Roscoe Karns

Roscoe Karns

Highest Rated: 98% His Girl Friday (1940)

Lowest Rated: 64% Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)

Birthday: Sep 7, 1891

Birthplace: Not Available

Educated at California's Harvard Military academy and USC, Roscoe Karns was acting from age 15 with Marjorie Rambeau's stock company. By 1922, he was playing leads at LA's Morosco theatre, which led to film work at the Christie comedy studios. He showed up in several silent features, including the historic part-talkie The Jazz Singer (1927) and the very first Academy Award winner, Wings (1927). In the early talkie era, Karns returned to the stage, then made a movie comeback playing fast-lipped reporters and press agents, most often at Columbia studios. He was awarded strong supporting roles in such Columbias as It Happened One Night (1934) ("Shapely's my name, and shapely's the way I like 'em"), Twentieth Century (1934) (working with his idol, John Barrymore) and His Girl Friday (1939); he also starred in a brace of Columbia 2-reelers, Black Eyes and Blues and Half Shot at Sunrise (both 1941). His film assignments dwindling in the late 1940s, Karns wrote a letter to the DuMont TV network, asking if they had any work handy. The result was a five-year starring stint on Rocky King, Detective, one of the most popular weekly series of the early 1950s. Karns' last TV assignment was the role of the crusty Admiral Walter Shafer on the Jackie Cooper sitcom Hennessey (1959-62). Roscoe Karns was the father of actor/recording executive Todd Karns, who starred in TV's first filmed comedy series, Jackson and Jill (1949).

Highest Rated Movies



64% Man's Favorite Sport? Maj. Phipps 1964
No Score Yet Onionhead `Windy' Woods 1958
No Score Yet Speed to Spare Kangaroo 1948
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Carmody 1948
No Score Yet That's My Man Toby Gleeton 1947
No Score Yet Vigilantes of Boomtown Billy Delaney 1946
No Score Yet I Ring Doorbells Stubby 1946
No Score Yet Devil's Cargo Actor 1946
No Score Yet Minstrel Man Lasses White 1944
No Score Yet The Navy Way Frankie Gimble 1944
No Score Yet Old Acquaintance Charlie Archer 1943
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister Fields 1943
No Score Yet My Son, the Hero Big Time 1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
No Score Yet You Can't Escape Forever "Mac" McTurk 1942
92% Woman of the Year Phil Whittaker 1942
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Dark Monahan 1941
96% They Drive by Night "Irish" McGurn 1940
98% His Girl Friday McCue 1940
No Score Yet Frolics on Ice Felix Miller 1939
No Score Yet Dancing Co-ed Joe Drews 1939
No Score Yet King of Chinatown Rep. Harrigan 1939
No Score Yet Thanks for the Memory George Kent 1938
86% You and Me Cuffy 1938
No Score Yet Border Flight Calico Smith 1936
No Score Yet Cain and Mabel Aloysius K. Reilly 1936
80% Front Page Woman Toots O'Grady 1935
No Score Yet Alibi Ike Carey 1935
No Score Yet Wings in the Dark Nick Williams 1935
88% Twentieth Century Owen O'Malley 1934
98% It Happened One Night Shapeley 1934
No Score Yet Search For Beauty Newspaper Reporter 1934
No Score Yet Come On, Marines! Actor 1934
No Score Yet Shoot the Works Sailor Burke 1934
67% Alice in Wonderland Tweedledee 1933
No Score Yet Today We Live McGinnis 1933
No Score Yet Grand Slam Contest Radio Announcer 1933
No Score Yet Lawyer Man Merritt 1933
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Snappy Downer 1933
95% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang Steve 1932
No Score Yet Night After Night Leo 1932
No Score Yet The Crooked Circle Harry Carter 1932
No Score Yet One Way Passage Bartender on Ship 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million O'Brien 1932
No Score Yet Pleasure Actor 1932
No Score Yet Laughing Sinners Fred Geer 1931
No Score Yet Dirigible Sock McGuire 1931
No Score Yet Safety in Numbers Bertram Shipiro 1930
No Score Yet Copy Actor 1929
No Score Yet Beggars of Life Hopper 1928
74% The Jazz Singer The Agent 1927
93% Wings Lt. Cameron 1927
No Score Yet Life of the Party Sam Perkins 1920
No Score Yet The Family Honor Actor


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