Wendell Corey


Actor
Wendell Corey

About

Birth Place
Dracut, Massachusetts, USA
Born
March 20, 1914
Died
November 08, 1968
Cause of Death
Liver Ailment

Biography

Dependable lead and supporting player who usually played solid, sober and sometimes cynical characters. After scoring a triumph on Broadway in Elmer Rice's "Dream Girl" (1945), Corey was signed by producer Hal Wallis, and over the next two decades appeared as combination servant-strongarm henchman to gambler John Hodiak in Corey's debut film, "Desert Fury" (1947), as a homicide detective...

Photos & Videos

The Killer is Loose - Lobby Card Set
Harriet Craig - Movie Posters
Harriet Craig - Lobby Cards

Family & Companions

Alice Wylie
Wife

Biography

Dependable lead and supporting player who usually played solid, sober and sometimes cynical characters. After scoring a triumph on Broadway in Elmer Rice's "Dream Girl" (1945), Corey was signed by producer Hal Wallis, and over the next two decades appeared as combination servant-strongarm henchman to gambler John Hodiak in Corey's debut film, "Desert Fury" (1947), as a homicide detective opposite Loretta Young in the thriller, "The Accused" (1948), as an exhausted mobster in "Any Number Can Play" (1949) and as Frank James in "The Great Missouri Raid" (1951). He later moved into politics, serving as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild and, lastly, as a member of the Santa Monica City Council.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Astro-Zombies (1968)
Holman
Buckskin (1968)
Rep Marlowe
Red Tomahawk (1967)
Elkins
Picture Mommy Dead (1966)
Clayborn
Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966)
Admiral King
Agent for H. A. R. M. (1966)
Jim Graff
Waco (1966)
Preacher Sam Stone
Cyborg 2087 (1966)
Sheriff
Blood on the Arrow (1964)
Clint Mailer
Alias Jesse James (1959)
Jesse James
The Light in the Forest (1958)
Wilse Owens
Loving You (1957)
Walter "Tex" Warner
The Rainmaker (1956)
J. S. File
The Bold and the Brave (1956)
Dave Fairchild
The Rack (1956)
Maj. Sam Moulton
The Killer Is Loose (1956)
Leon Poole
The Big Knife (1955)
Smiley Coy
Hell's Half Acre (1954)
Chet Chester, previously known as Randy Williams
Rear Window (1954)
Thomas J. Doyle
Jamaica Run (1953)
Todd Dacey
Laughing Anne (1953)
Capt. Davidson
Carbine Williams (1952)
Capt. H. T. Peoples
The Wild North (1952)
Constable Pedley
My Man and I (1952)
Ansel Ames
Rich, Young and Pretty (1951)
Jim Stauton Rogers
The Wild Blue Yonder (1951)
Capt. Harold "Cal" Calvert
The Great Missouri Raid (1951)
Frank James
No Sad Songs for Me (1950)
Bradford Scott
The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)
Cleve Marshall
Harriet Craig (1950)
Walter Craig
The Furies (1950)
Rip Darrow
Holiday Affair (1949)
Carl [Davis]
Any Number Can Play (1949)
Robbin Elcott
The Accused (1949)
Lieut. Ted Dorgan
Man-Eater of Kumaon (1948)
Dr. John Collins
The Search (1948)
Jerry Fisher
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Dr. Alexander
I Walk Alone (1948)
Dave
Desert Fury (1947)
Johnny Ryan

Cast (Special)

Backbone of America (1953)
Ben Bruce

Life Events

1934

Amateur stage debut with Springfield Repertory Players in "Street Scene"

1935

Professional stage debut

1942

Broadway debut in "Comes the Revelation"

1945

After success in Broadway production, "Dream Girl", signed by producer Hal Wallis to film contract

1947

Film debut, "Desert Fury"

1965

Elected to Santa Monica City Council

1966

Lost bid to become Republican nominee for congressional seat

Photo Collections

The Killer is Loose - Lobby Card Set
The Killer is Loose - Lobby Card Set
Harriet Craig - Movie Posters
Harriet Craig - Movie Posters
Harriet Craig - Lobby Cards
Harriet Craig - Lobby Cards
Harriet Craig - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Harriet Craig - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Harriet Craig - Scene Stills
Harriet Craig - Scene Stills

Videos

Movie Clip

Any Number Can Play (1949) - Out In The Rain With My Secret Lover Joining the first scene in the household of leading man Clark Gable, who plays high-end underground casino owner Charlie, we meet Audrey Totter as Alice, the live-in sister of his wife Lon (Alexis Smith), and her husband, Wendell Corey as Robbin, who works for Charlie, with two goons (Richard Rober, William Conrad) appearing, in director Mervyn LeRoy’s Any Number Can Play, 1949.
Rack, The (1956) - Where Are Your Ribbons? Reluctant JAG prosecutor (Wendell Corey as Maj. Moulton) conducts his first conference with his defendant, Paul Newman as highly decorated returning Korean War POW Capt. Hall, charged with collaborating with the enemy, his guilt or innocence not yet revealed, shooting on location at The Presidio, in MGM’s The Rack, 1956.
Any Number Can Play (1949) - What Are You Gonna Give Up Next? Wendell Corey as dissolute card-dealer Robbie admits Clark Gable as Charlie, his employer, brother-in-law and casino owner, who arrives unexpectedly at home enthusing about fishing, for Audrey Totter as sister-in-law Alice, and Alexis Smith as Lon, lady of the house, in MGM’s Any Number Can Play, 1949.
Rear Window (1954) - Open, Here Lie The Broken Bones Following his own credit, one of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous openings, "The Composer" (Ross Bagdasarian) and "Miss Torso" (Georgine Darcy) among the neighbors featured, in the view from James Stewart's apartment, in Rear Window, 1954, co-starring Grace Kelly.
Harriet Craig (1950) - A Different Approach With Each Girl Innocent Clare (K.T. Stevens), who lives-with and works-for her cousin (Joan Crawford, title character) with beau Wes (William Bishop), who works for Joan’s husband, quite sincere until she interrupts, dismissing him, then sharing a wholly fabricated secret about his intentions, in Harriet Craig, 1950.
Harriet Craig (1950) - Perhaps I'd Better Not Hear Title character Joan Crawford is upstairs now, having observed rather a mess downstairs, surprising her husband Wendell Corey, after returning early from a trip because of her (unfounded) suspicions about his activities, in Harriet Craig, 1950, from the 1925 Pulitzer Prize play by George Kelly.
Harriet Craig (1950) - Mrs. Craig Must Be So Upset! Director Vincent Sherman delivers bedlam and power relations in the opening, K.T. Stevens as cousin-cum-assistant Clare manages staff and visitors (Ellen Corby, Viola Roache, Fiona O’Shiel) while title character Joan Crawford supervises husband Wendell Corey, in Harriet Craig, 1950.
Harriet Craig (1950) - You Know About My Father? After a visit with her increasingly unwell mother, Joan Crawford (title character) consults with her cousin-assistant (K.T. Stevens), then with the doctor (Katharine Warren), providing some background, then grows suspicious and decides to travel home to surprise her husband, in Harriet Craig, 1950.
Rear Window (1954) - He's An Unemployed Magician This is the first visit by old war buddy and New York detective Doyle (Wendell Corey), who is far from convinced that laid-up photographer "Jeff" (James Stewart) is right to be suspicious of "the salesman" (Raymond Burr) across the courtyard, in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, 1954.
Search, The (1948) - An Auschwitz Kid American soldier Steve (Montgomery Clift) has just brought mute refugee kid Karel (Ivan Jandl) home in the American zone in post-war Germany, getting help from colleague and roommate Jerry (Wendell Corey), in director Fred Zinnemann's The Search, 1948.
Alias Jesse James (1959) - Where Can I Find Jesse James? Bob Hope is life insurance salesman Farnsworth, in Missouri to buy back the policy he sold to Jesse James (Wendell Corey), whom he doesn't realize robbed his train earlier, and who visits with his bombshell fianceè Cora (Rhonda Fleming), in the Western comedy Alias Jesse James, 1959.
My Man and I (1952) - Open, Wonderful System Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler's famous "Stormy Weather," plays, providing the film's title as star Ricardo Montalban appears with both legit (Jose Torvay, Pascual Garcia Pena) and otherwise (Jack Elam) Hispanic pals, in the opening from My Man and I, 1952.

Trailer

File on Thelma Jordon, The - (Original Trailer) Barbara Stanwyck seduces a District Attorney and pulls him into a web of theft and murder in The File on Thelma Jordon (1950).
Wild North, The - (Original Trailer) Mountie Wendell Corey tracks accused killer Stewart Granger through the Canadian wilderness in the color adventure The Wild North (1952).
Rich, Young and Pretty - (Original Trailer) A rancher's daughter visits Paris to meet her mother and find love in Rich, Young and Pretty (1951) starring Jane Powell.
Harriet Craig - (Original Trailer) Joan Crawford wants everything in her house just so or she goes nuts in Harriet Craig (1950).
Big Knife, The - (Original Trailer - textless) An unscrupulous movie producer (Rod Steiger) blackmails an unhappy actor (Jack Palance) into signing a new contract in The Big Knife (1955), directed by Robert Aldrich.
I Walk Alone - (Original Trailer) Ex-convict Burt Lancaster discovers the world of crime has changed drastically since he went up the river in I Walk Alone (1948).
Alias Jesse James - (Original Trailer) The notorious outlaw finds his reputation assassinated by the coward Bob Hope in Alias Jesse James (1959).
Rear Window - (Re-issue Trailer) James Stewart uncovers a murder while spying on the neighbors in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Rear Window (1954), co-starring Grace Kelly.
Search, The - (Original Trailer) An American soldier (Montgomery Clift) in postwar Europe becomes attached to a homeless child (Ivan Jandi) in The Search (1948), directed by Fred Zinnemann.
No Sad Songs for Me - (Original Trailer) A terminally ill woman (Margaret Sullavan) struggles to leave her husband and child taken care of before she dies in No Sad Songs for Me (1950).
Any Number Can Play - (Original Trailer) The owner of a gambling casino (Clark Gable) tries to win back his estranged wife and child in Any Number Can Play (1949).

Family

Robin Corey
Child
Jonathan Corey
Son
Jennifer Corey
Daughter
Bonnie Corey
Daughter

Companions

Alice Wylie
Wife

Bibliography