Ralph Sanford

Ralph Sanford

Highest Rated: 100% To Hell and Back (1955)

Lowest Rated: 20% Copacabana (1947)

Birthday: May 21, 1899

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

Hearty character actor Ralph Sanford made his first screen appearances at the Flatbush studios of Vitaphone Pictures. From 1933 to 1937, Sanford was Vitaphone's resident Edgar Kennedy type, menacing such two-reel stars as Shemp Howard, Roscoe Ates, and even Bob Hope. He moved to Hollywood in 1937, where, after playing several bit roles, he became a semi-regular with Paramount's Pine-Thomas unit with meaty supporting roles in such films as Wildcat (1942) and The Wrecking Crew (1943). He also continued playing featured roles at other studios, usually as a dimwitted gangster or flustered desk sergeant. One of his largest assignments was in Laurel and Hardy's The Bullfighters (1945), in which he plays vengeance-seeking Richard K. Muldoon, who threatens at every opportunity to (literally) skin Stan and Ollie alive; curiously, he receives no screen credit, despite the fact that his character motivates the entire plot line. Busy throughout the 1950s, Ralph Sanford was a familiar presence on TV, playing one-shot roles on such series as Superman and Leave It to Beaver and essaying the semi-regular part of Jim "Dog" Kelly on the weekly Western Wyatt Earp (1955-1961).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Lieutenant Wore Skirts Gateman 1956
88% Friendly Persuasion Businessman 1956
87% The Seven Year Itch Railroad Station Gateman 1955
100% To Hell and Back Chief Petty Officer 1955
No Score Yet Silver Lode Joe 1954
57% River of No Return Bartender 1954
No Score Yet Cattle Queen of Montana Store Clerk 1954
No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Quack 1953
No Score Yet Count the Hours Alvin Taylor 1953
No Score Yet Torpedo Alley Hedley 1953
No Score Yet The Turning Point Harry 1952
No Score Yet Springfield Rifle Barfly 1952
100% Rancho Notorious Politician 1952
80% Carrie Older Waiter 1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy Straight Man 1951
No Score Yet Let's Make It Legal Police Lieutenant 1951
No Score Yet Fort Defiance Stage Coach Driver 1951
No Score Yet Santa Fe Fiddle Contest Bettor 1951
No Score Yet Appointment With Danger Wilder Bartender 1951
No Score Yet The Glass Menagerie Mendoza 1950
No Score Yet Cow Town Martin Dalrymple 1950
No Score Yet Union Station Detective Fay 1950
93% Champion Hammond 1949
90% Easter Parade Hotel Detective 1948
No Score Yet Smart Woman Petitioner 1948
20% Copacabana Liggett, an Agent 1947
No Score Yet Out of the Blue Desk Sergeant 1947
No Score Yet It's a Joke, Son! Knifey 1947
96% The Best Years of Our Lives Mr. Gibbons 1946
No Score Yet Sioux City Sue Big Gulliver 1946
No Score Yet They Made Me a Killer Roach 1946
No Score Yet Two Sisters From Boston Recording Studio Doorman 1946
No Score Yet My Pal Trigger Auctioneer 1946
83% State Fair Police Chief 1945
No Score Yet Nob Hill Politician 1945
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here? Policeman 1945
No Score Yet The Bullfighters Muldoon 1945
No Score Yet Thunderhead---Son of Flicka Mr. Sargent 1945
No Score Yet Adventures of Kitty O'Day (Kitty O'Day Comes Through) Mike, Police Detective Sergeant 1945
No Score Yet There Goes Kelly Police Lt. Marty Phillips 1945
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Workman 1944
No Score Yet Lost in a Harem Mr. Ormulu 1944
95% Cover Girl Truckman 1944
No Score Yet The Heavenly Body Cop 1944
No Score Yet Submarine Alert Freddie Grayson 1943
No Score Yet Alaska Highway Frosty Gimble 1943
No Score Yet Ladies' Day Umpire 1943
No Score Yet Aerial Gunner Barclay 1943
No Score Yet A Night for Crime Hoffman 1943
No Score Yet Minesweeper Cox 1943
No Score Yet Wildcat 'Grits' O'Malley 1942
No Score Yet They All Kissed the Bride Detective 1942
No Score Yet Meet the Stewarts Cop 1942
No Score Yet I Live on Danger Angie Moss 1942
No Score Yet Wrecking Crew A Worker 1942
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade Doorman 1941
67% Mr. & Mrs. Smith Store checker 1941
95% High Sierra Fat Man 1941
80% Dance, Girl, Dance Taxi Driver 1940
83% Stranger on the Third Floor Truck driver 1940
96% They Drive by Night Driver 1940
No Score Yet Carolina Moon Foreman 1940
No Score Yet The Star Maker Uniformed Doorman 1939
No Score Yet Undercover Agent Joe Blake 1939
100% Dodge City Brawler 1939
No Score Yet You Can't Cheat an Honest Man Truck Driver 1939
No Score Yet Give Me A Sailor Ice Man 1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts Stage Hand 1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces Policemen at Call-Box 1938
No Score Yet Sea Racketeers Turk 1937
No Score Yet Escape by Night Burly Henchman 1937


No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
Fats Flannaghan Mr. Garvey 1961
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Pat 1958
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Stadium Guard 1956
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
Superburger Customer Buckets 1955


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