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Roscoe Karns

Highest Rated:   100% You and Me (1938)
Lowest Rated:   64% Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Devil's Cargo
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Vigilantes of Boomtown
  • Billy Delaney
1946
No Score Yet I Ring Doorbells
  • Stubby
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
100% 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 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
100% 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
95% Wings
  • Lt. Cameron
1927
No Score Yet The Family Honor
  • Actor

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