Rotten Tomatoes
Cancel Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes
Coleen Gray

Coleen Gray

Highest Rated: 100% Red River (1948)

Lowest Rated: 80% Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Birthday: Oct 23, 1922

Birthplace: Staplehurst, Nebraska, USA

As a product of the post-World War II Hollywood assembly line, actress Coleen Gray fared better than many other pretty young things lured to the studios with the promise of a long-term contract. A plum role as Victor Mature's girlfriend in "Kiss of Death" (1947) gave the dark-haired Nebraskan just the right career boost, setting her up for memorable turns as Tyrone Power's comely accomplice in "Nightmare Alley" (1947) and as John Wayne's prairie sweetheart in "Red River" (1948). Equally adept at etching characters of virtue and vice, Gray segued seamlessly from playing a shady nurse in "The Sleeping City" (1950) to the heroine of "Kansas City Confidential" (1951), which paired her onscreen and off with leading man John Payne. Following a failed early marriage, Gray's assignments were largely routine until Stanley Kubrick lifted her out of B-movie mediocrity when he cast her as Sterling Hayden's gun moll in the heist drama "The Killing" (1956). In middle age, the actress endeared herself to a new generation of cult film fans by playing a potential victim of "The Vampire" (1957) and an amoral cosmetics company CEO who discovers the secret to immortality in "The Leech Woman" (1960). A familiar face on television, Gray quit show business for faith-based charity work alongside born-again Watergate convict Chuck Colson, but she reemerged late in celebration of her contributions to American cinema and to honor the memory of her departed co-stars and leading men. Her death on August 3, 2015 at the age of 92 was mourned by generations of film noir fans.

Highest rated movies

100% Red River 96% The Killing
89% Kiss of Death
88% Nightmare Alley
80% Kansas City Confidential

Photos

FATHER IS A BACHELOR, Coleen Gray, William Holden, 1950 KISS OF DEATH, Victor Mature, Coleen Gray, 1947. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. RIDING HIGH, Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, 1950 RIDING HIGH, Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, 1950 THE SLEEPING CITY, Coleen Gray, 1950 APACHE DRUMS, Coleen Gray, 1951 ARROW IN THE DUST, Coleen Gray, Sterling Hayden, 1954 THE KILLING, Coleen Gray, Sterling Hayden, 1956 THE KILLING, Coleen Gray, Sterling Hayden, 1956 LAS VEGAS SHAKEDOWN, Dennis O'Keefe, Coleen Gray, Murray Alper, 1955 THE LEECH WOMAN, Coleen Gray, 1960 TENNESSEE'S PARTNER, Coleen Gray, 1955 THE TWINKLE IN GOD'S EYE, Coleen Gray, Hugh O'Brian, 1955 KISS OF DEATH, Victor Mature, Richard Widmark, Coleen Gray, 1947, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. RIDING HIGH, Coleen Gray, Bing Crosby, Clarence Muse (back), 1950 THE LEECH WOMAN, from left: John Van Dreelen, Coleen Gray, Phillip Terry, director Edward Dein on set, 1960 LUCKY NICK CAIN, George Raft (gun), Coleen Gray (rear), 1950 THE LEECH WOMAN, from left: Phillip Terry, Coleen Gray, John Van Dreelen, 1960 LUCKY NICK CAIN, from left: George Raft, Coleen Gray, 1950 RIDING HIGH, Clarence Muse, Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, 1950

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry From the Mountain Marian Rissman (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother Angela Harding (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You Mrs. Cazalis (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Man's Bluff Sylvia Trager (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Town Tamer Carol Rosser (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 12% The Phantom Planet Liara (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 12% The Leech Woman June Talbot (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell's Five Hours Nancy Brand (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Rocco Lois Mayfield (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 29% The Vampire Carol Butler (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination: 60,000 Mary Ellen (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mark of the Vampire Carol Butler (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Copper Sky Nora Hayes (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 40% Star in the Dust Nellie Mason (Character) - 1956
96% 92% The Killing Fay (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 57% Death of a Scoundrel Mrs. Edith Van Renasslear (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Whip Jeannie (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frontier Gambler Sylvia "The Princess" Melbourne (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Dakotas Sue "Lucky" Duneen (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 38% Tennessee's Partner Goldie Slater (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Twinkle in God's Eye Laura (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Las Vegas Shakedown Julie Rae (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 67% Arrow in the Dust Christella Burke (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fake Mary Mason (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vanquished Jane Colfax (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 29% Sabre Jet Mrs. Gil Manton (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Models, Inc. Rusty Faraday (Character) - 1952
80% 75% Kansas City Confidential Helen Foster (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 30% Apache Drums Sally (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Nick Cain Kay Wonderly (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Is a Bachelor Prudence Millett (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 42% Riding High Alice Higgins (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 67% The Sleeping City Ann Sebastian (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sand Joan Hartley (Character) - 1949
100% 87% Red River Fen (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 30% Fury at Furnace Creek Molly Baxter (Character) - 1948
89% 76% Kiss of Death Nettie (Character) - 1947
88% 86% Nightmare Alley Molly (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 38% Three Little Girls in Blue Minor Role (uncredited) (Character) - 1946

TV

Credit
87% 98% Mystery Science Theater 3000 Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Muriel Clifford (Guest Star) 1974-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sixth Sense Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Liz Holt (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1965 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Martha Erskine (Guest Star) 1960 1962 1964 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Branded Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dakotas Jenny Wyman (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Justine Mellon (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mrs. Lois Callen (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Edna Henry (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lawman Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Sandra Morton (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956