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Richard Carlson

Highest Rated:   100% All I Desire (1953)
Lowest Rated:   10% Change of Habit (1969)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Fly by Night
  • Jeff Burton
1993
10% Change of Habit
  • Bishop Finley
1969
75% 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

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