Fred Kohler

Highest Rated: 85% Underworld (1927)
Lowest Rated: 67% Thunderbolt (1929)
Birthday: Apr 20, 1888
Birthplace: Not Available
Nominated by film historian William K. Everson as "the best western badman of all," American actor Fred Kohler Sr. began appearing onscreen in 1911. A homely man with a burly physique and huge, bearlike hands, Kohler seemed born to play characters who'd sell liquor to Indians, kidnap the sheriff's daughter, burn out homesteaders and shoot stagecoach guards in the back. In virtually all his films, Kohler wore the same costume: a stained frock coat, ostentatiously flowered vest and sloppily knotted string tie. As the principal heavy in 1924's The Iron Horse, Kohler had a rugged fistfight with leading man George O'Brien; these two actors continued to clash on-screen into the B-westerns of the '30s, including Kohler's final picture Lawless Valley (1938). This last-mentioned film is worth noting because it teamed Kohler with his equally unsavory-looking actor son, Fred Kohler Jr. (Senior's wife was one-time musical comedy actress Maxine Marshall, whom he'd met in vaudeville.) Apparently, if the part was good enough and the character bad enough, Fred Kohler Sr. would appear in any sort of film, from such top-drawer epics as Cecil B. DeMille's The Buccaneer (1938), to such meager-budgeted fare as the Three Stooges short Horses Collars (1935).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Roadhouse Nights Actor 2012
80% Ruby Jake Miller 1977
No Score Yet Blockade Pietro 1938
No Score Yet Forbidden Valley Regan 1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Gramby 1938
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Returns Matson 1938
No Score Yet Daughter of Shanghai Capt. Gulner 1937
No Score Yet Arizona Mahoney Blair 1936
No Score Yet The Plainsman Jake 1936
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers Higgins 1936
No Score Yet Heart of the West Barton 1936
No Score Yet Frisco Kid Shanghai Duck 1935
No Score Yet Mississippi Capt. Blackie 1935
No Score Yet Lightning Triggers Actor 1935
No Score Yet Wilderness Mail Actor 1935
No Score Yet Border Brigands Conyda 1935
No Score Yet Hell in a Circus Speakeasy Bouncer 1935
No Score Yet Hard Rock Harrigan Black Jack Riley 1935
No Score Yet Goin' to Town Buck Gonzales 1935
No Score Yet Little Man, What Now? Communist 1934
No Score Yet Honor of the Range Rawhide 1934
No Score Yet Deluge Jephson 1933
No Score Yet The Fiddlin' Buckaroo Wolf 1933
No Score Yet Carnival Boat Hack Logan 1932
No Score Yet Texas Bad Man Actor 1932
No Score Yet When the West Was Young Actor 1932
No Score Yet Wild Horse Mesa Actor 1932
No Score Yet Fighting Caravans Lee Murdock 1931
No Score Yet Other Men's Women Haley 1931
No Score Yet Corsair Big John 1931
No Score Yet X Marks the Spot Riggs 1931
No Score Yet A Soldier's Plaything Hank 1930
No Score Yet The Light of Western Stars Stack 1930
No Score Yet Hell's Heroes `Wild Bill' Kearney 1930
No Score Yet Say It with Songs Joe's Cellmate 1929
No Score Yet The Leatherneck Heckla 1929
No Score Yet The Case of Lena Smith Stefan 1929
67% Thunderbolt `Bad Al' Friedberg 1929
No Score Yet Tide of Empire Cannon 1929
No Score Yet The Rough Riders Sgt. Stanton 1927
No Score Yet The Way of All Flesh The Tough 1927
No Score Yet Loves of Carmen Gypsy Chief 1927
85% Underworld "Buck" Mulligan 1927
No Score Yet Old Ironsides 2nd Mate 1926
No Score Yet Dick Turpin Taylor 1925
No Score Yet Riders of the Purple Sage Metzger 1925
78% The Iron Horse Bauman 1924
No Score Yet Abraham Lincoln Slave Auctioneer 1924
No Score Yet Anna Christie Bit 1923


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