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Fred Kohler

Highest Rated:   85% Underworld (1927)
Lowest Rated:   57% Thunderbolt (1929)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Roadhouse Nights
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet 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 Hard Rock Harrigan
  • Black Jack Riley
1935
No Score Yet Goin' to Town
  • Buck Gonzales
1935
No Score Yet Hell in a Circus
  • Speakeasy Bouncer
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 When the West Was Young
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Wild Horse Mesa
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Texas Bad Man
  • 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
57% 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 Anna Christie
  • Bit
1923

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