Erskine Sanford

Highest Rated: 100% They Live by Night (1948)
Lowest Rated: 50% Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Birthday: Nov 19, 1885
Birthplace: Not Available
Legend has it that Orson Welles saw his first theatrical production at age seven, when a touring company of Mr. Pim Passes By played in Welles' hometown of Kenosha, WI. Invited backstage, young Welles was effusively greeted by the play's leading man, Erskine Sanford, whose kind and encouraging words inspired Welles to pursue an acting career himself. Whether this story is true or not, the fact remains that, in 1936, Erskine Sanford left the Theatre Guild after a 15-year association to join Orson Welles' experimental Mercury Theatre. When Welles took the Mercury Players to Hollywood in 1940 to film Citizen Kane, Sanford was assigned the small but plum role of Herbert Carter, the sputtering, apoplectic former editor of the New York Inquirer. The actor went on to appear prominently in such Welles-directed films as The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, as Mr. Bronson), Lady From Shanghai (1947, as the judge), and MacBeth (1948, as King Duncan). Outside of his Mercury Theatre activities, Erskine Sanford played featured roles in such mainstream Hollywood productions as Ministry of Fear (1943) and Angel on My Shoulder (1946) before his retirement in 1950.

Highest Rated Movies



60% My Son John Professor 1952
88% Macbeth Duncan 1950
No Score Yet Sierra Judge Prentiss 1950
No Score Yet The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist) Clerk 1949
No Score Yet Night Unto Night Dr. Altheim 1949
No Score Yet Wake of the Red Witch Doktor Van Arken 1949
No Score Yet Impact Dr. Bender 1949
No Score Yet Kidnapped Rankeillor 1948
100% They Live by Night Doctor 1948
86% The Lady From Shanghai Judge 1948
100% Letter From an Unknown Woman Porter 1948
No Score Yet You Were Meant for Me Dr. Sanford 1948
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Dr. Dunson 1948
No Score Yet The Voice of the Turtle Storekeeper 1947
89% Possessed Dr. Max Sherman 1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations Tim 1946
96% The Best Years of Our Lives Bullard 1946
No Score Yet Crack-Up Museum Director Barton 1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder Minister 1946
83% Spellbound Dr. Galt 1945
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Undertaker 1945
91% Ministry of Fear Mr. Rennit 1944
50% Mr. Skeffington Dr. Fawcette 1944
No Score Yet Uncertain Glory Drover 1944
100% Jane Eyre Mr. Braggs 1944
89% The Magnificent Ambersons Benson 1942
100% Citizen Kane Herbert Carter 1941
No Score Yet Pop Always Pays Hayes 1940