Larry Parks - Rotten Tomatoes

Larry Parks

Highest Rated:   100% You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
Lowest Rated:   100% You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
Birthday:  
Birthplace:   Not Available
Plagued by several severe childhood illnesses, Larry Parks was inspired by the example of his doctors to study medicine at the University of Illinois. But before graduating, Parks had decided to become an actor. He headed for New York, where he ushered at various theaters and movie houses before joining the Group Theater. He signed a movie contract with Columbia Pictures in 1941, appearing in "B"s and bits until selected to play the title role in the big-budget The Jolson Story. Parks was coached in the role by Al Jolson himself, whose singing voice was heard throughout the film (reportedly, this association was a pleasant one until Jolson, incensed that Columbia had not asked him to star in his own biopic, viciously turned on Parks and treated him atrociously). With the exceptions of Jolson Story and its 1949 follow-up, Jolson Sings Again, most of Parks' starring vehicles were easily forgettable. As a result of his brief association with the Communist Party, Parks was ordered by the HUAC to testify in its loyalty hearing in 1951. Though he publicly begged not to be forced to turn stool pigeon by identifying his fellow "Reds" in the movie industry, Parks ended up being strongarmed into doing just that. If he had harbored any hopes that his testimony would save his own career, those hopes were dashed when Parks was dropped by Columbia and unofficially blacklisted from films for ten years. He supported himself during these dark days by appearing in musical stage productions with his wife, actress Betty Garrett. In 1962, the ban was lifted on Larry Parks, and he made his movie comeback in John Huston's Freud; it proved to be his last film.

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Freud
  • Dr. Joseph Breuer
1962
No Score Yet Love Is Better Than Ever
  • Jud Parker
1952
No Score Yet Jolson Sings Again
  • Al Jolson / Himself
1949
No Score Yet Her Husband's Affairs
  • Himself
1947
No Score Yet Down to Earth
  • Danny Miller
1947
No Score Yet The Jolson Story
  • Al Jolson
1946
No Score Yet Counter-Attack (One Against Seven)
  • Kirichenko
1945
No Score Yet Hey, Rookie
  • Jim Leighter
1944
No Score Yet The Racket Man
  • Larry Lake
1944
No Score Yet Destroyer
  • Ens. Johnson
1943
No Score Yet First Comes Courage
  • Capt. Langdon
1943
No Score Yet Reveille with Beverly
  • Eddie Ross
1943
No Score Yet Redhead from Manhattan
  • Man Flirt
1943
No Score Yet Power of the Press
  • Jerry Purvis
1943
No Score Yet The Boogie Man Will Get You
  • Bill Leyden
1942
No Score Yet Atlantic Convoy
  • Gregory
1942
No Score Yet They All Kissed the Bride
  • Joe Krim
1942
No Score Yet Submarine Raider
  • Sparksie
1942
No Score Yet Alias Boston Blackie
  • Joe Trilby
1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College
  • Rusty Bryant
1942
100% You Were Never Lovelier
  • Tony
1942
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town
  • Reporter
1941
No Score Yet You Belong to Me
  • Blemish
1941
No Score Yet Harmon of Michigan
  • Harvey
1941

Quotes from Larry Parks' Characters

No quotes approved yet.