Joel McCrea

Highest Rated: 100% Wichita (1955)
Lowest Rated: 83% The Great Moment (1921)
Birthday: Nov 5, 1905
Birthplace: South Pasadena, California, USA
American actor Joel McCrea came from a California family with roots reaching back to the pioneer days. As a youth, McCrea satiated his fascination with movies by appearing as an extra in a serial starring Ruth Roland. By 1920, high schooler McCrea was a movie stunt double, and by the time he attended USC, he was regularly appearing at the Pasadena Playhouse. McCrea's big Hollywood break came with a part in the 1929 talkie Jazz Age; he matriculated into one of the most popular action stars of the 1930s, making lasting friendships with such luminaries as director Cecil B. DeMille and comedian Will Rogers. It was Rogers who instilled in McCrea a strong business sense, as well as a love of ranching; before the 1940s had ended, McCrea was a multi-millionaire, as much from his land holdings and ranching activities as from his film work. Concentrating almost exclusively on westerns after appearing in The Virginian (1946), McCrea became one of that genre's biggest box-office attractions. He extended his western fame to an early-1950s radio series, Tales of the Texas Rangers, and a weekly 1959 TV oater, Wichita Town, in which McCrea costarred with his son Jody. In the late 1960s, McCrea increased his wealth by selling 1200 acres of his Moorpark (California) ranch to an oil company, on the proviso that no drilling would take place within sight of the actor's home. By the time he retired in the early 1970s, McCrea could take pride in having earned an enduring reputation not only as one of Hollywood's shrewdest businessmen, but as one of the few honest-to-goodness gentlemen in the motion picture industry.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Reaching For The Sun Actor 2012
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
No Score Yet Mustang Country Dan 1976
No Score Yet The Great American Cowboy Narrator 1973
No Score Yet Cry Blood, Apache Older Pitcalin 1971
93% Ride the High Country Steve Judd 1962
No Score Yet The Gunfight at Dodge City Bat Masterson 1959
No Score Yet Gunsight Ridge Mike Ryan 1958
No Score Yet Fort Massacre Vinson 1958
No Score Yet Cattle Empire John Cord 1958
No Score Yet The Tall Stranger Ned Bannon 1957
No Score Yet The Oklahoman Dr. John Brighton 1957
No Score Yet Trooper Hook Actor 1957
No Score Yet The First Texan Sam Houston 1956
100% Wichita Wyatt Earp 1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback Judge Richard 'Rick' Thorne 1955
No Score Yet Black Horse Canyon Del Rockwell 1954
No Score Yet Border River Clete Mattson 1954
No Score Yet Shoot First Col. Bob Taine 1953
No Score Yet Rough Shoot Actor 1953
No Score Yet The San Francisco Story Rick Nelson 1952
No Score Yet Cattle Drive Dan Mathews 1951
No Score Yet Hollywood Story Joel McCrea - Modern-day Movie Star 1951
No Score Yet Frenchie Tom Banning 1950
No Score Yet Stars in My Crown Josiah Dozier Grey 1950
No Score Yet The Outriders Will Owen 1950
No Score Yet South of St. Louis Kip Davis 1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory Wes McQueen 1949
No Score Yet Four Faces West Ross McEwen 1948
No Score Yet The Virginian The Virginian 1946
No Score Yet The Unseen David Fielding 1945
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody 1944
94% The More the Merrier Joe Carter 1943
97% The Palm Beach Story Tom Jeffers 1942
No Score Yet The Great Man's Lady Ethan Hoyt 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels John L. Sullivan 1941
94% Foreign Correspondent Johnny Jones 1940
No Score Yet Primrose Path Ed Wallace 1940
No Score Yet He Married His Wife T.H. 'Randy' Randall 1940
No Score Yet Espionage Agent Barry Corvall 1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music Peter McCarthy 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Capt. Jeff Butler 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
89% Dead End Dave Connell 1937
No Score Yet Woman Chases Man Kenneth Nolan 1937
No Score Yet Internes Can't Take Money (You Can't Take Money) James Kildare 1937
No Score Yet Wells Fargo Ramsay Mackay 1937
No Score Yet Banjo on My Knee Ernie Holley 1936
90% Come and Get It Richard Glasgow 1936
No Score Yet Adventure in Manhattan (Manhattan Madness) George Melville 1936
100% These Three Dr. Joseph Cardin 1936
92% Barbary Coast Jim Carmichael 1935
No Score Yet Woman Wanted Tony 1935
No Score Yet Our Little Girl Dr. Donald Middleton 1935
No Score Yet Private Worlds Dr. Alex MacGregor 1935
No Score Yet Splendor Brighton Lorrimore 1935
No Score Yet The Richest Girl in the World Tony Travis 1934
No Score Yet Gambling Lady Garry Madison 1934
No Score Yet Chance at Heaven Blackstone 'Blacky' Gorman 1933
No Score Yet One Man's Journey Jimmy Watt 1933
No Score Yet Bed of Roses Dan 1933
No Score Yet Bed Of Roses Actor 1933
No Score Yet Rockabye Actor 1933
No Score Yet The Silver Cord David Phelps 1933
No Score Yet Bird of Paradise Johnny Baker 1932
100% The Most Dangerous Game Bob 1932
100% The Lost Squadron Red 1932
No Score Yet Kept Husbands Richard 'Dick' Brunton 1931
No Score Yet The Silver Horde Boyd Emerson 1930
No Score Yet Common Clay John Neville, Jr. 1930
No Score Yet Ramrod Dave Nask 1930
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Chair Actor 1929
No Score Yet The Single Standard Party Guest 1929
No Score Yet So This Is College Bit Part 1929
83% The Great Moment William Thomas Green Morton 1921


No Score Yet American Masters