Charles Bickford - Rotten Tomatoes

Charles Bickford

Highest Rated:   100% Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
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Hard-fighting, strong, durable redhead Charles Bickford graduated from MIT before he began appearing in burlesque in 1914. After serving in World War I, he started a career on Broadway in 1919. He didn't come to Hollywood until the birth of the Sound Era in 1929. His first film was Cecil B. DeMille's Dynamite, during the production of which, he punched out DeMille. He became a star after playing Greta Garbo's lover in Anna Christie (1930), but didn't develop into a romantic lead, instead becoming a powerful character actor whose screen appearances commanded attention throughout a career spanning almost four decades, in films such as Duel in the Sun (1946) and Johnny Belinda (1948). His craggy, intense features lent themselves to roles as likable fathers, businessmen, captains, etc. He sometimes played stubborn or unethical roles, but more often projected honesty or warmth. He co-authored a play, The Cyclone Lover (1928) and wrote an autobiography, Bulls, Balls, Bicycles, and Actors (1965). He was Oscar-nominated three times but never won the award. Late in his life he starred in the TV show The Virginian.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Mister Cory
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady
  • Benson Tropp
1966
No Score Yet Fatal Confinement
  • Actor
1964
100% Days of Wine and Roses
  • Ellis Arnesen
1962
No Score Yet The Unforgiven
  • Zeb
1960
100% The Big Country
  • Maj. Henry Terrill
1958
No Score Yet You Can't Run Away From It
  • A.A. Andrews
1956
0% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger)
  • Dr. Runkleman
1955
No Score Yet Prince Of Players
  • Dave Prescott
1955
100% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
  • Gen. Jimmy Guthrie
1955
96% A Star Is Born
  • Oliver Niles
1954
No Score Yet The Last Posse
  • Sampson Drune
1953
No Score Yet The Raging Tide
  • Hamil Linder
1951
No Score Yet Jim Thorpe---All American
  • Pop Warner
1951
No Score Yet Riding High
  • J.L. Higgins
1950
No Score Yet Guilty of Treason
  • Cardinal Mindszenty
1950
No Score Yet Branded
  • Mr. Lavery
1950
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy
  • Devil Anse Hatfield
1949
90% Whirlpool
  • Lt. Colton
1949
No Score Yet Command Decision
  • Elmer Brockhurst
1948
88% Johnny Belinda
  • Black McDonald
1948
No Score Yet The Babe Ruth Story
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Four Faces West
  • Pat Garrett
1948
No Score Yet Babe Ruth Story
  • Brother Mathias
1948
No Score Yet The Woman on the Beach
  • Todd
1947
No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter
  • Clancy
1947
91% Brute Force
  • Gallagher
1947
81% Duel in the Sun
  • Sam Pierce
1946
80% Fallen Angel
  • Mark Judd
1945
80% Wing and a Prayer
  • Capt. Waddell
1944
80% The Song of Bernadette
  • Peyremaie
1943
77% For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Actor
1943
100% Mr. Lucky
  • Hard Swede
1943
100% Tarzan's New York Adventure
  • Buck Rand
1942
67% Reap the Wild Wind
  • Mate of the Tyfib
1942
No Score Yet Riders of Death Valley
  • Wolf Read
1941
No Score Yet Queen of the Yukon
  • Ace Rincon
1940
100% Of Mice and Men
  • Slim
1939
No Score Yet Mutiny in the Big House
  • Father Joe Collins
1939
No Score Yet Daughter of Shanghai
  • Otto Hartman
1937
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome
  • Red Scanlon
1937
No Score Yet Thunder Trail
  • Lee Tate
1937
No Score Yet The Plainsman
  • Gunrunner
1936
No Score Yet Under Pressure
  • Nipper Moran
1935
No Score Yet Little Miss Marker
  • Big Steve
1934
No Score Yet White Woman
  • Ballister
1933
No Score Yet This Day and Age
  • Louis Garrett
1933
No Score Yet The Squaw Man (The White Man)
  • Cash Hawkins
1931
No Score Yet East of Borneo
  • Dr. Clark
1931
No Score Yet Men in Her Life
  • Flashy Madden
1931
No Score Yet The Sea Bat
  • Rev. Sims
1930
No Score Yet Anna Christie
  • Matt Burke
1930
No Score Yet Hell's Heroes
  • Bob Sangster
1930

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