Richard Carlson

Highest Rated: 100% All I Desire (1953)
Lowest Rated: 10% Change of Habit (1969)
Birthday: Apr 29, 1912
Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA
Richard Carlson received his M.A. at the University of Minnesota and taught there briefly before working in the theater as an actor, director, and writer. He appeared on Broadway, then was brought to Hollywood in 1938 by David O. Selznick, who hired him as a writer assigned to work on the film The Young at Heart; Janet Gaynor, the film's star, urged that he appear in the movie, which became his debut. After that, he had lead and costarring roles in many films of the '30s, '40s, and '50s. Typecast early in his career as a diffident juvenile, he had trouble breaking out of the mold and landing more mature roles; he tended to appear in monster flicks and B-movies in the '50s. He turned to directing in that decade, beginning with Riders to the Stars (1954), which he also wrote and in which he acted. Besides acting and directing, he also became a magazine writer and wrote scripts for TV. Carlson starred in the TV series I Led Three Lives and McKenzie's Raiders and appeared in episodes of numerous others.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Fly by Night Jeff Burton 1993
10% Change of Habit Bishop Finley 1969
78% The Valley of Gwangi Champ 1969
No Score Yet The Power N.E. Van Zandt 1968
No Score Yet Tormented Tom Stewart 1960
No Score Yet The Helen Morgan Story Wade 1957
No Score Yet Appointment with a Shadow Director 1957
No Score Yet Bengazi Levering 1955
No Score Yet The Last Command William Travis 1955
No Score Yet An Annapolis Story Introductory narrator 1955
84% Creature from the Black Lagoon David Reed 1954
No Score Yet Riders to the Stars Dr. Jerome 'Jerry' Lockwood Director 1954
No Score Yet Four Guns to the Border Director 1954
81% It Came from Outer Space John Putnam 1953
No Score Yet The Maze Gerald MacTeam 1953
No Score Yet Seminole Maj. Harlan Degan 1953
100% All I Desire Henry Murdoch 1953
No Score Yet The Magnetic Monster Dr. Jeffrey Stewart 1953
No Score Yet Flat Top Joe Rodgers 1952
No Score Yet Retreat, Hell! Capt. Paul Hansen 1952
No Score Yet The Blue Veil Gerald Kean 1951
No Score Yet The Sound of Fury Actor 1950
92% King Solomon's Mines John Goode 1950
No Score Yet Try and Get Me Gil Stanton 1950
No Score Yet Behind Locked Doors Ross Stewart 1948
No Score Yet The Amazing Mr. X Martin Abbott 1948
No Score Yet The Spiritualist Actor 1948
No Score Yet So Well Remembered Charles 1947
No Score Yet The Man From Down Under "Nipper" Wilson 1943
No Score Yet Presenting Lily Mars Owen Vail 1943
No Score Yet Young Ideas Actor 1943
No Score Yet A Stranger in Town Bill Adams 1943
No Score Yet White Cargo Langford 1942
100% The Little Foxes David 1941
No Score Yet Back Street Actor 1941
100% Hold That Ghost Doctor Jackson 1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette Tom 1940
No Score Yet Too Many Girls Clint Kelly 1940
No Score Yet Beyond Tomorrow (Beyond Christmas) James Houston 1940
83% The Ghost Breakers Geoff Montgomery 1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia Thomas Jefferson 1940
No Score Yet Dancing Co-ed Michael 'Pug' Braddock 1939
No Score Yet These Glamour Girls Joe 1939
No Score Yet The Young in Heart Duncan McCrea 1938
No Score Yet The Duke of West Point Jack West 1938
No Score Yet West Point Widow Actor
No Score Yet My Heart Belongs To Daddy Actor


No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
  • 1968
No Score Yet Rawhide
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • 1965
  • 1964