Nat Pendleton

Nat Pendleton

  • Highest Rated: 100% Northwest Passage (1940)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% The Sign of the Cross (1932)
  • Birthday: Aug 9, 1895
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Iowa, Nat Pendleton was raised in New York, where he attended Columbia University. A champion wrestler in his college days, Pendleton joined the U.S. Olympic team in 1920, winning a silver medal for his grappling talents. He turned professional, becoming World's Champion in 1924. Around this time, Pendleton was hired to play a wrestler (what a stretch) in the Broadway play Naughty Cinderella. He decided to switch to acting full-time, heading to Hollywood in 1927. Some of his earlier film roles required him to merely look tough and flex his muscles while the stars around him made funny; as football player McHardie in the Marx Brothers' Horse Feathers (1932), Pendleton isn't even given a screen credit. He finally graduated to leading roles in 1933, playing a wrestler (what, again?) in Deception, for which he wrote the screenplay. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Pendleton was one of Hollywood's busiest and best-liked character actors -- still specializing in brawny roles, but at last permitted to get some of the laughs himself rather than simply stooging for others. For his second appearance in a Marx Brothers film, 1939's At the Circus, Pendleton, decked in a handlebar mustache and Harpo-like wig, was prominently billed as crooked strongman Goliath. His best-remembered film roles included thick-eared ambulance driver Joe Wayland in MGM's Dr. Kildare films and blustering cop-turned-drill sergeant Mike Collins in Abbott and Costello's two Buck Privates efforts. Thanks to careful investments, Pendleton was able to retire from filmmaking in 1947, at the age of 52. Nat Pendleton was the brother of another busy character actor, Gaylord (Steve) Pendleton.

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80% Buck Privates Come Home Sgt. Michael Collins 1947
63% Scared to Death Raymond 1947
No Score Yet Death Valley Jim Ward 1946
No Score Yet Swing Fever 'Killer' Kennedy 1943
No Score Yet The Mad Doctor of Market Street Red Hogan 1942
No Score Yet Buck Privates Sgt. Michael Collins 1941
No Score Yet Flight Command C.P.O. `Spike' Knowles 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare's Crisis Joe Wayman 1940
No Score Yet Doctor Kildare Goes Home Joe Wayman 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Joe Wayman 1940
100% Northwest Passage Capt. Huff 1940
No Score Yet The Secret of Dr. Kildare Joe Wayman 1939
81% Another Thin Man Lt. Guild 1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Mr. Grimes 1939
100% At the Circus Goliath 1939
No Score Yet It's a Wonderful World Sgt. Koretz 1939
No Score Yet Calling Dr. Kildare Joe Wayman 1939
No Score Yet Six Thousand Enemies 'Socks' Martin 1939
No Score Yet Young Dr. Kildare Joe Wayman 1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns Joe Doyle 1938
No Score Yet Swing Your Lady Joe Skopapolous 1938
No Score Yet Shopworn Angel Dice 1938
No Score Yet Meet the Mayor Kelly 1938
No Score Yet Gangway (Sparkles) "Smiles" Hogan 1937
No Score Yet Under Cover of Night Police Sgt. Lucks 1937
No Score Yet Life Begins in College George Black 1937
No Score Yet Trapped by Television Rocky O'Neill 1936
No Score Yet The Garden Murder Case Sergeant Ernest Heath 1936
62% The Great Ziegfeld Sandow 1936
No Score Yet Here Comes the Band 'Piccolo Pete' 1935
No Score Yet Calm Yourself Knuckles Benedict 1935
No Score Yet Reckless Blossom 1935
No Score Yet Times Square Lady Mack 1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Fleet `Spud' Burke 1935
No Score Yet The Gay Bride William T. 'Shoots' Magiz 1934
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw Strozzi 1934
97% The Thin Man Lt. John Guild 1934
80% Manhattan Melodrama Spud 1934
No Score Yet Sing and Like It T. Fenny Sylvester 1934
No Score Yet The Girl From Missouri (100 Per Cent Pure) (Born to Be Kissed) Lifeguard 1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach ) Terowski 1933
91% I'm No Angel Harry, a Trapeze Artist 1933
100% Lady for a Day Shakespeare 1933
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover) Tony Gazotti 1933
100% Baby Face Stolvich 1933
No Score Yet Flesh Wrestler (uncredited) 1932
No Score Yet You Said a Mouthful Actor 1932
96% Horse Feathers MacHardie, Darwin Player 1932
No Score Yet The Beast of the City Abe Gorman 1932
No Score Yet Taxi! Truckdriver 1932
33% The Sign of the Cross Strabo 1932
No Score Yet Meet the Mayor Actor 1932
No Score Yet Hell Fire Austin Bouncer 1932
No Score Yet The Spirit of Notre Dame (Vigour of Youth) Assistant Coach 1931
No Score Yet Star Witness Big Jack 1931
No Score Yet Blonde Crazy Hank 1931
No Score Yet State's Attorney Boxer 1931
No Score Yet The Secret Witness Gunner 1931
No Score Yet Mr. Lemon of Orange Gangster 1931
No Score Yet Liliom Lineman 1930
No Score Yet The Big Pond Pat O'Day 1930
No Score Yet Seas Beneath Butch 1930
No Score Yet Let's Get Married Jimmy 1926


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