Don Costello

Don Costello

Highest Rated: 100% The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Lowest Rated: 20% Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)

Birthday: Sep 5, 1901

Birthplace: Not Available

American stage actor Don Costello was brought to films via an MGM contract in 1939. A valuable screen menace, Costello played such steely-eyed toughies as "Noose" in Red Skelton's Whistling in the Dark (1941). He moved to 20th Century-Fox in 1942, where among other things he was seen as the elderly--but no less criminally inclined--Doc Lake in Laurel and Hardy's A-Haunting We Will Go (1942). Perhaps his frequent association with comedians enabled his screen characters to develop a sense of humor, albeit a wicked one. In the Republic "Red Ryder" western The Great Stagecoach Robbery (1945), he scores several solid laughs as an outlaw leader posing as a schoolteacher, assuring an anxious mother that he'll learn to love her children, then muttering "If they live that long...." Don Costello died suddenly at the age of 44; his last appearance was in the Alan Ladd thriller The Blue Dahlia (1946).

Highest Rated Movies



68% The Godfather, Part III Frank Romano 1990
20% Class of Nuke 'Em High Nuclear Worker 1986
70% The Toxic Avenger Sara's neighbor 1984
100% The Blue Dahlia Leo 1946
No Score Yet Along Came Jones Gledhill 1945
No Score Yet Nob Hill Fighting Bartender 1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Co-eds Diamond 1945
No Score Yet The Whistler Lefty Vigran 1944
No Score Yet Mystery Man Bud Trilling 1944
No Score Yet Texas Masquerade Ace Maxson 1944
No Score Yet A Lady Takes a Chance Drunk 1943
No Score Yet Crime Doctor Nick 1943
No Score Yet Air Raid Wardens Heydrich 1943
No Score Yet A Night to Remember Eddie Turner 1942
No Score Yet Just Off Broadway George Dolphin 1942
No Score Yet A-Haunting We Will Go Doc Lake 1942
No Score Yet Johnny Eager Billiken 1942
No Score Yet Joe Smith, American Mead 1942
No Score Yet Unholy Partners Pelotti 1941
No Score Yet Whistling in the Dark Moose Green 1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan Lefty 1941
No Score Yet Sleepers West Carl Izzard 1940
81% Another Thin Man Diamond Back Vogel 1939
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Green Goddess Raglan (Ashton Dearholt as Don Costello) 1938


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