Raymond Walburn

Raymond Walburn

Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

Lowest Rated: 62% The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Birthday: Sep 9, 1887

Birthplace: Not Available

Born in Indiana, Raymond Walburn began his theatrical career in Oakland, California, where his actress mother had relocated. Walburn was 18 when he made his stage debut in MacBeth, for the princely sum of $5 a week; he immediately, albeit inadvertently, established himself as a comic actor when his line "Fillet of a fenny snake" came out as "Fillet of a funny snake." The following year, Walburn was acting in stock in San Francisco, where the old adage "the show must go on" was tested to the utmost when one of his performances was interrupted by the 1906 earthquake (at least, that was his story). In 1911, he made his Broadway bow in Greyhound; it was a flop, as were Walburn's subsequent New York appearances over the next five years. He finally managed to latch onto a hit when he was cast in the long-running Come Out of the Kitchen. Following his World War I service, Walburn hit his stride as a Broadway laughgetter, starring in the original production of George Kelly's The Show Off. After a tentative stab at moviemaking in 1928, Walburn settled in Hollywood full-time in 1934, where his bombastic, lovable-fraud characterizations made him a favorite of such directors as Frank Capra and Preston Sturges. Usually relegated to the supporting-cast ranks, Walburn was given an opportunity to star in Monogram's inexpensive "Henry" series in 1949, an assignment made doubly pleasurable because it gave him the opportunity to work with his lifelong pal Walter Catlett. Retiring after his final screen appearance in The Spoilers (1955), Raymond Walburn revived his Broadway career in 1962 when he was persuaded by producer Harold Prince to play Erronious in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Affairs of Geraldine Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Spoilers Mr. Skinner 1955
No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No Judge Holbert 1954
No Score Yet Excuse My Dust (Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile) Mayor Fred Haskell 1951
No Score Yet Mad Wednesday E.J. Waggleberry 1951
No Score Yet Golden Girl Cornelius 1951
No Score Yet Riding High Prof. Pettigrew 1950
No Score Yet Key to the City Mayor Billy Butler 1950
80% State of the Union Judge Alexander 1948
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock E.J. Waggleberry 1947
No Score Yet Breakfast in Hollywood Mr. Cartwright 1946
No Score Yet Rendezvous with Annie Everett Thorndyke 1946
No Score Yet The Cheaters (The Castaways) William 'Willie' Crawford 1945
95% Hail the Conquering Hero Mayor Noble 1944
No Score Yet Let's Face It Julian Watson 1943
No Score Yet The Desperadoes Judge Cameron 1943
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase Col. Davis Sr. 1941
No Score Yet Rise and Shine Colonel 1941
95% Christmas in July Dr. Maxford 1940
No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand Mr. Sherwood 1940
No Score Yet Flowing Gold Wildcat Chalmers 1940
No Score Yet The Dark Command Buckner 1940
No Score Yet Heaven With A Barbed Wire Fence Actor 1939
No Score Yet Eternally Yours Harley Bingham 1939
No Score Yet Let Freedom Ring Editor Underwood 1939
No Score Yet Professor Beware Judge James G. Parkhouse Marshall 1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts Orlando Lane 1938
No Score Yet Thin Ice Uncle Dornik 1937
100% Broadway Melody of 1938 Herman Whipple 1937
No Score Yet It Could Happen to You Actor 1937
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Doc Watterson 1937
No Score Yet Born to Dance Capt. Dingby 1936
100% Craig's Wife Billy Birkmire 1936
90% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Walter 1936
No Score Yet The King Steps Out Von Kempen 1936
62% The Great Ziegfeld Sage 1936
No Score Yet Absolute Quiet Gov. Sam K. Pruden 1936
No Score Yet Mister Cinderella Peter Randolph 1936
No Score Yet Thanks a Million Judge Culliman 1935
No Score Yet Redheads on Parade Augustus Twill 1935
No Score Yet She Married Her Boss Franklin 1935
No Score Yet Mills of the Gods Willard 1934
100% Broadway Bill Colonel Pettigrew 1934
No Score Yet Lady by Choice Front O'Malley 1934
83% The Count of Monte Cristo Danglars 1934
No Score Yet The Great Flirtation Henry Morgan 1934


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