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Also Known As: Died: June 5, 1953
Born: July 4, 1876 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) as The King
A baby-sitter dreams himself and his best friend into the famous fairy tale.
Lone Star (1952) as [Senator] Tom Crockett
A frontiersman helps out with Texas's fight for independence from Mexico.
Hollywood Story (1951) as Himself
Hollywood 1950: The successful producer Larry O'Brian arrives in Los Angeles to found a motion picture company. He buys an old studio which was unused since the days of silent movies. He's shown the office where the famous director Franklin Farrara was shot. The case hasn't been solved until now, although there were many suspects. O'Brian becomes fascinated by the subject and wants to shoot a movie about it. He investigates himself and soon gets into danger himself.
Samson and Delilah (1950) as Tubal
Epic re-telling of the story of the Biblical strongman laid low by love.
Trail of Robin Hood (1950) as William Farnum
Retired actor Jack Holt is raising Christmas trees for sale at a cost which permits every family to have one. A commericial tree company tries to drive Holt out of business. Roy saves the day, of course. Songs include: "Home Town Jubilee," "Get a Christmas Tree for Johnny," and "Ev'ry Day is Christmas in the West." A slew of old-tiome cowboys guest star.
Bride of Vengeance (1949) as Peruzzi
Daughter of the West (1949) as Father Vallejo
The Perils of Pauline (1947) as Western saloon set hero
The world''''s worst actress rises to stardom as serial queen Pearl White.
Rolling Home (1946) as Rodeo official
Old time rodeo performer Raymond Hatton and his grandson, (Buzz Henry as Robert Dee 'Buzzy" Henry) arrive in a small town with an injured horse, and local minister Russell Hayden tends the horse's injured leg. Jean Parker, a wealthy but selfish young widow, lives in the town. The church is in debt but the minister's financial problems are eventually solved by the horse winning a surrey race, and the widow whose attitude has been softned by Hatton, Henry and Hayden. This was the first film Harry Carey Jr appeared in as an adult, and was brought about when the just-discharged-from-the-Navy Carey ran into producer William Berke on an Hollywood street corner. Berke, who had produced six sound westerns in the mid-30's starring the elder Carey, offered Carey Jr. a bit in this film. The first film Harry Carey Jr appeared in was in 1921, as an infant in one of his father's silent westerns. Even with a 25-year-gap between his "first" and second film, Carey's 80 years of work in films may be the longevity record.
God's Country (1946) as [Sandy] McTavish
Lee Preston, aka Leland Bruce (Robert Lowery) kills a man in self defense but flees to the redwood country when the law makes it a murder charge. There he meets Lynn O'Malley (Helen Gilbert), the niece of Sandy McTavish (William Farnum) who runs the trading post. Lee learns the reason why this is good trapping country is because the timber barons across the lake are ruthlessly cutting the trees and driving the animals across the river. The trappers appeal to him to take a petition to the Governor which would prohibit the timber people from coming to their side of the lake. At first, because he is a wanted man, he refuses but does so later for the sake of the people even though he knows it will lead to his arrest.
My Dog Shep (1946) as Carter J. Latham
Wildfire (1945) as Judge Polson
Fanning has his men rustle horses and then blame it on a wild horse named Wildfire. Happy and Alkali arrive and immediately get into trouble with Fanning and his men. When Alkali is shot, Happy catches the outlaws but the Judge not only releases them, he discharges the Sheriff and tries to arrest Happy for rustling. Happy escapes and he and the Sheriff then set out to prove who the real rustlers are.
The Mummy's Curse (1945) as Sacristan
An irrigation project in the rural bayous of Louisiana unearths Kharis the living mummy (Lon Chaney Jr.), who was buried in quicksand 25 years earlier.
Captain Kidd (1945) as Rawson
An infamous pirate tries to double cross the King of England.
Hangmen Also Die! (1943) as Viktorin
When a Nazi officer is assassinated, Czech patriots band together to protect his killer.
Frontier Badmen (1943) as Courtwright
The Silver Bullet (1942) as Dr. Thad Morgan
Wild Bill Jones (Fuzzy Knight) is saved from three toughs by "Silver Jim" Donovan (Johnny Mack Brown), a newcomer to Winchester. They team up to campaign for Thad Morgan (William Farnum) for state senate running against crooked incumbent Walter Kincaid (LeRoy Mason.) Morgan's campaign is headed by saloon owner Queenie Canfield (Grace Leonard.) Jim visits Doc Winslow (Harry Holman) and asks him to keep on the lookout for a man with a jagged scar on his left arm, as a man so-marked had shot Jim's father in the back with a silver bullet which Jim now wears as a watch fob, with full intentions of returning it to the former owner. Kincaid has Morgan killed, and Jim, Nancy Lee (Jennifer Holt)and others now campaign for Morgan's widow, Emily (Claire Whitney.)
Today I Hang (1942) as Warden Burke
Henry Courtney, a wealthy importer is found murdered and the famous DeNormand necklace has been stolen. The false testimony of two witnesses, Rand and Hobbs, puts Jim O'Brien in the shadow of the hangman's noose. Martha Courtney, widow of the murdered man and Jim's former sweetheart is convinced he isn't guilty, and promises crooked lawyer Roger Lanning the necklace - which Jim doesn't have - if he can arrange for Jim's escape. Rand and Lanning killed Courtney, but Lanning doesn't know that Rand has the necklace.
The Lone Star Ranger (1942) as Major McNeil
Deep in the Heart of Texas (1942) as Colonel Mallory
Jim Malloy (Johnny Mack Brown) returns from the Civil War to Texas to find his father, Colonel Malloy (William Franum), leading a band of land grabbers and carpet-baggers during the Reconstruction Era. He learns of this from newspaper publisher Jonathan Taylor (Pat O'Malley), who advocates the overthrow of Colonel Malloy's crooked regime, and his daughter Nan (Jennifer Holt.) Jim and his pal, "Happy" Snodgrass (Fuzzy Knight) save Taylor from Malloy's henchmen, led by Idaho (Harry Woods), and they side with the Governor's representative Brent Gordon (Tex Ritter) against the gang. When Jim kills one of the gang members, Captain Sneed (Kenneth Harlan), the Colonel's main aide, has him jailed and he is to be executed. Colonel Malloy goes to Gordon and Taylor, and they agree to take up arms to free Jim on the condition that the Colonel join their crusade against the lawlessness.
Tennessee Johnson (1942) as Senator Huyler
Biography of Andrew Johnson, who followed Abraham Lincoln into office and became the first U.S. president ever to be impeached.
Tish (1942) as Gardener
Three small-town spinsters adopt a baby.
Men of Texas (1942) as [The ghost of] General Sam Houston
The Spoilers (1942) as Wheaton
An Alaskan prospector fights a crooked federal agent for a beautiful saloon singer.
Boss of Hangtown Mesa (1942) as Judge Ezra Binns
After her uncle is murdered by outlaws, Betty Wilkins takes over his the telegraph-line business with the help of Steve Collins--who ucovers the higher motive behind the murder.
American Empire (1942) as Louisiana judge
Gangs of Sonora (1941) as Ward Beecham
Gun Cargo (1941) as Commissioner at inquiry
Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) as Judge Peters
On her retirement, students wonder why their favorite teacher never married.
The Corsican Brothers (1941) as Priest
Siamese twins, separated in infancy, join forces to avenge their parents' murder.
Last of the Duanes (1941) as Major McNeil
In 1870 Texas a man (Montgomery) comes home to find his father murdered. He trails an outlaw till he finds out he's part of a gang, then calls in the Texas Rangers.
A Woman's Face (1941) as Court attendant
Plastic surgery gives a scarred female criminal a new outlook on life.
Hi-Yo Silver (1940) as Father McKim
Kit Carson (1940) as Don Miguel Murphy
Frontiersman Kit Carson fights off Indian attacks on the trail to California.
Convicted Woman (1940) as Commissioner McNeil
An innocent woman sent to prison becomes the focus of a prison-reform movement.
The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940) as Vagabond
Adventures of Red Ryder (1940)
Mesquite banker Calvin Drake (Harry Worth) plans to profit from the Santa Fe Railroad's acquisition of right-of-way by gaining control of the land in the territory. In the ensuing war of intimidation against the ranchers, Ira Withers (Edward Cassidy) is killed and Red Ryder (Don Barry as Don "Red" Barry for the first time, and any Don "Red" Barry credit shown on a film made before this one is factually incorrect and historically misleading) and his father, Colonel Tom Ryder (William Farnum), form an organization to drive the gunmen and outlaws out of the territory. Colonel Ryder is killed by One-Eye Chapin (Bob Kortman) and Red vows vengeance. Sheriff Dade (Carleton Young) is in league with the Drake faction, including Ace Hanlon (Noah Beery). The Duchess (Maude Pierce Allen), Red's aunt, is about to lose her ranch. Red learns of a plan to dynamite a dam providing the water supply, and saves Beth Andrews (Vivian Austin billed as Vivian Coe), daughter of the former sheriff, Luke Andrews (Lloyd Ingraham) who was also murdered by Drake's men.
South of the Border (1939) as Padre
Federal Agent Gene Autry and his sidekick Frog are sent to Mexico to prevent foreign powers from gaining control of Mexican oil refineries and fomenting revolution among the Mexican people. Gene falls in love with Senorita Dolores but finds he must leave for the island of Palermo, where her uncle, Don Diego, is being prevented from transporting his cattle to market by the foreign agents, who have co-opted Dolores' brother Andreo into joining them. While trying to load cattle by sea into a waiting cargo ship Gene and his men are attacked by Andreo and his revolutionaries, with fatal results.
Mexicali Rose (1939) as Padre Dominic
Carruthers has sold shares in a phony oil well and when Gene investigates he finds the well is a fake. Gene has a plan to recoup everyone's money. Pouring some oil in a recommended location gets Corruthers to drill a real well. Gene plans to let him know it's a fake and redeem the shares before the oil comes in.
Colorado Sunset (1939) as Sheriff
Gene and his buddies discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm. And worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that prevents dairy products from safely reaching the market.
Rovin' Tumbleweeds (1939) as Senator Nolan
A flood has wiped out the ranchers. Congressman Fuller was against the Flood Control bill so Gene runs against him in the next election and wins. Gene goes to Washington but has no success in passing the bill as Holloway is using his influence to block it. Then just as Gene returns home another disastrous flood hits.
Lone Ranger, The (1938)
CHAP. 1, HI YO SILVER: An outlaw leader planning to take conrol of Texas after the Civil War kills Colonel Jeffries, a man empowered to levy taxes, and assumes his identity. His men then murder a troop of Rangers. Tonto finds one Ranger still alive and he becomes the Lone Ranger. A Jeffries spy thinks one of five men is the Lone Ranger and to eliminate his enemy, Jeffries has all five captured and sentenced to death. CHAP. 2, THUNDERING EARTH: Jeffries' men plan to wipe out a wagon train of Texans. CHAP. 3, PITFALL: Jeffries forces Blanchard to send a recommendation that he be made Governor. The Lone Ranger chases the courier but a spiked pit awaits him. CHAP. 4, AGENT OF TREACHERY: Jeffries prepares another trap for the Lone Ranger. CHAP. 5, STEAMING CALDRON: Catching one of Jeffries' men who trailed a wounded Jim Clark to their secret caved, there is a fight and the Lone Ranger ends up trapped in a pit with a steaming caldron. CHAP. 6, RED MAN'S COURAGE: Clark dies from his wounds. Of the four remaining Rangers, the identity of the LOne Ranger is still unknown. When Jeffries' men kill two Indians and leave silver bullets, their tribesmen capture Tonto and prepare to kill him. CHAP. 7, WHEELS OF DISASTER: Joan has been placed in a wagon with gun powder and the Lone Ranger rides to save her. CHAP. 8, FATAL TREASURE: The Rangers get Jeffries' silver but retrieving it the next day, two of the Rangers get trapped in a well. CHAP. 9, MISSING SPUR: The Rangers are jailed for taking the silver. Kester has obtained the spur from the Lone Ranger and now says he will identify him. CHAP. 10, FLAMING FURY: The Lone Ranger and Tonto get trapped in a burning barn. CHAP. 11, SILVER BULLET: When Jeffries' men kill Bob Stuart's uncle, the maker of the silver bullets, Stuart trails them and ends up in a gunfight. CHAP. 12, ESCAPE: Stuart dies leaving three Rangers. Trying to save Joan and her father, they and the Lone Ranger are in a stage that goes over a cliff. CHAP. 13, FATAL PLUNGE: Chapter 1 flashback. CHAP. 14, MESSENGER OF DOOM: Kester uses the Rangers' pigeons to locate their secret cave. Greatly outnumbered, Forrest collapses the cave ceiling killing himself and the soldiers. CHAP. 15, LAST OF THE RANGERS: The two remaining Rangers try to escape from the rest of Jeffries' men but one is killed. The Lone Ranger organizes the Texans who then meet Jeffries and his men in a final shootout. With the Texans now in control the Lone Ranger finally unmasks.
Santa Fe Stampede (1938) as Dave Carson
The Mesquiteers capture a horse thief who escapes justice through a crooked judge. They gather signatures urging the governor to investigate but a friend with the petition is murdered. Stony is accused.
If I Were King (1938) as General Barbezier
Vagabond poet Francois Villon wins the chance to improve life in Medieval France, if he will give up his lower-class friends.
Shine on Harvest Moon (1938) as Milt Brower
The one time partnership between two men has turned into a full fledged range war. Roy is the son of one of the former partners, the heroine is daughter to the other. The film featured and debuted the then popular radio duo Lulubelle and Scotty.
Maid of Salem (1937) as Crown Justice Sewall
Young lovers (Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray) fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its advantage, getting even with everyone for every slight--real or imagined.
Git Along Little Dogies (1937) as Maxwell
Public Cowboy No. 1 (1937) as Sheriff Matt Doniphon
Shannon is running a modern rustling operation using an airplane to spot the cattle, short wave radio to alert the rustlers, and trucks to haul away the beef. When the aging Sheriff Doniphan is unable to bring them in, he is replaced by an eastern detective. But Doniphan's deputy Gene suspects Shannon and sets a trap to nab him and his gang.
Undersea Kingdom (1936)
Crash Corrigan, a recent graduate of Annapolis, and Diana, a go-getting reporter, join Professor Norton for a search for the source of a string of earthquakes, Atlantis. They ride Prof. Norton's rocket submarine searching the sea and little Billy Norton, the professor's son stows away, of course. When they find Atlantis they are caught in a war between peaceful Atlanteans, note their white capes, and war-monging Atlanteans, note their black capes. After many harrowing moments for Crash, Diana, Prof. Norton and Billy, they barely get away with their lives when they escape a tower of Atlantis raised to the surface for the sole purpose of dominating or destroying the Earth (Which one depends on the compliance of the upper world dwellers.)
Custer's Last Stand (1936) as Fitzpatrick, Indian agent
When some men are attacked by Indians, a survivor obtains an Indian medicine arrow. An Indian tells Blade he has found gold but will not tell him where until he has that arrow. So Blade starts killing the survivors of the attack but fails to get the arrow. One of the men he kills is John Cardigan and Kit Cardigan, a Scout for Custer, now starts looking for the killer of his father.
The Kid Ranger (1936) as Bill Mason
Powdersmoke Range (1935) as Banker Orchan
Three cowboys buy a ranch but have to fight off gunmen to keep it.
The Crusades (1935) as Hugo, Duke of Burgundy
King Richard the Lionhearted launches a crusade to preserve Christianity in Jerusalem.
The Eagle's Brood (1935) as El Toro [also known as Señor Chavez]
When his son is killed by Big Henry, the bandit El Toro receives a note from Dolores saying his grandson is in danger. Setting out to retrieve him, he saves Hoppy's life. Hoppy then takes over the task knowing lawmen are looking for El Toro. Hoppy finds Dolores only to see her killed by Big Henry. Johhny then uses the mud on Dolores' boots to find the boy. But he was followed and Big Henry, now on to Hoppy's game and knowing the boy's location, sends Hoppy into a trap.
Million Dollar Haul (1935) as Mallory
The Brand of Hate (1935) as Joe Orkin
Fighting Coward (1935) as Jim Horton
Between Men (1935) as John Wellington, later known as Rand
When his young son is shot, John Wellington kills the culprit and flees. But his son Johnny recovers and is raised by Sir George. Some twenty years later Johnny sets out to find Sir George's missing granddaughter. He finds her and also finds Rand, but neither of the two men realize they are father and son.
The Irish Gringo (1935) as Pop Wiley
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) as Captain Leclere
After escaping prison, an innocent man seeks revenge on the men who framed him.
Cleopatra (1934) as Lepidus
The fabled queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Marc Antony astray.
Happy Landing (1934) as Colonel Curtis
Good Dame (1934) as Judge Flynn
Are We Civilized? (1934) as Paul Franklin, Sr.
The Scarlet Letter (1934) as Governor Bellingham
At the end of the 17th century a impetuous woman of noble birth but poor arrives in Boston when it was just a village rather than a city. As she is married to an old doctor she tries to change her life.
The Silver Streak (1934) as B[arney] J. Dexter
On its inaugural run, a high-speed train has to race a polio victim to an iron lung.
Marriage on Approval (1933) as Rev. John MacDougal
Another Language (1933) as C. Forrester
A newlywed discovers that she and her husband''''s snobby family speak different languages.
Supernatural (1933) as [Nick] Hammond
In New York city, Ruth Rogan is convicted of killing 3 of her lovers and sentenced to be executed. Meanwhile, lovely Roma Courtenay becomes a millionaire heiress when her brother dies. A spiritualist approaches Roma with an urgent message from her dead brother. He runs a rigged seance that doesn't convince Roma's boyfriend Grant but has Roma confused. Then unexpectedly, the executed Ruth Rogan's spirit takes control of Roma's body. Roma runs off with the fake spiritualist under Ruth Rogan's control. Grant desperately tries to track Roma down and return her soul.
The Drifter (1932) as The Drifter/[Louis Valjean]
Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932) as William Belmont
Flaming Guns (1932) as Henry Ramsey
When Banker Ramsey sees Tom bring in rustlers, he hires him. But when his daughter's picture appears on the front page after she and Tom are spotted at a nightclub, he changes his mind. Tom takes the job anyway and again catches rustlers saving Ramsey's herd. But when Ramsey arrives he has Tom arrested for trespassing
The Painted Desert (1931) as Cash Holbrook
A cowboy and his girlfriend try to settle a feud between their fathers.
Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1931) as Joe Morgan
The Pagan Lady (1931) as Malcolm Todd
A Connecticut Yankee (1931) as King Arthur/Inventor
An accident sends a modern repairman back in time to King Arthur's court.
Law of the Sea (1931) as [Captain] Len Andrews
Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930) as Louis XV, King of France
The Man Who Fights Alone (1924) as John Marble
Brass Commandments (1923) as Stephen "Flash" Lanning
The Gunfighter (1923) as Billy Buell
Moonshine Valley (1922) as Ned Connors
Without Compromise (1922) as Dick Leighton
A Stage Romance (1922) as Kean
Shackles of Gold (1922) as John Gibbs, a self-made man
Perjury (1921) as Robert Moore
His Greatest Sacrifice (1921) as Richard Hall
Heart Strings (1920) as Pierre Fournel
The Scuttlers (1920) as Jim Landers
If I Were King (1920) as François Villon
The famed poet and vagabond rogue François Villon is by odd circumstances given the opportunity to rule France for a week. Adventure and intrigue ensue.
The Adventurer (1920) as Don Caesar de Bazan
Drag Harlan (1920) as Drag Harlan
William Farnum is Drag Harlan, a tough cowboy vigilante. After learning about a gold mine from a dying man, he seeks his daughter (Jackie Saunders) as well as the gold. He falls in love with her, but the same gang that shot the old man is after the gold.
The Orphan (1920) as The orphan
The Joyous Troublemaker (1920) as William Steele
Wings of the Morning (1919) as Captain Robert Anstruther
The Lone Star Ranger (1919) as Steele
Wolves of the Night (1919) as Bruce Andrews
The Jungle Trail (1919) as Robert Morgan
The Man Hunter (1919) as George Arnold
The Last of the Duanes (1919) as Buck Duane
Buck Duane guns down the man who killed his father and flees from the law. He rescues a girl he once loved from outlaws, but the wife of outlaw chief has her own designs on him.
For Freedom (1918) as Robert Wayne
Rough and Ready (1918) as Bill Stratton
Les Miserables (1918) as Jean Valjean
Jean Valjean, a good and decent man who has committed a minor crime, is imprisoned but escapes. He is pursued thereafter for years by Javert, the cruel and implacable arm of the law.
The Rainbow Trail (1918) as Lassiter/Shefford
True Blue (1918) as Bob McKeever
Riders of the Purple Sage (1918) as Lassiter
American Methods (1917) as William Armstrong
When a Man Sees Red (1917) as Larry Smith
The Price of Silence (1917) as Senator Frank Deering
A Tale of Two Cities (1917) as Charles Darnay/Sydney Carton
At the outbreak of the French Revolution, Charles Darnay goes to Paris to rescue an imprisoned former family servant. He is himself imprisoned and condemned by the revolutionary forces there. His wife, the former Lucie Manette, is secretly loved by a gentlemanly wastrel, Sydney Carton. Carton embarks on a daring plan to save the husband of the woman he loves.
The Heart of a Lion (1917) as Barney Kemper
The Conqueror (1917) as Sam Houston
A Man of Sorrow (1916) as
The Man from Bitter Roots (1916) as Bruce Burt
The Fires of Conscience (1916) as George Baxter
Fighting Blood (1916) as Lem Hardy
The End of the Trail (1916) as Jules Le Clerq
The Battle of Hearts (1916) as Martin Cane
The Bondman (1916) as Stephen Orry/Jason Orry
Samson (1915) as Maurice Brachard
The Plunderer (1915) as Bill Matthews
The Wonderful Adventure (1915) as Martin Stanley/Wilton Demarest
The Broken Law (1915) as Daniel Esmond, later known as Lavengro
A Soldier's Oath (1915) as Pierre Duval
A Gilded Fool (1915) as Chauncey Short
The Redemption of David Corson (1914) as David Corson
The Sign of the Cross (1914) as Marcus Superbus
The Spoilers (1914) as Roy Glenister

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