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Ernie S. Adams

  • Highest Rated: 100% Desperate (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 73% A Family Thing (1996)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Scratch a sniveling prison "stoolie" or cowardly henchman and if he were not Paul Guilfoyle or George Chandler, he would be the diminutive Ernie S. Adams, a ubiquitous presence in scores of Hollywood films of the 1930s and '40s. Surprisingly, the weasel-looking Adams had begun his professional career in musical comedy -- appearing on Broadway in such shows as Jerome Kern's Toot Toot (1918) -- prior to entering films around 1919. A list of typical Adams characters basically tells the story: "The Rat" (Jewels of Desire, 1927), "Johnny Behind the 8-Ball" (The Storm, 1930), "Lefty" (Trail's End, 1935), "Jimmy the Weasel" (Stars Over Arizona, 1937), "Snicker Joe" (West of Carson City, 1940), "Willie the Weasel" (Return of the Ape Man, 1944) and, of course "Fink" (San Quentin, 1937). The result, needless to say, is that you didn't quite trust him even when playing a decent guy, as in the 1943 Columbia serial The Phantom. One of the busiest players in the '40s, the sad-faced, little actor worked right up until his death in 1947. His final four films were released posthumously.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet The Face Behind the Mask Hotel Guest 2003
73% A Family Thing Nightclub Band Member 1996
No Score Yet Return of the Bad Men Leslie the Townsman 1948
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Dick Tracy Meets Karloff)(Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure) Bartender at Hangman's Knot 1947
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Flower Truck Driver 1947
No Score Yet Yankee Fakir Charlie 1947
No Score Yet Trail Street Eben Bowen 1947
No Score Yet The 13th Hour McCabe 1947
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman Waiter 1947
100% Desperate Villager 1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Monterey Actor 1947
No Score Yet The Black Widow Blinkey 1947
No Score Yet Son of Zorro Judge Hyde 1947
No Score Yet The Pretender Butler Thomas 1947
100% The Killers Little Man 1946
No Score Yet Suspense Watchman 1946
100% The Blue Dahlia Joe, Man in Coveralls 1946
No Score Yet Deadline at Dawn Waiter 1946
No Score Yet Fear Painter 1946
No Score Yet King of the Forest Rangers Bailey 1946
No Score Yet Lawless Breed Actor 1946
No Score Yet Johnny Angel Leslie 1945
No Score Yet Along Came Jones Townsman 1945
No Score Yet Escape In The Fog George Smith 1945
No Score Yet Jungle Captive Jim 1945
No Score Yet Brenda Starr, Reporter Charlie 1945
94% Murder, My Sweet Bartender 1944
No Score Yet The Princess and the Pirate Citizen 1944
No Score Yet Girl Rush Dave 1944
No Score Yet Lake Placid Serenade Reporter 1944
No Score Yet Goin' to Town Zeke 1944
No Score Yet Return of the Ape Man Bum 1944
No Score Yet Raiders of the Border Whiskey 1944
No Score Yet Jack London Whiskey Bob 1943
No Score Yet Wings Over the Pacific Harry 1943
No Score Yet Hers to Hold Flier's Father 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Heckler 1943
No Score Yet Sagebrush Law Landers 1943
No Score Yet They All Kissed the Bride Truck Driver 1942
No Score Yet The Tuttles of Tahiti Jaki 1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Man 1942
No Score Yet Alias Boston Blackie Doorman 1942
No Score Yet Man with Two Lives Gimpy 1942
No Score Yet The Lady Is Willing Doorman 1942
83% The Man Who Came to Dinner Haggerty 1942
93% The Pride of the Yankees Miller Huggins 1942
No Score Yet Stagecoach Buckaroo Blinky 1942
No Score Yet Isle of Missing Men Captain Sanchez 1942
No Score Yet Bandit Ranger Actor 1942
No Score Yet Bad Man of Deadwood townsman 1941
No Score Yet Invisible Ghost Jules Mason 1941
No Score Yet Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie Actor 1941
No Score Yet The Sea Wolf Pickpocket 1941
No Score Yet Son of Monte Cristo Informer 1941
No Score Yet The Fargo Kid Bush 1940
No Score Yet He Stayed for Breakfast Workman 1940
No Score Yet The Man with Nine Lives Pete Daggett 1940
No Score Yet The Dark Command Townsman 1940
82% The Invisible Man Returns Man 1940
No Score Yet Tower of London Prisoner Begging for Water 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Gen. Sheridan 1939
No Score Yet You Can't Cheat an Honest Man Barker 1939
No Score Yet Trigger Pals Pete 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Pony Express Man at Deer Lodge Station 1939
No Score Yet Six Thousand Enemies Henchman 1939
No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Lady Rodeo Rider 1938
No Score Yet The Texans Actor 1938
No Score Yet Rollin' Plains Cain Moody 1938
83% You and Me Nick, the Waiter 1938
No Score Yet The Purple Vigilantes Blake 1938
No Score Yet Colorado Kid Pibben Tucker 1938
No Score Yet Durango Valley Raiders Judd 1938
No Score Yet Thunder in the Desert Tramp 1938
No Score Yet Hopalong Rides Again Keno 1937
No Score Yet San Quentin Fink 1937
No Score Yet Come On, Cowboys! Townsman 1937
No Score Yet The Gun Ranger Wally 1937
No Score Yet Gun Lords of Stirrup Basin Red 1937
No Score Yet Bar Z Bad Men Henchman Pete 1937
No Score Yet Arizona Gunfighter Grizzly Barr 1937
No Score Yet Lightnin' Crandall Texas 1937
97% My Man Godfrey Forgotten Man 1936
No Score Yet Three on the Trail Idaho 1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Returns Benson 1936
No Score Yet Annie Oakley Wrangler 1935
No Score Yet The Casino Murder Case Husband of Fat Lady 1935
100% Ruggles of Red Gap Dishwasher 1935
No Score Yet She Married Her Boss Man 1935
No Score Yet The Perfect Clue Carter 1935
No Score Yet The Last of the Clintons Actor 1935
100% Broadway Bill Patient 1934
No Score Yet The Lost Jungle Pete 1934
No Score Yet Little Miss Marker Bettor 1934
98% It Happened One Night Bus Passenger 1934
No Score Yet We're Not Dressing Sailor 1934
No Score Yet Found Alive C. S. King 1934
No Score Yet The Prescott Kid Red Larson 1934
No Score Yet Operator 13 Orderly 1934
No Score Yet Galloping Romeo Andy Kent 1933
No Score Yet Breed of the Border Killer Joe 1933
90% She Done Him Wrong Man in Audience 1933
No Score Yet Hold 'em Jail Referee 1932
No Score Yet Beyond the Rockies Actor 1932
No Score Yet Hurricane Express Barney 1932
No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs Contestant 1932
No Score Yet Merrily We Go to Hell Reporter 1932
94% Freaks Sideshow Patron 1932
No Score Yet The Galloping Ghost Actor 1931
91% Little Caesar Cashier 1931
No Score Yet The Tip Off Slug McGee 1931
No Score Yet The Phantom of the West henchman 1931
No Score Yet For the Defense Eddie Withers 1930
No Score Yet Shadow Ranch Joe 1930
No Score Yet Fighting Legion Jack Bowie 1930
100% The Virginian Saloon Singer 1929
100% Speedy Baseball Fan 1928
No Score Yet So This Is Love? "Flash" Tracy 1928
No Score Yet Nevada Cash Burridge 1927
No Score Yet The Black Bird Bertie's No. 2 Man 1926
No Score Yet The Pony Express Shorty 1925

TV

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No Score Yet The Three Stooges
1934-1959
  • 1942

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