Jerome Cowan

Jerome Cowan

Highest Rated: 100% One Foot in Heaven (1941)

Lowest Rated: 56% Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Birthday: Oct 6, 1897

Birthplace: Not Available

From vaudeville and stock companies, actor Jerome Cowan graduated to Broadway in the now-forgotten farce We've Gotta Have Money. While starring in the 1935 Broadway hit Boy Meets Girl, Cowan was spotted by movie producer Sam Goldwyn, who cast Cowan as a sensitive Irish rebel in 1936's Beloved Enemy. Most of Cowan's subsequent films found him playing glib lawyers, shifty business executives and jilted suitors. A longtime resident at Warner Bros., the pencil-mustached Cowan appeared in several substantial character parts from 1940 through 1949, notably the doomed private eye Miles Archer in The Maltese Falcon. Warners gave Cowan the opportunity to be a romantic leading man in two "B" films, Crime By Night (42) and Find the Blackmailer (43). As the years rolled on, Cowan's air of slightly unscrupulous urbanity gave way to respectability, and in this vein he was ideally suited for the role of Dagwood Bumstead's new boss Mr. Radcliffe in several installments of Columbia's Blondie series; he also scored in such flustered roles as the hapless district attorney in Miracle on 34th Street. Cowan briefly left Hollywood in 1950 to pursue more worthwhile roles on stage and TV; he starred in the Broadway play My Three Angels and was top-billed on the 1951 TV series Not for Publication. In his fifties and sixties, Cowan continued essaying roles calling for easily deflated dignity (e.g. The Three Stooges' Have Rocket Will Travel [59] and Jerry Lewis' Visit to a Small Planet [60]) and made regular supporting appearances on several TV series, among them Valiant Lady, The Tab Hunter Show, Many Happy Returns and Tycoon.

Highest Rated Movies



60% The Comic Lawrence 1969
No Score Yet The Gnome-Mobile Dr. Conrad Ramsey 1967
No Score Yet Penelope Bank Manager 1966
No Score Yet Frankie and Johnny Wilbur 1965
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home Brinkley 1965
82% The Patsy Executive 1964
No Score Yet Black Zoo Jeffrey Stengle 1963
No Score Yet Critic's Choice Joe Rosenfield 1963
56% Pocketful of Miracles Mayor 1961
No Score Yet All in a Night's Work Sam Weaver 1961
88% Private Property Ed Hogate 1960
No Score Yet Have Rocket, Will Travel J.P. Morse 1959
No Score Yet Dallas Matt Coulter 1950
No Score Yet The West Point Story Jocelyn 1950
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Girl Harvey Simpson 1950
80% Young Man With a Horn Phil Morrison 1950
No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Elliot Montgomery 1949
No Score Yet Blondie Hits the Jackpot Radcliffe 1949
No Score Yet Scene of the Crime Arthur Webson 1949
No Score Yet The Girl From Jones Beach Mr. Graves 1949
83% The Fountainhead Alvah Scarret 1949
No Score Yet June Bride Carleton Towne 1948
No Score Yet Night Has a Thousand Eyes Whitney Courtland 1948
No Score Yet Blondie's Reward George M. Radcliffe 1948
No Score Yet Blondie's Secret George Radcliffe 1948
No Score Yet So This Is New York Francis Griffin 1948
No Score Yet Blondie in the Dough George Radcliffe 1947
No Score Yet Riffraff Walter Gredson 1947
No Score Yet The Unfaithful Prosecuting Attorney 1947
96% Miracle on 34th Street District Attorney Thomas Mara 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Holiday George Radcliffe 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Big Moment George M. Radcliffe 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Anniversary George Radcliffe 1947
No Score Yet Cry Wolf Sen. Caldwell 1947
No Score Yet Driftwood Mayor Snyder 1947
No Score Yet Blondie Knows Best Charles Peabody 1946
No Score Yet Flight to Nowhere Gerald Porter 1946
No Score Yet Mr. Ace Peter Craig 1946
No Score Yet Deadline at Dawn Lester Brady 1946
60% The Kid From Brooklyn Fight Ring Announcer 1946
No Score Yet My Reputation George Van Orman 1946
No Score Yet Mister Ace Actor 1946
No Score Yet Deadline For Murder Actor 1946
No Score Yet The Perfect Marriage Addison Manning 1946
No Score Yet Murder in the Music Hall George Morgan 1946
No Score Yet The Crime Doctor's Courage, (The Doctor's Courage) Jeffers 'Jeff' Jerome 1945
No Score Yet Fog Island Kavanaugh 1945
80% Getting Gertie's Garter Billy 1945
No Score Yet Jungle Captive Harrigan 1945
No Score Yet Guest in the House Mr. Hackett 1944
No Score Yet Crime by Night Sam Campbell 1944
57% Mr. Skeffington Edward Morrison 1944
86% The Song of Bernadette Emperor Napoleon 1943
No Score Yet Crime Doctor's Strangest Case Malory 1943
No Score Yet Silver Spurs Jerry Johnson 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Spendler 1943
No Score Yet Ladies' Day Updyke 1943
No Score Yet Who Done It? Marco Holler 1942
No Score Yet Street of Chance Bill Diedrich 1942
No Score Yet Joan of Ozark Phillip Munson 1942
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. North Ben Wilson 1942
No Score Yet Moontide Dr. Brothers 1942
100% One Foot in Heaven Dr. Horrigan 1941
100% The Maltese Falcon Miles Archer 1941
No Score Yet Kisses for Breakfast Lucius Lorimer 1941
No Score Yet Out of the Fog District Attorney 1941
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours "Pappy" Cullen 1941
60% The Great Lie Jock Thompson 1941
95% High Sierra Healy 1941
No Score Yet Too Many Blondes Ted Bronson 1941
80% City for Conquest Dutch 1940
No Score Yet Torrid Zone Bob 1940
No Score Yet Castle on the Hudson Ed Crowley 1940
No Score Yet Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me Ted Carter 1940
No Score Yet Melody Ranch Tommy Summerville 1940
No Score Yet The Old Maid Joe Ralston 1939
No Score Yet The Gracie Allen Murder Case Daniel Mirche 1939
No Score Yet Exile Express Paul Brandt 1939
No Score Yet East Side of Heaven Claudius DeWolfe 1939
No Score Yet The Saint Strikes Back Cullis 1939
No Score Yet There's Always a Woman Nick Shane 1938
No Score Yet The Goldwyn Follies Lawrence 1938
No Score Yet New Faces of 1937 Robert Hunt 1937
No Score Yet Beloved Enemy O'Rourke 1937
89% Shall We Dance Arthur Miller 1937
100% You Only Live Once Dr. Hill 1937
No Score Yet The Hurricane Capt. Nagle 1937
No Score Yet Vogues of 1938 Mr. Brockton 1937


80% The Twilight Zone
Jerry Hearndan 2019
No Score Yet Green Acres
Wilson 1970
83% The Munsters
Ted 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
Thornbridge 1964
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
Dr. E.A. Jackson 1963
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Victor Royce 1959


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