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John Carradine

Highest Rated:   100% Captain Kidd (1945)
Lowest Rated:   9% The Ice Pirates (1984)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
Though best known to modern filmgoers as a horror star, cadaverous John Carradine was, in his prime, one of the most versatile character actors on the silver screen. The son of a journalist father and physician mother, Carradine was given an expensive education in Philadelphia and New York. Upon graduating from the Graphic Arts School, he intended to make his living as a painter and sculptor, but in 1923 he was sidetracked into acting. Working for a series of low-paying stock companies throughout the 1920s, he made ends meet as a quick-sketch portrait painter and scenic designer. He came to Hollywood in 1930, where his extensive talents and eccentric behavior almost immediately brought him to the attention of casting directors. He played a dizzying variety of distinctive bit parts -- a huntsman in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), a crowd agitator in Les Miserables (1935) -- before he was signed to a 20th Century Fox contract in 1936. His first major role was the sadistic prison guard in John Ford's Prisoner of Shark Island (1936), which launched a long and fruitful association with Ford, culminating in such memorable screen characterizations as the gentleman gambler in Stagecoach (1939) and Preacher Casy ("I lost the callin'!") in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Usually typecast as a villain, Carradine occasionally surprised his followers with non-villainous roles like the philosophical cab driver in Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938) and Abraham Lincoln in Of Human Hearts (1938). Throughout his Hollywood years, Carradine's first love remained the theater; to fund his various stage projects (which included his own Shakespearean troupe), he had no qualms about accepting film work in the lowest of low-budget productions. Ironically, it was in one of these Poverty Row cheapies, PRC's Bluebeard (1944), that the actor delivered what many consider his finest performance. Though he occasionally appeared in an A-picture in the 1950s and 1960s (The Ten Commandments, Cheyenne Autumn), Carradine was pretty much consigned to cheapies during those decades, including such horror epics as The Black Sleep (1956), The Unearthly (1957), and the notorious Billy the Kid Meets Dracula (1966). He also appeared in innumerable television programs, among them Twilight Zone, The Munsters, Thriller, and The Red Skelton Show, and from 1962 to 1964 enjoyed a long Broadway run as courtesan-procurer Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Though painfully crippled by arthritis in his last years, Carradine never stopped working, showing up in films ranging from Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask (1972) to Peggy Sue Got Married (1984). Married four times, John Carradine was the father of actors David, Keith, Robert, and Bruce Carradine.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bigfoot
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Richard
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Danger: Love At Work
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Voodoo Man
  • Toby
2009
No Score Yet imps*
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off Screen
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Jack O
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Evils of the Night
  • Dr. Kozmar
2003
No Score Yet Blood of Ghastly Horror
  • Dr. Van Ard
2001
No Score Yet House of the Seven Corpses
  • Edgar Price
2000
No Score Yet Jack-O Lantern
  • Walter Machen
1995
No Score Yet Gallery of Horrors
  • Narrator / Tristram Halbin
1992
No Score Yet Bees
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Buried Alive
  • Jacob
1989
No Score Yet Big Foot
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Evil Spawn
  • Dr. Zeitman
1987
No Score Yet Monster in the Closet
  • Old Joe
1987
No Score Yet Star Slammer: The Escape
  • The Justice
1987
No Score Yet The Tomb
  • Mr. Andoheb
1986
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Leo
1986
No Score Yet Ghost Stories: Walking with the Dead
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Hollywood Ghost Stories
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Revenge
  • Sen. Bradford
1986
No Score Yet The Vals
  • Mr. Stanton
1985
9% The Ice Pirates
  • Supreme Commander
1984
No Score Yet The Boogeyman II
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet House of the Long Shadows
  • Lord Grisbane
1983
No Score Yet Aladdin and His Magic Lamp
  • Actor
1983
96% The Secret of NIMH
  • Great Owl
1982
No Score Yet Satan's Mistress
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Demon Rage
  • Father Stratten
1982
No Score Yet Goliath Awaits
  • Ronald Bentley
1981
No Score Yet Antony and Cleopatra
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Nesting (Massacre Mansion)(Phobia)
  • Col. LeBrun
1981
68% The Howling
  • Erle Kenton
1981
No Score Yet Frankenstein Island
  • Dr. Frankenstein
1981
No Score Yet The Best of Sex and Violence (Screams of Flesh and Blood)
  • Host
1981
No Score Yet Doctor Dracula
  • Actor
1980
71% The Monster Club
  • Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes
1980
17% The Boogey Man
  • Doctor
1980
No Score Yet Monster
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Seekers
  • Avery Mills
1979
No Score Yet Nocturna
  • Count Dracula
1979
No Score Yet Judgement of Solomon
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Monstroid: It Came from the Lake
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Bees
  • Dr. Sigmund Hummel
1978
No Score Yet The Vampire Hookers
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Christmas Coal Mine Miracle
  • Grampa
1978
No Score Yet Cruise Missile
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Shock Waves
  • Capt. Ben
1977
20% The White Buffalo
  • Amos Briggs
1977
58% The Sentinel
  • Father Francis Matthew Halloran
1977
No Score Yet Satan's Cheerleaders
  • The Bum
1977
No Score Yet Crash!
  • Dr. Welsey Edwards
1977
No Score Yet Doctor Dracula
  • Radcliff
1977
No Score Yet Golden Rendezvous
  • Fairweather
1977
44% The Last Tycoon
  • Guide
1976
No Score Yet Welcome to L.A.
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings
  • Father Hale
1976
No Score Yet Death at Love House
  • Conan Carroll
1976
93% The Shootist
  • Beckum
1976
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Drunk
1976
No Score Yet Journey into the Beyond
  • Actor
1976
40% The Killer Inside Me
  • Dr. Smith
1976
No Score Yet Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary
  • Mary's Father
1975
No Score Yet Stowaway to the Moon
  • Jacob Avril
1974
No Score Yet Hex
  • Old gunfighter
1973
No Score Yet Antony and Cleopatra
  • Actor
1973
86% The Night Strangler
  • Publisher
1973
No Score Yet Superchick
  • Igor Smith
1973
No Score Yet Silent Night, Bloody Night
  • Tawman
1973
No Score Yet Terror in the Wax Museum
  • Claude Dupree
1973
No Score Yet Bad Charleston Charlie
  • Alcoholic Reporter
1973
90% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Dr. Bernardo
1972
48% Boxcar Bertha
  • H. Buckram Sartoris
1972
No Score Yet The Gatling Gun
  • Rev. Harper
1972
No Score Yet Moon Child
  • Walker
1972
No Score Yet Portnoy's Complaint
  • Judge
1972
No Score Yet The Seven Minutes
  • O'Flanagan
1971
No Score Yet Legacy of Blood
  • Christopher Dean
1971
No Score Yet Shinbone Alley
  • Tyrone T. Tattersall
1971
No Score Yet The Blood Seekers
  • Preacher Simms
1971
No Score Yet Demented Death Farm Massacre
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Crowhaven Farm
  • Caretaker
1970
29% Myra Breckinridge
  • Surgeon
1970
No Score Yet Five Bloody Graves
  • Minister
1970
No Score Yet Horror of the Blood Monsters
  • Dr. Rynning
1970
No Score Yet Cain's Cutthroats (Cain's Way)
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet The McMasters
  • Preacher
1970
No Score Yet Hell's Bloody Devils
  • Merchant
1970
No Score Yet The Trouble with Girls
  • Drewcolt
1969
No Score Yet Good Guys and the Bad Guys
  • Ticker
1969
No Score Yet Blood of Dracula's Castle, (Castle of Dracula)
  • George
1969
No Score Yet The Helicopter Spies
  • Third-Way Priest
1968
No Score Yet The Astro-Zombies
  • Dr. DeMarco
1968
No Score Yet The Hostage
  • Otis Lovelace
1967
No Score Yet Hillbillys in a Haunted House
  • Dr. Himmel
1967
No Score Yet Autopsy of a Ghost
  • Satan
1967
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Gallery of Horrors
  • Tristam Halbin [The Witch's Clock]
1967
No Score Yet Night Train to Mundo Fine
  • Mr. Wilson
1966
No Score Yet Munster, Go Home
  • Cruikshank
1966
No Score Yet Billy the Kid vs. Dracula
  • Count Dracula
1966
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go
  • Dr. Vanard
1965
No Score Yet House of the Black Death
  • Andre De Sade
1965
70% Cheyenne Autumn
  • Major Jeff Blair
1964
80% The Patsy
  • Bruce Alden
1964
No Score Yet Curse of the Stone Hand
  • The Old Drunk
1964
No Score Yet Wizard of Mars
  • Wizard of Mars
1964
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Maj. Cassius Starbuckle
1962
No Score Yet Invasion of the Animal People
  • Narrator
1962
No Score Yet Sex Kittens Go to College
  • Prof. Watts
1960
No Score Yet The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Slave catcher
1960
No Score Yet Tarzan The Magnificient
  • Abel
1960
No Score Yet Rymdinvasion i Lappland
  • Narrator
1959
No Score Yet Invisible Invaders
  • Dr. Karol Noymann
1959
No Score Yet The Cosmic Man
  • Cosmic Man
1959
No Score Yet The Incredible Petrified World
  • Dr. Wyman
1958
No Score Yet The Proud Rebel
  • Travelling salesman
1958
89% The Last Hurrah
  • Amos Force
1958
No Score Yet Half Human
  • Dr. John Raybourn
1958
No Score Yet Showdown at Boot Hill
  • Doc Weber
1958
No Score Yet Hell Ship Mutiny
  • Malone
1957
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Khufu
1957
No Score Yet The Unearthly
  • Dr. Charles Conway
1957
86% The True Story of Jesse James
  • Rev. Jethro Bailey
1957
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Col. Proctor Stamp
1956
94% The Ten Commandments
  • Aaron
1956
No Score Yet The Black Sleep
  • Borg
1956
96% The Court Jester
  • Giacomo
1956
No Score Yet Female Jungle
  • Claude Almstead
1956
No Score Yet Hidden Guns
  • Snipe Harding
1956
No Score Yet Desert Sands
  • Jala
1955
No Score Yet The Kentuckian
  • Fletcher
1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback
  • Col. Streeter
1955
No Score Yet The Egyptian
  • Grave robber
1954
97% Johnny Guitar
  • Old Tom
1954
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night
  • Minister Foressi
1954
No Score Yet Thunder Pass
  • Bergstrom
1954
89% The Inspector General
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet C-Man
  • Doc Spencer
1949
No Score Yet The Private Affairs of Bel Ami
  • Charles Forestier
1947
No Score Yet Down Missouri Way
  • Thorndyke 'Thorny' P. Dunning
1946
No Score Yet The Face of Marble
  • Dr. Charles Randolph
1946
80% Fallen Angel
  • Prof. Madley
1945
56% House of Dracula
  • Count Dracula
1945
No Score Yet It's in the Bag
  • Pike
1945
100% Captain Kidd
  • Orange Povey
1945
100% Bluebeard
  • Gaston Morel
1944
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent
  • Duke Cleat
1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain
  • Bret Harte
1944
33% The Mummy's Ghost
  • Yousef Bey
1944
No Score Yet Waterfront
  • Nazi agent
1944
No Score Yet The Invisible Man's Revenge
  • Dr. Peter Drury
1944
55% House of Frankenstein
  • Dracula
1944
No Score Yet Return of the Ape Man
  • Prof. Gilmore
1944
No Score Yet Jungle Woman
  • Dr. Walters
1944
No Score Yet Gangway for Tomorrow
  • Wellington
1943
No Score Yet Revenge of the Zombies
  • Dr. Max Heinrich von Altermann
1943
No Score Yet Monsoon
  • Clancy
1943
No Score Yet Silver Spurs
  • Lucky Miller
1943
40% Captive Wild Woman
  • Dr. Sigmund Walters
1943
No Score Yet Hitler's Madman
  • Heydrich
1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France
  • Ulrich Windler
1942
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
  • Caleb Green
1942
100% Blood and Sand
  • Nacional
1941
80% Western Union
  • Doc Murdoch
1941
90% Man Hunt
  • Mr. Jones
1941
No Score Yet Swamp Water
  • Jesse Wick
1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna
  • B.D. Bisbee
1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Casey
1940
83% The Return of Frank James
  • Bob Ford
1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young
  • Porter Rockwell
1940
80% Drums Along the Mohawk
  • Caldwell
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal
  • Ben Carter
1939
No Score Yet Five Came Back
  • Crimp
1939
100% The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Barryman
1939
100% Stagecoach
  • Hatfield
1939
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers
  • Naveau
1939
No Score Yet Jesse James
  • Bob Ford
1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Last Warning
  • Danforth/Richard Burke
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
1939
80% Alexander's Ragtime Band
  • Taxi Driver
1938
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Gordon
1938
No Score Yet Four Men and a Prayer
  • Gen. Adolfo Arturo Sebastian
1938
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts
  • President Abraham Lincoln
1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol
  • McAllison
1938
No Score Yet Thank You, Mr. Moto
  • Pereira
1937
No Score Yet The Last Gangster
  • Casper
1937
No Score Yet Ali Baba Goes to Town
  • Ishak
1937
93% Captains Courageous
  • Long Jack
1937
No Score Yet This Is My Affair
  • Ed
1937
No Score Yet The Hurricane
  • Jailer
1937
No Score Yet Winterset
  • Romagna
1936
No Score Yet Dimples
  • Richards
1936
33% The Garden of Allah
  • Sand diviner
1936
86% Captain January
  • Local yokel
1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland
  • David Rizzio
1936
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia
  • Pres. McKinley
1936
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Shark Island
  • Sgt. Rankin
1936
No Score Yet The Cowboy Creed
  • Actor
1936
100% The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Hunter at Hermit's Hut
1935
100% Les Miserables
  • Enjolras
1935
88% Cleopatra
  • Roman
1934
No Score Yet The Meanest Gal in Town
  • Circus Performer
1934
87% The Black Cat
  • Cult organist (uncredited)
1934
100% The Invisible Man
  • Informer
1933
No Score Yet To the Last Man
  • Pete Garon
1933
No Score Yet This Day and Age
  • High school speaker
1933
No Score Yet The Story of Temple Drake
  • Courtroom extra
1933
33% The Sign of the Cross
  • Leader of Gladiators/Christian
1932
No Score Yet Tol'able David
  • Buzzard
1930

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Actor
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Brother Jerome
  • 1960
  • 1959

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