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Russell Simpson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Russell McCaskill Simpson (June 17, 1880, Danville, California – December 12, 1959, Woodland Hills, California) was an American character actor who appeared in over 500 movies. He is best known for his "grizzled old man" appearances. Gaunt, lanky, and rustic-sounding, Simpson was a familiar character actor for almost forty-five years, particularly as a member of the John Ford Stock Company. At age 18 Simpson prospected for gold in Alaska. He began taking acting classes in Seattle, Washington. In 1910 he married Gertrude Alter from New York City. By 1909, he had gone into the theatre. He appeared in at least two plays on Broadway between 1909 and 1912, and made his motion picture debut in Cecil B. DeMille's 1914 original film version of The Virginian in a bit part. By 1923, when the film was remade, Simpson had progressed to playing the lead villain. Throughout his career, Simpson worked for 12 years in road shows, stock companies, and on Broadway. He didn't usually perform lead roles, but he did star in many movies throughout the silent movie era. He performed a lead role as the grandfather in Out of the Dust (1920). Simpson is best known for his work in the films of John Ford and, in particular, for his portrayal of Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). His final film was The Horse Soldiers, his tenth film for Ford. Simpson worked up to 1959, the year of his death. He was the president of the Overseas Phonograph Accessories Corporation.

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Jun 17, 1880 In Danville, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Virginian 1914-09-07
Latest Project:
Movie Love Is Not Love 2020-11-14
Known For
Poster of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Poster of My Darling Clementine
Poster of The Grapes of Wrath
Poster of Ever Since Eve
Movie Love Is Not Love Construction Worker 1 2020-11-14
Movie The Horse Soldiers Henry Goodbody 1959-06-11
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Movie The Tin Star Clem Hall 1957-10-23
Movie The Brass Legend Deputy 'Pop' Jackson 1956-12-01
Movie The Tall Men 1955-09-22
Movie The Last Command The Parson 1955-08-03
Series Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Unknown 1955-09-29
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Fred Bixby 1954-07-22
Movie Meet Me at the Fair Sheriff Evans 1953-01-01
Movie The Sun Shines Bright Lewt Lake 1953-05-02
Movie Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Clem Johnson 1952-01-01
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Lone Star Maynard Cole 1952-10-24
Movie The Ghost of Crossbones Canyon Sam Stanton 1952-11-01
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie Comin' Round the Mountain Judge 1951-07-26
Movie Call of the Klondike Andy McKay 1950-12-17
Movie The Outriders Farmer (uncredited) 1950-03-01
Movie Wagon Master Adam Perkins 1950-04-22
Movie Saddle Tramp Pop 1950-09-21
Movie Tuna Clipper Capt. Fergus MacLennan 1949-04-11
Movie Free For All Farmer 1949-11-01
Movie The Gal Who Took the West Bartender 1949-09-01
Movie Albuquerque Abner Huggins 1948-02-20
Movie Coroner Creek Walt Hardison 1948-07-01
Movie Sundown in Santa Fe Sheriff Jim Wyatt 1948-11-05
Movie Tap Roots Big Sam Dabney 1948-08-25
Movie The Untamed Breed Minister 1948-10-20
Movie The Romance of Rosy Ridge Dan Yeary 1947-08-04
Movie Bowery Buckaroos Luke Barlow 1947-11-22
Movie California Gold Rush Colonel Parker 1946-02-04
Movie Death Valley Old Silas Bagley 1946-08-15
Movie Bad Bascomb Elijah Walker 1946-05-26
Movie My Dog Shep Mathew Hodgkins 1946-11-01
Movie A Boy and His Dog Mr. Thornycroft 1946-12-26
Movie My Darling Clementine John Simpson 1946-10-17
Movie Along Came Jones Pop de Longpre 1945-07-19
Movie They Were Expendable 'Dad' Knowland 1945-12-07
Movie Texas Masquerade J.K. Trimble 1944-02-08
Movie Roaring Guns Farmer MacKenzie 1944-02-19
Movie The Big Bonanza Adam Parker 1944-12-30
Movie Border Patrol Orestes Krebs 1943-04-02
Movie Colt Comrades Sheriff 1943-06-18
Movie Riding High Frenchy McGuire 1943-11-11
Movie The Woman of the Town Sime 1943-12-31
Movie Wild Bill Hickok Rides Ned Nolan 1942-01-31
Movie Shut My Big Mouth Mayor Potter 1942-02-19
Movie Lone Star Ranger Tom Duane 1942-03-20
Movie Tennessee Johnson Kirby 1942-12-01
Movie The Spoilers Flapjack Sims 1942-06-11
Movie Citadel of Crime Jess Meekins 1941-07-23
Movie Tobacco Road Chief of Police 1941-02-20
Movie Wild Geese Calling Marshal Len Baker 1941-08-15
Movie Bad Men of Missouri Hank Younger 1941-07-26
Movie Swamp Water Marty McCord 1941-11-16
Movie The Grapes of Wrath Pa Joad 1940-03-15
Movie Virginia City Gaylord 1940-03-23
Movie Three Faces West Minister 1940-07-03
Movie Brigham Young U.S. Army Major 1940-09-27
Movie Santa Fe Trail Shubel Morgan 1940-12-20
Movie Wyoming Mr. Bronson 1940-09-13
Movie Western Caravans Winchester Thompson 1939-06-14
Movie Young Mr. Lincoln Woolridge 1939-06-09
Movie Dodge City Orth 1939-04-08
Movie The Bill of Rights Frontiersman 1939-08-19
Movie Geronimo Scout 1939-11-26
Movie Desperate Trails Sheriff Big Bill Tanner 1939-09-30
Movie Drums Along the Mohawk Dr. Petry 1939-11-10
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Kenneth Allen (uncredited) 1939-10-19
Movie The Girl of the Golden West Fred - Outrider in Prologue 1938-03-18
Movie Gold Is Where You Find It MacKenzie 1938-02-12
Movie Valley of the Giants McKenzie 1938-09-17
Movie Heart of the North Dave MacMillan 1938-12-10
Movie Mountain Justice Matthew Turnbull 1937-04-24
Movie Green Light Sheep Man 1937-02-20
Movie Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge Bayliss Baynum 1937-06-14
Movie Maid of Salem Village Marshal (Uncredited) 1937-02-12
Movie Wild West Days Matt Keeler 1937-07-05
Movie That I May Live Bish Plivens 1937-09-13
Movie Paradise Isle Baxter 1937-07-21
Movie Man Hunt Jeff Parkington 1936-01-29
Movie Paddy O'Day Benton 1936-01-17
Movie The Harvester Abner Prewett 1936-04-18
Movie Back to Nature Sheriff 1936-08-14
Movie Ramona Scroggs 1936-09-25
Movie San Francisco 'Red' Kelly 1936-06-26
Movie Girl of the Ozarks Unknown 1936-06-12
Movie Motive for Revenge McAllister 1935-05-15
Movie Way Down East Squire Amasa Bartlett 1935-10-25
Movie Frontier Marshal Editor Pickett 1934-01-19
Movie Three on a Honeymoon Ezra MacDuff 1934-03-22
Movie Ever Since Eve Jim Wood 1934-03-25
Movie West of the Pecos Roy Neal 1934-12-27
Movie The World Moves On Notary (1825) 1934-06-27
Movie Face in the Sky Pa Nathan Brown 1933-01-15
Movie The Power and the Glory Professor (uncredited) 1933-10-06
Movie The Famous Ferguson Case Banker Craig 1932-04-19
Movie Lena Rivers Grandfather Nichols 1932-03-27
Movie Law and Order Judge R.W. Williams 1932-03-01
Movie Ridin' for Justice Marshal Joseph Slyde 1932-01-04
Movie The Riding Tornado Sheriff 1932-05-04
Movie Silver Dollar Hamlin 1932-12-22
Movie Call Her Savage Old Man in Wagon Train 1932-11-27
Movie The Cabin in the Cotton Uncle Joe 1932-09-26
Movie The Honor of the Press Dan Perkins 1932-07-13
Movie Flames Jake 1932-05-29
Movie Alexander Hamilton Harvey Taylor - First Ex-Soldier 1931-09-12
Movie Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) Doctor 1931-10-10
Movie The Lone Star Ranger Colonel John Aldridge 1930-01-05
Movie Abraham Lincoln Lincoln's Employer 1930-08-25
Movie Billy the Kid Angus McSween 1930-10-18
Movie Man to Man Uncle Cal 1930-12-05
Movie My Lady's Past Unknown 1929-04-01
Movie Innocents of Paris Emile Leval 1929-01-02
Movie After the Fog Joshua Barker 1929-12-15
Movie Tropical Nights 1928-12-10
Movie Annie Laurie Sandy 1927-05-10
Movie The Frontiersman Andrew Jackson 1927-06-11
Movie The First Auto Hank Armstrong 1927-09-18
Movie Wild Geese Caleb Gare 1927-11-15
Movie Old Shoes Unknown 1925-04-08
Movie Faint Perfume Unknown 1925-06-08
Movie The Narrow Street Unknown 1925-01-04
Movie Why Women Love Silas Martin 1925-10-18
Movie Paint and Powder Unknown 1925-09-16
Movie Painted People Fred Lane 1924-01-28
Movie Circus Days Unknown 1923-07-30
Movie The Girl of the Golden West Unknown 1923-05-03
Movie The Virginian Trampas 1923-09-29
Movie The Huntress Big Jack Skinner 1923-08-20
Movie Defying Destiny Mr. Wilkens 1923-09-29
Movie Human Hearts Paul Logan 1922-08-19
Movie Rags to Riches The Sheriff 1922-09-24
Movie Peg o' My Heart Jim O'Connell 1922-12-17
Movie Under the Lash Simeon Krillet 1921-10-16
Movie The Branding Iron John Carver 1920-10-31
Movie The Deadlier Sex Unknown 1920-03-28
Movie Godless Men 'Black' Pawl 1920-11-06
Movie Bill Apperson's Boy Unknown 1919-06-22
Movie A Weaver of Dreams Unknown 1918-03-02
Movie Riders of the Night Unknown 1918-10-15
Movie Blue Jeans Jacob Tutwiler 1917-12-10
Movie The Virginian Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) 1914-09-07