Typecast Again

by karljhickey14 | created - 02 Jan 2016 | updated - 09 Sep 2018 | Public

1. Robert Emmett O'Connor

Actor | A Night at the Opera

Stalwart Irish-American character actor Robert Emmet O'Connor, who was born on March 18, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his bones performing in circuses and in vaudeville. He made his Broadway debut in the musical "Fritz in Tammany Hall" at the Herald Square Theatre on October 16, 1905, ...

Irish policeman in countless films , best - in uniform Picture Snatcher 1933 , plain clothes A Night At The Opera 1935 .

2. William 'Billy' Benedict

Actor | The Killing

William Benedict was active in the drama department of his Tulsa, Oklahoma, high school and, at the height of the Depression (1934), decided to relocate to California. At first, he wanted to be a dancer, but when he discovered that dancers were a dime-a-dozen in Hollywood, he concentrated on acting...

Newspaper copy boy in Jim Hanvey Detective 1937, The Mad Doctor 1940 , Unholy Partners 1941 , Rings On Her Fingers 1942 etc etc

3. Dora Bryan

Actress | A Taste of Honey

Dora Bryan was born on February 7, 1923 in Parbold, Lancashire, England as Dora May Broadbent. She was an actress, known for A Taste of Honey (1961), The Fallen Idol (1948) and Last of the Summer Wine (1973). She was married to Bill Lawton. She died on July 23, 2014 in Hove, East Sussex, England.

Walking the streets in a plastic mac in British films of the 40s and 50s .

4. Marc Lawrence

Actor | The Man with the Golden Gun

American character actor who specialized in underworld types, despite a far greater range. A native of the Bronx, Lawrence participated in plays in school, then attended the City College of New York. In 1930, he was accepted into Eva Le Gallienne's company, where he became friendly with another ...

Small time hood in countless films in the 30s and 40s before becoming a Noir icon . Killed in G Men 1935 , in 4 Charlie Chan's , a Lone Wolf , and an East Side Kids , named Lefty / Pinky / Piggy / Loie / Tommy etc

5. Harry Hayden

Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero

Harry Hayden was born on November 8, 1882 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was an actor, known for Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), The Velvet Touch (1948) and Merton of the Movies (1947). He was married to Lela Bliss. He died on July 24, 1955 in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Railway conductor 12 times , including At The Circus 1939 , The Thin Man Goes Home 1944 , Union Station 1950.

6. Mary Gordon

Actress | Bride of Frankenstein

Scots actress, long in the United States, who specialized in housekeepers and mothers, most notably the housekeeper Mrs. Hudson in the Sherlock Holmes series of movies of the Thirties and Forties. She was born Mary Gilmour, the daughter of a Glasgow wire weaver. She worked as a dressmaker before ...

Irish mother ( despite pronounced Scottish accent ) , often to Frankie Darro , and often running a boarding house .

7. Joseph Crehan

Actor | Black Magic

Joseph Crehan was born on July 15, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Joseph A. Creaghan. He was an actor, known for Black Magic (1944), The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937) and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947). He was married to Dorothy R. Lord. He died on April 15, 1966 in Hollywood, Los ...

Always an authority figure , newspaper editor at least 16 times

8. Robert Homans

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Dour-faced US character player in films for more than two decades from 1923, often in portrayals of peace officers such as judges and lawmen. Even at his most elderly, he could frequently be seen as a white-haired, uniformed policeman - often affecting an Irish accent to boot.

Irish policeman , usually in charge and always shouting

9. Jack Norton

Actor | The Sin of Harold Diddlebock

Pencil-mustachioed character actor in Hollywood films of the '30s and '40s, cast perennially as a reeling, incoherent, comic drunk, often clad in evening clothes and satin high hat. In an effort to make his characterizations convincing, he often followed drunks and watched their movements closely ...

Comic drunk , usually in a tux

10. Fred Kelsey

Actor | The Lone Wolf Strikes

Fred Kelsey was born on August 20, 1884 in Sandusky, Ohio, USA as Frederick Alvin Kelsey. He was an actor and director, known for The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940), On Trial (1928) and Mesa of Lost Women (1953). He was married to Katharine Miller. He died on September 2, 1961 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

Irish policeman , also several bartenders

11. Edward Gargan

Actor | The Falcon's Brother

Edward Gargan was born on July 17, 1902 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Falcon's Brother (1942), The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943) and The Falcon in Danger (1943). He was married to Catherine Conlan. He died on February 19, 1964 in New York City.

Policeman in countless comedies , also taxi driver

12. Bobby Watson

Actor | The Devil with Hitler

Bobby Watson's acting career began in the late 19th Century, in Springfield, Illinois. At age 10 he had the peanut concession on Saturday afternoons at Springfield's only dance hall, the Olympic Theatre. By age 12 he graduated to the evening concession, and joyously studied the travelling variety ...

played Hitler throughout the war , and after

13. Howard Hickman

Actor | Gone with the Wind

Howard Hickman was born on February 9, 1880 in Columbia, Missouri, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), Kitty Kelly, M.D. (1919) and Nobody's Kid (1921). He was married to Bessie Barriscale. He died on December 31, 1949 in San Anselmo, California, USA.

played the family Doctor 30 times

14. Edgar Dearing

Actor | Raiders of Tomahawk Creek

Edgar Dearing was born on May 4, 1893 in Ceres, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Raiders of Tomahawk Creek (1950), Abraham Lincoln (1930) and The Bishop's Wife (1947). He was married to Lila Stones and Nelvina Hyink. He died on August 17, 1974 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

played traffic / motor cycle cops countless times

15. Eddie Kane

Actor | The Big Wheel

Eddie Kane was born on August 12, 1889 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for The Big Wheel (1949), Star Reporter (1939) and Dangerous Crossroads (1933). He died on April 30, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Head waiters , maitre'd's



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