Freddie Steele

Highest Rated: 100% A Foreign Affair (1948)
Lowest Rated: 73% Call Northside 777 (1948)
Birthday: Dec 18, 1912
Birthplace: Not Available
Fred Steele went from being World Middleweight Boxing champion in 1937 to having a movie career that put him into some of Hollywood's most inventive comedies for a decade. In a ring career lasting more than 15 years, Steele only lost two fights before becoming middleweight champion in 1936. Two years later, he relinquished the title and he had his last professional fight three years later. In that same year, 1941, he made his screen debut portraying himself in a picture called The Pittsburgh Kid. He did some small, uncredited roles in 1942, and then writer/director Preston Sturges saw the potential in Steele's muscular physique and strong, angular features and gave him serious acting parts in Hail the Conquering Hero and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. Those films elevated Steele to the front ranks of working character men, and he next turned up in William Wellman's The Story of G.I. Joe, and from there to the comedy Duffy's Tavern, adapted from the hit radio series, and Roy William Neill's film noir masterpiece Black Angel (1946). Steele closed out his acting career in 1948 with work in a quartet of notable films: Byron Haskin's violent gangster drama I Walk Alone, Henry Hathaway's suspense thriller Call Northside 777, Lewis Seiler's psychological chiller Whiplash, and Billy Wilder's comedy A Foreign Affair.

Highest Rated Movies



100% A Foreign Affair Military Police 1948
73% Call Northside 777 Holdup Man 1948
No Score Yet I Walk Alone Tiger 1948
100% Desperate Shorty 1947
No Score Yet Black Angel Lucky 1946
77% The Story of G.I. Joe Sgt. Warnicki 1945
95% Hail the Conquering Hero Bugsy 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Soldier 1944


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