Jack Carson

Birthday:
10/27/1910
Place of birth:
Carman, Manitoba, Canada:
Biography:
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.

Credits

James Stewart's Wonderful Life (1988)
as (archive footage)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
as Himself (archive footage)
Hollywood My Home Town (1965)
as Himself
Sammy, the Way-Out Seal (1962)
as Harold Slyvester
King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
as Timothy W. 'Big Tim' O'Brien
Seven Keys (1961)
as Norman
The Bramble Bush (1960)
as Bert Mosley
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)
as Capt. Hoxie
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
as Gooper
The Tarnished Angels (1957)
as Jiggs
The Tattered Dress (1957)
as Sheriff Nick Hoak
Magnificent Roughnecks (1956)
as Bix Decker
The Bottom of the Bottle (1956)
as Hal Breckinridge
Ain't Misbehavin' (1955)
as Harold North
Phffft! (1954)
as Charlie Nelson
A Star Is Born (1954)
as Matt Libby
A Star Is Born World Premiere (1954)
as Host
Red Garters (1954)
as Jason Carberry
Dangerous When Wet (1953)
as Windy Weebe
The Groom Wore Spurs (1951)
as Ben Castle
Mister Universe (1951)
as Jeff Clayton
Bright Leaf (1950)
as Chris Malley
The Good Humor Man (1950)
as Biff Jones
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
as Jack Carson
My Dream Is Yours (1949)
as Doug Blake
John Loves Mary (1949)
as Fred Taylor
Two Guys from Texas (1948)
as Danny Foster
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
as Peter Virgil
April Showers (1948)
as Joe Tyme
Always Together (1947)
as Bill (uncredited)
So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947)
as Man Giving Directions (uncredited)
Love and Learn (1947)
as Jingles Collins
The Time, The Place and The Girl (1946)
as Jeff Howard
Okay for Sound (1946)
Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946)
as Buzz Williams
One More Tomorrow (1946)
as Patrick 'Pat' Regan
Mildred Pierce (1945)
as Wally Fay
Roughly Speaking (1945)
as Harold C. Pierson
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
as Himself
The Doughgirls (1944)
as Arthur Halstead
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
as Officer Patrick O'Hara
Make Your Own Bed (1944)
as Jerry Curtis
Road to Victory (1944)
as Himself
The Shining Future (1944)
as Self
Shine on Harvest Moon (1944)
as The Great Georgetti
Breakdowns of 1944 (1944)
as Self
Food and Magic (1943)
Princess O'Rourke (1943)
as Dave Campbell
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
as Himself
The Hard Way (1943)
as Albert Runkel
Gentleman Jim (1942)
as Walter Lawrie
Wings for the Eagle (1942)
as Brad Maple
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
as Jeff Randolph
The Male Animal (1942)
as Joe Ferguson
Breakdowns of 1942 (1942)
as Self
Blues in the Night (1941)
as Leo Powell
Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Navy Blues (1941)
as 'Buttons' Johnson
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
as Allen Brice
Love Crazy (1941)
as Ward Willoughby
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
as Hugo Barnstead
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
as Chuck
Love Thy Neighbor (1940)
as Policeman
Sandy Gets Her Man (1940)
as Policeman Tom Garrity
Lucky Partners (1940)
as Frederick Harper
Queen of the Mob (1940)
as Agent Ross Waring
Girl in 313 (1940)
as Police Lt. Pat O'Farrell
Typhoon (1940)
as Mate
Alias the Deacon (1940)
as Sullivan
Shooting High (1940)
as Gabby Cross
Enemy Agent (1940)
as Ralph
Parole Fixer (1940)
as George Mattison
I Take This Woman (1940)
as Joe
City of Chance (1940)
as Narration - Prologue (voice)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
as Jack Tyndall
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
as Sweeney Farrell (uncredited)
The Escape (1939)
as Chet Warren
5th Ave Girl (1939)
as Minnesota (uncredited)
The Kid From Texas (1939)
as Stanley Brown
Mr. Doodle Kicks Off (1938)
as Rochet
Carefree (1938)
as Connors
Having Wonderful Time (1938)
as Emil Beatty
The Saint in New York (1938)
as Red Jenks
Vivacious Lady (1938)
as Charlie
Law of the Underworld (1938)
as Johnny
Go Chase Yourself (1938)
as Warren Miles
This Marriage Business (1938)
as "Candid" Perry
Condemned Women (1938)
as Plainclothes Policeman
Night Spot (1938)
as Shallen
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
as Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
Everybody's Doing It (1938)
as Detective Lieutenant
Crashing Hollywood (1938)
as Dickson
She's Got Everything (1937)
as Ransome (uncredited)
Quick Money (1937)
as Coach Woodford
Harris in the Spring (1937)
as Taxicab Driver
High Flyers (1937)
as Dave Hanlon
Stand-In (1937)
as Tom Potts
Music for Madame (1937)
as Assistant Director
Stage Door (1937)
as Mr. Milbanks
On Again-Off Again (1937)
as Cop
Too Many Wives (1937)
as Hodges
You Only Live Once (1937)
as Attendant in First Gas Station

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