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Nat Pendleton

Highest Rated:   100% Northwest Passage (1940)
Lowest Rated:   33% The Sign of the Cross (1932)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet 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 Buck Privates
  • Sgt. Michael Collins
1941
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 Trapped by Television
  • Rocky O'Neill
1936
No Score Yet The Garden Murder Case
  • Sergeant Ernest Heath
1936
65% The Great Ziegfeld
  • Sandow
1936
No Score Yet Here Comes the Band
  • 'Piccolo Pete'
1935
No Score Yet Reckless
  • Blossom
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
85% 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
90% 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 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 The Secret Witness
  • Gunner
1931
No Score Yet State's Attorney
  • Boxer
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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