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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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Oct 27, 1910 In Carman, Manitoba, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Sólo se vive una vez 1937-01-29
Latest Project:
Pelicula Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983-02-25
Known For
Poster of Four Star Revue
Poster of John Loves Mary
Poster of Breakdowns of 1942
Poster of Breakdowns of 1941
Pelicula Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Pelicula Hollywood My Home Town Himself 1965-12-31
Pelicula Seven Keys Norman 1961-02-01
Series Bus Stop Unknown 1961-10-01
Pelicula King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein Timothy W. 'Big Tim' O'Brien 1961-06-11
Pelicula Circo de los horrores Chief Eagle Eye 1960-04-01
Pelicula The Bramble Bush Bert Mosley 1960-02-24
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Series La dimensión desconocida Unknown 1959-10-02
Pelicula La gata sobre el tejado de zinc Gooper 1958-02-17
Pelicula Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Capt. Hoxie 1958-12-23
Pelicula The Tattered Dress Sheriff Nick Hoak 1957-03-14
Pelicula Ángeles sin brillo Jiggs 1957-11-21
Pelicula Barreras de orgullo Hal Breckinridge 1956-02-01
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Pelicula Ain't Misbehavin' Harold North 1955-06-30
Series Alfred Hitchcock presenta Unknown 1955-10-02
Pelicula A Star Is Born World Premiere Himself - Host #2 1954-09-28
Pelicula Red Garters Jason Carberry 1954-02-09
Pelicula Ha nacido una estrella Matt Libby 1954-09-29
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Pelicula Phffft! Charlie Nelson 1954-11-10
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Pelicula Dangerous When Wet Windy Weebe 1953-07-03
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Pelicula Mister Universe Jeff Clayton 1951-01-10
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Pelicula The Groom Wore Spurs Ben Castle 1951-03-13
Pelicula The Good Humor Man Biff Jones 1950-06-01
Pelicula El rey del tabaco Chris Malley 1950-07-02
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series Four Star Revue Host 1950-10-04
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Pelicula John Loves Mary Fred Taylor 1949-01-01
Pelicula My Dream Is Yours Doug Blake 1949-04-16
Pelicula Caballero sin espada Sweeney Farrell a Newsman (uncredited) 1949-05-15
Pelicula El amor no puede esperar Jack Carson 1949-08-01
Pelicula Romance on the High Seas Peter Virgil 1948-06-25
Pelicula April Showers Joe Tyme 1948-03-27
Pelicula Two Guys from Texas Danny Foster 1948-09-04
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Pelicula Love and Learn Jingles Collins 1947-05-02
Pelicula So You Want To Be In Pictures Man Giving Directions (uncredited) 1947-06-07
Pelicula Always Together Bill 1947-12-10
Pelicula One More Tomorrow Patrick 'Pat' Regan 1946-05-31
Pelicula Two Guys from Milwaukee Buzz Williams 1946-07-26
Pelicula The Time, The Place and The Girl Jeff Howard 1946-12-28
Pelicula Roughly Speaking Harold C. Pierson 1945-01-31
Pelicula Alma en suplicio Wally Fay 1945-10-20
Pelicula The Shining Future Self 1944-04-11
Pelicula Breakdowns of 1944 Himself 1944-01-01
Pelicula Shine on Harvest Moon The Great Georgetti 1944-03-10
Pelicula Road to Victory 1944-05-18
Pelicula Make Your Own Bed Jerry Curtis 1944-06-10
Pelicula Hollywood Canteen Himself 1944-12-31
Pelicula The Doughgirls Arthur Halstead 1944-11-25
Pelicula Arsénico por compasión Officer Patrick O'Hara 1944-09-23
Pelicula The Hard Way Albert Runkel 1943-02-20
Pelicula Princess O'Rourke Dave Campbell 1943-10-23
Pelicula Adorables estrellas Himself 1943-09-25
Pelicula The Male Animal Joe Ferguson 1942-04-04
Pelicula Larceny Inc. Jeff Randolph 1942-04-24
Pelicula Breakdowns of 1942 Himself (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Pelicula Wings for the Eagle Brad Maple 1942-07-18
Pelicula Gentleman Jim Walter Lawrie 1942-11-14
Pelicula La pelirroja Hugo Barnstead 1941-02-22
Pelicula Matrimonio original Chuck 1941-01-30
Pelicula Una novia contrareembolso Allen Brice 1941-07-12
Pelicula Love Crazy Ward Willoughby 1941-05-23
Pelicula Navy Blues 'Buttons' Johnson 1941-09-13
Pelicula Blues in the Night Leo Powell 1941-11-15
Pelicula Breakdowns of 1941 Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1941-11-14
Pelicula Shooting High Gabby Cross 1940-04-25
Pelicula Enemy Agent Ralph 1940-04-18
Pelicula City of Chance Narration - Prologue (voice) 1940-01-13
Pelicula I Take This Woman Joe 1940-02-01
Pelicula Alias the Deacon Sullivan 1940-05-13
Pelicula Parole Fixer George Mattison 1940-02-02
Pelicula Love Thy Neighbor Policeman 1940-12-27
Pelicula Typhoon Mate 1940-05-16
Pelicula Sandy Gets Her Man 1940-11-08
Pelicula Unidos por la fortuna Frederick Harper 1940-08-02
Pelicula Girl in 313 Police Lt. Pat O'Farrell 1940-05-30
Pelicula Queen of the Mob Agent Ross Waring 1940-06-28
Pelicula La muchacha de la Quinta Avenida Minnesota - a Sailor 1939-09-22
Pelicula The Kid From Texas Stanley Brown 1939-04-14
Pelicula The Escape Chet Warren 1939-10-05
Pelicula Arizona Jack Tyndall 1939-11-30
Pelicula This Marriage Business "Candid" Perry 1938-04-08
Pelicula Go Chase Yourself Warren Miles 1938-04-22
Pelicula Night Spot Shallen 1938-02-25
Pelicula La fiera de mi niña Circus Roustabout (uncredited) 1938-02-18
Pelicula Crashing Hollywood Dickson 1938-01-07
Pelicula Everybody's Doing It Detective Lieutenant 1938-01-14
Pelicula Law of the Underworld Johnny 1938-05-06
Pelicula Amanda (Carefree) Thomas Connors 1938-09-02
Pelicula Condemned Women Plainclothes Policeman 1938-06-01
Pelicula Ardid Femenino Charlie - Waiter Captain 1938-08-31
Pelicula Mr. Doodle Kicks Off Rochet 1938-10-07
Pelicula Having Wonderful Time Emil Beatty 1938-07-01
Pelicula El Santo en Nueva York Red Jenks 1938-06-03
Pelicula Music for Madame Assistant Director 1937-10-08
Pelicula On Again-Off Again Cop 1937-07-09
Pelicula Too Many Wives Hodges 1937-04-09
Pelicula Damas del teatro Mr. Milbanks 1937-10-08
Pelicula Sólo se vive una vez Attendant in First Gas Station (uncredited) 1937-01-29
Pelicula Quick Money Coach Woodford 1937-12-10
Pelicula She's Got Everything Ransome (uncredited) 1937-12-31
Pelicula Harris in the Spring Taxicab Driver 1937-12-03
Pelicula High Flyers Dave Hanlon 1937-11-07
Pelicula Siempre Eva Tom Potts 1937-10-29