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Joel McCrea



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Great American Cowboy
  • Actor
1974
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
No Score Yet Wichita
  • Wyatt Earp
1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback
  • Judge Richard 'Rick' Thorne
1955
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 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
96% 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 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
100% 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 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Actor

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