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Howard Duff

Highest Rated:   100% The Late Show (1977)
Lowest Rated:   20% Too Much Sun (1991)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
88% Kramer vs. Kramer
  • John Shaunessy
1979
70% A Wedding
  • Dr. Jules Meecham
1978
No Score Yet Battered
  • Bill Thompson
1978
No Score Yet Ski Lift to Death
  • Actor
1978
100% 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
83% $ (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 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

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