John Carradine

John Carradine

  • Highest Rated: 100% Captain Kidd (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% The Ice Pirates (1984)
  • Birthday: Feb 5, 1906
  • 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 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 Revenge Sen. Bradford 1986
No Score Yet Hollywood Ghost Stories Actor 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
70% 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
75% The Monster Club Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes 1980
17% The Boogey Man Doctor 1980
No Score Yet Monstroid 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 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
47% 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 Golden Rendezvous Fairweather 1977
No Score Yet Doctor Dracula Radcliff 1977
44% The Last Tycoon Guide 1976
No Score Yet Welcome to L.A. Actor 1976
No Score Yet Death at Love House Conan Carroll 1976
90% 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 Bad Charleston Charlie Alcoholic Reporter 1973
No Score Yet Terror in the Wax Museum Claude Dupree 1973
86% 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 Portnoy's Complaint Judge 1972
No Score Yet The Gatling Gun Rev. Harper 1972
No Score Yet Moon Child Walker 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 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 The McMasters Preacher 1970
No Score Yet Bigfoot Jasper B. Hawks 1970
No Score Yet Cain's Cutthroats (Cain's Way) Preacher Sims 1970
No Score Yet Hell's Bloody Devils Merchant 1970
No Score Yet The Trouble with Girls Drewcolt 1969
20% 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 Gallery of Horrors Tristam Halbin [The Witch's Clock] 1967
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go Actor 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 House of the Black Death Andre De Sade 1965
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go Dr. Vanard 1965
62% Cheyenne Autumn Major Jeff Blair 1964
82% 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
92% 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
71% 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
93% Johnny Guitar Old Tom 1954
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night Minister Foressi 1954
No Score Yet Thunder Pass Bergstrom 1954
90% 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
40% 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
92% 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
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Caldwell 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal Ben Carter 1939
No Score Yet Five Came Back Crimp 1939
91% 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
40% 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 Kentucky Moonshine Reef Hatfield 1938
No Score Yet International Settlement Murdock 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
94% 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
40% 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 White Fang Beauty Smith 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 Anything Goes Ballet master 1936
No Score Yet Ramona Jim Farrar 1936
No Score Yet The Cowboy Creed Actor 1936
100% The Bride of Frankenstein Hunter at Hermit's Hut 1935
91% Les Miserables Enjolras 1935
No Score Yet Clive of India Drunken-Faced Clerk 1935
82% Cleopatra Roman 1934
No Score Yet The Meanest Gal in Town Circus Performer 1934
88% 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 Fame
1982-1987
Danny Amatullo
  • 1985
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Professor
  • 1978
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Serendipity
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Isiah Witt
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Jedediah Milbank Preacher Dillard
  • 1969
  • 1961
No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
Arcon
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
  • 1966
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Gateman
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Judge Reest
  • 1961
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Brother Jerome
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Kadar
  • 1959
  • 1955

QUOTES FROM John Carradine CHARACTERS

Host
Man, chicks sure can get weird on ya' man!
Erle Kenton
We should have stuck with the old ways; raising cattle for our feed. Where's the life in that?
Charlie Barton
Humans ARE our cattle.
Erle Kenton
Humans are our PREY. We should feed on them, like we've always done. Screw all this "channel your energies" crap.
Erle Kenton
Humans are our PREY. We should feed on them, like we've always done. Screw all this 'channel your energies' crap.
Erle Kenton
You can't tame what's meant to be wild, doc. It just ain't natural.