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Roscoe Karns

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Roscoe Karns (September 7, 1891 – February 6, 1970) was an American actor who appeared in nearly 150 films between 1915 and 1964. He specialized in cynical, wise-cracking (and often tipsy) characters, and his rapid-fire delivery enlivened many comedies and crime thrillers in the 1930s and 1940s. Though he appeared in numerous silent films, such as Wings and Beggars of Life, his career didn't really take off until sound arrived. Arguably his best-known film role was the annoying bus passenger Oscar Shapeley, who tries to pick up Claudette Colbert in the Oscar-winning comedy It Happened One Night (1934), quickly followed by one of his best performances as the boozy press agent Owen O'Malley in Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century. (Six years later, he co-starred as one of the reporters in another Hawks classic, His Girl Friday.) In 1937, Paramount teamed him with Lynne Overman as a pair of laconic private eyes in two B comedy-mysteries, Murder Goes to College and Partners in Crime. From 1950 to 1954, Karns played the title role in the popular DuMont Television Network series Rocky King, Inside Detective. His son, character actor Todd Karns, also appeared in that series. From 1959 to 1962, Karns was cast as Admiral Walter Shafer in seventy-three of the ninety-five episodes of the CBS military sitcom/drama series, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper in the title role of a United States Navy physician, and Abby Dalton as nurse Martha Hale. His final film was another Hawks comedy, Man's Favorite Sport?, in 1964. Karns was born in San Bernardino, California, and died in Los Angeles. Description above from the Wikipedia article Roscoe Karns, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Sep 7, 1891 In San Bernardino, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Life of the Party 1920-11-21
Latest Project:
Movie Man's Favorite Sport? 1964-01-31
Known For
Movie Man's Favorite Sport? Major Phipps 1964-01-31
Series Hennesey 1959-09-28
Movie Speed to Spare Kangaroo 1948-05-14
Movie The Inside Story Eustace Peabody 1948-03-14
Movie Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven Officer Carmody 1948-07-16
Movie Vigilantes of Boomtown Bill Delaney 1947-02-15
Movie One Way to Love Hobie Simmons 1946-01-08
Movie Avalanche Red Kelly 1946-06-30
Movie Minstrel Man Lasses White 1944-01-02
Movie The Navy Way Frankie Gimble 1944-02-26
Movie Old Acquaintance Charlie Archer 1943-11-27
Movie Riding High Shorty 1943-11-11
Movie Stage Door Canteen Roscoe Karns 1943-06-24
Movie His Butler's Sister Fields 1943-11-26
Movie A Tragedy at Midnight Cassidy 1942-02-02
Movie Woman of the Year Phil Whittaker 1942-02-05
Movie You Can't Escape Forever 'Mac' McTurk 1942-10-10
Movie The Gay Vagabond Arthur Dixon / Jerry Dixon 1941-05-12
Movie Road to Happiness Charley Grady 1941-12-19
Movie Meet the Missus Joe Higgins 1940-11-29
Movie His Girl Friday McCue 1940-01-18
Movie Saturday's Children Willie Sands 1940-05-04
Movie They Drive by Night Irish McGurn 1940-07-26
Movie King of Chinatown Rip Harrigan 1939-03-17
Movie That's Right - You're Wrong Mal Stamp 1939-11-24
Movie Everything's on Ice Felix Miller 1939-10-05
Movie Dangerous to Know Duncan 1938-03-11
Movie Tip-Off Girls Tom Benson aka Tommy Logan 1938-04-01
Movie Thanks for the Memory George Kent 1938-11-11
Movie You and Me Cuffy 1938-06-01
Movie Murder Goes to College Sim Perkins 1937-02-24
Movie Border Flight Calico Smith 1936-05-29
Movie Three Married Men Peter Cary 1936-09-24
Movie Red Hot Tires Bud Keene 1935-02-02
Movie Wings in the Dark Nick Williams 1935-02-01
Movie Alibi Ike Carey 1935-06-15
Movie Front Page Woman Toots O'Grady 1935-07-11
Movie Two-Fisted Chick Moran 1935-10-03
Movie Come On, Marines! Spud McGurke 1934-01-01
Movie It Happened One Night Oscar Shapeley 1934-02-22
Movie Shoot the Works Sailor Burke 1934-07-18
Movie Grand Slam Contest Radio Announcer 1933-02-22
Movie One Sunday Afternoon Snappy Downer 1933-09-01
Movie Gambling Ship Blooey 1933-06-23
Movie The Women in His Life Aloysius Lester 1933-12-08
Movie Alice in Wonderland Tweedledee 1933-12-18
Movie Two Against The World Segall, reporter 1932-09-03
Movie The Roadhouse Murder Dale 1932-04-28
Movie The Crooked Circle Harry Carter 1932-09-25
Movie One Way Passage S.S. Maloa Bartender (uncredited) 1932-10-04
Movie If I Had a Million Private O'Brien 1932-12-02
Movie They Call It Sin Brad - Rehearsal Director (uncredited) 1932-11-05
Movie Laughing Sinners Fred Geer 1931-05-30
Movie Dirigible Sock McGuire 1931-04-04
Movie Left Over Ladies 'Scoop' 1931-09-30
Movie Pleasure Arnie 1931-09-01
Movie Ladies of the Big House Frank - Twenty Questions player (uncredited) 1931-12-26
Movie Troopers Three Bugs 1930-02-24
Movie Costello Case Blair 1930-10-14
Movie Man Trouble Scott 1930-08-24
Movie Copy City Editor John Mack 1929-10-11
Movie The Flying Fleet Shipwrecked Radio Operator (uncredited) 1929-01-19
Movie New York Nights Johnny Dolan 1929-12-28
Movie The Desert Bride Pvt. Terry 1928-03-26
Movie The Trail of '98 Man on Ship (uncredited) 1928-03-20
Movie The Vanishing Pioneer 1928-06-23
Movie Warming Up Hippo 1928-08-04
Movie Jazz Mad Sol Levy 1928-11-18
Movie Beggars of Life Lame Hoppy 1928-09-22
Movie The Trouper 1922-07-23
Movie The Life of the Party Sam Perkins 1920-11-21