Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cotten

Highest Rated: 100% Citizen Kane (1941)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Oscar (1966)

Birthday: May 15, 1905

Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia, USA

Quietly intense, highly talented member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater, a former drama critic who went to Hollywood with the director to act (as a drama critic) in "Citizen Kane" (1941) and stayed to enjoy success on screen, TV and stage alike over the next four decades. Tall, wavy-haired and gentlemanly, with a trace of a Southern drawl, Cotten developed great versatility during his 1930s stage work which would serve him well in one of the most impressive strings of performances any Hollywood actor achieved in the 1940s.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 14% Delusion Ivar Langrock (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Churchill and the Generals General George C. Marshall (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 23% The Hearse Walter Prichard (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 22% The Survivor Priest (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 17% Guyana, Cult of the Damned Unknown (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 25% The Concorde Affair Milland (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Perfect Crime Sir Arthur Dundee (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 37% Screamers Prof. Ernest Marvin (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 58% Caravans Crandall (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 100% Return to Fantasy Island Simon Grant/Thomas Cummings (Character) - 1978
33% 33% Airport '77 Nicholas St. Downs III (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timber Tramps Greedy sawmill mogul (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Origins of the Mafia Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 80% The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Dr. Joseph Francis Condon (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 26% Syndicate Sadists Paternò (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 31% The Devil's Daughter Judge Weatherby (Character) - 1973
88% 89% F for Fake Special Participant (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doomsday Voyage Captain Jason (Character) - 1972
14% 34% Baron Blood Baron Otto von Kleist/Alfred Becker (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 68% The Scientific Cardplayer George (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Screaming Woman George Tresvant (Character) - 1972
88% 75% The Abominable Dr. Phibes Dr. Vesalius (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 33% City Beneath the Sea Dr. Ziegler (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 19% Lady Frankenstein Baron Frankenstein (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cutter's Trail Gen. Spalding (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Latitude Zero Capt. Craig McKenzie/Cmdr. Glenn McKenzie (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Split Second to an Epitaph Dr. Ben Stern (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Do You Take This Stranger? Dr. Robert Carson (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assault on the Wayne Admiral (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The King of Denmark Henry "Harry" Worthington Rayner (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 50% The Grasshopper Richard Morgan (Character) - 1970
55% 81% Tora! Tora! Tora! Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lonely Profession Martin Bannister (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 50% Latitude Zero (Atragon II) (Ido zero daisakusen) Unknown (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 33% White Commanche Unknown (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brighty of the Grand Canyon Jim Owen (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Comanche Sheriff Logan (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 60% The Hellbenders Col. Jonas (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 40% Jack of Diamonds As (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Some May Live Col. Woodward (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 36% The Money Trap Dr. Horace Van Tilden (Character) - 1966
13% 31% The Oscar Kenneth Regan (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Saigon: Some May Live Col. Woodward (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 0% The Great Sioux Massacre Major Reno (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tramplers Temple Cordeen (Character) - 1965
82% 85% Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Drew (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Search Dr. Nathan Tio (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 17% Alexander the Great Antigonus (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 57% The Last Sunset John Breckenridge (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 33% The Angel Wore Red Hawthorne (Character) - 1960
38% 41% From the Earth to the Moon Victor Barbicane (Character) - 1958
95% 92% Touch of Evil Coroner (uncredited) (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 50% Halliday Brand Daniel Halliday (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 43% The Bottom of the Bottle Pat "P.M." Martin (Character) - 1956
60% 37% The Killer Is Loose Det. Sam Wagner (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Special Delivery John Adams (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 64% A Blueprint for Murder Whitney `'Cam'` Cameron (Character) - 1953
80% 68% Niagara George Loomis (Character) - 1953
17% No Score Yet Untamed Frontier Kirk Denbow (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 100% Othello Senator (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 63% The Steel Trap Jim Osborne (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peking Express Michael Bachlin (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 17% Half Angel John Raymond Jr. (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 48% The Man With a Cloak Dupin (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 50% September Affair David Lawrence (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 45% Walk Softly, Stranger Chris Hale (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 12% Two Flags West Col. Clay Tucker (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 67% Beyond the Forest Doctor Louis Moline (Character) - 1949
60% 33% Under Capricorn Sam Flusky (Character) - 1949
99% 93% The Third Man Holly Martins (Character) $447K 1949
83% 85% Portrait of Jennie Eben Adams (Character) - 1948
100% 77% The Farmer's Daughter Glenn Morley (Character) - 1947
76% 54% Duel in the Sun Jesse McCanles (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 62% Love Letters Allen Quinton (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 75% I'll Be Seeing You Zachary Morgan (Character) - 1944
88% 90% Gaslight Brian Cameron (Character) - 1944
83% 80% Since You Went Away JLt. Tony Willett (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 57% Hers to Hold Bill Morley (Character) - 1943
100% 89% Shadow of a Doubt Charlie Oakley (Character) - 1943
89% 85% The Magnificent Ambersons Eugene (Character) - 1942
77% 49% Journey Into Fear Howard Graham (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1942
100% 90% Citizen Kane Jedediah Leland/Newsreel Reporter (Character) $977.3K 1941
No Score Yet 45% Lydia Michael Fitzpatrick (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 64% Too Much Johnson Augustus Billings (Character) - 1938

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Unknown (Character) 1979-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files Warner Jameson (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco John R. James (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Character) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Arnold Buhler (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theatre '62 Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The June Allyson Show Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958-1959 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Unknown (Character) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lux Radio Theater Unknown (Character) 1951

QUOTES FROM Joseph Cotten CHARACTERS

Charlie Oakley says: Everybody was sweet and pretty then Charlie, the whole world, wonderful world. Not like the world today, not like the world now.

Jedediah Leland says: He married for love. Love. That's why he did everything. That's why he went into politics. It seems we weren't enough, he wanted all the voters to love him too. Guess all he really wanted out of life was love. That's Charlie's story, how he lost it. You see, he just didn't have any to give. Well, he loved Charlie Kane of course, very dearly, and his mother, I guess he always loved her.

Charlie Oakley says: You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there's nothing in the world to trouble you. You go through your ordinary little day, and at night you sleep your untroubled ordinary little sleep, filled with peaceful stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares.

Charlie Oakley says: The cities are full of women, middle-aged widows, husbands, dead, husbands who've spent their lives making fortunes, working and working. And then they die and leave their money to their wives, their silly wives. And what do the wives do, these useless women?You see them in the hotels, the best hotels, every day by the thousands, drinking the money, eating the money, losing the money at bridge, playing all day and all night, smelling of money, proud of their jewelry but of nothing else, horrible, faded, fat, greedy women.

Young Charlie Newton says: But they're alive,they're human beings!

Charlie Oakley says: Are they?

Jedediah Leland says: That's all he ever wanted out of life...was love. That's the tragedy of Charles Foster Kane. You see, he just didn't have any to give.

Jennie Appleton says: Eben . . . I want always to sit and watch you paint.

Jennie Appleton says: Eben... I want always to sit and watch you paint.

Eben Adams says: Now that I've found the perfect model, I'll paint her again and again.

Jennie Appleton says: No, I . . . I didn't mean that . . . I mean I want you to paint all the beautiful things in the world.

Jennie Appleton says: No, I... I didn't mean that... I mean I want you to paint all the beautiful things in the world.

Eben Adams says: [smiles, holds her tight.] You're the most beautiful thing in the world.

Jedediah Leland says: That's all he ever wanted out of life...was love. That's the tragedy of Charles Foster Kane. You see, he just didn't have any to give.

Charles Foster Kane says: Are we going to declare war on Spain, or are we not?

Jedediah Leland says: The Inquirer already has.

Charles Foster Kane says: You long-faced, overdressed anarchist!

Jedediah Leland says: I am not overdressed!

Charles Foster Kane says: You are too! Mr. Bernstein, look at his necktie.

Charlie Oakley says: Are they?