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Lester Dorr

  • Highest Rated: 100% Hotel (1967)
  • Lowest Rated: 21% At Long Last Love (1975)
  • Birthday: May 8, 1893
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • General purpose actor Lester Dorr kept himself busy in every size role there was in Hollywood, in a screen career lasting nearly 35 years. Born in Massachusetts in 1893, he was working on Broadway in the late 1920s, including the cast of Sigmund Romberg's New Moon (1928). The advent of talking pictures brought Dorr to Hollywood, where, working mostly as a day-player, he began turning up in everything from two-reel shorts (especially from Hal Roach) in the latter's heyday) to major features (including Michael Curtiz's Female and Raoul Walsh's The Bowery, both 1933), in which he usually had tiny parts, often in crowd scenes, with an occasional line or two of dialogue -- in the mid-1930s he was literally appearing in dozens of movies each year, though usually with scarcely more than a minute's screen time in any one of them. Dorr was also one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild.He was almost as busy after World War II, and starting in 1951 he also started working in television, ranging from westerns to anthology series. He slowed down significantly in the 1960s, by which time he was in his seventies. Among his rare screen credits are two of his most oft-repeated large- and small-screen appearances -- in W. Lee Wilder's Killers From Space, the public domain status of which has made it a ubiquitous presence on cable television and low-priced VHS and DVD releases, he is the gas station attendant who spots fugitive scientist Peter Graves' car; and in The Adventures of Superman episode The Mind Machine, repeated for decades as part of the ever-popular series, Dorr plays the hapless but well-intention school bus driver whose vehicle (with three kids inside) is stolen by mentally unhinged mob witness Harry Hayden. His last three appearances were in full-blown feature films: Richard Quine's Hotel (1967), Gene Kelly's Hello Dolly (1969), and Peter Bogdanovich's At Long Last Love (1975).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

21% At Long Last Love Doorman 1975
100% Hotel Elevator Operator 1967
No Score Yet Hot Rod Gang Dryden Philpot 1958
No Score Yet Marjorie Morningstar Elevator Operator 1958
No Score Yet The First Traveling Saleslady Salesman 1956
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown) Shell-Game Victim 1954
No Score Yet Killers from Space Gas Station Attendant 1954
45% The Greatest Show on Earth Circus Barker 1952
No Score Yet Somebody Loves Me Waiter 1952
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Man 1951
90% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) Priest 1951
No Score Yet The Strip Police Surgeon 1951
No Score Yet Follow the Sun Attendant 1951
No Score Yet Flying Disc Man from Mars Crane 1950
No Score Yet Where Danger Lives Assistant Police Chief 1950
No Score Yet A Christmas Wish (The Great Rupert) Actor 1950
No Score Yet Quicksand (1950) Baldy 1950
93% On the Town Subway Passenger 1949
No Score Yet Tell It to the Judge Incoming Reporter 1949
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy Barker 1949
100% Joan of Arc Peasant (uncredited) 1948
No Score Yet Night Has a Thousand Eyes Mr. Byers 1948
No Score Yet On an Island with You Photographer 1948
100% The Big Clock Cabby 1948
No Score Yet Silver River Taylor 1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane Salesman 1947
100% Pursued Dingle's Casino Boss 1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Texas Photographer (uncredited) 1947
60% The Kid From Brooklyn Reporter at Train 1946
98% Notorious Motor Cop 1946
No Score Yet Nob Hill Man 1945
No Score Yet The Jade Mask Michael 1945
No Score Yet Enemy of Women Hanussen 1944
No Score Yet Four Jills in a Jeep Soldier 1944
No Score Yet Lady in the Dark Reporter 1944
No Score Yet Destroyer First Ship Fitter 1943
No Score Yet Hitler's Madman Sergeant 1943
No Score Yet The Mystery of Marie Roget Subordinates to Prefect 1942
No Score Yet Great Guy Chauffeur 1942
No Score Yet Meet the Mob Duke 1942
100% Gentleman Jim Reporter 1942
No Score Yet Unholy Partners Circulation Manager 1941
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town Reporter 1941
No Score Yet You Belong to Me Photographer 1941
No Score Yet You'll Never Get Rich Photographer 1941
No Score Yet Whistling in the Dark Dispatcher 1941
No Score Yet The Reluctant Dragon Slim 1941
No Score Yet South of Panama Joe 1941
No Score Yet I Wanted Wings Evaluating officer 1941
No Score Yet Hollywood Murder Mystery Editor 1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette Travel Agent 1940
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Out West Harry 1940
83% The Return of Frank James Reporter 1940
No Score Yet Danger Ahead Lefty 1940
No Score Yet Two Girls on Broadway Reporter 1940
90% Gone With the Wind Man (During Reconstruction) 1939
No Score Yet Ride 'em Cowgirl Announcer 1939
No Score Yet Three Loves Has Nancy Newsstand Man 1938
92% You Can't Take It With You Reporter 1938
60% Swiss Miss Swiss Dress Extras for the Alpenfest 1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts Dance Director 1938
75% Test Pilot Pilot 1938
No Score Yet I Am the Law Reporter 1938
No Score Yet Penitentiary Reporter 1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Round-up Louis Lawson 1937
No Score Yet S.O.S. Coast Guard Hospital Radium Tech. 1937
94% Captains Courageous Corridor Steward 1937
No Score Yet Hollywood Cowboy Joe Garvey 1937
100% Way Out West Cowboy 1937
No Score Yet The Firefly French Officer 1937
No Score Yet Snowed Under Actor 1936
No Score Yet Love Before Breakfast Attendant 1936
No Score Yet Phantom Patrol Actor 1936
80% Front Page Woman Waiter 1935
No Score Yet Show Them No Mercy Milkman 1935
No Score Yet Red Salute League Speaker 1935
No Score Yet Fog Over Frisco Reporter 1934
No Score Yet Smarty Court Recorder 1934
No Score Yet Upper World Steward 1934
No Score Yet Jimmy the Gent Chalmers 1934
No Score Yet Dames Elevator Starter 1934
No Score Yet The Little Giant Investment Clerk 1933
No Score Yet The Bowery Cynic 1933
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Pedestrian 1932

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
Mr. Collins
  • 1966
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Bartender Bailiff
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Man on Train
  • 1957
  • 1951
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Man at Well Bus Driver
  • 1953
  • 1952

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