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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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Born:
Oct 27, 1910 In Carman, Manitoba, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
108
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 Phffft!
Poster of Sandy Gets Her Man

Jack Carson Movies Filmography

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
King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein
Timothy W. 'Big Tim' O'Brien 1961-06-11
Movie
Seven Keys
Norman 1961-02-01
Movie
Circus of Horrors
Chief Eagle Eye 1960-04-01
Movie
The Bramble Bush
Bert Mosley 1960-02-24
Series
The Twilight Zone
Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Capt. Hoxie 1958-12-23
Movie
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Gooper 1958-09-20
Movie
The Tarnished Angels
Jiggs 1957-11-21
Movie
The Tattered Dress
Sheriff Nick Hoak 1957-03-14
Movie
The Bottom of the Bottle
Hal Breckinridge 1956-02-01
Movie
Magnificent Roughnecks
1956-07-21
Series
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
Unknown 1956-10-05
Series
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Unknown 1956-10-05
Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie
Phffft!
Charlie Nelson 1954-11-10
Series
Climax!
Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie
A Star Is Born
Matt Libby 1954-10-01
Movie
A Star Is Born World Premiere
Host 1954-09-28
Movie
Red Garters
Jason Carberry 1954-02-09
Movie
Dangerous When Wet
Windy Weebe 1953-07-03
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Series
This Is Your Life
Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie
Mister Universe
Jeff Clayton 1951-01-10
Movie
The Good Humor Man
Biff Jones 1950-03-24
Series
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie
Bright Leaf
Chris Malley 1950-06-16
Series
Lux Video Theatre
Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie
It's a Great Feeling
Jack Carson 1949-08-01
Movie
My Dream Is Yours
Doug Blake 1949-04-16
Movie
John Loves Mary
Fred Taylor 1949-02-04
Movie
Two Guys from Texas
Danny Foster 1948-08-27
Movie
Romance on the High Seas
Peter Virgil 1948-06-25
Movie
April Showers
Joe Tyme 1948-03-27
Movie
Always Together
Bill (uncredited) 1947-12-10
Movie
So You Want to Be in Pictures
Man Giving Directions (uncredited) 1947-06-07
Movie
Love and Learn
Jingles Collins 1947-05-02
Movie
One More Tomorrow
Patrick 'Pat' Regan 1946-05-24
Movie
Okay for Sound
1946-09-07
Movie
The Time, The Place and The Girl
Jeff Howard 1946-12-26
Movie
Two Guys from Milwaukee
Buzz Williams 1946-07-26
Movie
Mildred Pierce
Wally Fay 1945-10-20
Movie
Roughly Speaking
Harold C. Pierson 1945-01-31
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
Make Your Own Bed
Jerry Curtis 1944-06-10
Movie
Road to Victory
Himself 1944-05-18
Movie
The Shining Future
Self 1944-04-11
Movie
Shine on Harvest Moon
The Great Georgetti 1944-03-10
Movie
Breakdowns of 1944
Himself 1944-01-01
Movie
The Hard Way
Albert Runkel 1943-01-13
Movie
Food and Magic
1943-11-18
Movie
Thank Your Lucky Stars
Himself 1943-09-25
Movie
Princess O'Rourke
Dave Campbell 1943-10-23
Movie
Gentleman Jim
Walter Lawrie 1942-11-14
Movie
Wings for the Eagle
Brad Maple 1942-07-18
Movie
Larceny, Inc.
Jeff Randolph 1942-04-24
Movie
The Male Animal
Joe Ferguson 1942-03-12
Movie
Breakdowns of 1942
Himself (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie
Love Crazy
Ward Willoughby 1941-05-23
Movie
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Chuck 1941-01-31
Movie
The Strawberry Blonde
Hugo Barnstead 1941-02-22
Movie
Navy Blues
'Buttons' Johnson 1941-09-13
Movie
The Bride Came C.O.D.
Allen Brice 1941-07-12
Movie
Breakdowns of 1941
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1941-11-14
Movie
Blues in the Night
Leo Powell 1941-11-15
Movie
Shooting High
Gabby Cross 1940-04-25
Movie
City of Chance
Narration - Prologue (voice) 1940-01-13
Movie
I Take This Woman
Joe 1940-02-01
Movie
Parole Fixer
George Mattison 1940-02-02
Movie
Enemy Agent
Ralph 1940-04-18
Movie
Love Thy Neighbor
Policeman 1940-12-27
Movie
Alias the Deacon
Sullivan 1940-05-13
Movie
Typhoon
Mate 1940-05-16
Movie
Girl in 313
Police Lt. Pat O'Farrell 1940-05-31
Movie
Queen of the Mob
Agent Ross Waring 1940-06-28
Movie
Lucky Partners
Frederick Harper 1940-08-02
Movie
Sandy Gets Her Man
Policeman Tom Garrity 1940-11-08
Movie
5th Ave Girl
Minnesota (uncredited) 1939-09-22
Movie
The Kid From Texas
Stanley Brown 1939-04-14
Movie
Destry Rides Again
Jack Tyndall 1939-11-30
Movie
The Escape
Chet Warren 1939-10-05
Movie
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Sweeney Farrell (uncredited) 1939-10-19
Movie
Go Chase Yourself
Warren Miles 1938-04-22
Movie
Crashing Hollywood
Dickson 1938-01-07
Movie
Everybody's Doing It
Detective Lieutenant 1938-01-14
Movie
Night Spot
Shallen 1938-02-25
Movie
This Marriage Business
"Candid" Perry 1938-04-08
Movie
Bringing Up Baby
Circus Roustabout (uncredited) 1938-02-18
Movie
Vivacious Lady
Charlie - Waiter Captain 1938-05-13
Movie
The Saint in New York
Red Jenks 1938-05-25
Movie
Condemned Women
Plainclothes Policeman 1938-06-01
Movie
Having Wonderful Time
Emil Beatty 1938-07-01
Movie
Carefree
Connors 1938-09-02
Movie
Mr. Doodle Kicks Off
Rochet 1938-10-07
Movie
She's Got Everything
Ransome (uncredited) 1937-12-31
Movie
Quick Money
Coach Woodford 1937-12-10
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
Movie
Music for Madame
Assistant Director 1937-10-08
Movie
Stage Door
Mr. Milbanks 1937-10-07
Movie
On Again-Off Again
Cop 1937-07-09
Movie
You Only Live Once
Attendant in First Gas Station 1937-01-23