Charles Bickford

Charles Bickford

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Country (1958)

Lowest Rated: 11% Not as a Stranger (1955)

Birthday: Jan 01, 1891

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Red haired tough guy Charles Bickford was lured to Hollywood by an industry that wanted to mold him into a conventional leading man, but his pride and stubbornness ultimately forged a new course and he instead became one of cinema's most dependable supporting players. He received his motion picture break in Cecil B. DeMille's "Dynamite" (1929), but soon rebelled against the system and went from prestigious MGM movies to minor programmers from independent producers, the only people who would hire a man that had dared to offend MGM head Louis B. Mayer. Bickford's obvious talent usually kept him in demand, but when he was mutilated and almost killed by a lion during the making of "East of Java" (1935), he was no longer considered a viable leading man. Regardless, he soldiered on, enlivening many a lesser movie with the force of his persona, and became highly valued by casting directors in the process. Industry wide respect finally came in 1943 with "The Song of Bernadette" and the first of three Academy Award nominations the actor received. Off-screen, the strong voiced Irishman was as blunt as the characters he often played, sometimes even coming to blows with his directors. Although his various business ventures served him well financially, Bickford maintained a strong work ethic throughout his four-decade film and television career, and that dedication was evident in the consistently strong quality of work that put him in the top rank of old-school character actors.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 85% A Big Hand for the Little Lady Benson Tropp (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Della Hugh Stafford (Character) - 1964
100% 89% Days of Wine and Roses Ellis Arnesen (Character) - 1962
60% 59% The Unforgiven Zeb Rawlins (Character) - 1960
100% 90% The Big Country Maj. Henry Terrill (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Days of Wine and Roses Ellis Arensen (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Voice of the Big Country Unknown (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mister Cory Jeremiah Des Plains "Biloxi" Caldwell (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clipper Ship Captain Joel Kingdom (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 27% You Can't Run Away From It A.A. Andrews (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 67% Prince of Players Dave Prescott (Character) - 1955
11% 54% Not as a Stranger Dr. Dave W. Runkleman (Character) - 1955
100% 62% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Gen. Jimmy Guthrie (Character) - 1955
98% 81% A Star Is Born Oliver Niles (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Posse Sampson Drune (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 54% Jim Thorpe, All American Glenn S. "Pop" Warner (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elopement Tom Reagan (Character) - 1951
80% 50% Branded Mr. Lavery (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 44% Riding High J.L. Higgins (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guilty of Treason Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 20% Roseanna McCoy Devil Anse Hatfield (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 82% Command Decision Elmer Brockhurst (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 67% Four Faces West Pat Garrett (Character) - 1948
90% 88% Johnny Belinda Black MacDonald (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 64% The Babe Ruth Story Brother Matthias (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 50% The Woman on the Beach Tod (Character) - 1947
94% 87% Brute Force Galingher (Character) - 1947
100% 77% The Farmer's Daughter Joseph Clancy (Character) - 1947
76% 54% Duel in the Sun Sam Pierce (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Eddie William Rickenbacker (Character) - 1945
80% 47% Wing and a Prayer Capt. Waddell (Character) - 1944
88% 80% The Song of Bernadette Father Peyramale (Character) - 1943
100% 70% Mr. Lucky Hard Swede (Character) - 1943
80% 56% Reap the Wild Wind Bully Brown (Character) - 1942
83% 60% Tarzan's New York Adventure Buck Rand (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Burma Convoy Cliff Weldon (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl From God's Country Bill Bogler (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Queen of the Yukon Ace Rincon (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Leading Citizen Shep Muir (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thou Shalt Not Kill Rev. Chris Saunders (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mutiny in the Big House Father Joe Collins (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Hour to Live Insp. Sid Brady (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Romance of the Redwoods Steve Blake (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Street of Missing Men Cash Darwin (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stand Up and Fight Arnold (Character) - 1939
100% 85% Of Mice and Men Slim (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Storm Bob "Sparks"' Roberts (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gangs of New York "Rocky" Thorpe/John Franklin (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Red Scanlon (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Club Scandal Det. Capt. McKinley (Character) - 1937
94% No Score Yet Daughter of Shanghai Otto Hartman (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder Trail Lee Tate (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pride of the Marines Steve Riley (Character) - 1936
100% 52% The Plainsman John Lattimer (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet East of Java Red McGovern/Harvey Bowers (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Pressure Nipper Moran (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Jotham Klore (Character) - 1935
100% 74% Little Miss Marker Big Steve Halloway (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Wicked Woman Pat Naylor (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Woman Ballister (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Day and Age Louis Garrett (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Other Woman James "Jim" Stanley (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Panama Flo McTeague (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men in Her Life Flashy Madden (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet East of Borneo Dr. Allan Clark (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet River's End Keith/Conniston (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Passion Flower Dan Wallace (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 59% Anna Christie Matt Burke (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Bat Reverend Sims (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet 33% Hell's Heroes Bob Sangster (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dynamite Hagon "Buddy" Derk (Character) - 1929

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theatre '62 Unknown (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Jason's Uncle (Character) 1956 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Behind the Badge Host 1955

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