destitute ragman Peppino and his wife Antonia. She gives them the initial stakes and the game can begin. The rite has repeated itself over the years and each time the lady has won shattering their dream of winning a large sum off her. Actually the real good card player is Antonia and she decides to play the decisive game (with a 200.000.000 stake) together with a professional cheater. Once again however the old lady wins. It will be Cleopatra, the couple's daughter, who will take a terrible revenge on her.
Baron Blood (1972) as Becker--The Baron
A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had burned at the stake. Peter reads aloud the incantation that causes Baron Blood to return and continue his murderous tortures.
Doomsday Voyage (1972) as Captain [John] Jason
After a hit man kills a political figure, he gets on a ship heading for New York. On the way, he kidnaps the captain's daughter, holding her for ransom while her father desperately tries to figure out the best way to save her.
Lady Frankenstein (1971)
When Dr. Frankenstein is killed by a monster he created, his daughter and his lab assistant Marshall continue his experiments. The two fall in love and attempt to transplant Marshall's brain in to the muscular body of a retarded servant Stephen, in order to prolong the aging Marshall's life. Meanwhile, the first monster seeks revenge on the grave robbers who sold the body parts used in its creation to Dr. Frankenstein. Soon it comes after Marshall and the doctor's daughter.
City Beneath The Sea (1971) as Dr Ziegler
Presumably intended as a follow-up to his successful "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" TV series, this elaborate Irwin Allen pilot has a group of 21st-century colonists inhabiting earth's first underwater city, called Pacifica, and pitting the predictable good guys against various alien forces. In i
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) as Dr. Vesalius
A madman uses the plagues of ancient Egypt to avenge his wife''''s death.
Assault on the Wayne (1971) as Admiral
Intrigue aboard a nuclear sub with foreign agents infiltrating the crew to get their hands on a top secret device.
Do You Take This Stranger? (1971) as Dr Robert Carson
A social climber schemes to inherit one million dollars by trading identities with a dying man. Working and pre-release titles for this one were "A Knock at the Wrong Door" and "Strangers and Lovers."
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) as Henry L. Stimson
The Japanese take advantage of American blunders to launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Latitude Zero (1970) as Capt. Craig McKenzie
The Grasshopper (1970) as Richard Morgan
Christine Adams, at 19, leaves her small town in British Columbia to follow her boy-friend to L.A., where he works for a bank, to live with him and have babies. He's not keen on a baby right away, so she gets bored and heads for Las Vegas where she talks her way into a job as a show girl. Friendships sustain her in this day-by-day life, and one of those friendships, with NFL great Tommy Marcott who's now the glorified greeter at a casino, blossoms into a marriage. Tommy loses his job after beating a man who assaults Chris, so they head for L.A. There tragedy strikes, and there's no place left for her but Vegas and prostitution. Are redemption and fulfillment possible on the Strip?
Petulia (1968) as Mr. Danner
A married doctor falls for the young wife of an abusive rich man.
White Comanche (1968)
Twin half-breeds clash when one sides with settlers and the other with the Indians.
In Saigon: Some May Live (1967) as Colonel Woodworth
An American diplomat enlists a double agent's wife to help him find a Vietnamese assassin.
The Hellbenders (1967) as Jonas
Jack of Diamonds (1967) as Ace of Diamonds
A glamorous jewel thief tries to go straight.
The Oscar (1966) as Kenneth H. Regan
An unscrupulous actor fights his way to the top, destroying everyone in his path.
The Money Trap (1966) as Dr. Horace Van Tilden
A cop with financial problems turns crooked.
Brighty of the Grand Canyon (1966) as Jim Owen
The Tramplers (1966) as Temple Cordeen
A Southern family becomes its own worst enemy in the Civil War aftermath. This violent Italian western with American leads was filmed in Argentina.
The Great Sioux Massacre (1965) as Major Reno
General Custer''''s fight to win equal rights for Native Americans leads to his undoing.
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) as Dr. Drew Bayliss
A wealthy southern spinster fights to keep her family''s secrets hidden.
The Last Sunset (1961) as John Breckenridge
A sheriff finds the outlaw he''s hunting leading a cattle drive and decides to help him before arresting him.
The Angel Wore Red (1960) as Hawthorne
A priest and a prostitute fall in love during the Spanish Civil War.
From the Earth to the Moon (1958) as Victor Barbicane
Lifelong rivals collaborate on a 19th-century moon rocket.
Touch of Evil (1958) as Coroner
A narcotics agent risks his wife's life to investigate a crooked cop.
The Halliday Brand (1957) as Daniel Halliday
A tough sheriff and his son clash over how to deal with the Indians.
The Bottom of the Bottle (1956) as Pat "P.M." Martin
Patrick Martin (Joseph Cotten), known as P.M., is a wealthy attorney and rancher big-man-in-town in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. He returns home to find his brother Donald (Van Johnson)hiding in his garage. A former drunkard, Donald had been sent to the penitentiary five years previously for killing a man in a barroom brawl. It was in self-defense but P.M. hadn't defended his brother and he was convicted. Donald has escaped and wants his brother to help him across the Santa Cruz River into the Mexico-side Nogales, where his wife (Shirley Patterson as Shawn Smith)and children (Kim Charney and Sandy Deschler) are in dire straits. The straits get even dier when P.M. tells him the river is flooded and it will be days before anyone can cross. And P.M. is all a'twitter because his wife Nora (Ruth Roman), whom he married after Donald had gone to prison, doesn't know about his jail-bird brother. He introduces Donald to Nora and the rest of his Cadillac Cowboy and ranch society friends as an old friend, and is kept busy trying to make sure old Donald doesn't find anything harder that ginger ale to drink. Donald gets a telephone call telling him that his family has gone from dire straits to destitution and when P.M. won't get some money to them through his contacts in the Mexico side of Nogales, Donald knocks him down and grabs a couple of bottles of whiskey and dashes out of the house into the rain.
The Killer Is Loose (1956) as Sam Wagner
A crook tries to avenge his wife''''s accidental shooting by a cop.
Special Delivery (1955) as John Adams
Niagara (1953) as George Loomis
Honeymooners get mixed up with an obsessive husband and his cheating wife.
A Blueprint for Murder (1953) as Whitney "Cam" Cameron
Two orphans, Polly and Doug, live with their stepmother Lynne; Polly collapses with the same mystery symptoms that killed her father. The kids' visiting uncle, Whitney Sargent, is warned that the symptoms match strychnine poisoning, but that poisoners are seldom detected and rarely convicted. Sure enough, no case can be made against the obvious suspect; so what can Whitney do to save the next victim?
Egypt by Three (1953) as
Three tales of destiny unfold on the banks of the Nile.
Othello (1952) as Venetian senator
Russian film adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy.
The Steel Trap (1952) as James Osborne
A bank employee steals cash from the bank on Friday and, at the bidding of his wife, must return the money before it is discovered missing on Monday morning.
Othello (1952) as (Uncredited) Senator
The legendary Moor of Venice battles his growing suspicions that his wife is unfaithful.
The Wild Heart (1952) as Opening narration
After entering a loveless marriage, a gypsy falls for another man.
Untamed Frontier (1952) as Kirk Denbow
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.
September Affair (1951) as David Lawrence By arrangement with David O. Selznick
An industrialist (Joseph Cotton) and a pianist (Joan Fontaine) meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. This gives them the opportunity to live together free from their previous lives. Unfortunately, this artificial arrangement leads to greater and greater stress. Eventually the situation collapses when they come to pursue their original, individual interests without choosing a common path.
Peking Express (1951) as Michael Bachlin
Half Angel (1951) as John Raymond, Jr.
A prim and proper lady has an alter ego that comes out while she sleepwalks.
The Man with a Cloak (1951) as Dupin [assumed name of Edgar Allan Poe]
A mystery man tries to help a young innocent escape a murderous housekeeper.
Two Flags West (1950) as Col. Clay Tucker
A bitter Union commander is forced to accept Confederate prisoners to help fight an Indian war.
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) as Chris Hale, previously known as Steve
A small-time crook on the run is reformed by the love of a crippled woman.
Portrait of Jennie (1949) as Eben Adams
An artist discovers his gift when he falls for a beautiful ghost.
Under Capricorn (1949) as Sam Flusky By arrangement with David O. Selznick
Newly arrived in Australia, a man discovers his childhood love is now an alcoholic.
Beyond the Forest (1949) as Dr. Lewis Moline
The wife of a Wisconsin doctor kills a witness to her affair with an influential man from Chicago.
The Third Man (1949) as Holly Martins
A man's investigation of a friend's death uncovers corruption in post-World War II Vienna.
Duel in the Sun (1947) as Jesse McCanles
A fiery half-Native American girl comes between a rancher's good and evil sons.
The Farmer's Daughter (1947) as Glenn Morley
When she goes to work for a congressman, a Minnesota farm girl takes Washington by storm.
Love Letters (1945) as Alan Quinton
A soldier falls for the woman who may have killed his best friend.
Since You Went Away (1944) as Lt. Tony Willett
A mother and wife struggle to cope while her husband is off serving in World War II.
Gaslight (1944) as Brian Cameron
A newlywed fears she''s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.
I'll Be Seeing You (1944) as Zachary Morgan
A soldier meets a woman on Christmas furlough from prison and they fall in love.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) as Uncle Charlie [Oakley, also known as Mr. Spencer and Mr. Otis]
A young girl fears her favorite uncle may be a killer.
Hers to Hold (1943) as Bill Morley
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) as Eugene [Morgan]
A possessive son's efforts to keep his mother from remarrying threaten to destroy his family.
Journey into Fear (1942) as Howard Graham
A munitions expert gets mixed up with gunrunners in Turkey.
Citizen Kane (1941) as Jedediah Leland/Man in projection room
The investigation of a publishing tycoon''s dying words reveals conflicting stories about his scandalous life.
Lydia (1941) as Michael [Fitzpatrick]
An unmarried woman stages a reunion with former suitors to recapture the romance of her past.
Too Much Johnson (1938)
Disaster follows a man's discovery that he has a romantic rival.

Writer (feature film)

Journey into Fear (1942) as Screenwriter
A munitions expert gets mixed up with gunrunners in Turkey.

Special Thanks (feature film)

Jimmy Hollywood (1994) as Thanks
An unemployed Hollywood actor will go to any means to get a role. When his car radio is stolen, the chance of a lifetime appears to be his.

Director (special)

Peter Hunter, Private Eye (1948) as Director
The earliest known syndicated pilot film. The exploits of Peter Hunter, a tough private eye working out of New York City.

Cast (special)

Orson Welles: What Went Wrong? (1992)
A documentary about actor-director Orson Welles. Included is interview footage of Welles himself, as well as interviews with friends and colleagues and clips from some of his films.
Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1961) as Interviewee
Film clips, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage reveal the genius of producer David O. Selznick.
Notorious (1961) as Alex Sebastian
The story, set in Brazil in 1945, relates the efforts of a U.S. government agent to report on the activities of the Nazi underground in Rio de Janeiro.
On Trial (1955) as William Meredith
The pilot film for the series of the same title. The pilot episode dramatizes the case of a Justice Department attorney who is assigned to prosecute a seaman accused of ejecting six refugees from a lifeboat, claiming such action was necessary because the lifeboat was overcrowded and everyone would h
Broadway (1955) as Dan Mccorn
The story of a nightclub dancer who becomes involved in the murder of a gangster. Based on the 1926 Broadway play by Philip Dunning and George Abbott.

Cast (special)

Aspen (1977) as Horton Paine
A chic Colorado ski resort in the '60s is the setting for illicit love, corruption and a sensational murder trial in this melodrama woven together from two novels (actually the title of one, the plot of the other) and subsequently spiced up with a new, more intriguing title the second time around. I

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