Howard Duff

Howard Duff

Highest Rated: 94% The Late Show (1977)

Lowest Rated: 20% Too Much Sun (1991)

Birthday: Nov 24, 1913

Birthplace: Not Available

Hardcase leading man Howard Duff built his reputation on radio, where among several other assignments he was cast as Dashiell Hammett's two-fisted private eye Sam Spade. He made so vivid an impression in this role that, when cast in his first film Brute Force (1947), he was given special billing in the credits as "radio's Sam Spade." His burgeoning film career was slowed down in the early 1950s by the iniquities of the Hollywood Blacklist. Duff's no-nonsense image was softened into sitcom buffoonery when, in 1957, he was cast in TV's Mr. Adams and Eve. His co-star was his then-wife Ida Lupino, and the series' producer was Lupino's previous husband Collier Young. Ida was a frequent director for Duff's subsequent TV series Dante (1960), in which he more-or-less reprised his Sam Spade characterization. Duff's later TV assignments included a three-year starring stint on Felony Squad (1966-69) and supporting roles in the prime time serials Flamingo Road and Knot's Landing. In the 1970s, Howard Duff returned to filmmaking as a character actor, scoring critical successes with his roles as an eternally inebriated relative in Altman's A Wedding (1978) and as Dustin Hoffman's attorney in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Spy Hunt Actor 2012
No Score Yet Calhoun: County Agent Actor 2011
20% Too Much Sun O.M. Rivers 1991
91% No Way Out Senator William 'Billy' Duvall 1987
No Score Yet Monster in the Closet Father Finnegan 1987
No Score Yet Love on the Run Lionel Rockland 1985
50% Oh, God! Book II Dr. Shitley 1980
No Score Yet Double Negative Lester Harlen 1980
89% Kramer vs. Kramer John Shaunessy 1979
73% A Wedding Dr. Jules Meecham 1978
No Score Yet Battered Bill Thompson 1978
No Score Yet Ski Lift to Death Ben Forbes 1978
94% The Late Show Harry Regan 1977
No Score Yet In the Glitter Palace Travers 1977
No Score Yet Woman Accused Travers 1977
No Score Yet Snatched Duncan Wood 1972
86% $ (Dollars) (The Heist) Actor 1971
No Score Yet In Search of America Actor 1971
No Score Yet Panic in the City Dave 1968
No Score Yet Boys' Night Out Doug Jackson 1962
No Score Yet War Gods of Babylon Actor 1962
No Score Yet The Broken Star Deputy Marshal Frank Smeed 1956
No Score Yet Women's Prison Dr. Clark 1955
89% While the City Sleeps Lt. Burt Kaufman 1955
No Score Yet Flame of the Islands Doug Duryea 1955
No Score Yet Private Hell 36 Jack Farnham 1954
No Score Yet Spaceways Stephen Mitchell 1953
No Score Yet Steel Town Jim Denko 1952
No Score Yet Woman in Hiding Keith Ramsey 1950
No Score Yet Shakedown Jack Early 1950
No Score Yet Johnny Stool Pigeon George Morton 1949
No Score Yet All My Sons George Deever 1948
86% The Naked City Frank Niles 1948
91% Brute Force Robert `Soldier' Becker 1947
No Score Yet Know Your Enemy - Japan Actor 1944


No Score Yet The Golden Girls
Guest 1990
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Capt. Thomas Sullivan Magnum Sr. 1988
No Score Yet Dallas
O'Dell 1988
No Score Yet Knots Landing
Paul Galveston 1985
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Ralph 1984
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
Herbie Podell 1983
No Score Yet East of Eden
Jules Edwards 1981
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Harrigan 1980
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Marks 1977
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Larry Dobbs 1976
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
Charles Prescott 1975
No Score Yet Kung Fu
Jenkins Fleck 1974
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Uncle 1972
93% Batman
Cabala 1968
80% The Twilight Zone
Arthur Curtis 1960
No Score Yet Bonanza
Samuel Clemens 1959
No Score Yet War and Remembrance
William Tuttle


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