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Ben Welden

Highest Rated:   100% The Fighting Seabees (1944)
Lowest Rated:   50% A Song Is Born (1948)
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As a youth, Ben Welden was trained to be a concert violinist. He chose instead a stage career, heading to London rather than New York to realize his goal. During the early '30s, the bald, barracuda-faced Welden was a valuable British movie commodity, playing American gangster types in such films as The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1937). He returned to the U.S. in 1937, where he appeared in picture after picture at Warner Bros., playing vicious thugs and "torpedoes" in several gritty urban efforts, among them Marked Woman (1937), City for Conquest (1940), and The Big Sleep (1946). Welden's work in such two-reelers as Columbia's The Awful Sleuth (1951) and Three Dark Horses (1952), and such sitcoms as The Abbott and Costello Show, revealed a flair for broad comedy that the actor would carry over into his many Runyon-esque bad-guy assignments on the Superman TV series. Gradually retiring from acting in the mid-'60s, Ben Welden (in real life a gentle, likeable man) maintained his comfortable living standard by operating a successful California candy popcorn business.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hollywood or Bust
  • Boss
1956
No Score Yet Hidden Guns
  • Peabody
1956
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
  • Shorty Bates
1955
No Score Yet Killers from Space
  • Pilot
1954
No Score Yet Thunder Bay
  • Fisherman
1953
No Score Yet Night Stage to Galveston
  • Arresting Patrolman
1952
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid
  • Singin' Solly
1951
No Score Yet Buccaneer's Girl
  • Tom
1950
No Score Yet Riders in the Sky
  • Dave
1949
No Score Yet Sorrowful Jones
  • Big Steve's Bodyguard
1949
No Score Yet Impact
  • Moving van helper
1949
50% A Song Is Born
  • Monte
1948
No Score Yet Lady at Midnight
  • Willie Gold
1948
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West
  • Porgy
1948
No Score Yet Trapped by Boston Blackie
  • Louis
1948
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High
  • Stewart
1948
No Score Yet Heading for Heaven
  • Sam
1947
No Score Yet Killer Dill
  • Moroni
1947
No Score Yet Fiesta
  • Cop
1947
80% Sinbad the Sailor
  • Porter
1947
No Score Yet The Man I Love
  • Jack Atlas
1947
No Score Yet The Pretender
  • Mickie
1947
96% The Big Sleep
  • Pete
1946
No Score Yet The Last Crooked Mile
  • Haynes
1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder
  • Shaggsy
1946
No Score Yet It's in the Bag
  • Monte
1945
No Score Yet The Missing Corpse
  • Jon Clary
1945
100% The Fighting Seabees
  • Yump Lumkin
1944
No Score Yet Stand By for Action
  • Chief Quartermaster Rankin
1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live
  • Eddie
1941
100% All Through the Night
  • Smitty
1941
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough
  • Moxie Karper
1941
No Score Yet Out of the Fog
  • Boss
1941
No Score Yet Men of Boys Town
  • Superintendent
1941
No Score Yet Knockout
  • Pelky
1941
No Score Yet Manpower
  • Al Hurst
1941
No Score Yet Knockout
  • Pelky
1941
80% City for Conquest
  • Cobb
1940
No Score Yet South of Pago Pago
  • Grimes
1940
No Score Yet The Earl of Chicago
  • Driver
1940
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade
  • Agent
1939
No Score Yet The Star Maker
  • Joe Gimlick
1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square
  • Toby
1939
No Score Yet Boys' Reformatory
  • Mike Hearn
1939
No Score Yet Sergeant Madden
  • Stemmy
1939
No Score Yet The Night Hawk
  • Otto Miller
1938
No Score Yet The Saint in New York
  • Papinoff
1938
No Score Yet Mystery House
  • Gerald Frawley
1938
No Score Yet Prison Nurse
  • Gaffney
1938
No Score Yet Little Miss Broadway
  • Taxi Driver
1938
No Score Yet Happy Landing
  • Rink Manager
1938
No Score Yet The Last Gangster
  • Bottles Bailey
1937
No Score Yet The Great Garrick
  • Blacksmith
1937
No Score Yet Love Is on the Air
  • Nicey Carter
1937
No Score Yet That Certain Woman
  • Harry Aqueilli
1937
No Score Yet Varsity Show
  • Hammer
1937
No Score Yet Another Dawn
  • Victor Romkoff
1937
No Score Yet Kid Galahad
  • Buzz Barett
1937
No Score Yet The King and the Chorus Girl
  • Waiter
1937
No Score Yet Maytime
  • Student
1937
100% Marked Woman
  • Charley Delaney
1937
No Score Yet The Avenging Hand
  • Slug Clarke
1937
No Score Yet Phantom Ship
  • Boas Hoffman
1936
No Score Yet Murder on the Set
  • Freshman
1936
No Score Yet Circumstantial Evidence
  • Kenny
1935
No Score Yet The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes
  • Ted Baldwin
1935
No Score Yet The Black Abbot
  • Charlie Marsh
1934
No Score Yet Search For Danger
  • Actor
No Score Yet His Lordship
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Foo Yung
  • 1966

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