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Jeff Corey

Highest Rated:   100% 14 Hours (1951)
Lowest Rated:   20% Lady in a Cage (1964)
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American actor Jeff Corey forsook a job as sewing-machine salesman for the less stable world of New York theatre in the 1930s. The 26-year-old Corey was regarded as a valuable character-actor commodity when he arrived in Hollywood in 1940. Perhaps the best of his many early unbilled appearances was in the Kay Kyser film You'll Find Out (40), in which Corey, playing a game-show contestant (conveniently named Jeff Corey), was required to sing a song while stuffing his mouth full of crackers. The actor was busiest during the "film noir" mid-to-late 1940s, playing several weasely villain roles; it is hard to forget the image of Corey, in the role of a slimy stoolie in Burt Lancaster's Brute Force, being tied to the front of a truck and pushed directly into a hail of police bullets. Corey's film career ended abruptly in 1952 when he was unfairly blacklisted for his left-leaning political beliefs. To keep food on the table, Corey became an acting coach, eventually running one of the top training schools in the business (among his more famous pupils was Jack Nicholson). He was permitted to return to films in the 1960s, essaying such roles as a wild-eyed wino in Lady in a Cage (64), the louse who kills Kim Darby's father in True Grit (68), and a sympathetic sheriff in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (68). In addition to his film work, Jeff Corey has acted in and directed numerous TV series; he was seen as a regular on the 1985 Robert Blake series Hell Town and the 1986 Earl Hamner Jr. production Morningstar/Eveningstar. The following decade found Corey appearing in such films as Sinatra (1992), Beethoven's 2nd (1993) and the action thriller Surviving the Game (1994). Shortly after suffering a fall at his Malibu home in August of 2002, Corey died in Santa Monica due to complications resulting from the accident. He was 88.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
89% Somewhere in the Night
  • Bank Teller
2003
22% Color of Night
  • Ashland
1994
25% Beethoven's 2nd
  • Janitor
1994
27% Surviving the Game
  • Hank
1994
No Score Yet Deception
  • Joe
1993
No Score Yet Judas Project
  • Poneras
1993
No Score Yet Sinatra
  • John Quinlan
1992
No Score Yet The Pay Off
  • Don Anzia
1991
32% Bird on a Wire
  • Lou Baird
1990
No Score Yet The Rose and the Jackal
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Messenger of Death
  • Willis Beecham
1988
No Score Yet Secret Ingredient
  • Colonel Frazier
1988
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Shuan
1987
No Score Yet Second Serve
  • Actor
1986
36% Creator
  • Dean Harrington
1985
No Score Yet Final Jeopardy
  • Actor
1985
26% Conan the Destroyer
  • Grand Vizier
1984
No Score Yet Spurs of Death!
  • Actor
1983
80% The Sword and the Sorcerer
  • Craccus
1982
No Score Yet Cry for the Strangers
  • Riley
1982
45% Battle Beyond the Stars
  • Zed
1980
No Score Yet Homeward Bound
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Up River
  • Bagshaw
1979
60% The Wild Geese
  • Mr. Martin
1978
No Score Yet Jennifer (Jennifer the Snake Goddess) (Jennifer Power)
  • Luke
1978
72% Oh, God!
  • Rabbi
1977
No Score Yet Moonshine County Express
  • Preacher Hagen
1977
No Score Yet Curse of the Black Widow
  • Actor
1977
44% The Last Tycoon
  • Doctor
1976
No Score Yet The Premonition
  • Det. Lt. Mark Denver
1976
No Score Yet Banjo Hackett
  • Judge Janeway
1976
No Score Yet Paper Tiger
  • Mr. King
1975
No Score Yet Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
  • Sheriff Ray Bledsoe
1972
No Score Yet Something Evil
  • Gehrmann
1972
No Score Yet Catlow
  • Merridew
1971
No Score Yet Shoot Out
  • Trooper
1971
96% Little Big Man
  • Wild Bill Hickok
1970
60% They Call Me Mister Tibbs
  • Capt. Marden
1970
43% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
  • Caspay
1970
33% Getting Straight
  • Dr. Edward Willhunt
1970
No Score Yet Cover Me Babe
  • Paul
1970
89% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Sheriff Bledsoe
1969
90% True Grit
  • Tom Chaney
1969
No Score Yet Impasse
  • Wombat
1969
92% The Boston Strangler
  • John Asgeirsson
1968
91% In Cold Blood
  • Hickock's Father
1967
90% Seconds
  • Mr. Ruby
1966
85% The Cincinnati Kid
  • Hoban
1965
No Score Yet Mickey One
  • Fryer
1965
No Score Yet Once a Thief
  • Lt. Kebner
1965
20% Lady in a Cage
  • George L. Brady Jr.
1964
60% The Balcony
  • Bishop
1963
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole-Men
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Red Mountain
  • Skee
1951
No Score Yet Only the Valiant
  • Joe Harmony
1951
100% 14 Hours
  • Sgt. Farley
1951
No Score Yet Rawhide
  • Luke Davis
1951
No Score Yet New Mexico
  • Coyote
1951
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole Men
  • Luke Benson
1951
No Score Yet The Next Voice You Hear
  • Freddie
1950
No Score Yet The Nevadan
  • Bart
1950
No Score Yet Bright Leaf
  • John Barton
1950
No Score Yet The Outriders
  • Keeley
1950
No Score Yet Follow Me Quietly
  • Sgt. Art Collins
1949
80% Home of the Brave
  • Doctor
1949
No Score Yet Roughshod
  • Jed Graham
1949
No Score Yet City Across the River
  • Police Lieutenant Louie Macon
1949
No Score Yet Wake of the Red Witch
  • Mr. Loring
1949
No Score Yet Bagdad
  • Mohammad Jad
1949
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Shuan
1948
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • Prison Guard
1948
No Score Yet Canon City
  • Schwaertmiller
1948
No Score Yet Homecoming
  • Cigarette Smoker
1948
No Score Yet A Southern Yankee
  • Union Cavalry Sergeant
1948
No Score Yet The Gangster
  • Brother-in-law
1947
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Trapper
1947
91% Brute Force
  • Freshman
1947
96% Miracle on 34th Street
  • Reporter
1947
No Score Yet Hoppy's Holiday
  • Jed
1947
No Score Yet California
  • Man
1946
100% The Killers
  • Blinky
1946
86% My Friend Flicka
  • Tim Murphy
1944
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down
  • Albert
1943
25% Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
  • Crypt Keeper
1943
No Score Yet The Man Who Wouldn't Die
  • Coroner Larson
1942
89% Roxie Hart
  • Orderly
1942
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • Tom Sharp
1941
No Score Yet You Belong to Me
  • Mr. Greener
1941
No Score Yet The Reluctant Dragon
  • Animator
1941
No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand
  • Johann
1940
No Score Yet Bitter Sweet
  • Border
1940
No Score Yet Ramrod
  • Bice
1930

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Justin
  • 1996
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Winston Burke
  • 1990
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Salesman
  • 1989
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Judge Parker Edgar Mills
  • 1981
  • 1979
78% Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Plasus
  • 1969

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