Stanley Ridges

Place of birth:
Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Stanley Ridges (17 July 1890 – 22 April 1951) was a British-born actor who made his mark in films by playing a wide assortment of character parts. Born 17 July 1890 in Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK, Stanley Ridges became a protégé of Beatrice Lillie, a star of musical stage comedies, and spent many years learning and honing his craft on the stage. Eventually making his way to America, Ridges began as a song-and-dance man on Broadway, but later turned to dramatic roles onstage, appearing in such plays as Maxwell Anderson's Mary of Scotland (as Lord Morton) and Valley Forge (as Lieutenant Colonel Lucifer Tench), becoming a romantic leading man. Ridges' silent film debut was in Success (1923). With his excellent diction and rich speaking voice, he easily made the transition into sound films, with his career taking off at age 43, in Crime Without Passion (1934), with Claude Rains. Ridges found himself cast in character roles, as his greying hair put his romantic leading man days at an end. His most best known roles were probably two different characters in one film, one of them the kindly Professor Kingsley and the other the murderous Red Cannon in the thriller Black Friday (1940). The Jekyll and Hyde transformations gave Ridges a chance to display his acting ability. Ridges was often cast in supporting roles in many classic films, and played the lead only once, in the B-picture False Faces (1943). Among Ridges's other film roles were as the Scotland Yard inspector who is shadowing Charles Laughton in the film The Suspect (1944), as Major Buxton (Gary Cooper's commanding officer) in Sergeant York (1942), as Professor Siletsky in To Be or Not to Be (also 1942), and as Cary Travers Grayson, the official White House physician in Wilson (1944). By 1950, he had just begun appearing in television anthologies such as Studio One and Philco Television Playhouse. His last feature film, the Ginger Rogers comedy The Groom Wore Spurs, in which he played a mobster, was released a month before he died. Stanley Ridges died 22 April 1951, in Westbrook, Connecticut, aged 60.


The Groom Wore Spurs (1951)
as Harry Kallen
No Way Out (1950)
as Dr. Sam Moreland
The Man Who Had Influence (1950)
as J. C. Grant
Paid in Full (1950)
as Dr. P.J. 'Phil' Winston
Two Sharp Knives (1949)
as Police Chief Scott Anderson
The File on Thelma Jordon (1949)
as Kingsley Willis
Task Force (1949)
as Sen. Bentley
You're My Everything (1949)
as Mr. Henry Mercer
Streets of Laredo (1949)
as Major Bailey
An Act of Murder (1948)
as Doctor Walter Morrison
Possessed (1947)
as Dr. Willard
Mr. Ace (1946)
as Toomey
Canyon Passage (1946)
as Jonas Overmire
Because of Him (1946)
as Charles Gilbert
Captain Eddie (1945)
as Col. Hans Adamson
The Phantom Speaks (1945)
as Dr. Paul Renwick
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
as Col. Merian 'Steve' Cooper
The Suspect (1944)
as Inspector Huxley
The Master Race (1944)
as Phil Carson
Wilson (1944)
as Dr. Cary Grayson
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
as Cmdr. William B. 'Bill' Goggins
This Is the Army (1943)
as John Davidson
False Faces (1943)
as District Attorney Stanley S. Harding
Air Force (1943)
as Maj. Mallory - Clark Field
Tarzan Triumphs (1943)
as Colonel Von Reichart
The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943)
as Himself (segment 'Sergeant York') (archive footage)
Eyes in the Night (1942)
as Hansen
Eagle Squadron (1942)
as Air Minister
The Big Shot (1942)
as Martin T. Fleming, Attorney
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
as Professor Alexander Siletsky
The Lady Is Willing (1942)
as Kenneth Hanline
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
as Maj. Romulus Taipe
Sergeant York (1941)
as Major Buxton
Mr. District Attorney (1941)
as District Attorney Tom F. Winton
The Sea Wolf (1941)
as Johnson
Black Friday (1940)
as Prof. George Kingsley / Red Cannon
Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
as Doctor Frankton (as Stanley C. Ridges)
Espionage Agent (1939)
as Hamilton Peyton
Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
as Charles 'Charlie' Garreth
I Stole a Million (1939)
as Downs (uncredited)
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
as Mueller
Union Pacific (1939)
as Gen. Casement
Silver on the Sage (1939)
as Earl Brennan / Dave Talbot
Let Us Live (1939)
as District Attorney
There's That Woman Again (1938)
as Tony Croy
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
as Edward Norris
If I Were King (1938)
as Rene de Montigny
They're Always Caught (1938)
as Dr. John Pritchard
Yellow Jack (1938)
as Dr. James Carroll
Internes Can't Take Money (1937)
as Dan Innes
Sinner Take All (1936)
as MacKelvey
Winterset (1936)
as Shadow
The Scoundrel (1935)
as Paul Decker
Crime without Passion (1934)
as Eddie White
The Poor Fish (1930)
as George
Success (1923)
as Gilbert Gordon © 2021

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