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Kenneth Harlan



American actor Kenneth Harlan possessed the main prerequisite to succeed as a silent-movie leading man: he looked as though he'd just stepped out of an Arrow Collar ad. The nephew of rolypoly character actor Otis Harlan, Kenneth was on stage from the age of seven. He signed with D.W. Griffith's production company in the mid teens, though he was never actually directed by Griffith. Taking to the Roaring Twenties like a fish to water, Harlan spent as much time partying as he did acting; he also was quite a ladies' man, toting up seven marriages. Harlan's popularity was already on the wane when sound came in, so it didn't really matter that his voice had a surly edge to it which precluded future romantic leading roles. He remained in films as a supporting and bit actor in major features, and as a leading player in serials (Dick Tracy's G-Men [1937]) and short subjects (The Three Stooges' Movie Maniacs [1936]). It was clear that he couldn't muster much enthusiasm for the roles assigned him in the '30s; whenever appearing as a western villain, Harlan seldom bothered to dress the part, generally showing up on the set with a stetson hat and a modern business suit. Kenneth Harlan left acting in 1944 to become a reasonably successful actor's agent and restauranteur.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Underdog
  • Eddie Mohr
1943
No Score Yet The Law Rides Again
  • John Hampton
1943
No Score Yet Wild Horse Stampede
  • Borman
1943
No Score Yet Hitler---Dead or Alive
  • Cutler
1942
No Score Yet Foreign Agent
  • McCall
1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl
  • Dealer
1942
No Score Yet Black Dragons
  • Colton
1942
No Score Yet The Corpse Vanishes
  • Keenan
1942
No Score Yet Dawn Express
  • Detective Brown
1942
No Score Yet Red River Robin Hood
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Phantom Killer
  • Lt. Brady
1942
No Score Yet Dangerous Lady
  • Dunlap
1941
No Score Yet Desperate Cargo
  • MacFarland
1941
No Score Yet Gangs Inc.
  • Jim Adams
1941
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby
  • Reporter
1941
89% Meet John Doe
  • Publicity Man
1941
No Score Yet Wide Open Town
  • Tom Wilson
1941
No Score Yet Secret Evidence
  • Billings
1941
No Score Yet Pride of the Bowery
  • Captain Jim White
1941
No Score Yet Doomed to Die
  • Ludlow
1940
No Score Yet Murder in the Air
  • Cmdr. Wayne
1940
No Score Yet The House Across the Bay
  • Man in Nightclub
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Marshal
  • Blake
1940
No Score Yet Dick Tracy's G-Men
  • Anderson
1939
No Score Yet Daredevils of the Red Circle
  • Commissioner
1939
No Score Yet Range War
  • Charles Higgins
1939
No Score Yet Under Western Stars
  • Richards
1938
No Score Yet Held for Ransom
  • McBride
1938
No Score Yet Accidents Will Happen
  • Nudnick
1938
No Score Yet Whirlwind Horseman
  • John Harper
1938
No Score Yet Sunset Trail
  • John Marsh
1938
No Score Yet The Duke of West Point
  • Varsity Football Coach
1938
No Score Yet Something to Sing About
  • Transportation manager
1937
No Score Yet The Shadow Strikes
  • Capt. Breen
1937
No Score Yet Wine, Women and Horses
  • Jed Bright
1937
No Score Yet Paradise Isle
  • Johnson
1937
No Score Yet Gunsmoke Ranch
  • Phineas T. Flagg
1937
100% Marked Woman
  • Eddie, a Sugar Daddy
1937
No Score Yet A Million to One
  • William Stevens
1937
No Score Yet Easy to Take
  • Judge Allen
1936
100% San Francisco
  • Chick
1936
No Score Yet The Walking Dead
  • Stephen Martin
1936
No Score Yet Song of the Saddle
  • Marshal Bill Graves
1936
No Score Yet Trail Dust
  • Officer
1936
No Score Yet Public Enemy's Wife
  • G-Man
1936
No Score Yet The Shadow of the Eagle
  • Ward
1932
No Score Yet Air Police
  • Lt. Jerry Doyle
1931
No Score Yet Paradise Island
  • Jim Thorne
1930
No Score Yet Under Montana Skies
  • Clay Conning
1930
No Score Yet Twinkletoes
  • Chuck Lightfoot
1926
No Score Yet The Virginian
  • The Virginian
1923
No Score Yet Little Church Around the Corner
  • David Graham
1923
No Score Yet The Toll of the Sea
  • Allen Carver
1922
No Score Yet Primitive Lover
  • Donald Wales
1922
No Score Yet Lessons in Love
  • John Warren
1921
80% The Penalty
  • Wilmot
1920
No Score Yet The Hoodlum (The Ragamuffin)
  • John Graham
1919
No Score Yet Mama's Affair
  • Actor
No Score Yet Poisoned Paradise (Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo)
  • Actor

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