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Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cheshire Cotten (May 15, 1905 – February 6, 1994) was an American actor of stage and film. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair. He is associated with Orson Welles, leading to appearances in Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Journey into Fear (1943), for which Cotten was also credited with the screenplay, and The Third Man (1949). He was a star in his own right with films such as Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Love Letters (1945), Portrait of Jennie (1948), and The Third Man (1949).

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May 15, 1905 In Petersburg, Virginia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Too Much Johnson 1938-08-13
Latest Project:
Movie The Survivor 1981-07-09
Known For
Poster of Soylent Green
Poster of Touch of Evil
Poster of On Trial
Poster of The Third Man
Movie The Survivor Priest 1981-07-09
Movie The House Where Death Lives Ivar Langrock 1981-01-23
Movie Churchill and the Generals Gen. George C. Marshall 1981-03-05
Movie The Hearse Walter Prichard 1980-06-01
Movie Heaven's Gate The Reverend Doctor 1980-11-19
Movie Island of the Fishmen Prof. Ernest Marvin 1979-01-18
Movie The Concorde Affair Milland 1979-03-23
Series Tales of the Unexpected Edward 1979-03-24
Movie Guyana: Crime of the Century Richard Gable 1979-09-20
Movie Last In, First Out Foster Johnson 1978-08-30
Movie Caravans Crandall 1978-11-02
Movie The Perfect Crime Sir Arthur Dundee 1978-11-24
Series The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown 1977-01-30
Movie Twilight's Last Gleaming Arthur Renfrew - Secretary of State 1977-02-09
Series The Love Boat Colonel Van Ryker 1977-09-24
Movie Airport '77 Nicholas St. Downs III 1977-03-11
Movie The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Dr. Joseph Francis Condon 1976-02-26
Series Origins of the Mafia The Envoy 1976-11-19
Movie A Whisper in the Dark The Professor 1976-08-12
Movie Syndicate Sadists PaternĂ² 1975-08-16
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles Himself 1975-06-10
Movie Timber Tramps Greedy sawmill mogul 1975-12-31
Series The Rockford Files Warner Jameson 1974-09-13
Movie F for Fake Trailer Unknown 1973-01-01
Movie Soylent Green William R. Simonson 1973-04-18
Movie A Delicate Balance Harry 1973-11-12
Movie F for Fake Himself 1973-09-01
Movie Doomsday Voyage Captain Jason 1972-02-01
Movie The Screaming Woman George Tresvant 1972-01-29
Movie Baron Blood Baron Otto von Kleist / Alfred Becker 1972-02-25
Movie The Scopone Game George 1972-10-08
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie The Devil's Daughter Judge Weatherby 1972-12-28
Movie Assault on the Wayne Admiral 1971-01-12
Movie Do You Take This Stranger? Dr. Robert Carson 1971-01-17
Movie City Beneath the Sea Dr. Ziegler 1971-01-25
Movie Lady Frankenstein Baron Frankenstein 1971-10-22
Movie The Abominable Dr. Phibes Dr. Vesalius 1971-05-18
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Unknown 1971-05-09
Movie Tora! Tora! Tora! Henry L. Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War 1970-01-26
Movie The Grasshopper Richard Morgan 1970-05-27
Movie Cutter's Trail General Spalding 1970-02-10
Movie Split Second to an Epitaph Dr. Ben Stern (archive footage) 1969-09-26
Movie Latitude Zero Capt. Craig McKenzie / Cmdr. Glenn McKenzie 1969-07-26
Movie The Lonely Profession Martin Bannister 1969-10-21
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie Alexander The Great Antigonus 1968-01-26
Movie Gangsters '70 Destil 1968-04-29
Movie White Comanche Sheriff Logan 1968-12-23
Movie Petulia Mr. Danner 1968-06-10
Movie Some May Live Unknown 1967-01-01
Movie The Hellbenders Colonel Jonas 1967-02-02
Movie Jack of Diamonds As 1967-11-10
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
Movie The Oscar Kenneth Regan 1966-03-04
Movie Brighty of the Grand Canyon Jim 1966-11-24
Movie The Great Sioux Massacre Major Marcus A. Reno 1965-04-25
Movie The Money Trap Dr. Horace Van Tilden 1965-09-07
Movie The Tramplers Edith Wickett 1965-12-31
Movie Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Drew Bayliss 1964-12-15
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series Hollywood and the Stars Narrator 1963-09-30
Movie The Last Sunset John Breckenridge 1961-06-06
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Bus Stop Unknown 1961-10-01
Movie The Angel Wore Red Hawthorne 1960-04-14
Series Checkmate Unknown 1960-09-17
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie Touch of Evil Coroner (uncredited) 1958-03-30
Series Kraft Music Hall Unknown 1958-10-08
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie From the Earth to the Moon Victor Barbicane 1958-11-26
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie The Halliday Brand Daniel Halliday 1957-01-01
Series Suspicion Unknown 1957-09-30
Movie The Edge of Innocence Robert Rainey 1957-10-31
Movie The Bottom of the Bottle Pat 'P.M.' Martin 1956-02-01
Movie The Killer Is Loose Detective Sam Wagner 1956-03-02
Series On Trial Unknown 1956-09-14
Series Telephone Time Unknown 1956-04-08
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Special Delivery John Adams 1955-04-07
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Charlie Oakley (archive footage) (uncredited) 1955-10-02
Movie Egypt by Three Narrator 1953-03-31
Movie Niagara George Loomis 1953-01-26
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie A Blueprint for Murder Whitney 'Cam' Cameron 1953-07-24
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Movie Untamed Frontier Kirk Denbow 1952-07-22
Movie The Steel Trap Jim Osborne 1952-11-12
Movie Half Angel John Raymond Jr. 1951-05-05
Movie Peking Express Michael Bachlin 1951-08-01
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie The Man with a Cloak Dupin 1951-11-27
Movie Othello Senator (uncredited) 1951-11-27
Movie Two Flags West Col. Clay Tucker 1950-10-12
Movie September Affair David Lawrence 1950-10-18
Movie Walk Softly, Stranger Chris Hale aka Steve 1950-10-14
Movie Under Capricorn Sam Flusky 1949-09-08
Movie The Third Man Holly Martins 1949-08-31
Movie Beyond the Forest Doctor Louis Moline 1949-10-21
Movie Portrait of Jennie Eben Adams 1948-12-25
Movie The Farmer's Daughter Glenn Morley 1947-01-01
Movie Duel in the Sun Jesse McCanles 1946-12-31
Movie Love Letters Allen Quinton 1945-10-26
Movie Since You Went Away Lieutenant Tony Willett 1944-06-30
Movie Gaslight Brian Cameron 1944-05-04
Movie I'll Be Seeing You Zachary Morgan 1944-12-31
Movie Journey into Fear Howard Graham 1943-01-07
Movie Hers to Hold Bill Morley 1943-07-16
Movie Shadow of a Doubt Uncle Charlie Oakley 1943-01-15
Movie The Magnificent Ambersons Eugene Morgan 1942-07-10
Movie Lydia Michael Fitzpatrick 1941-09-18
Movie Citizen Kane Jedediah Leland 1941-04-17
Movie Citizen Kane Trailer Unknown 1940-01-01
Movie Too Much Johnson Augustus Billings 1938-08-13