John Larkin

Highest Rated: 97% The Thin Man (1934)
Lowest Rated: 60% The Satan Bug (1965)
Birthday: Nov 30, 1901
Birthplace: Not Available
Two American actors in the twentieth century used the name John Larkin -- an African-American performer whose screen credits may go back to the teens, and a white actor who was mostly known for his radio and television work; to complicate matters even further, there was also John Francis Larkin, a writer/producer/director who was often credited as "John Larkin." The African-American John Larkin was born in Norfolk, VA, in 1873, just eight years after the Civil War, and entered motion pictures in 1911. His surviving confirmed credits date from the sound era, and he appeared in over three dozen movies between 1930 and 1936. In keeping with the custom of the time in film casting, he usually played such roles as stableboys, janitors, porters, and servants -- and slaves -- though he also used his singing voice in at least one movie. Larkin passed away in the late winter of 1936, following his last appearance on-screen in The Great Ziegfeld. That movie and The Thin Man (1934) -- in which he played a porter -- are probably the two best-known pictures in which he worked.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Last Supper Actor 1992
60% The Satan Bug Michaelson 1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways Jim Mellot 1965
95% Seven Days in May Col. Broderick 1964
No Score Yet Two Weeks with Love Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet Quiet Please: Murder Director 1942
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Hearts Divided Isham 1936
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine Ebony 1936
64% The Great Ziegfeld Sam 1936
No Score Yet Frankie and Johnnie Andy 1936
No Score Yet Mississippi Rumbo 1935
97% The Thin Man Porter 1934
No Score Yet Operator 13 Party Guest 1934
No Score Yet Black Beauty Eph 1933
No Score Yet The Wet Parade Moses 1932
No Score Yet The Tenderfoot Depot Porter 1932
No Score Yet Sporting Blood Uncle Ben 1931
No Score Yet Stranger in Town Jed 1931
No Score Yet Smart Money Snake Eyes 1931


No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
Col. Frank Medford
  • 1963
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
  • 1963


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