Edward Norris

Highest Rated: 100% Man from the Alamo (1953)
Lowest Rated: 43% Naughty Marietta (1935)
Birthday: Mar 10, 1911
Birthplace: Not Available
Despite his small-town charm and white-bread handsomeness, there was a queasy quality in the performances of American actor Edward Norris that suggested a basic inner weakness. As such, he was ideally cast as the average Joe accused of a crime he didn't commit, or as the outwardly helpful chap who turned out to be the calculating murderer in the last reel. A former reporter, Norris began making films in the early '30s. He did everything from Our Gang comedies (Teacher's Beau [1935]) to Garbo features (Queen Christina [1933]). His most conspicuous "innocent victim" role was as the schoolteacher falsely convicted of murdering high school student Lana Turner in They Won't Forget (1937). Norris' mockery of a trial and subsequent lynching were patterned after the real-life fate of Leo Frank; that 1915 lynching was obviously fueled by anti-Semitism, but Warners hedged its bets by casting the aggressively Anglo-Saxon Norris as the Leo Frank counterpart. Offscreen, Norris was as self-assured as his screen characters were put-upon; he was married five times, and three of his wives (Lona Andre, Ann Sheridan and Sheila Ryan) were Hollywood co-workers. Edward Norris quit movies cold in 1955 to become a businessman, never looking backward at his long career nor harboring any regrets at abandoning it.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Kentuckian Gambler 1955
100% Man from the Alamo Mapes 1953
No Score Yet Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Sgt. Cliff Hart 1951
No Score Yet I Was a Communist for the FBI Harmon 1951
No Score Yet Highway 301 Noyes 1950
No Score Yet Breakthrough Sgt. Roy Henderson 1950
No Score Yet The Blazing Sun Doc Taylor 1950
No Score Yet The Mysterious Desperado Ramon 1949
No Score Yet Trapped by Boston Blackie Igor Borio 1948
No Score Yet Heartaches Jimmy McDonald 1947
No Score Yet Decoy Jim Vincent 1946
No Score Yet Murder in the Music Hall Carl 1946
No Score Yet Jungle Queen Bob Elliott 1945
No Score Yet Wings Over the Pacific Allan 1943
No Score Yet The Mystery of Marie Roget Marcel Vignon 1942
No Score Yet Man with Two Lives Philip Bennett 1942
No Score Yet I Live on Danger Eddie Nelson 1942
No Score Yet Here Comes Happiness Chet Madden 1941
No Score Yet Back in the Saddle Tom Bennett 1941
No Score Yet Road Show Ed Newton 1941
No Score Yet Lady in Question Robert LaCoste 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Dr. Morgenroth 1940
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal Dan Blackmore 1939
No Score Yet The Gorilla Jack Marsden 1939
No Score Yet The Phantom Creeps Actor 1939
89% Boys Town Joe Marsh 1938
No Score Yet They Won't Forget Robert Hale 1937
No Score Yet Bad Guy Steve Carroll 1937
No Score Yet Between Two Women Dr. Barth 1937
No Score Yet Teacher's Beau Ralph 1935
No Score Yet Wagon Trail Hartley 1935
43% Naughty Marietta Marie's Suitor 1935
No Score Yet Show Them No Mercy Joe Martin 1935
89% Queen Christina Count Jacob 1933


96% The Wire
Det. Ed Norris
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