Roland Winters

Roland Winters

Highest Rated: 92% Cry of the City (1948)

Lowest Rated: 29% Blue Hawaii (1961)

Birthday: Nov 22, 1904

Birthplace: Not Available

Chunky Boston-born actor Roland Winters was 19 when he played his first character role in the New York theatrical production The Firebrand. In the 1930s, he entered radio, serving as an announcer and foil for such performers as Kate Smith and Kay Kyser. In 1947, Winters became the fifth actor to essay the role of aphorism-spouting Oriental detective Charlie Chan. While Winters' six low-budget Chan entries are generally disliked by movie buffs, it can now be seen that the genially hammy actor brought a much needed breath of fresh air to the flagging film series with his self-mocking, semi-satirical interpretation of Charlie. A good friend of actor James Cagney, Winters showed up in several Cagney vehicles of the 1950s, notably A Lion Is in the Streets (1953) and Never Steal Anything Small (1959). Roland Winters continued to flourish in colorful supporting roles into the 1960s, and was also seen as a regular on the TV sitcoms Meet Millie (1952), The New Phil Silvers Show (1963), and The Smothers Brothers Show (1965).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Miracle on 34th Street Mr. Gimbel 1973
No Score Yet Loving Plommie 1970
No Score Yet Follow that Dream Judge 1962
No Score Yet Everything's Ducky Capt. Lewis Bollinger 1961
29% Blue Hawaii Fred Gates 1961
No Score Yet Cash McCall Gen. Danvers 1960
No Score Yet Never Steal Anything Small Doctor 1959
60% Jet Pilot Col. Sokolov 1957
No Score Yet Top Secret Affair Sen. Burwick 1957
90% Bigger Than Life Dr. Rurich 1956
No Score Yet Siege at Red River Actor 1954
No Score Yet So Big Klaas Pool 1953
No Score Yet A Lion Is in the Streets Prosecutor 1953
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College Fred Copeland 1952
No Score Yet Meet Millie Mr. Boone 1952
No Score Yet Follow the Sun Dr. Graham 1951
No Score Yet Inside straight Alexander Tomson 1951
No Score Yet The West Point Story Harry Eberhart 1950
No Score Yet To Please a Lady Dwight Barrington 1950
No Score Yet Between Midnight and Dawn Leo Cusick 1950
No Score Yet Convicted Vernon Bradley 1950
No Score Yet Captain Carey, U.S.A. Acuta 1950
No Score Yet Guilty of Treason Commissar Belov 1950
No Score Yet The Underworld Story Becker 1950
No Score Yet Malaya Bruno Gruber 1949
No Score Yet A Dangerous Profession McKay 1949
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff T. Hanley Brooks 1949
No Score Yet Once More, My Darling Col. Head 1949
No Score Yet Kidnapped Capt. Hoseason 1948
No Score Yet The Return of October Col. Wood 1948
92% Cry of the City Ledbetter 1948
83% 13 Rue Madeleine Van Duyval 1947
No Score Yet The Chinese Ring Charlie Chan 1947
No Score Yet Riders of the Whistling Skull Actor 1937


No Score Yet Green Acres
Felton Garber Mr. Gerber Judson 1969
No Score Yet Bewitched
McMann 1968
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Bryant 1965
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Ivar West 1962


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