John Ridgely

John Ridgely

Highest Rated: 100% The Letter (1940)

Lowest Rated: 45% The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

Birthday: Sep 6, 1909

Birthplace: Not Available

Trained for an industrial career but sidetracked into showbiz by a few seasons at Pasadena Playhouse, "Mr. Average Man" utility player John Ridgely spent most of his Hollywood years at Warner Bros. From his first film Submarine D-1 (1937), Ridgely was one of the studio's most reliable and ubiquitous supporting players, portraying first-reel murder victims, last-reel "surprise" killers, best friends, policemen, day laborers, and military officers. One of his largest film roles was the commanding officer in Howard Hawks' Air Force (1943), in which he was billed over the more famous John Garfield. His indeterminate features could also convey menace, as witness his portrayal of blackmailing gangsters Eddie Mars in Hawks' The Big Sleep (1946). Freelancing after 1948, John Ridgely continued to essay general-purpose parts until he left films in 1953; thereafter he worked in summer-theater productions and television until his death from a heart attack at the age of 58.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Outcasts Of Poker Flats Bill Akeley 1952
45% The Greatest Show on Earth Jack Steelman, Assistant Manager 1952
No Score Yet Room for One More Harry Foreman 1952
77% A Place in the Sun Coroner 1951
78% When Worlds Collide Chief Airport Inspector 1951
No Score Yet Half Angel Tim 1951
No Score Yet The Last Outpost Sam McCloud 1951
No Score Yet Al Jennings of Oklahoma Dan Hanes 1951
No Score Yet Edge of Doom Detective 1950
No Score Yet Backfire Plainclothesman 1950
67% Border Incident Mr. Neley 1949
No Score Yet Task Force Dixie Rankin 1949
No Score Yet Once More, My Darling Burke, FBI Man 1949
No Score Yet Command Decision James Carwood 1948
No Score Yet The Iron Curtain Policeman Murphy 1948
No Score Yet Luxury Liner Chief Officer Carver 1948
No Score Yet Sealed Verdict Capt. Lance Nissen 1948
No Score Yet High Wall David Wallace 1947
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid Chalkeye 1947
89% Possessed Harker 1947
No Score Yet That Way with Women Sam 1947
No Score Yet Nora Prentiss Walter Bailey 1947
No Score Yet The Man I Love Roy Otis 1947
No Score Yet Cry Wolf Jackson Laidell 1947
No Score Yet That's My Man Ramsey 1947
97% The Big Sleep Eddie Mars 1946
No Score Yet My Reputation Cary Abbott 1946
No Score Yet Danger Signal Thomas Turner 1945
No Score Yet Pride of the Marines Jim Merchant 1945
No Score Yet God Is My Co-Pilot Tex Hill 1945
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Julius Cadman 1944
88% Arsenic and Old Lace Saunders 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Himself 1944
80% Air Force Capt. Mike Quincannon 1943
80% Destination Tokyo Reserve Off. Raymond 1943
No Score Yet Northern Pursuit Jim Austen 1943
83% The Man Who Came to Dinner Radio Man 1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live John 1941
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough Mechanic 1941
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby Ollie Ward 1941
No Score Yet The Wagons Roll At Night Arch 1941
No Score Yet Here Comes Happiness Jim 1941
No Score Yet The Bride Came C.O.D. Actor 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On 2nd Lt. Davis 1941
No Score Yet Knockout Pat Martin 1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair Actor Playing Paul 1940
100% The Letter Driver 1940
No Score Yet No Time for Comedy Cashier 1940
96% They Drive by Night Hank Dawson 1940
No Score Yet Brother Orchid Texas Pearson 1940
No Score Yet Torrid Zone Gardiner 1940
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again Junior officer 1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish Photographer 1940
No Score Yet Castle on the Hudson Clerk 1940
60% The Fighting 69th Moran 1940
88% Knute Rockne---All American Reporter 1940
No Score Yet River's End Constable Jeffers 1940
No Score Yet A Child Is Born William Hopper 1940
No Score Yet Invisible Stripes Employment Clerk 1939
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X Rodgers 1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Reporter 1939
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die Jerry Poague, Reporter 1939
No Score Yet Naughty But Nice Hudson's Assistant 1939
No Score Yet Confessions of a Nazi Spy Army Hospital Clerk 1939
86% Dark Victory Man 1939
No Score Yet Women in the Wind Salesman 1939
No Score Yet Secret Service of the Air Joe Leroy 1939
No Score Yet Wings of the Navy Dan Morrison 1939
No Score Yet They Made Me a Criminal Charlie Magee 1939
100% The Roaring Twenties Cabdriver 1939
No Score Yet Going Places Desk Clerk 1939
No Score Yet King of the Underworld Jerry 1939
70% Boy Meets Girl Cutter 1938
No Score Yet Cowboy from Brooklyn Beacon Reporter 1938
No Score Yet My Bill Florist 1938
No Score Yet Crime School Reporter 1938
No Score Yet Forbidden Valley Duke 1938
No Score Yet White Banners Charles Ellis 1938
No Score Yet Hard to Get Schaff 1938
No Score Yet Western Trails Ben McClure 1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel Desk Clerk 1937
No Score Yet Submarine D-1 Lt. Junior Grade 1937
No Score Yet They Won't Forget Actor 1937
No Score Yet Kid Galahad Photographer 1937


Steve Wagner says: Whatever he is, he's no northwoodsman.

Jim Austen says: A German officer in the north country. I don't get it.

Col. Hugo von Keller says: I give you my word as a German officer.

Jim Austen says: I think we captured a German flyer. [uh, no, he was sent by submarine]

Laura McBain says: You're not going to marry him, I am.

Laura McBain says: He captured 3 German aviators. [no, just one and he was not flying to Canada]

Steve Wagner says: Fast? We've had the longest engagement in Manitoba!