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      Charles Bickford

      Charles Bickford

      Highest Rated: 100% The Big Country (1958)

      Lowest Rated: 10% Not as a Stranger (1955)

      Birthday: Jan 1, 1891

      Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

      Red haired tough guy Charles Bickford was lured to Hollywood by an industry that wanted to mold him into a conventional leading man, but his pride and stubbornness ultimately forged a new course and he instead became one of cinema's most dependable supporting players. He received his motion picture break in Cecil B. DeMille's "Dynamite" (1929), but soon rebelled against the system and went from prestigious MGM movies to minor programmers from independent producers, the only people who would hire a man that had dared to offend MGM head Louis B. Mayer. Bickford's obvious talent usually kept him in demand, but when he was mutilated and almost killed by a lion during the making of "East of Java" (1935), he was no longer considered a viable leading man. Regardless, he soldiered on, enlivening many a lesser movie with the force of his persona, and became highly valued by casting directors in the process. Industry wide respect finally came in 1943 with "The Song of Bernadette" and the first of three Academy Award nominations the actor received. Off-screen, the strong voiced Irishman was as blunt as the characters he often played, sometimes even coming to blows with his directors. Although his various business ventures served him well financially, Bickford maintained a strong work ethic throughout his four-decade film and television career, and that dedication was evident in the consistently strong quality of work that put him in the top rank of old-school character actors.

      Highest rated movies

      Days of Wine and Roses The Big Country
      The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
      The Farmer's Daughter
      Mr. Lucky
      Of Mice and Men
      The Plainsman
      A Star Is Born

      Photos

      THE RAGING TIDE, Charles Bickford, 1951 YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM IT, Charles Bickford, 1956 JOHNNY BELINDA, Charles Bickford, 1948 THE BABE RUTH STORY, Charles Bickford, 1948 THE BABE RUTH STORY, Charles Bickford, 1948 THIS DAY AND AGE, Charles Bickford, 1933 THE UNFORGIVEN, Charles Bickford, 1960 GUILTY OF TREASON, Charles Bickford, 1950 GUILTY OF TREASON, Charles Bickford, 1950 GUILTY OF TREASON, Charles Bickford, 1950 THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH, Joan Bennett, Charles Bickford, 1947 CAPTAIN EDDIE, Charles Bickford, 1945. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright CAPTAIN EDDIE, Charles Bickford, 1945, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved A STAR IS BORN, Charles Bickford, 1954 THE COURT-MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL, Charles Bickford, 1955 NOT AS A STRANGER, Charles Bickford, 1955 DYNAMITE, Charles Bickford, (left), Kay Johnson, (in a gown by Adrian), 1929 JOHNNY BELINDA, Jane Wyman, Charles Bickford, Lew Ayres, 1948 YOU CAN'T RUN AWAY FROM IT, Charles Bickford, 1956 THE SONG OF BERNADETTE, Charles Bickford, 1943. ©20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright,

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 86% A Big Hand for the Little Lady Benson Tropp (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Della Hugh Stafford (Character) - 1964
      100% 89% Days of Wine and Roses Ellis Arnesen (Character) - 1962
      60% 60% The Unforgiven Zeb Rawlins (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Days of Wine and Roses Ellis Arensen (Character) - 1958
      100% 91% The Big Country Maj. Henry Terrill (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Voice of the Big Country Unknown (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mister Cory Jeremiah Des Plains "Biloxi" Caldwell (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clipper Ship Captain Joel Kingdom (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 24% You Can't Run Away From It A.A. Andrews (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 57% Prince of Players Dave Prescott (Character) - 1955
      10% 53% Not as a Stranger Dr. Dave W. Runkleman (Character) - 1955
      100% 61% The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Gen. Jimmy Guthrie (Character) - 1955
      98% 81% A Star Is Born Oliver Niles (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 60% The Last Posse Sampson Drune (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Elopement Tom Reagan (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 56% Jim Thorpe, All American Glenn S. "Pop" Warner (Character) - 1951
      80% 62% Branded Mr. Lavery (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 42% Riding High J.L. Higgins (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 20% Roseanna McCoy Devil Anse Hatfield (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guilty of Treason Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 62% The Babe Ruth Story Brother Matthias (Character) - 1948
      91% 89% Johnny Belinda Black MacDonald (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 67% Four Faces West Pat Garrett (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 81% Command Decision Elmer Brockhurst (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 49% The Woman on the Beach Tod (Character) - 1947
      95% 87% Brute Force Galingher (Character) - 1947
      100% 77% The Farmer's Daughter Joseph Clancy (Character) - 1947
      76% 55% Duel in the Sun Sam Pierce (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Eddie William Rickenbacker (Character) - 1945
      80% 48% Wing and a Prayer Capt. Waddell (Character) - 1944
      88% 80% The Song of Bernadette Father Peyramale (Character) - 1943
      100% 70% Mr. Lucky Hard Swede (Character) - 1943
      80% 57% Reap the Wild Wind Bully Brown (Character) - 1942
      83% 61% Tarzan's New York Adventure Buck Rand (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Burma Convoy Cliff Weldon (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl From God's Country Bill Bogler (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Queen of the Yukon Ace Rincon (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mutiny in the Big House Father Joe Collins (Character) - 1939
      100% 85% Of Mice and Men Slim (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Hour to Live Insp. Sid Brady (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stand Up and Fight Arnold (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Leading Citizen Shep Muir (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thou Shalt Not Kill Rev. Chris Saunders (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Romance of the Redwoods Steve Blake (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Street of Missing Men Cash Darwin (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gangs of New York "Rocky" Thorpe/John Franklin (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Storm Bob "Sparks"' Roberts (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Valley of the Giants Howard Fallon (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder Trail Lee Tate (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 40% High, Wide and Handsome Red Scanlon (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Club Scandal Det. Capt. McKinley (Character) - 1937
      95% No Score Yet Daughter of Shanghai Otto Hartman (Character) - 1937
      100% 52% The Plainsman John Lattimer (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pride of the Marines Steve Riley (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Pressure Nipper Moran (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Jotham Klore (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East of Java Red McGovern/Harvey Bowers (Character) - 1935
      89% 73% Little Miss Marker Big Steve Halloway (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Wicked Woman Pat Naylor (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 20% White Woman Ballister (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Day and Age Louis Garrett (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Other Woman James "Jim" Stanley (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Panama Flo McTeague (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East of Borneo Dr. Allan Clark (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Men in Her Life Flashy Madden (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet River's End Keith/Conniston (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 58% Anna Christie Matt Burke (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Passion Flower Dan Wallace (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea Bat Reverend Sims (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet 33% Hell's Heroes Bob Sangster (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dynamite Hagon "Buddy" Derk (Character) - 1929

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Tucker McCallum (Guest Star) 1962 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Daniel Barrister (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Jason's Uncle (Character) 1952 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Behind the Badge Host 1955