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Edward Norris



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 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 Man With Two Lives
  • Actor
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 The Gorilla
  • Jack Marsden
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal
  • Dan Blackmore
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 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Det. Ed Norris

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