Lyle Talbot

Lyle Talbot

Highest Rated: 96% 42nd Street (1933)

Lowest Rated: 29% Jail Bait (1954)

Birthday: Feb 8, 1902

Birthplace: Not Available

Born into a family of travelling show folk, Lyle Talbot toured the hinterlands as a teen-aged magician. Talbot went on to work as a regional stock-company actor, pausing long enough in Memphis to form his own troupe, the Talbot Players. Like many other barnstorming performers of the 1920s, Talbot headed to Hollywood during the early-talkie era. Blessed with slick, lounge-lizard good looks, he started out as a utility lead at Warner Bros. Talbot worked steadily throughout the 1930s, playing heroes in B pictures and supporting parts in A pictures. During a loanout to Monogram Pictures in 1932, he was afforded an opportunity to co-star with Ginger Rogers in a brace of entertaining mysteries, The 13th Guest and The Shriek and the Night, which were still making the double-feature rounds into the 1940s. In 1935, Talbot and 23 other film players organized the Screen Actors Guild; to the end of his days, he could be counted upon to proudly display his SAG Card #4 at the drop of a hat. As his hairline receded and his girth widened, Talbot became one of Hollywood's busiest villains. He worked extensively in serials, playing characters on both sides of the law; in 1949 alone, he could be seen as above-suspicion Commissioner Gordon in Batman and Robin and as duplicitous Lex Luthor in Atom Man Vs. Superman. He remained in harness in the 1950s, appearing on Broadway and television. Two of his better-known assignments from this period were Joe Randolph on TV's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and as Bob Cummings' lascivious Air Force buddy Paul Fonda on Love That Bob. Seemingly willing to work for anyone who met his price, Talbot had no qualms about appearing in the dregs of cheapo horror films of the fifties. He was prominently cast in two of the estimable Edward D. Wood's "classics," Glen or Glenda (1953) and Plan Nine From Outer Space (1955). When asked what it was like to work for the gloriously untalented Wood, Talbot would recall with amusement that the director never failed to pay him up front for each day's work with a handful of stained, crinkly ten-dollar bills. Though he made his last film in 1960, Lyle Talbot continued touring in theatrical productions well into the late 1970s, regaling local talk-show hosts with his bottomless reserve of anecdotes from his three decades in Hollywood.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Klondike Dr. Robert Cromwell 2014
No Score Yet RiffTrax: Plan 9 from Outer Space: LIVE! Nashville 2009 Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. Actor 1996
88% Sunrise at Campobello Mr. Brimmer 1960
67% Plan 9 from Outer Space General 1959
No Score Yet City of Fear Chief Jensen 1959
70% High School Confidential William Remington Kane 1958
No Score Yet Guns Don't Argue Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Great Man Harry Connors 1957
67% There's No Business Like Show Business Stage manager 1954
No Score Yet Tobor the Great Admiral 1954
No Score Yet Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl Pace 1954
No Score Yet Siege at Red River Actor 1954
29% Jail Bait Inspector Johns 1954
No Score Yet Tumbleweed Weber 1953
No Score Yet Lost Women Narrator 1953
35% Glen or Glenda? Inspector Warren 1953
No Score Yet Feudin' Fools Actor 1952
No Score Yet Outlaw Women Judge Dixon 1952
No Score Yet African Treasure Roy DeHaven, alias Pat Gilroy 1952
67% With a Song in My Heart Radio Director 1952
No Score Yet The Old West Doc Lockwood 1952
No Score Yet Cowboy G-Men Actor 1952
No Score Yet Jungle Manhunt Dr. Mitchell Heller 1951
No Score Yet Gold Raiders Taggert 1951
No Score Yet The Scarf Detective 1951
No Score Yet Fury of the Congo Grant 1951
No Score Yet The Jackpot Fred Burns 1950
No Score Yet Atom Man vs. Superman Luthor/The Atom Man 1950
No Score Yet Champagne for Caesar Executive 1950
No Score Yet Everybody's Dancin' Contractor 1950
No Score Yet One Too Many Mr. Boyer 1950
No Score Yet The Daltons' Women Actor 1950
No Score Yet She Shoulda Said No Captain Hayes 1949
No Score Yet Batman and Robin Commissioner 1949
No Score Yet Ringside Radio Announcer 1949
No Score Yet Shep Comes Home Doctor 1949
No Score Yet Parole, Inc. Police Commissioner 1948
No Score Yet North of the Border Sergeant Jack Craig 1946
No Score Yet Strange Impersonation Inspector Malloy 1946
No Score Yet Song of Arizona King Blaine 1946
No Score Yet Devil's Cargo Actor 1946
80% Up in Arms Sgt. Gelsey 1944
No Score Yet One Body Too Many Jim Davis 1944
No Score Yet Dixie Jamboree Tony Sardell 1944
No Score Yet Gambler's Choice Yellow Gloves Weldon 1944
No Score Yet Mystery of the Riverboat Rudolph Toller 1944
No Score Yet Sensations of 1945 Randall 1944
No Score Yet A Night for Crime Joe 1943
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Elephant Reddy 1942
No Score Yet They Raid by Night Capt. Robert Owen 1942
No Score Yet He Married His Wife Paul 1940
No Score Yet Torture Ship Lt. Bob Bennett 1939
No Score Yet Second Fiddle Willie Hogger 1939
No Score Yet Call of the Yukon Hugo Henderson 1938
No Score Yet Second Honeymoon Bob Benton 1937
No Score Yet What Price Vengeance? Tom Connors 1937
No Score Yet Affairs of Cappy Ricks Bill Peck 1937
No Score Yet Trapped by Television Fred Dennis 1936
No Score Yet The Law in Her Hands Frank 1936
No Score Yet The Singing Kid Robert 'Bob' Carey 1936
No Score Yet Boulder Dam Mr. Harry Lacy 1936
No Score Yet Go West, Young Man Francis X. Harrigan 1936
No Score Yet Broadway Hostess Lucky Lorimer 1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Lucky Legs Dr. Bob Doray 1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Slattery of the Express 1935
No Score Yet Oil for the Lamps of China Jim 1935
No Score Yet Our Little Girl Rolfe Brent 1935
No Score Yet While The Patient Slept Deke Lonergan 1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Clouds Bob 'Three Star' Halsey 1934
No Score Yet A Lost Lady Neil 1934
71% One Night of Love Bill Houston 1934
No Score Yet The Dragon Murder Case Gale Leland 1934
No Score Yet Fog Over Frisco Spencer Carleton 1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning Jeff 1934
No Score Yet Mandalay Dr. Gregory Burton 1934
No Score Yet Havana Widows Bob jones 1933
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach ) Buck Wearer 1933
No Score Yet A Shriek in the Night Theodore Rand 1933
No Score Yet Life of Jimmy Dolan Doc Woods 1933
96% 42nd Street Geoffrey Waring 1933
No Score Yet Ladies They Talk About Don 1933
No Score Yet She Had to Say Yes Danny Drew 1933
No Score Yet 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Bud Saunders 1932
No Score Yet No More Orchids Tony Gage 1932
No Score Yet Three on a Match Mike Loftus 1932
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Guest Phil Winston 1932
No Score Yet The Purchase Price Ed Fields 1932
No Score Yet Love Is A Racket Actor 1932
No Score Yet Stranger in Town Brice 1931
No Score Yet Appointment With Murder Actor


No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
Joe Joe Randolph 2020
No Score Yet Newhart
Ned 1987
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
Ralph 1987
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
Stewart 1984
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Mills 1981
No Score Yet Bonanza
Sugar Daddy 1973
No Score Yet Green Acres
Governor Senator Putney Bennett 1971
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
Blake 2nd Psychiatrist 1967
No Score Yet Rawhide
Gray 1959
No Score Yet Maverick
Martin Stone 1959
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
Mr. Dennison Charles Dennison 1958
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Garvin Sr. 1958


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