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Melvyn Douglas

Highest Rated:   100% The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
Lowest Rated:   17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
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Birthplace:   Macon, Georgia, USA
American actor Melvyn Douglas began his stage career shortly after being mustered out of World War I Army service. Douglas secured a position with the Owens Repertory Company, making his debut in a production of Merchant of Venice. He spent the first part of the 1920s touring with Owens Repertory and with the Jessie Bonstelle Company, reaching Broadway in the 1928 drama A Free Soul. Brought to Hollywood in the early talkie "gold rush" for stage-trained actors, Douglas made his film bow in 1931's Tonight or Never. With The Old Dark House (1932), the actor established his standard screen character: a charming, blase young socialite who could exhibit great courage and loyalty when those attributes were called upon. After a brief return to Broadway in 1933, Douglas returned to films in 1935, signing a joint contract with Columbia and MGM. Most often appearing in sophisticated comedies, Douglas was one of the busiest stars in Hollywood, playing in as many as eight films per year. One of the actor's better roles was a supporting one: as Cary Grant's beleaguered lawyer and business adviser in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1947), who spends most of the film trying to keep Grant from spending himself into bankruptcy. Douglas found movie roles scarce in the early 1950s thanks to the "Red Scare." The actor was married to Congresswoman Helen Gahagan, the woman labeled by Richard Nixon as the "pink lady" friendly to communism. The more rabid anti-communists in Washington went after Douglas himself, suggesting that because he was Jewish and had changed his name for professional reasons, he was automatically politically suspect. Douglas began recovering his career with a 1950s detective program, Hollywood Off-Beat - ironically playing a disbarred lawyer trying to regain his reputation. He headed back to Broadway, gaining high critical praise for his "emergence" as a topnotch character actor (his prior stage and film credits were virtually ignored). Some of Douglas' stage triumphs included Inherit the Wind (replacing Paul Muni in the Clarence Darrow part) and The Best Man (which had a character based on Richard Nixon) Douglas' long-overdue Academy Award was bestowed upon the actor for his role as Paul Newman's dying father in Hud (1963); other highlights of Douglas' final Hollywood days included I Never Sang for My Father (1971) and Being There (1979), the latter film winning the actor his second Oscar. Melvyn Douglas died at age 80, just before the release of his final film, Ghost Story (1981).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Journey of Lyndon Johnson
  • Actor
2014
35% Ghost Story
  • Dr. John Jaffrey
1981
No Score Yet Hot Touch
  • Max Reich
1981
No Score Yet Tell Me a Riddle
  • David
1980
76% The Changeling
  • Sen. Joe Carmichael
1980
96% Being There
  • Benjamin Rand
1979
100% The Seduction of Joe Tynan
  • Sen. Birney
1979
No Score Yet Intimate Strangers
  • Donald's
1977
88% Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • Guthrie
1977
90% The Tenant
  • Monsieur Zy
1976
No Score Yet Murder or Mercy?
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Going Up of David Lev
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Death Squad
  • Actor
1973
95% The Candidate
  • John J. McKay
1972
No Score Yet One Is a Lonely Number
  • Provo
1972
No Score Yet Death Takes a Holiday
  • Judge Earl Chapman
1971
100% I Never Sang for My Father
  • Tom Garrison
1970
No Score Yet Hunters Are for Killing
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Hotel
  • Warren Trent
1967
No Score Yet Rapture
  • Actor
1965
100% The Americanization of Emily
  • Adm. William Jessup
1964
No Score Yet Advance to the Rear
  • Col. Claude Brackenbury
1964
84% Hud
  • Homer Bannon
1963
100% Billy Budd
  • The Dansker
1962
38% The Amazing Colossal Man
  • Col. Claude Brackenby
1957
No Score Yet My Forbidden Past
  • Paul Beaurevel
1951
No Score Yet Johnny Legend Presents TV Noir
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet The Great Sinner
  • Armand de Glasse
1949
43% A Woman's Secret
  • Luke Jordan
1949
80% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  • Bill Cole
1948
17% The Sea of Grass
  • Brice Chamberlain
1947
No Score Yet Gentle Annie
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet They All Kissed the Bride
  • Michael 'Mike' Holmes
1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing
  • Nicki Prax
1942
100% A Woman's Face
  • Dr. Gustaf Segert
1941
60% That Uncertain Feeling
  • Larry Baker
1941
25% The Two-Faced Woman
  • Lawrence 'Larry' Blake
1941
No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand
  • Jeff Thompson
1940
No Score Yet He Stayed for Breakfast
  • Paul Boliet
1940
No Score Yet Too Many Husbands
  • Henry Lowndes
1940
97% Ninotchka
  • Leon
1939
No Score Yet There's That Woman Again
  • William 'Bill' Reardon
1939
No Score Yet The Shining Hour
  • Henry Linden
1938
No Score Yet That Certain Age
  • Vincent Bullitt
1938
No Score Yet There's Always a Woman
  • William Reardon
1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns
  • Rene Farrand aka Arsene Lupin
1938
No Score Yet Angel
  • Anthony Halton
1937
93% Captains Courageous
  • Cheyne
1937
No Score Yet I Met Him in Paris
  • George Potter
1937
No Score Yet Theodora Goes Wild
  • Michael Grant
1936
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy
  • John Randolph
1936
No Score Yet And So They Were Married
  • Stephen Blake
1936
No Score Yet Annie Oakley
  • Jeff Hogarth
1935
No Score Yet She Married Her Boss
  • Richard Barclay
1935
No Score Yet Woman in the Dark
  • Tony Robson
1934
100% Counsellor at Law
  • Roy Darwin
1933
60% The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin)
  • Karl Brettschneider
1933
100% The Old Dark House
  • Roger Penderell
1932
83% As You Desire Me
  • Count Bruno Varelli
1932
No Score Yet Tonight or Never
  • Jim Fletcher
1931

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