Richard Carlson

Richard Carlson

Highest Rated: 100% All I Desire (1953)

Lowest Rated: 78% The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

Birthday: Apr 29, 1912

Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA

First appearing onscreen in the screwball comedy "The Young in Heart," actor Richard Carlson began his career with a promising start. Appearing alongside stars such as Lana Turner in the light comedies "These Glamour Girls" and "Dancing Co-Ed," and Bette Davis in the melodrama "The Little Foxes," Carlson made several films a year during the early 1940s. When World War II broke out, he was on the path to becoming a Hollywood leading man. After serving in the army, Carlson returned to acting but was unable to recapture his career's previous momentum. In the '50s, he made guest appearances on various television shows before finding his niche in horror and sci-fi. In 1953, he was cast as the lead, John Putnam, in the 3D classic "It Came from Outer Space," directed by Jack Arnold. The following year, he starred in Arnold's 3D sci-fi horror film "Creature from the Black Lagoon," an instant cult classic. During this time, Carlson also began a 100-plus episode run as the star of "I Led 3 Lives"; based on the true story of Herbert Philbrick, a young communist who spied both for the F.B.I. and the Communist Party, the series ran for three years and was nominated for two Emmys. Immediately following the end of the series, Carlson went on to star in "Mackenzie's Raiders," a western set on the Texan/Mexican border. This was his last major role, but Carlson continued to make guest appearances on TV and play small parts in films until 1975.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
78% 60% The Valley of Gwangi Champ (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 42% The Power Professor Norman E. Van Zandt (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 36% The Doomsday Flight Chief Pilot Bob Shea (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kid Rodelo Director - 1966
No Score Yet 19% Tormented Tom Stewart (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saga of Hemp Brown Director - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Appointment With a Shadow Director - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unchained Goddess The Writer (Voice),
Director
- 1958
No Score Yet 31% The Helen Morgan Story Russell Wade (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three for Jamie Dawn Martin Random (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 40% The Last Command William B. Travis (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 14% Bengazi Insp. Levering (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Riders to the Stars Dr. Jerome Lockwood (Character),
Director
- 1954
No Score Yet 27% The Maze Gerald McTeam (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Guns to the Border Director - 1954
79% 73% Creature From the Black Lagoon David Reed (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 20% The Magnetic Monster Dr. jeffrey Stewart (Character) - 1953
100% 75% All I Desire Henry Murdoch (Character) - 1953
79% 54% It Came From Outer Space John Putnam (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 39% Seminole Major Degan (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whispering Smith vs. Scotland Yard Whispering Smith (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whispering Smith Hits London Whispering Smith (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 38% Flat Top Lt. Joe Rodgers (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Retreat, Hell! Capt. Paul Hansen (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Valentino Bill King (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 67% The Blue Veil Gerald Kean (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Millionaire for Christy Dr. Roland Cook (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 81% Try and Get Me Gil Stanton (Character) - 1950
92% 59% King Solomon's Mines John Goode (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 37% The Amazing Mr. X Martin Abbott (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 41% Behind Locked Doors Ross Stewart (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 100% So Well Remembered Charles Winslow (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 67% A Stranger in Town Bill Adams (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 78% Presenting Lily Mars Owen Vail (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Ideas Tom Farrell (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet For God and Country Tom Manning (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 33% The Man From Down Under Nipper Wilson (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affairs of Martha Jeff Sommerfield (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highways by Night Tommy Van Steel (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fly by Night Dr. Geoffrey Burton (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Heart Belongs to Daddy Prof. Richard Inglethorpe Culbertson Kay/R.I.C. Kay/Rick (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 16% White Cargo Mr. Langford (Character) - 1942
100% 90% Hold That Ghost Doctor Jackson (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Back Street Curt Stanton (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet West Point Widow Dr. Jimmy Krueger (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 80% The Little Foxes David Hewitt (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 49% Beyond Tomorrow James Houston (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet No, No, Nanette Tom Gillespie (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 48% Too Many Girls Clint Kelly (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 50% The Howards of Virginia Thomas Jefferson (Character) - 1940
86% 77% The Ghost Breakers Geoff Montgomery (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 29% These Glamour Girls Joe (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 50% Dancing Co-ed Michael "Pug" Braddock (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Winter Carnival Professor John Welden (Character) - 1939

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Mr. Archibald (Guest Star) 1972-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1968 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daktari Writer 1966-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Anthony Fry (Guest Star) 1966 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Allan Pruitt (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character),
Director
1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Letter to Loretta Director 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Into Space Director 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet MacKenzie's Raiders Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie (Character) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lights Out Unknown (Character) 1951

QUOTES FROM Richard Carlson CHARACTERS

Tuck says: Well, you don't seem very glad to see me, Champ.

Champ says: About as glad as a dying mule to see a vulture.