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Jack Carson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Elmer "Jack" Carson (October 27, 1910 – January 2, 1963) was a Canadian-born, American film actor, with a film career spanning the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Though he was primarily used in supporting roles for comic relief, his work in films such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) displayed his mastery of "straight" dramatic actor roles as well. He worked for RKO and MGM (cast opposite Myrna Loy and William Powell in Love Crazy), but most of his memorable work was for Warner Bros. His trademark character was the wisecracking know-it-all, typically and inevitably undone by his own smug cockiness. Carson initially landed bit roles at RKO Radio Pictures in films such as Bringing Up Baby (1938), starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. An early standout role for Carson was as a mock-drunk undercover G-Man opposite Richard Cromwell in Universal Pictures's anti-Nazi action drama entitled Enemy Agent. This led to contract-player status with Warner Brothers shortly thereafter. While there, he was teamed with Dennis Morgan in a number of films, supposedly to compete with Paramount's popular Bing Crosby - Bob Hope Road to … pictures. Most of his work at Warner Brothers was limited to light comedy work with Morgan, and later Doris Day (who in her autobiography would credit Carson as one of her early Hollywood mentors). Critics generally agree that Carson's best work was in Mildred Pierce (1945), where he played the perpetually scheming Wally Fay opposite Joan Crawford in the title role. Also in 1945, he played the role of Harold Pierson, the second husband of Louise Randall, played by Rosalind Russell, in Roughly Speaking. Another role which won accolades for him was as publicist Matt Libby in A Star is Born (1954). One of his last film roles was as the older brother "Gooper" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). His TV appearances, extending into the early 1960s, included The Martha Raye Show, The Guy Mitchell Show, and The Polly Bergen Show in 1957; Alcoa Theatre and Bonanza (Season 1, Ep.9: "Mr. Henry Comstock") in 1959; Thriller ("The Big Blackout") in 1960; and The Twilight Zone (Season 2, Ep. 14: "The Whole Truth") in 1961. On February 8, 1960, Carson received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the television and radio industry. The television star is located at 1560 Vine Street, the radio star is at 6361 Hollywood Boulevard. In 1983, after his death, Jack Carson was inducted into the Wisconsin Performing Artists Hall of Fame along with his film pal, Dennis Morgan, who was also from Wisconsin.

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Oct 27, 1910 In Carman, Manitoba, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie You Only Live Once 1937-01-23
Latest Project:
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life 1988-11-22
Known For
Poster of Seven Keys
Poster of A Star Is Born
Poster of What's My Line?
Poster of Bringing Up Baby
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Hollywood My Home Town Himself 1965-12-31
Movie Sammy, the Way-Out Seal Harold Slyvester 1962-10-28
Movie Seven Keys Norman 1961-02-01
Movie King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein Timothy W. 'Big Tim' O'Brien 1961-06-11
Series Bus Stop Unknown 1961-10-01
Movie The Bramble Bush Bert Mosley 1960-02-24
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Gooper 1958-08-29
Movie Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Capt. Hoxie 1958-12-23
Movie The Tattered Dress Sheriff Nick Hoak 1957-03-14
Movie The Tarnished Angels Jiggs 1957-11-21
Movie The Bottom of the Bottle Hal Breckinridge 1956-02-01
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Magnificent Roughnecks Bix Decker 1956-07-22
Movie Ain't Misbehavin' Harold North 1955-06-30
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie A Star Is Born World Premiere Host 1954-09-28
Movie Red Garters Jason Carberry 1954-02-09
Movie A Star Is Born Matt Libby 1954-10-01
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Phffft! Charlie Nelson 1954-11-10
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Dangerous When Wet Windy Weebe 1953-06-18
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Mister Universe Jeff Clayton 1951-01-10
Movie The Groom Wore Spurs Ben Castle 1951-03-13
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie Bright Leaf Chris Malley 1950-06-16
Movie The Good Humor Man Biff Jones 1950-03-24
Series Four Star Revue Host 1950-10-04
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie John Loves Mary Fred Taylor 1949-02-04
Movie It's a Great Feeling Jack Carson 1949-08-01
Movie My Dream Is Yours Doug Blake 1949-04-15
Movie Romance on the High Seas Peter Virgil 1948-06-25
Movie April Showers Joe Tyme 1948-03-27
Movie Two Guys from Texas Danny Foster 1948-08-27
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Love and Learn Jingles Collins 1947-05-02
Movie So You Want to Be in Pictures Man Giving Directions (uncredited) 1947-06-07
Movie Always Together Bill (uncredited) 1947-12-10
Movie One More Tomorrow Patrick 'Pat' Regan 1946-05-24
Movie Two Guys from Milwaukee Buzz Williams 1946-07-26
Movie The Time, The Place and The Girl Jeff Howard 1946-12-26
Movie Okay for Sound Unknown 1946-09-07
Movie Roughly Speaking Harold C. Pierson 1945-01-31
Movie Mildred Pierce Wally Fay 1945-10-20
Movie The Shining Future Self 1944-04-11
Movie Breakdowns of 1944 Self 1944-01-01
Movie Shine on Harvest Moon The Great Georgetti 1944-03-10
Movie Road to Victory Himself 1944-05-18
Movie Make Your Own Bed Jerry Curtis 1944-06-10
Movie Hollywood Canteen Himself 1944-12-15
Movie The Doughgirls Arthur Halstead 1944-11-25
Movie Arsenic and Old Lace Officer Patrick O'Hara 1944-09-01
Movie The Hard Way Albert Runkel 1943-01-13
Movie Thank Your Lucky Stars Himself 1943-09-25
Movie Food and Magic Unknown 1943-11-18
Movie Princess O'Rourke Dave Campbell 1943-10-23
Movie The Male Animal Joe Ferguson 1942-03-12
Movie Larceny, Inc. Jeff Randolph 1942-04-24
Movie Breakdowns of 1942 Self 1942-01-01
Movie Wings for the Eagle Brad Maple 1942-07-18
Movie Gentleman Jim Walter Lawrie 1942-11-14
Movie The Strawberry Blonde Hugo Barnstead 1941-02-21
Movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith Chuck 1941-01-31
Movie The Bride Came C.O.D. Allen Brice 1941-07-12
Movie Love Crazy Ward Willoughby 1941-05-23
Movie Navy Blues 'Buttons' Johnson 1941-09-13
Movie Blues in the Night Leo Powell 1941-11-15
Movie Breakdowns of 1941 Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1941-11-14
Movie Shooting High Gabby Cross 1940-04-25
Movie Enemy Agent Ralph 1940-04-18
Movie City of Chance Narration - Prologue (voice) 1940-01-13
Movie Parole Fixer George Mattison 1940-02-02
Movie Alias the Deacon Sullivan 1940-05-13
Movie I Take This Woman Joe 1940-02-02
Movie Love Thy Neighbor Policeman 1940-12-27
Movie Typhoon Mate 1940-05-16
Movie Sandy Gets Her Man Policeman Tom Garrity 1940-11-08
Movie Lucky Partners Frederick Harper 1940-08-02
Movie Girl in 313 Police Lt. Pat O'Farrell 1940-05-31
Movie Queen of the Mob Agent Ross Waring 1940-06-28
Movie The Kid From Texas Stanley Brown 1939-04-14
Movie 5th Ave Girl Minnesota (uncredited) 1939-09-22
Movie The Escape Chet Warren 1939-10-05
Movie Destry Rides Again Jack Tyndall 1939-11-30
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Sweeney Farrell (uncredited) 1939-10-19
Movie Condemned Women Plainclothes Policeman 1938-03-18
Movie Night Spot Shallen 1938-02-25
Movie Everybody's Doing It Detective Lieutenant 1938-01-14
Movie Crashing Hollywood Dickson 1938-01-07
Movie This Marriage Business "Candid" Perry 1938-04-08
Movie Bringing Up Baby Circus Roustabout (uncredited) 1938-02-18
Movie Law of the Underworld Johnny 1938-05-06
Movie Carefree Connors 1938-09-02
Movie Go Chase Yourself Warren Miles 1938-04-22
Movie Having Wonderful Time Emil Beatty 1938-07-01
Movie Mr. Doodle Kicks Off Rochet 1938-10-07
Movie The Saint in New York Red Jenks 1938-05-25
Movie Vivacious Lady Charlie 1938-05-13
Movie Stage Door Mr. Milbanks 1937-10-07
Movie On Again-Off Again Cop 1937-07-09
Movie Too Many Wives Hodges 1937-04-09
Movie Music for Madame Assistant Director 1937-10-08
Movie You Only Live Once Attendant in First Gas Station 1937-01-23
Movie Quick Money Coach Woodford 1937-12-10
Movie She's Got Everything Ransome (uncredited) 1937-12-31
Movie Harris in the Spring Taxicab Driver 1937-12-03
Movie High Flyers Dave Hanlon 1937-11-07
Movie Stand-In Tom Potts 1937-10-29