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Fred Kelsey

Highest Rated: 100% My Favorite Blonde (1942)

Lowest Rated: 60% Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)

Birthday: Aug 20, 1884

Birthplace: Not Available

Ohio-born Fred Kelsey was so firmly typed as a comedy cop in Hollywood films that in the 1944 MGM cartoon classic Who Killed Who?, animator Tex Avery deliberately designed his detective protagonist to look like Kelsey -- mustache, heavy eyebrows, derby hat and all. In films from 1909, Kelsey started out as a director (frequently billed as" Fred A. Kelcey"), but by the '20s he was well into his established characterization as the beat cop or detective who was forever falling asleep on the job or jumping to the wrong conclusion. Often Kelsey's dialogue was confined to one word: "Sayyyyy....!" He seemed to be busiest at Warner Bros. and Columbia, appearing in fleeting bits at the former studio (butchers, bartenders, house detectives), and enjoying more sizeable roles in the B-films, short subjects and serials at the latter studio. From 1940 through 1943, Kelsey had a continuing role as dim-witted police sergeant Dickens in Columbia's Lone Wolf B-picture series. Seldom given a screen credit, Fred Kelsey was curiously afforded prominent featured billing in 20th Century-Fox's O. Henry's Full House (1952), in which he was barely recognizable as a street-corner Santa Claus.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Donovan Affair Actor 2014
No Score Yet Lost Women The Bartender 1953
83% Hans Christian Andersen 1st Gendarme 1952
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House Santa Claus 1952
No Score Yet My Six Convicts (My 6 Convicts) Store Detective 1952
No Score Yet Dallas Carter 1950
83% The Fountainhead Old Watchman 1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory engineer 1949
No Score Yet Flaxy Martin Watchman 1949
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High Cop 1948
No Score Yet Silver River Townsman 1948
No Score Yet Stallion Road Rancher 1947
No Score Yet Nora Prentiss Turnkey 1947
No Score Yet Nobody Lives Forever Railroad Conductor 1946
No Score Yet My Reputation Conductor 1946
No Score Yet Detour to Danger Kelsey 1946
88% Christmas in Connecticut Harper 1945
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Man With Suitcase 1944
No Score Yet Crime by Night Dad Martin 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Pub Character 1943
No Score Yet Northern Pursuit Conductor 1943
No Score Yet X Marks the Spot Riley 1942
No Score Yet Counter-Espionage Det. Wesley Dickens 1942
93% Yankee Doodle Dandy Irish Cop in 'Peck's Bad Boy' 1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl Man 1942
No Score Yet In This Our Life Jailer (uncredited) 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Bronson 1942
100% My Favorite Blonde Sam 1942
No Score Yet Lady Gangster Cop 1942
83% The Man Who Came to Dinner Man 1942
100% Gentleman Jim Sutro 1942
100% Kings Row Bill Hockinson 1942
No Score Yet Blues in the Night Bartender 1941
100% One Foot in Heaven Conductor 1941
No Score Yet Invisible Ghost Detective Ryan 1941
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance Dickens 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Bartender 1941
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Out West Cop 1940
No Score Yet The Green Archer Capt. Thompson 1940
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady Dickens 1940
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Heaven Uncle Pete 1940
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Reno Police Desk Sergeant 1939
No Score Yet Rough Riders' Round-up Agitator 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Gamble Mahoney 1938
No Score Yet Down on the Farm Actor 1938
No Score Yet My Lucky Star Detective 1938
No Score Yet All Over Town Inspector Murphy 1937
71% A Damsel in Distress Sightseer 1937
No Score Yet Second Honeymoon Reporter 1937
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth Jailer 1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics Cop 1937
No Score Yet Love Is News Cop 1937
No Score Yet Love and Hisses Officer 1937
No Score Yet Dimples Policeman 1936
60% Charlie Chan at the Opera Cop 1936
No Score Yet Private Number Detective 1936
No Score Yet The Dark Hour Watson 1936
No Score Yet Danger Ahead Detective O'Brien 1935
No Score Yet One Frightened Night Jenks 1935
No Score Yet Carnival (Carnival Nights) Detective 1935
No Score Yet Sagebrush Troubadour Hank Polk 1935
No Score Yet School for Girls Actor 1935
88% Twentieth Century Detective 1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice Dugan 1934
No Score Yet The Moth Detective Blake 1934
No Score Yet The Crime Doctor Bloodgood 1934
100% Footlight Parade Hotel Detective 1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933 Detective Jones 1933
No Score Yet The Bowery Detective Kelsey 1933
No Score Yet Red-Haired Alibi Corcoran 1932
No Score Yet Love in High Gear Officer Duffy 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Doctor 1932
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet Detective Sgt. Vincent Molloy 1931
No Score Yet Going Wild Conductor 1931
No Score Yet The Unholy Three Cop at Train 1930
No Score Yet Wide Open Detective 1930
No Score Yet The Last Warning Actor 1929
No Score Yet Wrong Again Actor 1929
No Score Yet Paths to Paradise Confederate 1925
No Score Yet Seven Sinners Policeman 1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale Quinn 1923


No Score Yet The Three Stooges
Det. Hyden Zeke 1953


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