Richard Lane

Richard Lane

Highest Rated: 100% Wonder Man (1945)

Lowest Rated: 57% Carefree (1938)

Birthday: May 28, 1899

Birthplace: Not Available

A repertory actor since childhood, Wisconsin-born Richard Lane was singing and dancing in vaudeville by the time he reached his thirteenth birthday. Lane toured europe with a circus "iron jaw" act, then bluffed his way into a dance band job. After more vaudeville work, Lane began securing "legit" gigs on Broadway. He appeared with Al Jolson in the late-'20s musical Big Boy, and was a headliner with George White's Scandals when he was signed to an RKO movie contract in 1937. While at RKO, Lane developed his standard characterization of a fast-talking sharpster, which secured him a recurring role on Al Pearce's popular radio program. He played a variety of detectives, con artists and travelling salesmen throughout the '40s, most often at 20th Century-Fox, Universal and Columbia. He was featured in several Abbott and Costello and Laurel and Hardy comedies during the decade, and costarred as Inspector Farraday in Columbia's Boston Blackie B-series; he also appeared in 11 Columbia 2-reel comedies, teamed with comic actor Gus Schilling. Though most closely associated with breezy, urban characters, Lane was also effective in slow-and-steady dramatic roles, notably the father in the 1940 sleeper The Biscuit Eater and baseball manager Clay Hopper in 1950's The Jackie Robinson Story. A television pioneer, Lane worked at Los Angeles' KTLA-TV as a newsman, sportscaster and used-car pitchman. For over twenty years, he was the mile-a-minute commentator on KTLA's nationally syndicated wrestling and roller derby matches. Significantly, Richard Lane's last screen appearances were in Raquel Welch's roller-derby epic Kansas City Bomber (1978) and Henry Winkler's pro-wrestling spoof The One and Only (1982).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Life of Jackie Robinson Hopper 2003
No Score Yet Thomas Pynchon: Journey Into the Mind Actor 2003
No Score Yet Weekend of Shadows Young Harry 1977
No Score Yet I Can Get it For You Wholesale Kelley 1951
No Score Yet The Admiral Was a Lady The Fight Promoter 1950
No Score Yet Quicksand (1950) Lt. Nelson 1950
63% The Jackie Robinson Story Hopper 1950
No Score Yet Everybody's Dancin' Colonel Ed Harrison 1950
No Score Yet The Big Wheel Reno Riley 1949
No Score Yet Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture Inspector William R. Farraday 1949
93% Take Me Out to the Ball Game Michael Gilhuly 1949
No Score Yet Tenth Avenue Angel Street Vendor 1948
No Score Yet Babe Ruth Story Coach 1948
No Score Yet Trapped by Boston Blackie Insp. William R. Farraday 1948
No Score Yet Corvette K-225 Admiral 1948
No Score Yet The Return of the Whistler Gaylord Travers 1948
No Score Yet The Creeper Inspector Fenwick 1948
No Score Yet Out of the Blue Detective Noonan 1947
No Score Yet Song of Scheherazade Lieutenant 1947
No Score Yet Boston Blackie and the Law Insp. John Farraday 1946
No Score Yet Sioux City Sue Jefferson Lang 1946
No Score Yet The Phantom Thief Inspector Farraday 1946
No Score Yet A Close Call for Boston Blackie Inspector Farraday 1946
No Score Yet Talk About a Lady Duke Randall 1946
No Score Yet Boston Blackie's Rendezvous Inspector Farraday 1945
100% Wonder Man Assistant District Attorney Grosset 1945
No Score Yet Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion Inspector Farraday 1945
No Score Yet The Bullfighters 'Hot Shot' Coleman 1945
No Score Yet Two O'clock Courage Al Haley 1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Co-eds Nearsighted Man 1945
No Score Yet What a Blonde Pomeroy 1945
No Score Yet One Mysterious Night Inspector Farraday 1944
No Score Yet Secret Command Paul 1944
No Score Yet Mr. Winkle Goes to War Sgt. `Alphabet' 1944
No Score Yet Take It Big Eddie Hampton 1944
No Score Yet Gung Ho! Capt. Dunphy 1943
No Score Yet The Chance of a Lifetime Insp. John Farraday 1943
No Score Yet Crazy House Hanley 1943
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Barney Jackson 1943
80% Air Force Major W.G. Roberts 1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay Slicker 1943
No Score Yet After Midnight with Boston Blackie Inspector Farraday 1943
No Score Yet Swing Your Partner Mr. Lane 1943
No Score Yet Time to Kill Lt. Breeze 1942
No Score Yet Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood Inspector John Farraday 1942
No Score Yet A-Haunting We Will Go Parker 1942
No Score Yet Junior G-Men of the Air Agent Don Ames 1942
No Score Yet Alias Boston Blackie Insp. Farraday 1942
No Score Yet Ride 'em Cowboy Peter Conway 1942
No Score Yet Arabian Nights Corporal 1942
No Score Yet Dead End Kids Actor 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Lieutenant 1942
No Score Yet Dr. Broadway Actor 1942
No Score Yet Confessions of Boston Blackie Inspector Farraday 1941
No Score Yet San Antonio Rose Willoughby 1941
No Score Yet Sunny Reporter 1941
No Score Yet A Girl, a Guy and a Gob Recruiting Officer 1941
No Score Yet Meet Boston Blackie Inspector Faraday 1941
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin' Director 1941
No Score Yet I Wanted Wings Flight Commander 1941
No Score Yet Riders of the Purple Sage Oldring 1941
No Score Yet The Penalty Craig 1941
No Score Yet Brother Orchid Mugsy O'Day 1940
No Score Yet The Biscuit Eater McNeill 1940
No Score Yet Boom Town Assistant District Attorney 1940
No Score Yet Two Girls on Broadway Buddy Bartell 1940
No Score Yet Union Pacific Sam Reed 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto in Danger Island Commissioner Gordon 1939
No Score Yet Nick Carter, Master Detective Airplane Builder 1939
No Score Yet The Day the Bookies Wept Ramsey Firpo 1939
No Score Yet The Saint in New York Dispatcher 1938
No Score Yet Blind Alibi Bowers 1938
No Score Yet This Marriage Business Joe Selby 1938
93% Bringing Up Baby Circus Manager 1938
No Score Yet Crashing Hollywood Hugo Wells 1938
57% Carefree Henry 1938
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Honolulu Detective Arnold 1938
No Score Yet Wise Girl Detective 1937
No Score Yet Saturday's Heroes R.L. 'Red' Watson 1937
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth Barker 1937
No Score Yet New Faces of 1937 Broker 1937
No Score Yet Flight From Glory Hanson 1937


83% The Munsters
Announcer 1965
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
Marshal Moran 1959


Tom Randolph says: Why don't you relax?

Himself says: If you want Dinah Shore you don't talk to HER.(Horton)

Himself says: If you want Dinah Shore you don't talk to HER. [Horton]

Barney Johnson says: Barney Jackson never let a client down.

Barney Johnson says: Now there's 50 dollars worth of advice and now we're even.

Tom Randolph says: I got my radio deal, 500 bucks, I'm set for life.

Pat Dixon says: Well, this is something even Ripley wouldn't believe (her new home).

Pat Dixon says: Well, this is something even Ripley wouldn't believe. [her new home]

Tom Randolph says: I'm smart enough to sing nothing but hits.