John Carradine

Biography

Date of Birth 5 February 1906, New York City, New York, USA Date of Death 27 November 1988, Milan, Italy (natural causes) Birth Name Richmond Reed Carradine Height 6' 1¼" (1.86 m) Mini Biography Son of a reporter/artist and a surgeon. Grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. Attended Christ Church School, and Graphic Art School, studying sculpture. Roamed the South selling sketches. Made acting debut in Camille in a New Orleans theatre in 1925. Arrived in Los Angeles in 1927, worked in local theatre. Applied as scenic designer to Cecil B. DeMille, who rejected his designs but gave him voice work in several films. Debuted on film in Tol'able David (1930), billed as Peter Richmond. Protege and close friend of John Barrymore. Extremely prolific movie character actor, while simultaneously maintaining a stage career in classic leading roles such as Hamlet and Malvolio. Typed in later years as horror star. Member of the "John Ford Stock Company." IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver Spouse Emily Cisneros (3 July 1975 - 27 November 1988) (his death) Doris Rich (30 August 1957 - 18 May 1971) (her death) Sonia Sorel (13 August 1944 - 6 March 1957) (divorced) 3 children Ardanelle McCool (31 December 1935 - 14 March 1944) (divorced) 1 child Trade Mark Deep baritone voice Trivia Father of Chris Carradine, David Carradine, Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine. Adoptive father of Bruce Carradine. The Carradine family traces its ancestry back to an actual saint--St. Pedro Carradegna, patron saint of Barcelona. Grandfather of Martha Plimpton. Changed his name to John Carradine in 1935. Always ranked his performance in Bluebeard (1944) high among his career favorites. Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2003. Grandfather of Ever Carradine. Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 165-167. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999. Claimed near the end of his life to have appeared more movies than any other actor, surpassing the record set by Donald Crisp, the Oscar-winning actor and director who had started in silent films and had appeared in numerous one and two-reel films, many of them lost. The title for actor who appeared in most films likely is a contest between Carradine (more than 300 films) and Crisp (at least 170 known films). Of the contemporary generation, Christopher Lee, who has acted in more films than his peers (over 200 films), does not come close to matching Carradine's profligacy. In later life he suffered from crippling arthritis, but continued to work. Personal Quotes Ingmar Bergman said he cast David Carradine in The Serpent's Egg (1977) "because he has the princely blood of his father in his veins." I've made some of the greatest films ever made - and a lot of crap, too. [His last words before passing away] "Milan. What a beautiful place to die." As for making movies, who can act at eight o'clock in the morning? Let's face it! Directors never direct me. They just turn me loose. [on Darryl F. Zanuck] Nobody liked working for Zanuck, the little goddamn Napolean, always walking around with his polo mallet. Nobody had any respect for him except as an executive. And he was a good editor at one time, but he fancied himself a writer, and he was not a good writer. [on Cecil B. DeMille] I was very fond of him. I never saw him direct an actor; his specialty was the camera. He simply hired the best actors he could get and let them do their job. He didn't interfere with them unless something was drastically wrong. DeMille's specialty was the camera, the pageantry. [on John Ford] Oh, Ford was a peculiar man. You had to know how to handle him. Actors were terrified of him because he liked to terrify them. He was a sadist. I am a ham! And the ham in an actor is what makes him interesting. Lionel Barrymore then had hands like mine are now - arthritic talons. Never do anything you wouldn't want to be caught dead doing.

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Birth Name

Richmond Reed Carradine

Birth Place

New York City, New York, USA

Birth Date

2/5/1906

Death Date

11/27/1988
Known For
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask

Dr. Bernardo

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House of Dracula

Dracula / Baron Latos

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The Mummy's Ghost

Yousef Bey

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Bluebeard

Gaston Morrell

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Shock Waves

Captain Ben Morris

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The Invisible Man's Revenge

Doctor Drury

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The Incredible Petrified World

Prof. Millard Wyman

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The Boogey Man

Dr. Warren

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The Monster Club

R. Chetwynd-Hayes (Segment "The Monster Club")

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Blood of Dracula's Castle

George - the Butler

Starring In
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Doses of Horror

(segment "Prescription 11: A Dose of Bloodsucking Tramps) (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Imps*

Gentleman (segment "Great Moments")

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Boogeyman 2

Dr. Warren (archive footage)

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the three musketeers

Naveau

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James Dean: Forever Young

Self (archive footage)

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Edgar G Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen

(archive footage)

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Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of 'The Wolf Man'

Count Dracula (archive footage)

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Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed

Yousef Bey (archive footage)

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Bikini Drive-In

Kim's Grandfather in Photograph (archive footage)

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Jack O

Walter Machen

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Buried Alive

Jacob Julian

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The Alien Within

Dr. Emil Zeitman

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Star Slammer

The Justice

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The Tomb

Mr. Andoheb

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Peggy Sue Got Married

Leo

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Revenge

Sen. Martin Bradford

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Monster in the Closet

Old Joe Shempter

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Reel Horror

Alcoholic Reporter (archive footage)

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Evils of the Night

Dr. Kozmar

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The Ice Pirates

Supreme Commander

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Elvira's MTV Halloween Party

Self

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The Vals

Mr. Stanton - Head of the Orphanage

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House of the Long Shadows

Lord Elijah Grisbane

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The Secret of NIMH

Great Owl (voice)

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The Best of Sex and Violence

Special Host

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Demon Rage

Father Stratten

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Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

The Wizard (voice)

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The Monster Club

R. Chetwynd-Hayes (Segment "The Monster Club")

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The Howling

Erle Kenton

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Frankenstein Island

Dr. Frankenstein

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Goliath Awaits

Ronald Bentley

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The Long Riders

(scenes deleted)

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Das Monster aus der Tiefe

Priest

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The Boogey Man

Dr. Warren

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Americathon

Uncle Sam (scenes deleted)

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Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident

Professor Nikolaeff

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The Bees

Dr. Sigmund Hummel

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Doctor Dracula

Radcliff

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Sunset Cove

Judge Harley Winslow

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Shock Waves

Captain Ben Morris

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The White Buffalo

Amos Briggs

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Tail Gunner Joe

Wisconsin Farmer

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The Sentinel

Fr. Francis Matthew Halloran

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Golden Rendezvous

Fairweather

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Satan's Cheerleaders

The Bum

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The Mouse and His Child

The Tramp (voice)

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The Last Tycoon

Tour guide

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The Shootist

Beckum

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The Killer Inside Me

Dr. Jason Smith

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Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

Drunk

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Death at Love House

Conan Carroll

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Crash!

Dr. Welsey Edwards

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Stowaway to the Moon

Jacob Avril

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Journey Into the Beyond

Narrator (voice)

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Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary

The Man

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Young Frankenstein

Beaufort Frankenstein (voice) (scenes deleted)

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The House of Seven Corpses

Edgar Price

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The Horror Hall of Fame

Self

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The Cat Creature

The Hotel Clerk

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The Gatling Gun

Rev. Harper

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Terror in the Wax Museum

Claude Dupree

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The Night Strangler

Llewellyn Crossbinder

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Superchick

Igor Smith

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Silent Night, Bloody Night

Charlie Towman

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask

Dr. Bernardo

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Boxcar Bertha

H. Buckram Sartoris

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Im Jenseits ist die Hölle los

Mr. Walker

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Portnoy's Complaint

Judge (voice) (uncredited)

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Blood Of Ghastly Horror

Dr. Vanard

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The Great American West of John Ford

Actor 'Stagecoach' (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Blood Legacy

Christopher Dean

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Honey Britches

The Judge of Hell (uncredited)

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Shinbone Alley

Tyrone T. Tattersall (voice)

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The McMasters

Preacher

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Cain's Cutthroats

Preacher Simms

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Bigfoot

Jasper B. Hawks

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Horror of the Blood Monsters

Dr. Rynning

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Myra Breckinridge

Surgeon

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Crowhaven Farm

Nate Cheever

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Five Bloody Graves

Boone Hawkins

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Hell's Bloody Devils

Pet Shop Owner

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The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

Ticker

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The Trouble with Girls

Mr. Drewcolt

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Blood of Dracula's Castle

George - the Butler

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Diabolical Pact

Dr. Halback

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Madame Death

Dr. Favel

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The Vampires

Count Branus Alucard

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The Helicopter Spies

Third-Way Priest (archive footage)

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Astro Zombies

Dr. DeMarco

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Hillbillys in a Haunted House

Dr. Himmil

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Gallery of Horror

Narrator / Tristram Halbin

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The Hostage

Otis Lovelace

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Munster, Go Home!

Cruikshank

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Billy The Kid Versus Dracula

Count Dracula / posing as James Underhill

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Doom of Dracula

Count Dracula (archive footage)

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Red Zone Cuba

Mr. Wilson

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Curse of the Stone Hand

The Old Drunk

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The Wizard of Mars

The Wizard of Mars

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House of the Black Death

Andre Desard

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The Patsy

Bruce Alden

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Cheyenne Autumn

Jeff Blair

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Maj. Cassius Starbuckle

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Slave catcher

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Tarzan the Magnificent

Abel Banton

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The Incredible Petrified World

Prof. Millard Wyman

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The Cosmic Man

Cosmic Man

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Invisible Invaders

Dr. Karol Noymann

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I Conquistatori dell'Oregon

Zachariah Garrison

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Invasion of the Animal People

Narrator (voice)

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The Last Hurrah

Amos Force

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The Proud Rebel

Traveling Salesman

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Showdown at Boot Hill

Doc Weber

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The True Story of Jesse James

Rev. Jethro Bailey

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Hell Ship Mutiny

Malone

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The Story of Mankind

Khufu

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The Unearthly

Dr. Charles Conway

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The Ten Commandments

Aaron

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Around the World in 80 Days

Col. Stamp Proctor - San Francisco Politico

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Duke

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The Kentuckian

Fletcher

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Stranger on Horseback

Col. Buck Streeter

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Female Jungle

Claude Almstead

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The Court Jester

Giacomo

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Johnny Guitar

Old Tom

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Cassanova's Big Night

Foressi

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The Egyptian

Grave Robber

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"C"-Man

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The Private Affairs of Bel Ami

Charles Forestier

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Fish Story

Self

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The Face of Marble

Dr. Charles Randolph

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Captain Kidd

Orange Povey

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House of Dracula

Dracula / Baron Latos

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Fallen Angel

Professor Madley

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House of Frankenstein

Dracula aka Baron Latos

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Bluebeard

Gaston Morrell

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The Invisible Man's Revenge

Doctor Drury

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The Mummy's Ghost

Yousef Bey

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Waterfront

Victor Marlow

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The Adventures of Mark Twain

Bret Harte

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Rifftrax: Voodoo Man

Toby

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Return of the Ape Man

Prof. John Gilmore

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Jungle Woman

Dr. Sigmund Walters (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Hitler's Madman

Reinhardt Heydrich

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Captive Wild Woman

Dr. Sigmund Walters

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Gangway for Tomorrow

Mr. Wellington

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Monsoon (Isle of Forgotten Sins)

Mike Clancy

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Revenge of the Zombies

Dr. Max Heinrich Von Altermann

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Silver Spurs

Lucky Miller

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Reunion in France

Ulrich Windler, head of Gestapo in Paris

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Son Of Fury: The Story Of Benjamin Blake

Caleb Green

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Man Hunt

Mr. Jones

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Blood And Sand

Nacional

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Western Union

Doc Murdoch

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Swamp Water

Jesse Wick

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Brigham Young

Porter Rockwell

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The Return of Frank James

Bob Ford

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The Grapes of Wrath

Casy

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Chad Hanna

B.D. Bisbee

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Drums Along the Mowhawk

Caldwell

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Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Barryman

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Stagecoach

Hatfield

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Jesse James

Bob Ford

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Mr. Moto's Last Warning

Danforth / Richard Burke

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Five Came Back

Crimp

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The Three Musketeers

Naveau

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Captain Fury

Coughy / Roger Bradford

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Submarine Patrol

McAllison

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Four Men and a Prayer

Gen. Adolfo Arturo Sebastián

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Of Human Hearts

President Lincoln

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Entführt

Gordon

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Alexander's Ragtime Band

Taxi Driver

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The Hurricane

Warden

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Captains Courageous

Long Jack

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This Is My Affair

Ed

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The Last Gangster

Caspar

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Thank You, Mr. Moto

Pereira

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Winterset

Bartolomio Romagna

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Dimples

Richards

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Captain January

Local yokel (scenes deleted)

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Mary of Scotland

Rizzio

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A Message to Garcia

President William McKinley (voice) (uncredited)

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Daniel Boone

Simon Girty

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Ramona

Jim Farrar

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The Garden of Allah

Sand Diviner

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Anything Goes

Bearded Ballet Master (uncredited)

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Bajo dos Banderas

Cafard (scenes deleted)

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Der Gefangene der Haifischinsel

Sgt. Rankin

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The Bride of Frankenstein

Lost Hunter at Hermit's Cottage (uncredited)

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Les Misérables

Enjolras

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The man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

Despondent Casino Gambler (uncredited)

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The Crusades

Leopold - Duke of Austria / A French King / A Wise Man (uncredited)

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Clive of India

Drunken-Faced Clerk (uncredited)

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Cleopatra

Roman Soldier (uncredited)

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The Black Cat

Cult Organist (uncredited)

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The Invisible Man

Informer Suggesting Ink (uncredited)

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To The Last Man

Pete Garon (uncredited)

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Morning Glory

Bit Role (uncredited)

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The Sign of the Cross

Christian Martyr Saying "Victory" / Roman citizen outside of Colisseum / Gladiator saying 'We who are about to die.' (uncredited)

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Vampire Hookers

Richmond Reed

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