John Qualen

Highest Rated: 100% A Patch of Blue (2000)
Birthday: Dec 8, 1899
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of a Norwegian pastor, John Qualen was born in British Columbia. After his family moved to Illinois, Qualen won a high school forensic contest, which led to a scholarship at Northwestern University. A veteran of the tent-show and vaudeville circuits by the late '20s, Qualen won the important role of the Swedish janitor in the Broadway play Street Scene by marching into the producer's office and demonstrating his letter-perfect Scandinavian accent. His first film assignment was the 1931 movie version of Street Scene. Slight of stature, and possessed of woebegone, near-tragic facial features, Qualen was most often cast in "victim" roles, notably the union-activist miner who is beaten to death by hired hooligans in Black Fury (1935) and the pathetic, half-mad Muley in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Qualen was able to harness his trodden-upon demeanor for comedy as well, as witness his performance as the bewildered father of the Dionne quintuplets in The Country Doctor (1936). He was also effectively cast as small men with large reserves of courage, vide his portrayal of Norwegian underground operative Berger in Casablanca (1942). From Grapes of Wrath onward, Qualen was a member in good standing of the John Ford "stock company," appearing in such Ford-directed classics as The Long Voyage Home (1940), The Searchers (1955), Two Rode Together (1961), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). John Qualen was acting into the 1970s, often appearing in TV dramatic series as pugnacious senior citizens.

Highest Rated Movies



100% A Patch of Blue Mr. Faber 2000
No Score Yet Frasier, the Sensuous Lion Old Man On Porch 1973
No Score Yet Hail, Hero! Billy Hurd 1969
No Score Yet Firecreek Hall 1968
43% The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Barber (uncredited) 1967
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady Jesse Buford 1966
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Charlie Biller 1965
No Score Yet I'll Take Sweden Olaf 1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways Ernie Evans 1965
67% Cheyenne Autumn Svenson 1964
83% Seven Faces of Dr. Lao Luther Lindquist 1964
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Peter Ericson 1962
No Score Yet Two Rode Together Ole Knudsen 1961
50% North to Alaska Logger 1960
97% Elmer Gantry Sam, Storekeeper 1960
No Score Yet Hell Bent for Leather Old Ben 1960
100% Anatomy of a Murder Sulo 1959
No Score Yet The Gun Runners Pop 1958
No Score Yet My World Dies Screaming Actor 1958
No Score Yet The Big Land Sven Johnson 1957
98% The Searchers Lars Jorgensen 1956
No Score Yet At Gunpoint (Gunpoint!) Livingstone 1955
No Score Yet The Sea Chase Chief Schmidt 1955
67% The Student Prince Willie Klauber 1954
25% The High and the Mighty Jose Locota 1954
No Score Yet The Other Woman Papasha 1954
No Score Yet Passion Gaspar Melo 1954
No Score Yet I, the Jury Dr. Vickers 1953
No Score Yet Ambush at Tomahawk Gap Jonas P. Travis 1953
80% Hans Christian Andersen Burgomaster 1952
No Score Yet Goodbye, My Fancy Prof. Dingley 1951
80% Woman on the Run Mailbus 1950
No Score Yet The Jackpot Mr. Ferguson 1950
No Score Yet Buccaneer's Girl Vegetable Man 1950
80% The Big Steal Seton 1949
No Score Yet 16 Fathoms Deep Athos 1948
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way Mr. Atwood 1948
No Score Yet My Girl Tisa Svenson 1948
86% The Fugitive Doctor 1947
No Score Yet Song of Scheherazade Lorenzo 1947
No Score Yet Adventure Model T 1945
No Score Yet Roughly Speaking Ole Olsen 1945
100% Captain Kidd Bert Blivens 1945
No Score Yet Dark Waters Uncle Norbert 1944
83% An American Romance Anton Dubechek 1944
97% Casablanca Berger 1942
No Score Yet Tortilla Flat Jose Maria Corcoran 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Sam Bachrach 1942
No Score Yet Arabian Nights Aladdin 1942
50% Jungle Book The barber 1942
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster Miser Stevens 1941
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills Coot Royal 1941
No Score Yet Out of the Fog Olaf Johnson 1941
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby Dr. Patterson 1941
100% The Long Voyage Home Axel 1940
No Score Yet Brother Orchid Mr. Pigeon 1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath Muley Graves 1940
No Score Yet Blondie on a Budget Mr. Fuddle 1940
98% His Girl Friday Earl Williams 1940
83% Knute Rockne---All American Lars Knutson Rockne 1940
60% Angels over Broadway Charles Engle 1940
No Score Yet Four Wives Frank 1939
No Score Yet Let Us Live Dan 1939
No Score Yet Honeymoon in Bali Man 1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton Subway watchman 1938
No Score Yet The Texans Swede 1938
No Score Yet Joy of Living Oswego 1938
100% Nothing Sacred Swedish Fireman 1937
No Score Yet Fit for a King Otto 1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven Sewer Rat 1937
No Score Yet Girls' Dormitory Toni 1936
No Score Yet The Road to Glory Duflous 1936
No Score Yet Wife vs. Secretary Mr. Jenkins 1936
No Score Yet The Country Doctor Asa Wyatt 1936
No Score Yet Reunion Asa Wyatt 1936
No Score Yet Whipsaw Dobson 1935
No Score Yet Black Fury Mike Shemanski 1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Paris Concierge 1935
No Score Yet Doubting Thomas Von Blitzen 1935
No Score Yet 365 Nights in Hollywood Prof. Ellenbogen 1934
100% Our Daily Bread Chris Larsen 1934
No Score Yet Servants' Entrance Detective 1934
No Score Yet He Was Her Man Dutch 1934
No Score Yet Upper World Chris the Janitor 1934
No Score Yet Sing and Like It Oswald 1934
No Score Yet Hi, Nellie! Janitor 1934
No Score Yet Let's Fall in Love Svente Bjorkman 1933
100% Counsellor at Law Breitstein 1933
No Score Yet The Devil's Brother Man Who Owned the Bull 1933
88% Arrowsmith Henry Novak 1931
100% Street Scene Karl Olsen 1931


No Score Yet The Odd Couple
Groundskeeper Mr. Larson Sam
  • 1973
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Old Man
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet Green Acres
Appleby Dunhill
  • 1970
  • 1968
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Henry Bennett
  • 1962
No Score Yet Bonanza
  • 1961
No Score Yet Maverick
Leland Mills Henry Albright
  • 1961
  • 1958
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Stepp Mr. Shaw Crabtree
  • 1956


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