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Erskine Sanford



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
86% 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
91% The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Benson
1942
100% Citizen Kane
  • Herbert Carter
1941
No Score Yet Pop Always Pays
  • Hayes
1940

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