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James Kirkwood

Highest Rated:   100% Intruder in the Dust (1949)
Lowest Rated:   83% 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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Search for Bridey Murphy
  • Brian (age 68)
1956
No Score Yet Adventure of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet Passion
  • Don Rosendo
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 I Dream of Jeanie
  • Doctor
1952
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
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • Judge Mortemer
1948
No Score Yet Driftwood
  • Rev. MacDougal
1947
83% 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 Million Dollar Mystery
  • Actor
1927
No Score Yet Behind the Scenes
  • Actor
  • Director
1914
No Score Yet Home Sweet Home
  • Her Son
1914
No Score Yet A Corner in Wheat
  • Actor
1909
No Score Yet The Renunciation
  • Actor
1909

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