Ian Wolfe - Rotten Tomatoes

Ian Wolfe

Highest Rated:   100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Silver Chalice (1954)
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Birthplace:   Canton, Illinois, USA
Ian Wolfe was determined to become an actor even as a youth in his hometown of Canton, IL. His Broadway debut was in the warhorse Lionel Barrymore vehicle The Claw. While acting with Katherine Cornell in The Barretts of Wimpole Street in 1934, Wolfe was spotted by MGM producer Irving Thalberg, who brought the actor to Hollywood to re-create his Barretts role. Though not yet 40, Wolfe had the receding hairline and lined features necessary for aged character roles. By his own count, Wolfe appeared in over 200 films, often uncredited assignments in the roles of judges, attorneys, butlers, and shopkeepers. Some of his best screen moments occurred in producer Val Lewton's Bedlam (1946), wherein Wolfe played an 18th century scientist confined to a mental asylum for proposing the invention of motion pictures. Because his actual age was difficult to pinpoint, Wolfe kept working into the 1990s (and his nineties); he was a particular favorite of TV's MTM productions, appearing on such sitcoms as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and Rhoda. Co-workers during this period noted affectionately that, despite his many years as a professional, Wolfe was always seized with "stage fright" just before walking on the set. Though often cast in timid roles, Ian Wolfe was quite outspoken and fiercely defensive of his craft; when asked what he thought of certain method actors who insist upon playing extensions of "themselves," Wolfe snapped that he became an actor to pretend to be other people.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The First Rebel
  • Poole
2015
64% Dick Tracy
  • Forger
1990
20% Checking Out
  • Mr. D'Amato
1989
36% Creator
  • Prof. Brauer
1985
No Score Yet Jinxed
  • Morley
1982
No Score Yet Mae West
  • Dorset
1982
94% Reds
  • Mr. Partlow
1981
No Score Yet Up the Academy
  • Commandant Caseway
1980
53% The Frisco Kid
  • Father Joseph
1979
No Score Yet The Seniors
  • Mr. Bleiffer
1978
No Score Yet James A. Michener's Dynasty
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Mr. Sycamore
  • Abner/Arnie
1975
20% The Fortune
  • Justice of the Peace
1975
No Score Yet Homebodies
  • Mr. Loomis
1974
58% The Terminal Man
  • The Priest
1974
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter
  • Father MacHugh
1973
88% THX 1138
  • PTO
1971
60% Games
  • Dr. Edwards
1967
No Score Yet Diary of a Madman
  • Pierre
1963
No Score Yet One Man's Way
  • Bishop Hardwick
1963
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
  • Gruber
1962
No Score Yet All in a Night's Work
  • O'Hara
1961
No Score Yet The Lost World
  • Burton White
1960
83% Pollyanna
  • Mr. Neely
1960
100% Witness for the Prosecution
  • Carter
1957
96% Rebel Without a Cause
  • Lecturer
1955
No Score Yet The King's Thief
  • Fell
1955
100% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
  • President Calvin Coolidge
1955
75% Moonfleet
  • Tewkesbury
1955
No Score Yet Sincerely Yours
  • Mr. Rojeck
1955
No Score Yet Diane
  • Lord Tremouille
1955
13% The Silver Chalice
  • Theron
1954
No Score Yet Her Twelve Men (Miss Baker's Dozen)
  • Roger Frane
1954
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie
  • Mr. Pope
1954
88% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Rev. Elcott
1954
No Score Yet The Actress
  • Mr. Bagley
1953
83% Houdini
  • Fante
1953
95% Julius Caesar
  • Ligarius
1953
No Score Yet Young Bess
  • Stranger
1953
100% 99 River Street
  • Walde Daggett
1953
No Score Yet Something for the Birds
  • Foster
1952
No Score Yet Captain Pirate
  • Viceroy
1952
No Score Yet Les Miserables
  • Presiding Judge
1952
78% The Captive City
  • Rev. Nash
1952
100% On Dangerous Ground
  • Carrey
1952
No Score Yet Here Comes the Groom
  • Uncle Adam
1951
75% A Place in the Sun
  • Dr. Wyeland
1951
No Score Yet The Great Caruso
  • Hutchins
1951
No Score Yet Mask of the Avenger
  • Signor Donner
1951
No Score Yet Copper Canyon
  • Mr. Henderson
1950
83% No Way Out
  • Watkins
1950
No Score Yet The Magnificent Yankee
  • Mr. Adams
1950
No Score Yet Colorado Territory
  • Homer Wallace
1949
No Score Yet The Younger Brothers
  • Chairman
1949
No Score Yet The Judge Steps Out
  • Hector Brown
1949
88% Johnny Belinda
  • Rector
1948
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves
  • Hobson
1948
100% They Live by Night
  • Hawkins
1948
80% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  • Smith
1948
No Score Yet Three Daring Daughters
  • Butler
1948
No Score Yet Silver River
  • Deputy
1948
No Score Yet Wild Harvest
  • Martin
1947
No Score Yet Dishonored Lady
  • E.J. Lutz, Pathologist
1947
No Score Yet That Way with Women
  • L.B. Crandall
1947
100% Pursued
  • Coroner
1947
No Score Yet Marauders
  • Black
1947
No Score Yet If Winter Comes
  • Doctor
1947
No Score Yet Unexpected Guest
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations
  • Charlie Gibbs
1946
No Score Yet California
  • James K. Polk
1946
No Score Yet The Verdict
  • Jury Foreman
1946
80% Sherlock Holmes - Dressed to Kill
  • Scotland Yard Man
1946
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest
  • Lord Mortimer
1946
No Score Yet Tomorrow Is Forever
  • Norton
1946
No Score Yet The Notorious Lone Wolf
  • Adam Wheelright
1946
No Score Yet Three Strangers
  • Gillkie the Barrister (uncredited)
1946
No Score Yet The Falcon's Adventure
  • Denison
1946
No Score Yet Love Letters
  • Vicar
1945
No Score Yet The Brighton Strangler
  • Mayor
1945
No Score Yet Counter-Attack (One Against Seven)
  • Ostrovski
1945
No Score Yet A Song to Remember
  • Pleyel's Clerk
1945
No Score Yet The Merry Monahans
  • Clerk
1944
No Score Yet In Society
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet The Pearl of Death
  • Amos Hodder
1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time
  • Reporter
1944
No Score Yet The Invisible Man's Revenge
  • Jim Feeny
1944
No Score Yet The Scarlet Claw
  • Drake
1944
No Score Yet The White Cliffs of Dover
  • Skipper
1944
No Score Yet Mystery of the Riverboat
  • Herman Einreich
1944
No Score Yet Zombies on Broadway
  • Prof. Hopkins
1944
80% The Song of Bernadette
  • Minister of the Interior
1943
No Score Yet The Falcon and the Co-eds
  • Eustace L. Harley
1943
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy
  • Librarian
1943
No Score Yet The Iron Major
  • Prof. Runnymead
1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
  • Antique Store Clerk
1943
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony
  • Strawley
1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Washington
  • Antique Store Clerk
1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down
  • Joseph
1943
89% Random Harvest
  • Registrar
1942
91% Now, Voyager
  • Lloyd
1942
92% Mrs. Miniver
  • Dentist
1942
81% Saboteur
  • Robert, the Butler
1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing
  • Reggie
1942
100% Love Crazy
  • Doctor
1941
No Score Yet Hudson's Bay
  • Mayor
1941
No Score Yet Son of Monte Cristo
  • Conrad Stadt
1941
94% Foreign Correspondent
  • Stiles the Butler
1940
No Score Yet Earthbound
  • Totten
1940
No Score Yet The Earl of Chicago
  • Reading Clerk
1940
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X
  • Cemetery Caretaker
1939
No Score Yet Allegheny Uprising
  • Poole
1939
No Score Yet Blondie
  • Judge
1939
No Score Yet The Great Commandment
  • Tax collector
1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time
  • Charles Wentworth
1939
No Score Yet Fast and Loose
  • Wilkes
1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Herbert, the Jailer
1938
91% You Can't Take It With You
  • Kirby's Secretary
1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns
  • A. LeMarchand
1938
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks
  • Leon
1937
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper
  • Proprietor
1937
No Score Yet The Firefly
  • Izquierdo
1937
No Score Yet Maytime
  • Court Official
1937
No Score Yet The Bold Caballero
  • The Priest
1936
75% Romeo and Juliet
  • Apothecary
1936
94% Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Maggs
1935
100% Mad Love
  • Henry Orlac
1935
100% The Raven
  • `Pinky' Geoffrey
1935
71% The Barretts of Wimpole Street
  • Harry Bevan
1934

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Mr. Bigley Mr. Lazeroni
  • 1983
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • 1982
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Septimus Mr. Atoz
  • 1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Schwimmer
  • 1963

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