Ernie S. Adams - Rotten Tomatoes

Ernie S. Adams

Highest Rated:   100% The Killers (1946)
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Face Behind the Mask
  • Hotel Guest
2003
No Score Yet The Phantom
  • Rusty Fenton
2001
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 Thirteenth Hour
  • McCabe
1947
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman
  • Waiter
1947
No Score Yet Desperate
  • Villager
1947
No Score Yet The Black Widow
  • Blinkey
1947
No Score Yet The Pretender
  • Butler Thomas
1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Monterey
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Son of Zorro
  • Judge Hyde
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 Lawless Breed
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet King of the Forest Rangers
  • Bailey
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 Brenda Starr, Reporter
  • Charlie
1945
No Score Yet Jungle Captive
  • Jim
1945
93% 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 Return of the Ape Man
  • Bum
1944
No Score Yet Goin' to Town
  • Zeke
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
80% The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Haggerty
1942
92% 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 Sea Raiders
  • Zeke
1941
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 Six Thousand Enemies
  • Henchman
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Pony Express
  • Man at Deer Lodge Station
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
100% You and Me
  • Nick, the Waiter
1938
No Score Yet The Purple Vigilantes
  • Blake
1938
No Score Yet Durango Valley Raiders
  • Judd
1938
No Score Yet Colorado Kid
  • Pibben Tucker
1938
No Score Yet Thunder in the Desert
  • Tramp
1938
No Score Yet San Quentin
  • Fink
1937
No Score Yet Come On, Cowboys!
  • Townsman
1937
No Score Yet Lightnin' Crandall
  • Texas
1937
No Score Yet The Gun Ranger
  • Wally
1937
No Score Yet Arizona Gunfighter
  • Grizzly Barr
1937
No Score Yet Bar Z Bad Men
  • Henchman Pete
1937
No Score Yet Gun Lords of Stirrup Basin
  • Red
1937
100% My Man Godfrey
  • Forgotten Man
1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Returns
  • Benson
1936
No Score Yet Three on the Trail
  • Idaho
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
No Score Yet 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 The Prescott Kid
  • Red Larson
1934
No Score Yet Operator 13
  • Orderly
1934
No Score Yet Found Alive
  • C. S. King
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 Shadow of the Eagle
  • Kelly
1932
No Score Yet The Galloping Ghost
  • Actor
1931
91% Little Caesar
  • Cashier
1931
No Score Yet The Phantom of the West
  • henchman
1931
No Score Yet The Tip Off
  • Slug McGee
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
No Score Yet 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

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