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Jack Carson

Highest Rated:   100% The Tarnished Angels (1958)
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Birthplace:   Carman, Manitoba, Canada
Actor Jack Carson was born in Canada but raised in Milwaukee, which he always regarded as his hometown. After attending Carroll College, Carson hit the vaudeville trail in an act with his old friend Dave Willock (later a prominent Hollywood character actor in his own right). Carson's first movie contract was at RKO, where he spent an uncomfortable few years essaying bits in "A" pictures and thankless supporting parts in "B"s. His fortunes improved when he moved to Warner Bros. in 1941, where after three years' apprenticeship in sizeable secondary roles he achieved his first starring vehicle, Make Your Own Bed (44); he was cast in this film opposite Jane Wyman, as part of an effort by Warners to create a Carson-Wyman team. While the studio hoped that Carson would become a comedy lead in the manner of Bob Hope, he proved himself an able dramatic actor in films like The Hard Way (43) and Mildred Pierce. Still, he was built up as Warners' answer to Hope, especially when teamed in several films with the studio's "Bing Crosby", Dennis Morgan. Continuing to alternate comic and dramatic (sometimes villainous) roles throughout the 1950s, Carson starred in his own Jack Benny-style radio series, appeared successfully as a stand-up comedian in Las Vegas, and was one of four rotating hosts on the 1950 TV variety series All-Star Revue. Carson was married four times (once to Lola Albright) Shortly after completing his role in the Disney TV comedy Sammy the Way Out Seal, Carson died of stomach cancer on January 2, 1963 (the same day that actor/producer Dick Powell succumbed to cancer).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Two Guys From Milwaukee
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Sammy, the Way-Out Seal
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet King of the Roaring Twenties
  • Timothy W. 'Big Tim' O'Brien
1961
No Score Yet Circus of Horrors (Phantom of the Circus)
  • Chief Eagle Eye
1960
No Score Yet The Bramble Bush
  • Bert Mosley
1960
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Gooper Pollitt
1958
100% The Tarnished Angels
  • Jiggs
1958
25% Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
  • Capt. Hoxie
1958
No Score Yet The Tattered Dress
  • Sheriff Nick Hoak
1957
No Score Yet The Bottom of the Bottle (Beyond the River)
  • Hal Breckinridge
1956
No Score Yet Phffft!
  • Charlie Nelson
1954
96% A Star Is Born
  • Matt Libby
1954
No Score Yet Red Garters
  • Jason Carberry
1954
No Score Yet Dangerous When Wet
  • Windy
1953
No Score Yet Groom Wore Spurs, The
  • Ben Castle
1951
No Score Yet Hollywood on the Line
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Bright Leaf
  • Chris Malley (Dr. Monaco)
1950
No Score Yet The Good Humor Man
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet It's a Great Feeling
  • Himself
1949
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours
  • Doug Blake
1949
No Score Yet John Loves Mary
  • Fred Taylor
1949
No Score Yet Two Guys from Texas
  • Danny Foster
1948
80% Romance on the High Seas
  • Peter Virgil
1948
No Score Yet April Showers
  • Joe Tyme
1948
No Score Yet One More Tomorrow
  • Patrick 'Pat' Regan
1946
83% Mildred Pierce
  • Wally
1945
No Score Yet Roughly Speaking
  • Harold C. Pierson
1945
88% Arsenic and Old Lace
  • O'Hara
1944
No Score Yet Shine On, Harvest Moon
  • The Great Georgetti
1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen
  • Himself
1944
No Score Yet Princess O'Rourke
  • Dave Campbell
1943
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Specialty
1943
No Score Yet The Hard Way
  • Albert Runkel
1943
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc.
  • Jeff Randolph
1942
100% Gentleman Jim
  • Lowrie
1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal
  • Joe Ferguson
1942
No Score Yet Blues in the Night
  • Leo Powell
1941
100% Love Crazy
  • Ward Willoughby
1941
63% Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Chuck Benson
1941
No Score Yet The Bride Came C.O.D.
  • Allen Brice
1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde
  • Hugo Barnstead
1941
No Score Yet Love Thy Neighbor
  • Policeman
1940
No Score Yet I Take This Woman
  • Joe
1940
No Score Yet Lucky Partners
  • Freddie Harper
1940
No Score Yet Girl In 313
  • Pat O'Farrell
1940
100% Destry Rides Again
  • Jack Tyndall
1939
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Sweeney
1939
No Score Yet Fifth Avenue Girl
  • Sailor in Park
1939
No Score Yet The Saint in New York
  • Red Jenks
1938
100% Vivacious Lady
  • Waiter Captain
1938
No Score Yet This Marriage Business
  • Candid
1938
No Score Yet Maid's Night Out
  • Amusement Ride Operator
1938
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • Roustabout
1938
No Score Yet Crashing Hollywood
  • Movie Director Dickson
1938
50% Carefree
  • Connors
1938
No Score Yet Law of the Underworld
  • Johnny
1938
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Time
  • Emil Beatty
1938
No Score Yet Stand-In
  • Potts
1937
No Score Yet Music for Madame
  • Assistant Director
1937
95% Stage Door
  • Milbank
1937
No Score Yet The Toast of New York
  • Reporter
1937
100% You Only Live Once
  • Gas Station Attendant
1937

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Harvey Hunnicut
  • 1961
  • 1960

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