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John Qualen

Highest Rated:   100% A Patch of Blue (2000)
Lowest Rated:   25% The High and the Mighty (1954)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
No Score Yet 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
70% Cheyenne Autumn
  • Svenson
1964
100% 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
43% North to Alaska
  • Logger
1960
96% 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
100% The Searchers
  • Lars Jorgensen
1956
No Score Yet At Gunpoint (Gunpoint!)
  • Livingstone
1955
No Score Yet The Sea Chase
  • Chief Schmidt
1955
60% The Student Prince
  • Willie Klauber
1954
25% The High and the Mighty
  • Jose Locota
1954
No Score Yet Passion
  • Gaspar Melo
1954
No Score Yet The Other Woman
  • Papasha
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
No Score Yet The Big Steal
  • Seton
1949
No Score Yet Hollow Triumph (The Scar)
  • Swangron
1948
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
55% 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 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
86% Arrowsmith
  • Henry Novak
1931
100% Street Scene
  • Karl Olsen
1931

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