Edgar Dearing

Edgar Dearing

Highest Rated: 100% The Paleface (1948)

Lowest Rated: 38% The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

Birthday: May 4, 1893

Birthplace: Not Available

Edgar Dearing was a full-time Los Angeles motorcycle cop in the '20s when he began accepting small roles in the 2-reel comedies of Hal Roach. These roles hardly constituted a stretch, since he was often cast as a motorcycle cop, principally because he supplied his own uniform and cycle; the best-remembered of these "performances" was in Laurel and Hardy's Two Tars (1928). Hal Roach cameraman George Stevens liked Dearing's work, and saw to it that the policeman-cum-actor was prominently featured in Stevens' RKO Wheeler & Woolsey features Kentucky Kernels (1934) and The Nitwits (1935). When he moved into acting full-time in the '30s, Dearing was still primarily confined to law-enforcement bit roles, though he achieved fourth billing as a tough drill sergeant in the Spencer Tracy/Franchot Tone feature They Gave Him a Gun (1937). Dearing's performing weight was most effectively felt in the Abbott and Costello features of the '40s, where he provided a formidable authority-figure foe for the simpering antics of Lou Costello (notably in the "Go Ahead and Sing" routine in 1944's In Society). Dearing also showed up in a number of '40s 2-reelers; he was particularly amusing as strong man Hercules Jones (a "Charles Atlas" takeoff) in the 1948 Sterling Holloway short Man or Mouse? Edgar Dearing's last screen assignment was a prominent role as townsman Mr. Gorman in Walt Disney's Pollyanna (1960).

Highest Rated Movies



86% Pollyanna Mr. Gorman 1960
94% Tarantula Miner 1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home Perkins 1954
38% The Long, Long Trailer Manager 1954
79% It Came from Outer Space Sam 1953
No Score Yet The Kid from Broken Gun Judge Halloway 1952
No Score Yet Santa Fe Official 1951
No Score Yet Right Cross Ring Announcer 1950
No Score Yet Riding High Deputy 1950
80% Fancy Pants Mr. Jones 1950
No Score Yet Union Station Detective 1950
63% Samson and Delilah Tax collector 1949
No Score Yet Sorrowful Jones Police Lt. Mitchell 1949
No Score Yet Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture Reiber 1949
No Score Yet Flaxy Martin Motorcycle Cop 1949
100% The Paleface Sheriff 1948
No Score Yet The Return of the Whistler Capt. Griggs 1948
83% The Bishop's Wife Policeman 1948
50% Magic Town Gray-haired Man 1947
No Score Yet Wild Harvest Man 1947
80% Unconquered Gilded Beaver Soldier 1947
No Score Yet Variety Girl Cop 1947
No Score Yet Where There's Life Desk Sergeant 1947
No Score Yet Nocturne Cop 1946
100% Scarlet Street Policeman 1945
No Score Yet Johnny Angel Cop 1945
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Studio Cop 1945
50% The House on 92nd Street Cop 1945
100% Road to Utopia Official Cop 1945
No Score Yet Don't Fence Me In Chief of Police 1945
No Score Yet The Big Noise Motor Policeman 1944
No Score Yet In Society Cop 1944
No Score Yet Seven Doors to Death Claude Burns 1944
No Score Yet The Hard Way Policeman 1943
No Score Yet Don Winslow Of The Coast Guard Actor 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Mac 1942
No Score Yet Miss Annie Rooney Policeman 1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Policeman 1942
100% My Favorite Blonde Joe 1942
No Score Yet Henry Aldrich, Editor McLean 1942
No Score Yet A Gentleman After Dark Joe 1942
No Score Yet The Navy Comes Through Chief Petty Officer 1942
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase House Detective 1941
No Score Yet Remember the Day Detective 1941
100% Sullivan's Travels Cop 1941
83% Shadow of the Thin Man Motor Cop 1941
No Score Yet Niagara Falls Cop 1941
No Score Yet Kisses for Breakfast Motorcycle Cop 1941
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold McGinty 1941
100% Hold That Ghost Irondome 1941
No Score Yet Design for Scandal Joe, the Foreman 1941
No Score Yet One Night in the Tropics Man 1940
No Score Yet No Time for Comedy Sweeney 1940
80% Edison, the Man Policeman 1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife Motor Cop 1940
88% Knute Rockne---All American Actor 1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode Sheriff 1940
No Score Yet A Child Is Born Sergeant 1940
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Heaven Uncle Jack 1940
No Score Yet Lucky Partners Desk Sergeant 1940
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny Railroad Detective 1939
No Score Yet Caught in the Draft Recruiting Sergeant 1939
No Score Yet Some Like It Hot (Rhythm Romance) MacCrady 1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square Lieutenant 1939
No Score Yet Nick Carter, Master Detective Denny 1939
No Score Yet Honolulu Jailer 1939
No Score Yet Three Loves Has Nancy Conductor 1938
93% You Can't Take It With You Plainclothes policeman 1938
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Patrolman 1938
100% Vivacious Lady Actor 1938
No Score Yet The First Hundred Years Policeman 1938
No Score Yet Maid's Night Out Police Detective 1938
No Score Yet Hard to Get Eddie the Motorcycle Cop 1938
93% The Awful Truth Motor Cop 1937
No Score Yet It Happened in Hollywood Stevens 1937
No Score Yet Saratoga Medbury the Trainer 1937
No Score Yet Married Before Breakfast (Married by Noon) Police Sergeant 1937
No Score Yet They Gave Him a Gun Sgt. Meadowlark 1937
No Score Yet Love Is News Motorcycle Officer 1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday Cop at Store Window 1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris Ship's Officer 1936
100% After the Thin Man Bill, the San Francisco Policeman 1936
100% The Plainsman Custer's Messenger 1936
No Score Yet Thank You, Jeeves Motor Cop 1936
97% Swing Time Policeman 1936
No Score Yet The Bride Walks Out Cop 1936
83% Rose Marie Mounted Policeman 1936
No Score Yet The Rainmakers Kelly 1935
No Score Yet Rendezvous M.P. 1935
100% The Crusades Cart Man 1935
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer) District Attorney's Man 1935
No Score Yet Stolen Harmony Motorcycle Cop 1935
82% Cleopatra Murderer 1934
No Score Yet Thirty Day Princess Tim the Policeman at Mrs. Schmidt's 1934
No Score Yet Eskimo Actor 1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice Lt. Foster 1934
No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs Train Official 1932
No Score Yet Star Witness Sackett 1931
82% Abraham Lincoln Armstrong 1930
No Score Yet Free and Easy (Easy Go) Officer 1930
No Score Yet The Locked Door Cop 1929
No Score Yet Two Tars Motorcycle policeman 1928


No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Guard 1959


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