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Tom London

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tom London (August 24, 1889 – December 5, 1963) was an American veteran actor who played frequently in B-Westerns. According to The Guinness Book of Movie Records, London is credited with appearing in the most films in the history of Hollywood, this according to the 2001 book Film Facts, where it states that the performer who played in the most films was "Tom London, who made his first of over 2000 appearances in The Great Train Robbery, 1903. Born Leonard Clapham in Louisville, Kentucky, he got his start in movies as a props man in Chicago, Illinois. His debut was in 1915 in the Western Lone Larry, performing under his own name. In 1925, after having appeared in many silent films, he changed his name to Tom London, and used that name for the rest of his career. The first film in which he was billed under his new name was Winds of Chance, a World War I film, in which he played "Sgt. Rock". London was a trick rider and roper, and used his trick skills in scores of Westerns. In the silent film era he often played villainous roles, while in later years he often appeared as the sidekick to Western stars like Sunset Carson in several films. One of the busiest character actors, he appeared in over 600 films. London made many guest appearances in television shows through the 1950s, such as The Range Rider, with Jock Mahoney and Dick Jones. He also played Sam, the attendant of Helen Ramirez (Katy Jurado) in High Noon. His last movie was Underworld U.S.A. in 1961, and his final roles on TV were in Lawman and The Dakotas. London died at his home in North Hollywood at age 81 and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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Aug 24, 1889 In Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Great Train Robbery 1903-12-07
Latest Project:
Movie Domino Kid 1957-10-01
Known For
Poster of Friendly Persuasion
Poster of High Noon
Poster of The Ox-Bow Incident
Poster of Lillian Russell
Movie Domino Kid Ed Davis 1957-10-01
Movie Quincannon, Frontier Scout Livery Stableman (uncredited) 1956-05-01
Movie Friendly Persuasion Farmer on Front Line with Gard (uncredited) 1956-11-25
Movie Pack Train Dan Coleman 1953-07-04
Movie High Noon Sam (uncredited) 1952-06-09
Movie Trail Guide Old Timer 1952-02-15
Movie Blue Canadian Rockies Pop Phillips 1952-11-30
Movie Rough Riders of Durango Rancher Evans 1951-01-30
Movie The Secret of Convict Lake Jerry 1951-08-03
Movie Cody of the Pony Express Doc Laramie 1950-04-05
Movie The Old Frontier Banker 1950-07-20
Movie Frontier Investigator Jed 1949-05-01
Movie Brand of Fear Marshal Blackjack Flint 1949-07-10
Movie Riders in the Sky Old Man Robert 1949-11-29
Movie South of Rio Jim Weston 1949-07-29
Movie San Antone Ambush Bartender Tim 1949-10-06
Movie Marshal of Amarillo Mr. Snodgrass 1948-07-15
Movie Mark of the Lash Lem Kimmerly 1948-08-15
Movie Saddle Pals Dad Gardner 1947-06-05
Movie Homesteaders of Paradise Valley Rancher 1947-03-31
Movie Rustlers of Devil's Canyon The Sheriff 1947-06-30
Movie Last Frontier Uprising Skillet (Ranch Hand) 1947-02-01
Movie Twilight on the Rio Grande U.S. Customs Agent Tom 1947-03-31
Movie Under Colorado Skies Sheriff Blanchard 1947-12-15
Movie Blackmail Tom - Cashier 1947-07-24
Movie Along the Oregon Trail Wagon Boss 1947-08-30
Movie The Wild Frontier Patrick MacSween 1947-09-30
Movie Jesse James Rides Again Sam Bolton 1947-08-02
Movie Marshal of Cripple Creek Baker 1947-08-15
Movie Alias Billy the Kid Dakota 1946-04-16
Movie King of the Forest Rangers Tom Judson 1946-04-25
Movie Sun Valley Cyclone Sheriff 1946-05-10
Movie Sheriff of Redwood Valley Sheriff 1946-03-29
Movie The Undercover Woman Lem 1946-01-01
Movie Passkey to Danger Gerald Bates 1946-05-11
Movie The Phantom Rider Medicine Man Ceta 1946-01-26
Movie Days of Buffalo Bill Banty McCabe 1946-02-02
Movie California Gold Rush Sheriff Peabody 1946-02-04
Movie Red River Renegades Pop Underwood 1946-07-23
Movie Rio Grande Raiders Sheriff Tom Hammon 1946-09-09
Movie Roll on Texas Moon Sheriff Bert Morris 1946-09-12
Movie Man from Rainbow Valley Healey 1946-06-15
Movie The Invisible Informer Eph Shroud 1946-08-19
Movie Santa Fe Uprising Lafe Dibble 1946-11-15
Movie Conquest of Cheyenne Sheriff Dan Perkins 1946-07-29
Movie Night Train to Memphis Train Conductor 1946-07-12
Movie Out California Way Johnny 1946-12-15
Movie Federal Operator 99 Prof. Crawford 1945-07-07
Movie Trail of Kit Carson John Benton 1945-07-11
Movie Flame of Barbary Coast Thompson, Townsman in Mob 1945-05-28
Movie Sheriff of Cimarron Frank Holden 1945-02-28
Movie Grissly's Millions Policeman Ralph 1945-01-16
Movie Earl Carroll Vanities Tom the Doorman 1945-04-05
Movie Corpus Christi Bandits Rocky - Henchman 1945-04-20
Movie Oregon Trail Sheriff Plenner 1945-07-14
Movie The Cherokee Flash Utah 1945-12-13
Movie Wagon Wheels Westward Fake Judge James E. Worth 1945-12-21
Movie Sunset in El Dorado Sheriff Gridley 1945-09-29
Movie Girls of the Big House Sheriff at Alma's Cell 1945-11-02
Movie Colorado Pioneers Sand Snipe 1945-11-14
Movie Don't Fence Me In Ben Duncan 1945-10-20
Movie Marshal of Laredo Barton 1945-10-06
Movie Rough Riders of Cheyenne Sheriff Edwards 1945-10-31
Movie The Yellow Rose of Texas Sheriff Allen 1944-06-24
Movie Call of the Rockies Henchman Hansen 1944-07-14
Movie Silver City Kid Sheriff Gibson 1944-07-20
Movie The Lady and the Monster Man Who Tails Cory (Uncredited) 1944-04-17
Movie San Antonio Kid Long 1944-08-16
Movie The Fighting Seabees Johnson (uncredited) 1944-01-27
Movie Captain America Mack 1944-02-05
Movie Beneath Western Skies Earl Phillips 1944-03-03
Movie Hidden Valley Outlaws Sheriff McBride 1944-04-01
Movie Marshal of Reno Sheriff 1944-07-02
Movie Zorro's Black Whip James Bradley 1944-11-16
Movie Faces in the Fog Auto Court Manager 1944-11-30
Movie Stagecoach to Monterey Chester Wade 1944-09-15
Movie Vigilantes of Dodge City Denver 1944-11-15
Movie Firebrands Of Arizona Wagon Driver 1944-12-01
Movie Cheyenne Wildcat Harrison Colby 1944-09-30
Movie Sheriff of Sundown Sheriff Tom Carpenter 1944-11-07
Movie Thoroughbreds Pop 1944-12-23
Movie Code of the Prairie Henchman Loomis 1944-10-06
Movie Santa Fe Scouts Billy Dawson 1943-04-15
Movie West of Texas Steve Conlon 1943-05-10
Movie The Ox-Bow Incident Deputy (uncredited) 1943-03-11
Movie Wild Horse Stampede Henchman Lefty 1943-04-16
Movie No Place for a Lady Air Raid Warden 1943-02-11
Movie Captive Wild Woman Ship's Captain (archive footage) 1943-06-04
Movie Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground Henchman Pete 1943-02-05
Movie Bad Men of Thunder Gap Hank Turner 1943-03-05
Movie Idaho Henchman 1943-03-10
Movie Song of Texas Race Official 1943-06-14
Movie Bullets and Saddles Marshal (archive footage) 1943-10-29
Movie False Colors Poncho Townsman 1943-11-05
Movie The Woman of the Town Crockett Henchman 1943-12-31
Movie Hail to the Rangers Jessup 1943-09-15
Movie Overland Mail Robbery Sheriff 1943-11-20
Movie The Renegade Pete 1943-08-25
Movie Silver Spurs Henchman 1943-08-12
Movie Batman Andrews 1943-07-16
Movie Wagon Tracks West Lem Martin 1943-08-18
Movie Land of the Open Range Henchman Tracy Briggs 1942-04-17
Movie Down Texas Way Bartender Pete 1942-05-22
Movie Stardust on the Sage Henchman MacGowan 1942-05-25
Movie Spy Smasher Crane 1942-04-04
Movie Lone Star Ranger Henchman (uncredited) 1942-03-20
Movie Tombstone: The Town too Tough to Die Jailer 1942-06-13
Movie Arizona Terrors Rancher Wade 1942-01-13
Movie Valley of the Sun Trooper Parker 1942-02-06
Movie Ghost Town Law Ace, Chief Thug 1942-03-27
Movie Perils of the Royal Mounted Gaynor 1942-05-29
Movie Red River Robin Hood Sheriff Del Auston 1942-11-01
Movie American Empire Rider with Crowder's Posse (uncredited) 1942-12-11
Movie Ridin' Down the Canyon Henchman 1942-12-30
Movie Sons of the Pioneers Joe #1 - Henchman 1942-07-02
Movie Bandit Ranger Cattle Rustler 1942-09-28
Movie The Valley of Vanishing Men Slater 1942-12-17
Movie The Secret Code Weather Bureau Guard 1942-09-04
Movie Riders of the West Slim - Lanky Henchman 1942-08-21
Movie Shadows on the Sage Franklin 1942-08-24
Movie The Omaha Trail Oxen Train Bullwhacker 1942-09-01
Movie The Spider Returns Detective 1941-05-09
Movie Billy the Kid Leader (uncredited) 1941-05-30
Movie Robbers of the Range Henchman Monk Saunders 1941-04-17
Movie Across the Sierras Man on Wagon 1941-02-13
Movie Wanderers of the West Montana Sheriff 1941-07-25
Movie Romance of the Rio Grande U. S. Marshal 1941-01-17
Movie Western Union Slade Henchman #3 1941-02-21
Movie The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance Cop Getting Crane 1941-03-06
Movie The Son of Davy Crockett Ranger Logan 1941-07-15
Movie Underground Rustlers Henchman Tom Harris 1941-11-21
Movie Forbidden Trails Marshal Tom 1941-12-25
Movie Fugitive Valley Marshal Warren 1941-07-30
Movie Riding the Sunset Trail Sheriff Hays 1941-10-31
Movie Dude Cowboy Silver City Sheriff 1941-12-12
Movie The Lone Rider in Frontier Fury Curley - Saloon Henchman 1941-08-08
Movie Twilight on the Trail Tim Gregg 1941-09-29
Movie Bad Man of Deadwood Townsman 1941-09-05
Movie Stick to Your Guns Waffles 1941-09-17
Movie Shooting High Eph Carson 1940-04-25
Movie Dark Command Messenger 1940-04-15
Movie Gaucho Serenade Sheriff Tom Olson 1940-05-09
Movie Wild Horse Range Arnold 1940-06-25
Movie Viva Cisco Kid Town Marshal 1940-04-12
Movie Lillian Russell Frank 1940-05-24
Movie The Shadow Hijacked Truck Driver 1940-01-05
Movie Five Little Peppers at Home Miner 1940-02-08
Movie Winners of the West Henchman Webb 1940-07-02
Movie Northwest Passage Ranger 1940-02-23
Movie Ghost Valley Raiders Sheriff 1940-03-23
Movie Phantom Rancher Sheriff Parker 1940-03-31
Movie Hi-Yo Silver Felton 1940-04-10
Movie Riders from Nowhere Mason 1940-12-30
Movie The Green Archer Detective with Shiner 1940-10-25
Movie The Gay Caballero Man at Fiesta 1940-10-04
Movie Junior G-Men Kearney - Riot Squad Cop 1940-11-01
Movie The Green Hornet Strikes Again! Thug with Explosives 1940-12-24
Movie Deadwood Dick Jake 1940-07-19
Movie Wagon Train Henchman Charlie 1940-10-04
Movie Trailing Double Trouble Henchman Kirk 1940-10-10
Movie Roll Wagons Roll Henchman Matt Grimes 1940-08-16
Movie Brigham Young Raider 1940-09-27
Movie When the Daltons Rode Lyncher 1940-08-23
Movie The Ranger and the Lady Independent Freight Wagon Driver 1940-07-30
Movie Boom Town Sheriff Harris (uncredited) 1940-08-30
Movie Melody Ranch Henchman Joe #2 1940-09-15
Movie Lure of the Wasteland Foreman 1939-03-18
Movie Rollin' Westward Sheriff 1939-03-01
Movie Sunset Trail Jake 1939-02-24
Movie Jesse James Soldier (uncredited) 1939-01-14
Movie Southward Ho Union Sergeant 1939-03-19
Movie Fangs of the Wild Larry Dean 1939-01-01
Movie Made for Each Other Ranger 1939-02-10
Movie The Oregon Trail Pete Cave Henchman 1939-07-04
Movie Let Us Live Police Sergeant (uncredited) 1939-03-29
Movie Westbound Stage Henchman Parker 1939-12-15
Movie Flaming Lead Bart Daggett 1939-11-01
Movie Allegheny Uprising Settler at McDowell's Mill 1939-11-10
Movie The Night Riders Rancher Wilson 1939-04-12
Movie Mandrake the Magician Mill River Inn Henchman 1939-05-06
Movie Mountain Rhythm Deputy Tom 1939-06-08
Movie The Fighting Devil Dogs Henchman Wilson 1938-05-27
Movie Phantom Ranger Reynolds 1938-05-27
Movie Six Shootin' Sheriff Bar X Foreman 1938-05-20
Movie Outlaws of Sonora Sheriff Trask 1938-04-14
Movie The Lone Ranger Henchman Felton 1938-02-13
Movie Riders of the Black Hills Henchman Red Stevens 1938-06-15
Movie Prairie Moon Henchman Steve 1938-10-07
Movie Smashing the Rackets Dixon - Detective 1938-08-08
Movie Santa Fe Stampede Marshal Jim Wood 1938-11-18
Movie Song of the Buckaroo 1938-12-07
Movie The Renegade Ranger Henchman Red 1938-09-16
Movie Juvenile Court Policeman at Accident (uncredited) 1938-09-10
Movie Angel's Holiday Truck Driver 1937-06-07
Movie Bar-Z Bad Men Sig Bostell 1937-04-21
Movie The Silver Trail Looney 1937-02-27
Movie Roaring Timber Henchman Duke 1937-07-03
Movie Secret Valley 2nd Taxi Driver (uncredited) 1937-01-15
Movie Law of the Ranger Henchman Pete 1937-05-11
Movie Jungle Menace Detective Interrogating Pete 1937-09-01
Movie Blossoms On Broadway Cop (uncredited) 1937-11-19
Movie Springtime in the Rockies Tracy 1937-11-13
Movie Sky Racket Agent-Passenger (Car Chase) 1937-10-01
Movie Radio Patrol Eddie Lewis 1937-10-03
Movie Wildcat Saunders Pete Hawkins 1936-03-04
Movie The Lawless Nineties Henchman Ward 1936-02-15
Movie Call of the Prairie Dealer 1936-03-06
Movie The Border Patrolman Johnson 1936-06-20
Movie Avenging Waters Henchman Huffy 1936-05-08
Movie Sworn Enemy Gangster 1936-09-11
Movie Guns and Guitars Henchman Connor 1936-06-22
Movie Toll of the Desert Sheriff Jackson 1935-05-04
Movie The Cactus Kid Sheriff 1935-01-04
Movie The Miracle Rider Sewell 1935-04-11
Movie Way Down East Town Choir Singer (uncredited) 1935-10-25
Movie Last of the Clintons Luke Todd 1935-11-12
Movie Skull and Crown Henchman Jennings 1935-12-16
Movie Hong Kong Nights Blake 1935-12-23
Movie Gun Play Meeker 1935-12-02
Movie Mystery Ranch Holdup man 1934-04-12
Movie Ferocious Pal Dave Brownell 1934-04-03
Movie Rawhide Mail Barfly Al 1934-06-07
Movie St. Louis Woman Lions Coach Ryan 1934-04-14
Movie Mystery Mountain Rattler Henchman Morgan 1934-12-02
Movie Bachelor Bait Detective (uncredited) 1934-07-27
Movie Baby Take a Bow Man on Train 1934-06-30
Movie Sunset Pass Ben 1933-05-26
Movie The Nuisance Kelley's Associate (uncredited) 1933-06-03
Movie The Big Cage Ship Captain 1933-05-01
Movie The Iron Master Turner 1933-02-04
Movie Gordon of Ghost City Pat Campbell 1933-08-13
Movie King of the Jungle Lion Attendant 1933-03-10
Movie Lady for a Day Reception Guest (uncredited) 1933-09-13
Movie Smoky Horse Trader 1933-12-08
Movie Broadway Thru a Keyhole Member of Rocci's Mob 1933-11-02
Movie Perils of Pauline Soldier at American Consulate 1933-11-05
Movie Police Car 17 Detective (uncredited) 1933-09-30
Movie The Wolf Dog Brooks 1933-09-29
Movie The Night Rider Jeff Barton 1932-08-22
Movie Cock of the Air Military Policeman 1932-01-24
Movie Without Honors 'Sholt' Fletcher 1932-01-02
Movie Beyond the Rockies Kirk Tracy 1932-09-13
Movie Trailing the Killer Sheriff 1932-10-16
Movie The Lost Special Dirk / Detective Dane 1932-12-06
Movie Gold Sheriff 1932-10-05
Movie Manhattan Tower Mechanic (uncredited) 1932-12-01
Movie Quick Millions Atlas Newsreel Man (uncredited) 1931-04-17
Movie Gun Smoke Hank Bailey 1931-04-10
Movie The Secret Six Blackjacking Gangster (uncredited) 1931-04-18
Movie Range Law Henchman Cleve 1931-10-10
Movie The Two Gun Man Lem Tolliver 1931-05-15
Movie Arizona Terror Henchman Chuckawalla 1931-09-13
Movie The Galloping Ghost Mullins 1931-09-01
Movie Troopers Three Sgt. Hank Darby 1930-02-24
Movie The Woman Racket Hennessy 1930-01-24
Movie Sid's Long Count Policeman 1930-03-24
Movie All Quiet on the Western Front 1st Medic Orderly (uncredited) 1930-04-29
Movie Westward Bound Dick - Rustler 1930-12-01
Movie Borrowed Wives Mac - the Cop 1930-08-20
Movie River's End Mountie 1930-11-01
Movie Safety in Numbers Motorist (uncredited) 1930-05-30
Movie Chinatown Nights Cop 1929-03-29
Movie The Harvest of Hate Martin Trask 1929-08-04
Movie Hell's Heroes Croupier 1929-12-27
Movie The Michigan Kid Minor Role (uncredited) 1928-10-20
Movie In Old Arizona Man in Saloon (uncredited) 1928-12-25
Movie The Mystery Rider David Manning / The Claw 1928-11-25
Movie The Golden Stallion Jules La Roux 1927-01-15
Movie Code of the Northwest Unknown 1926-07-24
Movie Border Vengeance Flash Denby 1925-08-12
Movie The Demon Rider Black Hawk 1925-11-02
Movie The Cowboy Musketeer Joe Dokes 1925-12-13
Movie The Heritage of the Desert Dave Naab (as Leonard Clapham) 1924-01-23
Movie The Call of the Canyon Lee Stanton 1923-12-16
Movie To the Last Man Guy 1923-09-23
Movie Our Hospitality James Canfield (uncredited) 1923-11-19
Movie The Long Chance Unknown 1922-10-02
Movie The Great Air Robbery Unknown 1919-12-28
Movie The Great Train Robbery Locomotive Engineer (uncredited) 1903-12-07