Richard Carlson


Actor, Director
Richard Carlson

About

Birth Place
Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA
Born
April 29, 1912
Died
November 24, 1977

Biography

First appearing onscreen in the screwball comedy "The Young in Heart," actor Richard Carlson began his career with a promising start. Appearing alongside stars such as Lana Turner in the light comedies "These Glamour Girls" and "Dancing Co-Ed," and Bette Davis in the melodrama "The Little Foxes," Carlson made several films a year during the early 1940s. When World War II broke out, he wa...

Photos & Videos

Tormented - Lobby Cards
Back Street (1941) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Little Foxes - Movie Poster

Biography

First appearing onscreen in the screwball comedy "The Young in Heart," actor Richard Carlson began his career with a promising start. Appearing alongside stars such as Lana Turner in the light comedies "These Glamour Girls" and "Dancing Co-Ed," and Bette Davis in the melodrama "The Little Foxes," Carlson made several films a year during the early 1940s. When World War II broke out, he was on the path to becoming a Hollywood leading man. After serving in the army, Carlson returned to acting but was unable to recapture his career's previous momentum. In the '50s, he made guest appearances on various television shows before finding his niche in horror and sci-fi. In 1953, he was cast as the lead, John Putnam, in the 3D classic "It Came from Outer Space," directed by Jack Arnold. The following year, he starred in Arnold's 3D sci-fi horror film "Creature from the Black Lagoon," an instant cult classic. During this time, Carlson also began a 100-plus episode run as the star of "I Led 3 Lives"; based on the true story of Herbert Philbrick, a young communist who spied both for the F.B.I. and the Communist Party, the series ran for three years and was nominated for two Emmys. Immediately following the end of the series, Carlson went on to star in "Mackenzie's Raiders," a western set on the Texan/Mexican border. This was his last major role, but Carlson continued to make guest appearances on TV and play small parts in films until 1975.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Kid Rodelo (1966)
Director
The Saga of Hemp Brown (1958)
Director
Appointment with a Shadow (1958)
Director
Riders to the Stars (1954)
Director
Four Guns to the Border (1954)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Change of Habit (1969)
Bishop Finley
The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
Champ Connors
The Power (1968)
N. E. Van Zandt
Kid Rodelo (1966)
Link
Tormented (1960)
Tom Stewart
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Russell Wade
Three for Jamie Dawn (1956)
Marv Random
Bengazi (1955)
Inspector Levering
The Last Command (1955)
William Travis
An Annapolis Story (1955)
Narrator
Riders to the Stars (1954)
Professor Jerry Lockwood
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
David Reed
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
John Putnam
Seminole (1953)
Major [Harlan] Degan
All I Desire (1953)
Henry Murdoch
The Magnetic Monster (1953)
Jeffrey Stewart
The Maze (1953)
Gerald McTeam
Retreat, Hell! (1952)
Capt. Paul Hanson
Flat Top (1952)
Joe Rodgers
Whispering Smith vs. Scotland Yard (1952)
Stephen "Whispering" Smith
The Blue Veil (1951)
Jerry Kean
Try and Get Me! (1951)
Gil Stanton
Valentino (1951)
Bill King
A Millionaire for Christy (1951)
Dr. Roland Cook
King Solomon's Mines (1950)
John Goode
Behind Locked Doors (1948)
Ross Stewart, also known as Harry Horton
The Spiritualist (1948)
Martin Abbott
So Well Remembered (1947)
Charles [Winslow]
Young Ideas (1943)
Tom Farrell
A Stranger in Town (1943)
Bill Adams
The Man from Down Under (1943)
"Nipper" Wilson
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
Owen Vail
The Affairs of Martha (1942)
Jeff Sommerfield
Fly-by-Night (1942)
Jeff Burton
My Heart Belongs to Daddy (1942)
R.I.C. Kay, Rick
Highways by Night (1942)
Tommy Van Steele
White Cargo (1942)
Langford
West Point Widow (1941)
Jimmy Krueger
Back Street (1941)
Curt Stanton
Hold That Ghost (1941)
Doctor Jackson
The Little Foxes (1941)
David Hewitt
Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
James Houston
No, No Nanette (1940)
Tom [Gillespie]
Too Many Girls (1940)
Clint Kelly
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Geoff Montgomery
Dancing Co-Ed (1939)
'Pug' Braddock
Winter Carnival (1939)
Professor [John] Weldon
Little Accident (1939)
Perry Allerton
These Glamour Girls (1939)
Joe
The Young in Heart (1938)
Duncan Macrae
The Duke of West Point (1938)
John [Jack] West

Writer (Feature Film)

Johnny Rocco (1958)
Story

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Pariah (1997)
Thanks

Cast (Special)

Don't Sweat the Future (2000)
Host
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff (1999)
Host
The Philadelphia Story (1954)
Mike Connor

Writer (Special)

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff (1999)
Book As Source Material ("Don'T Sweat The Small Stuff")

Special Thanks (Special)

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and It's All Small Stuff (1999)
Book As Source Material ("Don'T Sweat The Small Stuff")

Misc. Crew (Special)

Stealing Home: The Case of Contemporary Cuban Baseball (2001)
Consultant

Cast (Short)

King Solomon's Mines Featurette (1950)
Himself

Life Events

1938

First film as actor

Photo Collections

Tormented - Lobby Cards
Tormented - Lobby Cards
Back Street (1941) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Back Street (1941) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Little Foxes - Movie Poster
The Little Foxes - Movie Poster
Too Many Girls - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Too Many Girls (1940), starring Lucille Ball and Richard Carlson (and Desi Arnaz in a supporting role). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Valley of Gwangi - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from The Valley of Gwangi (1969), featuring visual effects by Ray Harryhausen. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Dancing Co-Ed - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from MGM's Dancing Co-Ed (1939), starring Lana Turner.
Too Many Girls - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Too Many Girls (1940). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater. This pressbook was prepared for the 1957 reissue.

Videos

Movie Clip

It Came From Outer Space (1953) - It's A Nice Town Richard Carlson narrates about his fictional town, working from writer Ray Bradbury’s only original material ever written for a movie, introducing himself and Barbara Rush, with many shots, including a big meteor, created for the original 3-D exhibition, opening It Came From Outer Space,1953.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) - Like Nothing We've Ever Seen First to the scene of the meteor impact, writer and amateur astronomer John (Richard Carlson) has told his gal Ellen and chopper pilot Pete (Barbara Rush, Dave Willock) to hang back, as he gets a good look at more effects designed for the 3-D feature, from a Ray Bradbury story, in It Came From Outer Space,1953.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) - The Desert Can Kill John (Richard Carlson) is getting public mockery and sympathy from only girlfriend Ellen (Barbara Rush) for his claims that he found a spaceship in the meteor crater now covered by an avalanche, stopping by a tree that spooked them the night before, with a trace of the alien’s trail, in It Came From Outer Space,1953.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) - The Wind Gets In The Wires Not far from the site where the meteor landed, and where we know he really did see a spaceship, John (Richard Carlson) and girlfriend Ellen (Barbara Rush) visit with friendly electrical linemen George and Frank (Russell Johnson, Joe Sawyer), sharing more insight from the original Ray Bradbury story, in It Came From Outer Space,1953.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - Time And Space Have Met Joining the dinner party at the small-city California home of columnist Gil and spouse (Richard Carlson, Irene Vernon), guests including editor Hal and wife (Art Smith, Lynn Gray) and house-guest Vito (Renzo Cesana), a professor from Italy, their history explained, as news comes in about another robbery (staged by leading man Frank Lovejoy and Lloyd Bridges), in Try And Get Me!, 1951.
Try And Get Me! (1951) - Sautè Until Tender Hanging in his California home town having no luck finding work, increasingly desperate dad Howard (Frank Lovejoy) interrupts cook Mike (not credited) with columnist Stanton (Richard Carlson), then slick Jerry (Lloyd Bridges) bowling alone, director Cy Endfield introducing key players, early in Try And Get Me!, 1951.
Valley Of Gwangi, The (1969) - Bird On The Wing From the opening taking place "South of the Rio Grande... At the turn of the century," cocksure Tuck (James Franciscus) gets past Champ (Richard Carlson) to watch his ex-partner and girlfriend T.J. (Gila Golan) do a fancy horse stunt, in the Ray Harryhausen special effects vehicle The Valley Of Gwangi, 1969.
Beyond Tomorrow (1940) - Somebody Here Lose A Wallet? Alone for Christmas Eve dinner, New York engineering-firm partners and bachelor roommates Melton, O’Brien and Chadwick (Harry Carey, Charles Winninger, C. Aubrey Smith) tried a bet to see who would return deliberately lost wallets containing ten dollars cash, producing first Richard Carlson, then Jean Parker, in Beyond Tomorrow, 1940.
Power, The (1968) - He Won't Expose Himself! Nordlund (Michael Rennie), supervisor from the Pentagon, is intrigued because Hallson (Arthur O’Connell) claims that someone on the committee (including Earl Holliman, Richard Carlson, Suzanne Pleshette, Nehemiah Persoff and George Hamilton as Tanner), has the power to take over using mind-control, in The Power, 1968.
All I Desire (1953) - What A Dramatic Entrance Douglas Sirk directs Barbara Stanwyck as Vaudevillian Naomi, returning mostly unexpected to the family she left ten years earlier, who believe she’s a legit actress, Lori Nelson the daughter who sent for her, Marcia Henderson the elder, Billy Gray the son, Richard Carlson the surprised husband, in All I Desire,1953.
All I Desire (1953) - How Do I Love Thee? Barbara Stanwyck as low-rent actress Naomi, maintaining the fiction she’s a big star for the family she’s just rejoined ten years after she ran away, is persuaded by daughter Lily (Lori Nelson), on the night of her own stage debut, to read Elizabeth Barrett Browning, nice moment for director Douglas Sirk, in All I Desire, 1953.
Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) - This Lungfish Dr. Maia (Antonio Moreno) shows off the strange hand he found in Brazil, David (Richard Carlson) sensing the opportunity, his boss Mark (Richard Denning) considering, researcher Kay (Julia Adams) in support, as Luis (Rodd Redwing) finds trouble back at the site, early in Creature From The Black Lagoon, 1954.

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