John Carradine

Place of birth:
New York City, New York, USA:
John Carradine (1906–1988) was an American actor, best known for his roles in horror films, Westerns, and Shakespearean theatre. Carradine's first film credit was Tol'able David. By 1933, he was being credited as John Peter Richmond. He adopted the stage name "John Carradine" in 1935, and legally took the name as his own two years later. By 1936, Carradine had become a member of John Ford's stock company and appeared in The Prisoner of Shark Island. In total, he made 11 pictures with Ford, including The Grapes of Wrath. Other Ford films in which Carradine appeared include The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Stagecoach. Carradine claimed to have appeared in more than 450 movies, but only 225 movies can be documented. His count is closer to fact if theatrical movies, made-for-TV movies, and television programs are included. He often played eccentric, insane, or diabolical characters, especially in the horror genre with which he had become identified. He occasionally played a heroic role as in The Grapes of Wrath and he occasionally played a sympathetic role as in Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake. He was married four times, had five children, and was the patriarch of the Carradine acting family, which includes his sons Bruce Carradine, David Carradine, Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his granddaughters Martha Plimpton, Sorel Carradine and Ever Carradine.


Doses of Horror (2018)
as Richmond Reed ("A Dose of Bloodsucking Tramps" segment) (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Trail of Dracula (2013)
as Himself
Blood of 1000 Virgins (2013)
as Himself (archive footage)
The Complete Bob Wilkins Creature Features (2012)
Boogeyman II: Redux (2003)
as Dr. Warren
Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of The Wolf Man (1999)
as Archive Footage
Jack-O (1995)
as Walter Machen
Bikini Drive-In (1995)
as Grandfather
Edgar Allan Poe's Buried Alive (1990)
as Jacob Julian
The Alien Within (1990)
as Dr. Emil Zeitman (archive footage)
Evil Spawn (1987)
as Dr. Emil Zeitman
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
as Leo
Star Slammer (1986)
as The Justice
Hollywood Ghost Stories (1986)
as Narrator / Host
Monster in the Closet (1986)
as Old Joe Shempter
The Tomb (1986)
as Andoheb
Revenge (1986)
as Senator Bradford
Evils of the Night (1985)
as Dr. Kozmar
Reel Horror (1985)
as Alcoholic Reporter (archive footage)
The Fall Guy - October the 31st (1984)
as Preston Deauville
Elvira's MTV Halloween Party (1984)
The Ice Pirates (1984)
as Supreme Commander
A Rose for Emily (1983)
as Col. Sartoris
Boogeyman II (1983)
as Dr. Warren (archive footage)
House of the Long Shadows (1983)
as Elijah Grisbane
The Horror of It All (1983)
as Himself
Antony and Cleopatra (1983)
as Soothsayer
Imps* (1983)
as Gentleman ("Great Moments" Host)
The Vals (1982)
as Mr. Stanton (Head of the Orphanage)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
as Great Owl (voice)
Satan's Mistress (1982)
as Father Stratten
The Scarecrow (1982)
as Hubert Salter
The Best of Sex and Violence (1982)
as Self - Host
The Reluctant Dragon (1981)
as Narrator
Frankenstein Island (1981)
as Dr. Frankenstein
The Nesting (1981)
as Col. LeBrun
The Monster Club (1981)
as R.Chetwynd-Hayes, Writer
The Howling (1981)
as Erle Kenton
The Boogey Man (1980)
as Dr. Warren
Monstroid (1980)
as Priest
A Tribute to Dr. Shock (1980)
as Himself (archival footage)
The Seekers (1979)
as Avery Mills
Nocturna (1979)
as Count Dracula
The Bees (1978)
as Dr. Sigmund Hummel
Vampire Hookers (1978)
as Richmond Reed
Sunset Cove (1978)
as Judge Harley Winslow
Doctor Dracula (1978)
as Radcliff
Missile X - Geheimauftrag Neutronenbombe (1978)
Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. (1977)
as Grampa Sullivan
Golden Rendezvous (1977)
as Fairweather
The Mouse and His Child (1977)
as The Tramp (voice)
Shock Waves (1977)
as Captain
The White Buffalo (1977)
as Amos Briggs
Satan's Cheerleaders (1977)
as The Bum
The Sentinel (1977)
as Fr. Francis Matthew Halloran
The Lady and the Lynchings (1977)
Crash! (1976)
as Dr. Welsey Edwards
The Last Tycoon (1976)
as Tour Guide
The Killer Inside Me (1976)
as Dr. Smith
Death at Love House (1976)
as Conan Carroll
The Shootist (1976)
as Hezekiah Beckum
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
as Drunk
Reise ins Jenseits - Die Welt des Übernatürlichen (1975)
as Narrator (English Version)
Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975)
as The Man
Stowaway to the Moon (1975)
as Jacob Avril
The Lady's Not for Burning (1974)
as Old Skips
Moonchild (1974)
as Mr. Walker
The Horror Hall of Fame: A Monster Salute (1974)
as Himself
The House of Seven Corpses (1974)
as Edgar Price
The Cat Creature (1973)
as The Hotel Clerk
Shadow House (1973)
as Uncle
Superchick (1973)
as Igor Smith
1,000,000 A.D. Promo Reel (1973)
as The Sage
Bad Charleston Charlie (1973)
as Alcoholic Reporter
Terror in the Wax Museum (1973)
as Claude Dupree
The Night Strangler (1973)
as Llewellyn Crossbinder
Night of the Dark Full Moon (1972)
as Charlie Towman
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
as Dr. Bernardo
Richard (1972)
as Plastic Surgeon
Portnoy's Complaint (1972)
as Judge (voice) (uncredited)
Boxcar Bertha (1972)
as H. Buckram Sartoris
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1972)
as Narrator
Decisions! Decisions! (1971)
as Railroad ticket clerk
The Seven Minutes (1971)
as Sean O'Flanagan
The Gatling Gun (1971)
as Rev. Harper
Blood Legacy (1971)
as Christopher Dean
Threshold (1971)
as Old-fashioned Undertaker
Demented Death Farm Massacre (1971)
as The Judge Of Hell
Crowhaven Farm (1970)
as Nate Cheever
Bigfoot (1970)
as Jasper B. Hawks
The McMasters (1970)
as Preacher
Shinbone Alley (1970)
as Tyrone T. Tattersall
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
as Surgeon
The Fakers (1970)
as Pet Shop Owner
Blood of the Iron Maiden (1970)
as Dr. Goolie
Cain's Cutthroats (1970)
as Preacher Simms
Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970)
as Dr. Rynning
Hell's Bloody Devils (1970)
as Pet Shop Owner
La señora Muerte (1969)
as Dr. Favel
Daughter of the Mind (1969)
as Mr. Bosch
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)
as Ticker
Enigma de muerte (1969)
as Mad Doctor / Nazi Leader
Five Bloody Graves (1969)
as Boone Hawkins
Blood Of Dracula's Castle (1969)
as George
The Trouble with Girls (1969)
as Mr. Drewcolt
Las vampiras (1969)
as Count Branos Alucard
Pacto Diabólico (1969)
as Dr. Halback
The Mummy and the Curse of the Jackals (1969)
as Professor Cummings
Autopsia de un fantasma (1968)
as Satán
The Helicopter Spies (1968)
as Third-Way Priest
The Astro-Zombies (1968)
as Dr. DeMarco
They Ran for Their Lives (1968)
as Laslo
Antologia del miedo (1968)
The Movie Orgy (1968)
as Self (archival footage)
Blood Of Ghastly Horror (1967)
as Dr. Howard Vanard
The Fiend with the Electronic Brain (1967)
as Dr. Howard Vanard
The Hostage (1967)
as Otis Lovelace
Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)
as Dr. Himmel
Gallery of Horror (1967)
as Narrator / Tristram Halbin
Red Zone Cuba (1966)
as Mr. Wilson
Munster, Go Home! (1966)
as Cruikshank
Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966)
as Count Dracula, posing as James Underhill
The Emperor's New Clothes (1966)
as King Luvimself
Doom of Dracula (1966)
as Count Dracula
Curse of the Fly (1965)
as Mayor Kirillov
Broken Sabre (1965)
as General Josh McCord
Curse of the Stone Hand (1965)
as The Old Drunk
Something for Mrs. Gibbs (1965)
The Wizard of Mars (1965)
as The Wizard of Mars
House of the Black Death (1965)
as Andre Desard
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
as Jeff Blair
The Patsy (1964)
as Bruce Alden
Genesis (1964)
as Narrator
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
as Maj. Cassius Starbuckle
Sex Kittens Go to College (1960)
as Prof. Watts
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
as Slave Catcher
Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
as Abel Banton
The Incredible Petrified World (1959)
as Prof. Millard Wyman
The Oregon Trail (1959)
as Zachariah Garrison
Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959)
as Narrator
Invisible Invaders (1959)
as Dr. Karol Noymann
The Cosmic Man (1959)
as Cosmic Man
The Last Hurrah (1958)
as Amos Force
Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman (1958)
as Dr. John Rayburn
The Proud Rebel (1958)
as Traveling Salesman
Showdown at Boot Hill (1958)
as Doc Weber
Hell Ship Mutiny (1957)
as Malone
The Story of Mankind (1957)
as Khufu
The Unearthly (1957)
as Dr. Charles Conway
The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
as Rev. Jethro Bailey
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
as Proctor Stamp
The Ten Commandments (1956)
as Aaron
Female Jungle (1956)
as Claude Almstead
The Black Sleep (1956)
as Bohemund
Dark Venture (1956)
as Gideon
Hidden Guns (1956)
as Snipe Harding
The Court Jester (1955)
as Giacomo
Desert Sands (1955)
as Jala
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1955)
as The Duke
The Kentuckian (1955)
as Ziby Fletcher
Stranger on Horseback (1955)
as Col. Buck Streeter
Thunder Pass (1954)
as Bergstrom
The Egyptian (1954)
as Grave Robber
Johnny Guitar (1954)
as Old Tom
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
as Foressi
C-Man (1949)
as Doc Spencer
The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)
as Charles Forestier
Fish Story (1947)
as Himself
Down Missouri Way (1946)
as Thorndyke 'Thorny' P. Dunning
The Face of Marble (1946)
as Dr. Charles Randolph
House of Dracula (1945)
as Count Dracula
Captain Kidd (1945)
as Orange Povy
Fallen Angel (1945)
as Professor Madley
It's in the Bag! (1945)
as Jefferson T. Pike
House of Frankenstein (1944)
as Dracula
Alaska (1944)
as John Reagan
Bluebeard (1944)
as Gaston Morrell
Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
as Duke Cleat
Return of the Ape Man (1944)
as Prof. John Gilmore
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
as Yousef Bey
Waterfront (1944)
as Victor Marlow
The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)
as Dr. Peter Drury
Jungle Woman (1944)
as Dr. Walters (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Black Parachute (1944)
as General von Bodenbach
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
as Bret Harte
Voodoo Man (1944)
as Toby
Gangway for Tomorrow (1943)
as Mr. Wellington
Revenge of the Zombies (1943)
as Dr. Max Heinrich von Altermann
Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943)
as Mike Clancy
Silver Spurs (1943)
as Lucky Miller
Hitler's Madman (1943)
as Reinhardt Heydrich
Captive Wild Woman (1943)
as Dr. Sigmund Walters
I Escaped from the Gestapo (1943)
as Martin
Reunion in France (1942)
as Ulrich Windler
Northwest Rangers (1942)
as Martin Caswell
Whispering Ghosts (1942)
as Norbert
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
as Caleb Green
Swamp Water (1941)
as Jesse Wick
Man Hunt (1941)
as Mr. Jones
Blood and Sand (1941)
as Nacional
Western Union (1941)
as Doc Murdoch
Chad Hanna (1940)
as B. D. Bisbee
Brigham Young (1940)
as Porter Rockwell
The Return of Frank James (1940)
as Bob Ford
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
as Casy
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
as Caldwell
Frontier Marshal (1939)
as Ben Carter
Five Came Back (1939)
as Mr. Crimp
Captain Fury (1939)
as Coughy
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
as Barryman
Stagecoach (1939)
as Hatfield
The Three Musketeers (1939)
as Naveau
Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)
as Danforth / Richard Burke
Jesse James (1939)
as Bob Ford
Submarine Patrol (1938)
as McAllison
Gateway (1938)
as Leader of Refugees
I'll Give a Million (1938)
as Kopelpeck
Kidnapped (1938)
as Gordon
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
as Speakeasy Doorman
Kentucky Moonshine (1938)
as Reef Hatfield
Four Men and a Prayer (1938)
as General Sebastian
Of Human Hearts (1938)
as President Lincoln
International Settlement (1938)
as Murdock
Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)
as Pereira
The Last Gangster (1937)
as Casper
The Hurricane (1937)
as Warden
Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)
as Ishak
Danger - Love at Work (1937)
as Herbert Pemberton
Love Under Fire (1937)
as Capt. Delmar
Captains Courageous (1937)
as Long Jack
This Is My Affair (1937)
as Ed
Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937)
as Harry Wilkins
Laughing at Trouble (1936)
as Deputy Sheriff Alec Brady
Winterset (1936)
as Bartolomio Romagna
Daniel Boone (1936)
as Simon Girty
The Garden of Allah (1936)
as Sand Diviner
Dimples (1936)
as Richards
Ramona (1936)
as Jim Farrar
Mary of Scotland (1936)
as Rizzio
White Fang (1936)
as Beauty Smith
Under Two Flags (1936)
as Cafard
The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
as Sgt. Rankin
The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
as Despondent Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Bad Boy (1935)
as Angry Saxophone Player - Tenant
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
as Hunter (uncredited)
Les Misérables (1935)
as Enjolras
Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
as Agitator
Cleopatra (1934)
as Roman Citizen/Party Guest/Soldier (uncredited) (voice)
The Black Cat (1934)
as Cult Organist (uncredited)
The Meanest Gal in Town (1934)
as Stranded Actor (uncredited)
The Invisible Man (1933)
as Informer Suggesting Ink (uncredited)
To the Last Man (1933)
as Pete Garon (uncredited)
This Day and Age (1933)
as Assistant Principal
Morning Glory (1933)
as Dream Apparition (uncredited)
The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
as Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
as Christian Martyr / Gladiator Leader / Voice in Coliseum Mob (uncredited)
Heaven on Earth (1931)
as Chicken Sam
Tol'able David (1930)
as Buzzard Hatburn
Bright Lights (1930)
as Newspaper reporter / photographer © 2021

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