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Jack Carson

When Jack Carson arrived in Hollywood in 1937, he found work at RKO as an extra. His first major acting role came alongside Humphrey Bogart in the romantic comedy Stand-In (1937). After a few years, he developed into a popular character actor who would be seen in a large number of comedies, musicals and a few westerns. Not happy with the direction his career was heading, he went to Warner Brothers in 1941, where the quality of his supporting roles improved. It also did not hurt to be in films that starred James Cagney, such as The Strawberry Blonde (1941) and The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941). After three years, he starred with Jane Wyman in Make Your Own Bed (1944) and, again, in The Doughgirls (1944). Jack would play the nice guy with the heart of gold who was still a nice guy even when he was angry. He would take the double take and the quizzical look to a higher level, but he could also act in dramas. He provided a good portrayal of "Albert" in The Hard Way (1943) and was acclaimed for his performance in Mildred Pierce (1945). However, it was comedies that provided most of his work. He teamed up with his old friend, Dennis Morgan, for several films in the tradition of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. It was in the 1940s that Jack would become popular as a wisecracking comedian on radio. This would lead him to TV in the 1950s, where he was one of 4 rotating hosts on All Star Revue (1950), until 1951, when he had left the show and the title was changed to "All Star Revue". He then hosted and performed on "The Colgate Comedy Hour" from 1952-55. He would also help host The U.S. Royal Showcase (1952). He would appear on a number of shows during the 1950s, one of his most remembered being an episode of Twilight Zone (1959), where he was a somewhat underhanded used-car salesman who came into possession of an old Model-A Ford that was "haunted" in that whoever owned it had to tell the truth, whether he wanted to or not. Although his movie career slowed in the 1950s, he still appeared in a number of prestige pictures, such as A Star Is Born (1954) with Judy Garland, The Tarnished Angels (1957) with Rock Hudson and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) with Paul Newman.


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Born:
Oct 27, 1910 In Carman, Manitoba, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
112
First Appeared:
In the movie You Only Live Once 1937-01-29
Latest Project:
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983-02-25
Known For
Poster of Your Show of Shows
Poster of Vivacious Lady
Poster of Music for Madame
Poster of You Only Live Once
Filmography
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Hollywood My Home Town Himself 1965-12-31
Movie Sammy, the Way-Out Seal Harold Slyvester 1962-10-28
Movie Seven Keys Norman 1961-02-01
Series Bus Stop Unknown 1961-10-01
Movie King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein Timothy W. 'Big Tim' O'Brien 1961-06-11
Movie The Bramble Bush Bert Mosley 1960-02-24
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Movie Circus of Horrors Chief Eagle Eye 1960-04-01
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Gooper 1958-02-17
Movie Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Capt. Hoxie 1958-12-23
Movie The Tattered Dress Sheriff Nick Hoak 1957-03-14
Movie The Tarnished Angels Jiggs 1957-11-21
Movie The Bottom of the Bottle Hal Breckinridge 1956-02-01
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Ain't Misbehavin' Harold North 1955-06-30
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Red Garters Jason Carberry 1954-02-09
Movie A Star Is Born Matt Libby 1954-09-29
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Phffft! Charlie Nelson 1954-11-10
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Dangerous When Wet Windy Weebe 1953-07-03
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Mister Universe Jeff Clayton 1951-01-10
Movie The Groom Wore Spurs Ben Castle 1951-03-13
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Movie The Good Humor Man Biff Jones 1950-06-01
Movie Bright Leaf Chris Malley 1950-07-02
Series Four Star Revue Host 1950-10-04
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie John Loves Mary Fred Taylor 1949-01-01
Movie It's a Great Feeling Jack Carson 1949-08-01
Movie My Dream Is Yours Doug Blake 1949-04-16
Movie Romance on the High Seas Peter Virgil 1948-06-25
Movie April Showers Joe Tyme 1948-03-27
Movie Two Guys from Texas Danny Foster 1948-09-04
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Love and Learn Jingles Collins 1947-05-02
Movie So You Want To Be In Pictures Man Giving Directions (uncredited) 1947-06-07
Movie Always Together Bill 1947-12-10
Movie One More Tomorrow Patrick 'Pat' Regan 1946-05-31
Movie Two Guys from Milwaukee Buzz Williams 1946-07-26
Movie The Time, The Place and The Girl Jeff Howard 1946-12-28
Movie Roughly Speaking Harold C. Pierson 1945-01-31
Movie Mildred Pierce Wally Fay 1945-09-24
Movie Make Your Own Bed Jerry Curtis 1944-06-10
Movie Shine on Harvest Moon The Great Georgetti 1944-04-07
Movie The Shining Future Self 1944-04-11
Movie Road to Victory 1944-05-18
Movie Arsenic and Old Lace Officer Patrick O'Hara 1944-09-23
Movie Hollywood Canteen Himself 1944-12-31
Movie The Doughgirls Arthur Halstead 1944-11-25
Movie The Hard Way Albert Runkel 1943-02-20
Movie Princess O'Rourke Dave Campbell 1943-10-23
Movie Thank Your Lucky Stars Himself 1943-09-25
Movie Breakdowns of 1942 Himself (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie The Male Animal Joe Ferguson 1942-04-04
Movie Gentleman Jim Walter Lawrie 1942-11-14
Movie Larceny Inc. Jeff Randolph 1942-04-24
Movie Wings for the Eagle Brad Maple 1942-07-18
Movie The Strawberry Blonde Hugo Barnstead 1941-02-22
Movie Love Crazy Ward Willoughby 1941-05-23
Movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith Chuck 1941-01-31
Movie Blues in the Night Leo Powell 1941-11-15
Movie The Bride Came C.O.D. Allen Brice 1941-07-12
Movie Breakdowns of 1941 Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1941-11-14
Movie Navy Blues 'Buttons' Johnson 1941-09-13
Movie Shooting High Gabby Cross 1940-04-25
Movie Enemy Agent Ralph 1940-04-18
Movie Alias the Deacon Sullivan 1940-05-13
Movie I Take This Woman Joe 1940-02-01
Movie Parole Fixer George Mattison 1940-02-02
Movie City of Chance Narration - Prologue (voice) 1940-01-13
Movie Love Thy Neighbor Policeman 1940-12-27
Movie Typhoon Mate 1940-05-16
Movie Lucky Partners Frederick Harper 1940-08-02
Movie Queen of the Mob Agent Ross Waring 1940-06-28
Movie Girl in 313 Police Lt. Pat O'Farrell 1940-05-30
Movie 5th Ave Girl Minnesota - a Sailor 1939-09-22
Movie The Kid From Texas Stanley Brown 1939-04-14
Movie The Escape Chet Warren 1939-10-05
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Sweeney Farrell a Newsman (uncredited) 1939-10-19
Movie Destry Rides Again Jack Tyndall 1939-11-30
Movie This Marriage Business "Candid" Perry 1938-04-08
Movie Go Chase Yourself Warren Miles 1938-04-22
Movie Night Spot Shallen 1938-02-25
Movie Everybody's Doing It Detective Lieutenant 1938-01-14
Movie Crashing Hollywood Dickson 1938-01-07
Movie Bringing Up Baby Circus Roustabout (uncredited) 1938-02-18
Movie Law of the Underworld Johnny 1938-05-06
Movie Carefree Thomas Connors 1938-09-02
Movie Condemned Women Plainclothes Policeman 1938-06-01
Movie Vivacious Lady Charlie - Waiter Captain 1938-08-31
Movie Mr. Doodle Kicks Off Rochet 1938-10-07
Movie Having Wonderful Time Emil Beatty 1938-07-01
Movie The Saint in New York Red Jenks 1938-06-03
Movie Music for Madame Assistant Director 1937-10-08
Movie On Again-Off Again Cop 1937-07-09
Movie Too Many Wives Hodges 1937-04-09
Movie Stage Door Mr. Milbanks 1937-10-08
Movie You Only Live Once Attendant in First Gas Station (uncredited) 1937-01-29
Movie Quick Money Coach Woodford 1937-12-10
Movie She's Got Everything Ransome (uncredited) 1937-12-31
Movie Harris in the Spring Taxicab Driver 1937-12-03
Movie High Flyers Dave Hanlon 1937-11-07
Movie Stand-In Tom Potts 1937-10-29