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James Kirkwood

Highest Rated: 100% Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Lowest Rated: 86% Madame Curie (1943)

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Durable American actor James Kirkwood opened up his film career at the Biograph studios in 1909 and closed it out with 1962's The Ugly American. The curly-haired, dependable-looking Kirkwood (described in an early Photoplay article as "one of those regular film 'troupers' who never fall down") occasionally interrupted his acting career for a spot of directing; in 1912 alone, he wielded the megaphone for nine pictures featuring Mary Pickford. Lacking the drive and organizational skills to excel as a director, Kirkwood willingly switched back to acting full-time by 1918. His silent film acting credits include D.W. Griffith's Home, Sweet Home (1914) and That Royale Girl (1926), costarring with W.C. Fields in the latter picture. Among Kirkwood's talking films were Over the Hill (1931), Charlie Chan's Chance (1933) and Joan of Arc (1949). His talkie roles frequently found Kirkwood on the wrong side of the law, as in the Tom Mix western My Pal the King (1932), wherein Kirkwood trapped boy-king Mickey Rooney in a rapidly flooding cellar. James Kirkwood's third wife was actress Lila Lee; their son was James Kirkwood Jr., co-author of the Broadway long-runner A Chorus Line.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Search for Bridey Murphy Brian (age 68) 1956
No Score Yet Passion Don Rosendo 1954
No Score Yet Adventure of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush Actor 1954
No Score Yet The Sun Shines Bright General Fairfield 1953
No Score Yet The Last Posse Judge Parker 1953
No Score Yet Winning of the West Wagon Train Survivor (uncredited) 1953
No Score Yet Man in the Saddle Sheriff Medary 1951
No Score Yet Santa Fe Surveyor 1951
No Score Yet The Nevadan Tex 1950
100% Intruder in the Dust Black Convict 1949
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy A Hatfield 1949
No Score Yet The Doolins of Oklahoma Rev. Mears 1949
88% Joan of Arc Judge Mortemer 1948
No Score Yet Driftwood Rev. MacDougal 1947
86% Madame Curie Board Member 1943
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet She Wanted a Millionaire Roger Norton 1932
No Score Yet My Pal, the King Schwartz/Count DeMar 1932
No Score Yet Over the Hill Pa Shelby 1931
No Score Yet The Devil's Holiday Mark Stone 1930
No Score Yet Great Impersonation Sir Everard Dominey 1921
No Score Yet Cinderella Director 1914
No Score Yet Behind the Scenes Director Actor 1914
No Score Yet Home Sweet Home Her Son 1914
No Score Yet The Eagle's Mate Director Lancer Morne 1914
No Score Yet A Corner in Wheat Actor 1909
No Score Yet The Renunciation Actor 1909
No Score Yet The Lonely Villa Among Rescuers 1909


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