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Nat Pendleton

Nathaniel Greene 'Nat' Pendleton was an American former Olympic wrestler turned actor. Two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) champion (1914-1915) in the 175-lb. class at Columbia University, Pendleton graduated Class of 1916. He wrestled for the United States at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium, earning a silver medal, losing only one match due to a controversial point decision. After the Games he became a professional wrestler and was a big fan favorite, which led to Hollywood. In the 1920 census he was living in Manhattan with his first wife Juanita Alfonzo (age 22) and her brother Ramon Alfonso (age 13). He was working as a sports manager. Pendleton was usually cast as a circus strongman, brutish thug, dumb cop, or dense buffoon, but he had a college degree and in 1933 wrote the script for Deception (1932), in which he starred - not surprisingly - as a wrestler. Upon his death from a heart attack, his remains were interred at Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory in San Diego, California. Nat Pendleton was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame inaugural class in 2006.

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Aug 9, 1895 In Davenport, Iowa, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Hoosier Schoolmaster 1924-02-14
Latest Project:
Movie Complicated Women 2003-05-06
Known For
Poster of The Crowd Roars
Poster of Reckless
Poster of The Chief
Poster of The Big Pond
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie The World of Abbott and Costello Sergeant Michael Collins in Buck Privates (archive footage) 1965-04-01
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy Unknown 1964-09-02
Movie Scared to Death Bill 'Bull' Raymond 1947-02-01
Movie Buck Privates Come Home Sgt. Michael Collins 1947-04-04
Movie Death Valley Jim Ward 1946-08-15
Movie Swing Fever 'Killer' Kennedy 1943-11-01
Movie Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Joe Weyman 1943-05-08
Movie Jail House Blues Sonny McGann 1942-02-01
Movie The Mad Doctor of Market Street Red Hogan 1942-02-27
Movie Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Joe Weyman 1942-11-01
Movie Calling Dr. Gillespie Joe Weyman 1942-08-01
Movie Buck Privates Sgt. Michael Collins 1941-01-31
Movie Top Sergeant Mulligan Top Sgt. Herman Mulligan 1941-10-16
Movie Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Joe Wayman, Ambulance Driver 1940-04-12
Movie The Ghost Comes Home Roscoe 1940-03-08
Movie Northwest Passage 'Cap' Huff 1940-02-23
Movie New Moon Bondsman 1940-06-28
Movie Phantom Raiders 'Gunboat' Jacklin 1940-06-07
Movie Flight Command C.P.O. 'Spike' Knowles 1940-12-27
Movie Dr. Kildare Goes Home Joe Wayman 1940-09-06
Movie Dr. Kildare's Crisis Joe Wayman 1940-11-29
Movie The Golden Fleecing 'Fatso' Werner 1940-08-16
Movie It's a Wonderful World Sergeant Fred Koretz 1939-05-19
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare Joe Wayman 1939-04-28
Movie Burn 'Em Up O'Connor Buddy Buttle 1939-01-13
Movie 6,000 Enemies Socks Martin 1939-06-09
Movie At the Circus Goliath 1939-10-20
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare Joe Wayman 1939-11-24
Movie On Borrowed Time Mr. Grimes 1939-07-07
Movie Another Thin Man John Guild 1939-11-17
Movie Arsène Lupin Returns Joe Doyle 1938-02-25
Movie Breakdowns of 1938 Himself 1938-02-07
Movie Swing Your Lady Joe Skopapolous 1938-01-08
Movie Fast Company Paul Terison 1938-07-05
Movie The Shopworn Angel 'Dice' 1938-07-15
Movie Young Dr. Kildare Joe Wayman 1938-10-14
Movie The Crowd Roars 'Pug' Walsh 1938-08-06
Movie The Chaser Floppy Phil 1938-07-29
Movie Under Cover of Night Police Sgt. Lucks 1937-01-08
Movie Song of the City Benvenuto Romandi 1937-04-02
Movie Life Begins in College George Black 1937-10-01
Movie Gangway Smiles Hogan 1937-08-19
Movie The Great Ziegfeld Sandow 1936-04-08
Movie The Garden Murder Case Sergeant Ernest Heath 1936-02-21
Movie Trapped by Television Rocky O'Neil 1936-06-15
Movie Sworn Enemy 'Steamer' Krupp 1936-09-11
Movie Sing Me a Love Song Rocky 1936-12-25
Movie Two in a Crowd Flynn 1936-10-03
Movie Reckless Blossom 1935-04-19
Movie Times Square Lady Mack 1935-03-08
Movie Baby Face Harrington Rocky Bannister 1935-04-12
Movie Murder in the Fleet 'Spud' Burke 1935-05-24
Movie It's in the Air Henry Potke 1935-10-10
Movie Calm Yourself Knuckles Benedict 1935-06-28
Movie Here Comes the Band 'Piccolo Pete' 1935-08-30
Movie Manhattan Melodrama Spud 1934-05-04
Movie Sing and Like it T. Fenny Sylvester 1934-04-20
Movie Fugitive Lovers Legs Caffey 1934-01-05
Movie The Defense Rests Rocky 1934-07-15
Movie Lazy River Alfred 'Tiny' Smith 1934-03-16
Movie The Thin Man Inspector John Guild 1934-05-25
Movie The Gay Bride William T. 'Shoots' Magiz 1934-12-14
Movie Straight Is the Way Skippy 1934-08-10
Movie Death on the Diamond 'Truck' Hogan 1934-09-14
Movie The Cat's-Paw Strozzi 1934-08-07
Movie The Girl from Missouri Life Guard 1934-08-03
Movie Child of Manhattan Spyrene - Dance Hall Bouncer 1933-02-11
Movie Parachute Jumper Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited) 1933-01-28
Movie Whistling in the Dark Joe Salvatore 1933-01-21
Movie The Nuisance Aloysius P. McCarthy (uncredited) 1933-06-03
Movie Goldie Gets Along Motorcycle Officer Cassidy 1933-01-27
Movie The Chief Big Mike 1933-11-03
Movie Baby Face Stolvich a Laborer (uncredited) 1933-07-13
Movie I'm No Angel Harry 1933-10-06
Movie College Coach Petrowski 1933-11-13
Movie Lady for a Day Shakespeare 1933-09-13
Movie Penthouse Tony Gazotti 1933-09-08
Movie Hell-Fire Austin Bouncer 1932-03-02
Movie The Big Timer Kid Melrose (uncredited) 1932-03-10
Movie A Fool's Advice Kelly - Naughty Boy 1932-02-20
Movie Taxi! Bull Martin (uncredited) 1932-01-23
Movie Attorney for the Defense Mugg Malone 1932-05-21
Movie The Beast of the City Abe Gorman (uncredited) 1932-02-13
Movie Flesh Wrestler (uncredited) 1932-12-08
Movie The Tenderfoot Joe - Jealous Husband 1932-05-23
Movie The Sign of the Cross Strabo 1932-11-30
Movie The Night Club Lady Mike McDougal 1932-08-27
Movie Deception Bucky O'Neill 1932-11-04
Movie Exposure Maniac Killer 1932-08-20
Movie Horse Feathers MacHardie - Darwin Player (uncredited) 1932-08-19
Movie The Spirit of Notre Dame Assistant Coach 1931-10-13
Movie Fair Warning Purvis 1931-02-01
Movie The Star Witness Big Jack 1931-08-22
Movie The Ruling Voice Board Member (uncredited) 1931-10-30
Movie Blonde Crazy Hank aka Pete 1931-12-03
Movie The Secret Witness Gunner - Bodyguard 1931-12-31
Movie Manhattan Parade Lady Godiva's Husband 1931-12-24
Movie The Big Pond Pat O'Day 1930-05-03
Movie The Last of the Duanes Bossamer 1930-08-31
Movie The Sea Wolf Smoke 1930-09-21
Movie Crazy House Chef (uncredited) 1930-11-01
Movie The Laughing Lady James Dugan 1929-12-28
Movie Let's Get Married Jimmy 1926-03-01
Movie The Hoosier Schoolmaster Bud Means 1924-02-14