Donald Cook

Biography

Donald Cook (September 26, 1901 – October 1, 1961) was an American stage and film actor. Born in Portland, Oregon, he originally studied farming but later started business with a lumber company. He joined the Kansas Community Players and through this received an offer of stage work. He started screen work in "shorts" before going on to films. Cook was known for his portrayal of Mike Powers in the film The Public Enemy. He also was one of the first film actors to portray Ellery Queen, in The Spanish Cape Mystery. He played opposite Helen Morgan in the 1936 film adaptation of Show Boat was one of the suspects in the Philo Vance mystery The Casino Murder Case, starred as an heroic immigration inspector in Ellis Island. Other film credits include The Man Who Played God and Our Very Own. Cook made his Broadway debut in 1926 as Donn Cook, and his New York theatrical career continued until 1959. His credits included a 1948 revival of Private Lives. Cook was married to Princess Gioia Tasca di Cuto from 1937 until his death from a heart attack in New Haven.

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Baby Face

Ned Stevens

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A Salvo en el Infierno

Carl Bergen - aka Carl Erickson

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Frisco Jenny

Dan Reynolds

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The 9th Guest

Jim Daley

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Viva Villa!

Don Felipe de Castillo

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Murder in the Blue Room

Steve

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Party Husband

Horace Purcell

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The Spanish Cape Mystery

Ellery Queen

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El Padre Perdido

Dr. Bill Strong

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How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: 'Practice Shots'

Donald Cook (uncredited)

Starring In
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Winner Takes All

Drug Enforcement Safehouse

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I'm Going to Get You... Elliot Boy

Kovick

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Our Very Own

Fred Macaulay

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Here Come the Co-Eds

Dean Larry Benson

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Murder in the Blue Room

Steve

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Show Boat

Steve

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The Spanish Cape Mystery

Ellery Queen

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Murder in the Fleet

Lt. Cmdr. David Tucker

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The Night Is Young

Toni Berngruber

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The 9th Guest

Jim Daley

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El Padre Perdido

Dr. Bill Strong

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Viva Villa!

Don Felipe de Castillo

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Baby Face

Ned Stevens

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The Kiss Before the Mirror

Maria's Lover

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The Heart of New York

Milton

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Frisco Jenny

Dan Reynolds

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The Penguin Pool Murder

Philip Seymour

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The Man Who Played God

Harold Van Adam

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Taxi

Actor playing Ferdinand in Movie Clip (uncredited)

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How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: 'Practice Shots'

Donald Cook (uncredited)

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Party Husband

Horace Purcell

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The Public Enemy

Mike Powers

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A Salvo en el Infierno

Carl Bergen - aka Carl Erickson

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Smart Money

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