Joel McCrea

Joel McCrea

Highest Rated: 100% Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Lowest Rated: 53% Bird of Paradise (1932)

Birthday: Nov 5, 1905

Birthplace: South Pasadena, California, USA

Likable, ruggedly handsome figure, a durable star who first made his name in adventures and melodramas of the 1930s. McCrea gave one of his finest performances in Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" (1940) and brought an amiable, relaxed charm to his comic roles, especially when directed by Preston Sturges in "Sullivan's Travels" (1941) and "The Palm Beach Story" (1942) and by George Stevens in "The More the Merrier" (1943). His offhand yet sincere style also kept him much in demand as a lead in "women's pictures" (as they were then called), and McCrea played romantically opposite female divas including Constance Bennett ("Rockabye" 1932), Irene Dunne ("The Silver Cord" 1933), Barbara Stanwyck ("Gambling Lady" 1934), Merle Oberon ("These Three" 1936) and Ginger Rogers ("Primrose Path" 1940). Although McCrea had starred in a number of Westerns and action pictures in the 30s (e.g., Cecil B. DeMille's "Union Pacific" 1939), beginning with William Wellman's "Buffalo Bill" (1944), McCrea starred primarily in Westerns for the rest of his career. His many horse operas, the best of which included "Colorado Territory" (1949), "Trooper Hook" (1957) and "Ride the High Country" (1962), mirrored his own frontier roots as well as his personal life. A passionate outdoorsman, he listed his occupation as "rancher" and his hobby as "acting." McCrea was married to actress Frances Dee from 1933 until his death; their son Jody McCrea (b. 1934) appeared with him on his TV series "Wichita Town" (1959-60) and in the film "Cry Blood, Apache" (1970).

Highest rated movies

Wichita
Sullivan's Travels
These Three
The Most Dangerous Game
The Lost Squadron
The Palm Beach Story
Foreign Correspondent
The More the Merrier

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mustang Country Dan (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great American Cowboy Narrator - 1974
No Score Yet 12% Cry Blood, Apache Pitcalin as an Older Man (Character),
Producer
- 1970
93% 84% Ride the High Country Steve Judd (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 17% The Gunfight at Dodge City Bat Masterson (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 25% Cattle Empire John Cord (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 38% Fort Massacre Sgt. Vinson (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 8% The Tall Stranger Ned Bannon (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 33% Gunsight Ridge Mike Ryan (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 50% Trooper Hook Sgt. Clovis Hook (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 25% The Oklahoman Dr. John Brighton (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 43% The First Texan Sam Houston (Character) - 1956
100% 67% Wichita Wyatt Earp (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 80% Stranger on Horseback Judge Richard Thorne (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Horse Canyon Del Rockwell (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Border River Clete Mattson (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Hand Zachary Hallock (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shoot First Lt. Col. Robert Tanie (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The San Francisco Story Rick Nelson (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frenchie Sheriff Tom Banning (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 33% Cattle Drive Dan Mathews (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saddle Tramp Chuck Conner (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 14% The Outriders Will Owen (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 90% Stars in My Crown Josiah Doziah Gray (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 64% Colorado Territory Wes McQueen (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet South of St. Louis Kip Davis (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 67% Four Faces West Ross McEwen (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 50% Ramrod Dave Nash (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 48% The Virginian The Virginian (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unseen David Fielding (Character) - 1945
71% 27% The Great Moment William Thomas Green Morton (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 50% Buffalo Bill William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Character) - 1944
94% 82% The More the Merrier Joe Carter (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 47% The Great Man's Lady Ethan Hoyt (Character) - 1942
97% 81% The Palm Beach Story Tom Jeffers (Character) - 1942
100% 89% Sullivan's Travels John L. Sullivan (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reaching for the Sun Russ Eliot (Character) - 1941
95% 81% Foreign Correspondent John Jones (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 62% Primrose Path Ed Wallace (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet He Married His Wife T.H. "Randy" Randall (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 40% Espionage Agent Barry Corvall (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 67% They Shall Have Music Peter McCarthy (Character) - 1939
83% 65% Union Pacific Capt. Jeff Butler (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Van Dam Smith (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Youth Takes a Fling Joe Meadows (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 56% Woman Chases Man Kenneth Nolan (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wells Fargo Ramsay MacKay (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 60% Internes Can't Take Money James Kildare (Character) - 1937
91% 77% Dead End Dave Connell (Character) - 1937
100% 75% These Three Dr. Joseph Cardin (Character) - 1936
91% 65% Come and Get It Richard Glasgow (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 0% Banjo on My Knee Ernie Holley (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 12% Adventure in Manhattan George Melville (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two in a Crowd Larry Stevens (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 41% Our Little Girl Dr. Donald Middleton (Character) - 1935
92% 47% Barbary Coast Jim Carmichael (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 40% Splendor Brighton Lorrimore (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 60% Woman Wanted Anthony "Tony" Baxter (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Worlds Unknown (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 60% Gambling Lady Garry Madison (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half a Sinner John Adams (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 57% The Richest Girl in the World Anthony "Tony" Travers (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rockabye Jacobs "Jake" Van Riker Pell (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 8% Chance at Heaven Unknown (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bed of Roses Dan (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silver Cord David Phelps (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 20% One Man's Journey Jimmy Watt (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sport Parade Sandy Brown (Character) - 1932
53% 45% Bird of Paradise Johnny Baker (Character) - 1932
100% 73% The Most Dangerous Game Bob Rainsford (Character) - 1932
100% 55% The Lost Squadron Red (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Business and Pleasure Lawrence Ogle (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 25% Kept Husbands Richard "Dick" Brunton (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls About Town Jim Baker (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Born to Love Capt. Barry Craig (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Common Law John Neville, Jr. (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 33% The Silver Horde Boyd Emerson (Character) - 1930

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1959