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Richard Lane



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 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 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 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
88% 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 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 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 This Marriage Business
  • Joe Selby
1938
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • Circus Manager
1938
No Score Yet Crashing Hollywood
  • Hugo Wells
1938
50% 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

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