Dan Duryea

Dan Duryea

  • Highest Rated: 100% Winchester '73 (1950)
  • Lowest Rated: 87% Ministry of Fear (1944)
  • Birthday: Jan 23, 1907
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Hissable movie heavy Dan Duryea was handsome enough as a young man to secure leading roles in the student productions at White Plains High School. He majored in English at Cornell University, but kept active in theatre, succeeding Franchot Tone as president of Cornell's Dramatic Society. Bowing to his parents' wishes, Duryea sought out a more "practical" profession upon graduation, working for the N. W. Ayer advertising agency. After suffering a mild heart attack, Duryea was advised by his doctor to leave advertising and seek out employment in something he enjoyed doing. Thus, Duryea returned to acting in summer stock, then was cast in the 1935 Broadway hit Dead End. The first of his many bad-guy roles was Bob Ford, the "dirty little coward" who shot Jesse James, in the short-lived 1938 stage play Missouri Legend. Impressed by Duryea's slimy but somehow likeable perfidy in this play, Herman Shumlin cast the young actor as the snivelling Leo Hubbard in Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. This 1939 Broadway production was converted into a film by Sam Goldwyn in 1941, with many members of the original cast -- including Duryea -- making their Hollywood debuts. Duryea continued playing supporting roles in films until 1945's The Woman in the Window, in which he scored as Joan Bennett's sneering "bodyguard" (that's Hollywoodese for "pimp"). Thereafter, Duryea was given star billing, occasionally in sympathetic roles (White Tie and Tails [1946], Black Angel [1946]), but most often as a heavy. From 1952 through 1955, he starred as a roguish soldier of fortune in the syndicated TV series China Smith, and also topped the cast of a theatrical-movie spin-off of sorts, World for Ransom (1954), directed by Duryea's friend Robert Aldrich. One of the actor's last worthwhile roles in a big-budget picture was as a stuffy accountant who discovers within himself inner reserves of courage in Aldrich's Flight of the Phoenix (1965). In 1968, shortly before his death from a recurring heart ailment, Duryea was cast as Eddie Jacks in 67 episodes of TV's Peyton Place. Dan Duryea was the father of actor Peter Duryea, likewise a specialist in slimy villainy.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Bamboo Saucer Hank Peters 1968
No Score Yet The Hills Run Red Col. Winny Getz 1967
No Score Yet Winchester '73 Bart McAdam 1967
No Score Yet Five Golden Dragons Dragon #1 1967
No Score Yet Incident at Phantom Hill Joseph Henry 'Joe' Barlow 1966
90% The Flight of the Phoenix Standish 1965
No Score Yet The Bounty Killer Willie Duggan 1965
No Score Yet Taggart Jason 1964
No Score Yet Do You Know This Voice? Actor 1964
No Score Yet Six Black Horses Frank Jesse 1962
No Score Yet Platinum High School Maj. Redfern Kelly 1960
No Score Yet Gunfight at Sandoval Actor 1959
No Score Yet Kathy O' Harry Johnson 1958
No Score Yet Night Passage Whitey Harbin 1957
No Score Yet Battle Hymn Sgt. Herman 1957
No Score Yet The Burglar Nat Harbin 1957
No Score Yet Slaughter on Tenth Avenue John Jacob Masters 1957
No Score Yet Storm Fear Fred 1955
No Score Yet The Marauders Mr. Avery 1955
No Score Yet Silver Lode Ned McCarthy 1954
No Score Yet World for Ransom Mike Callahan 1954
No Score Yet Ride Clear of Diablo Kincade 1954
No Score Yet Thunder Bay Johnny Gambi 1953
No Score Yet 36 Hours Actor 1953
No Score Yet Al Jennings of Oklahoma Al Jennings 1951
No Score Yet Chicago Calling Bill Cannon 1951
100% Winchester '73 Waco Johnnie Dean 1950
No Score Yet One Way Street John Wheeler 1950
No Score Yet The Underworld Story Mike Reese 1950
No Score Yet Johnny Stool Pigeon Johnny Evans 1949
No Score Yet Too Late for Tears Danny Fuller 1949
No Score Yet Manhandled Karl Benson 1949
100% Criss Cross Slim Dundee 1949
No Score Yet Another Part of the Forest Oscar Hubbard 1948
No Score Yet Black Bart Charles E. Boles/Black Bart 1948
No Score Yet Black Angel Martin Blair 1946
100% Scarlet Street Johnny Prince 1945
No Score Yet Lady on a Train Arnold 1945
No Score Yet Along Came Jones Monte Jarrad 1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision William Scott 1945
No Score Yet The Great Flamarion Al Wallace 1945
91% The Woman in the Window Heidt/Tim the Doorman 1944
87% Ministry of Fear Cost/Travers 1944
No Score Yet None But the Lonely Heart Lew Tate 1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Jack Stilham 1944
No Score Yet Man from Frisco Jim Benson 1944
No Score Yet Main Street After Dark Posey 1944
100% Sahara Jimmy Doyle 1943
93% The Pride of the Yankees Hank Hanneman 1942
100% The Little Foxes Leo 1941
100% Ball of Fire Duke Pastrami 1941

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Eskith Sam Logan
  • 1964
  • 1960
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Cannon Preacher Gunman
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1959
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Al Denton
  • 1959

QUOTES FROM Dan Duryea CHARACTERS

Nat Harbin
It's hot out there. Boiling hot!