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Hans Conried

Highest Rated:   100% The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)
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Birthplace:   Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Actor Hans Conried, whose public image was that of a Shakespearean ham, was born not in England but in Baltimore. Scrounging for work during the Depression era, Conried offered himself to a radio station as a performer, and at 18 became a professional. One of his earliest jobs was appearing in uncut radio adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, and before he was twenty he was able to recite many of the Bard's lengthier passages from memory. After several years in summer stock and radio, Conried made his screen debut in Dramatic School (1938). Conried's saturnine features and reedy voice made him indispensable for small character roles, and until he entered the service in World War II the actor fluctuated between movies and radio. Given a choice, Conried would have preferred to stay in radio, where the money was better and the parts larger, but despite the obscurity of much of his film work he managed to sandwich in memorable small (often unbilled) appearances in such "A" pictures as Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942), The Big Street (1942) and Passage to Marseilles (1944). While in the army, Conried was put in charge of Radio Tokyo in postwar Japan, where he began his lifelong hobby of collecting rare Japanese artifacts; the actor also had a near-encyclopedic knowledge of American Indian lore. As big-time radio began to fade during the late 1940s and early 1950s, Conried concentrated more on film work. He was awarded the starring role in the bizarre musical 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1952), written by his friend Dr. Seuss; unfortunately, the studio, not knowing how to handle this unorthodox project, cut it to ribbons, and the film was a failure. Later he was engaged for a choice co-starring role in Cole Porter's Broadway musical Can Can; in addition, he became a favorite guest on Jack Paar's late-night TV program, popped up frequently and hilariously as a game show contestant, and in 1957 made the first of many special-guest visits as the imperishable Uncle Tonoose on The Danny Thomas Show. Cartoon producers also relied heavily on Conried, notably Walt Disney, who cast the actor as the voice of Captain Hook in the animated feature Peter Pan, and Jay Ward, for whom Conried played Snidely Whiplash on The Bullwinkle Show and Uncle Waldo on Hoppity Hooper. In 1963, Jay Ward hired Conried as the supercilious host of the syndicated comedy series Fractured Flickers. Conried cut down on his TV show appearances in the 1970s and 1980s, preferring to devote his time to stage work; for well over a year, the actor co-starred with Phil Leeds in an Atlanta production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys. Just before his death, Conried was cast in a recurring role on the "realistic" drama series American Dream, where he was permitted to drop the high-tone Shakespearean veneer in the gruff, down-to-earth part of Jewish oldster Abe Berlowitz.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Faeries
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Trolls of the Christmas Express
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet American Dream
  • Abe Berlowitz
1981
50% Oh, God! Book II
  • Dr. Barnes
1980
No Score Yet Scruffy
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Greatest Heroes of the Bible: Daniel and Nebachadnezzar
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Cat from Outer Space
  • Heffel
1978
67% The Hobbit
  • Thorin
1978
No Score Yet Magic Pony
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Halloween Is Grinch Night
  • Actor
1977
50% The Shaggy D.A.
  • Prof. Whatley
1976
No Score Yet The Brothers O'Toole
  • Polonius Vandergelt
1973
100% The Phantom Tollbooth
  • King Azaz / The MathemaGician
1970
No Score Yet Horton Hears a Who!
  • Narrator/Horton/Dr. Hoovey
1970
80% The Patsy
  • Prof. MuleRRR
1964
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods
  • Mr. Ricks
1964
No Score Yet My Six Loves
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Magic Fountain
  • Otto the Owl
1961
No Score Yet The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet Alphabet Conspiracy
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet Alphabet Conspiracy
  • Actor
1959
57% Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Mr. Wright
1958
80% The Monster That Challenged the World
  • Dr. Jess Rogers
1957
60% Jet Pilot
  • Col. Matoff
1957
79% Bus Stop
  • "Life" Photographer
1956
No Score Yet You're Never Too Young
  • Francois
1955
No Score Yet Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
  • Thimblerig
1955
No Score Yet Hour of Stars
  • Shellhammer
1955
No Score Yet The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
  • Prof. Amos Pomfritt
1953
79% The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
  • Terwilliker
1953
No Score Yet Siren of Bagdad
  • Ben Ali
1953
76% Peter Pan
  • Capt. Hook/Mr. Darling
1953
No Score Yet The Twonky
  • Kerry West
1953
No Score Yet The World in His Arms
  • Eustace
1952
No Score Yet Big Jim McLain
  • Robert Henried
1952
No Score Yet Too Young to Kiss
  • Mr. Sparrow
1952
No Score Yet Rich, Young and Pretty
  • Jean the Maitre D'
1952
No Score Yet Three for Bedroom C
  • Jack Bleck
1952
No Score Yet Behave Yourself
  • Gillie
1951
No Score Yet The Light Touch
  • Leopold
1951
No Score Yet New Mexico
  • Lincoln
1951
No Score Yet Texas Carnival
  • Hotel clerk
1951
No Score Yet Nancy Goes to Rio
  • Alfredo
1950
No Score Yet Summer Stock
  • Harrison I. Keath
1950
96% On the Town
  • Francois
1949
No Score Yet My Friend Irma
  • Prof. Kropotkin
1949
64% The Barkleys of Broadway
  • Ladislaus Ladi
1949
No Score Yet Design for Death
  • Narrator
1948
No Score Yet The Senator Was Indiscreet
  • Waiter
1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Big Moment
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Passage to Marseille
  • Jourdain
1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington
  • Mr. Ernst
1944
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister
  • Reeves
1943
No Score Yet Crazy House
  • Roco
1943
No Score Yet A Lady Takes a Chance
  • Gregg
1943
75% Journey Into Fear
  • Oo Lang Sang the Magician
1943
No Score Yet Hitler's Children
  • Dr. Graf
1943
No Score Yet The Big Street
  • Louie
1942
No Score Yet The Falcon Takes Over
  • Lindsey Marriot
1942
81% Saboteur
  • Edward
1942
No Score Yet Once Upon a Honeymoon
  • French Fitter
1942
No Score Yet Blondie's Blessed Event
  • George Wickley
1942
No Score Yet Weekend for Three (Week-End for Three)
  • Desk Clerk
1941
No Score Yet Underground
  • Herman
1941
No Score Yet Bitter Sweet
  • Rudolph
1940
No Score Yet It's a Wonderful World
  • Stage Manager
1939

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Academy Awards® Animation Collection
  • Actor

Quotes from Hans Conried's Characters