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      Richard Carlson

      Richard Carlson

      Highest Rated: 100% All I Desire (1953)

      Lowest Rated: 73% The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

      Birthday: Apr 29, 1912

      Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA

      First appearing onscreen in the screwball comedy "The Young in Heart," actor Richard Carlson began his career with a promising start. Appearing alongside stars such as Lana Turner in the light comedies "These Glamour Girls" and "Dancing Co-Ed," and Bette Davis in the melodrama "The Little Foxes," Carlson made several films a year during the early 1940s. When World War II broke out, he was on the path to becoming a Hollywood leading man. After serving in the army, Carlson returned to acting but was unable to recapture his career's previous momentum. In the '50s, he made guest appearances on various television shows before finding his niche in horror and sci-fi. In 1953, he was cast as the lead, John Putnam, in the 3D classic "It Came from Outer Space," directed by Jack Arnold. The following year, he starred in Arnold's 3D sci-fi horror film "Creature from the Black Lagoon," an instant cult classic. During this time, Carlson also began a 100-plus episode run as the star of "I Led 3 Lives"; based on the true story of Herbert Philbrick, a young communist who spied both for the F.B.I. and the Communist Party, the series ran for three years and was nominated for two Emmys. Immediately following the end of the series, Carlson went on to star in "Mackenzie's Raiders," a western set on the Texan/Mexican border. This was his last major role, but Carlson continued to make guest appearances on TV and play small parts in films until 1975.

      Highest rated movies

      100% All I Desire
      100% The Little Foxes
      100% Hold That Ghost
      93% King Solomon's Mines
      86% The Ghost Breakers
      81% It Came From Outer Space 80% Creature From the Black Lagoon
      80% Back Street

      Photos

      A STRANGER IN TOWN, Jean Rogers, Richard Carlson, 1943 THE BLUE VEIL, from left: Jane Wyman, Richard Carlson, 1951 THE YOUNG IN HEART, Richard Carlson, Janet Gaynor, 1938 TOO MANY GIRLS, Eddie Bracken, Richard Carlson, 1940 THE MAGNETIC MONSTER, Richard Carlson, 1953 DANCING CO-ED, Lana Turner, Richard Carlson, 1939 THE LITTLE FOXES, Richard Carlson, Teresa Wright, 1941. THE LITTLE FOXES, Richard Carlson, Teresa Wright, 1941. IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, Brad Jackson, Barbara Rush, George Eldridge, Richard Carlson, Russell Johnson, Allen Dexter, Kathleen Hughes, 1953 IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, Brad Jackson, George Eldridge, Barbara Rush, Russell Johnson, Richard Carlson, Kathleen Hughes, Allen Dexter, 1953 THE GHOST BREAKERS, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, 1940 KING SOLOMON'S MINES, Richard Carlson, Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, 1950 ALL I DESIRE, Barbara Stanwyck, Rochard Carlson, 1953 TOO MANY GIRLS, from left: Richard Carlson, Eddie Bracken, 1940 A STRANGER IN TOWN, Richard Carlson, 1943 SO WELL REMEMBERED, from left: Richard Carlson, Patricia Roc, 1947 DANCING CO-ED, from left: Lana Turner, Richard Carlson, 1939 CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, from left: Richard Denning, Richard Carlson, Whit Bissell, Nestor Paiva, Antonio Moreno, 1954 ALL I DESIRE, from left: Richard Carlson, Barbara Stanwyck, 1953 YOUNG IDEAS, (clockwise from lower left), Herbert Marshall, Susan Peters, Richard Carlson, Mary Astor, 1943

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      73% 60% The Valley of Gwangi Champ (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 38% The Power Professor Norman E. Van Zandt (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 36% The Doomsday Flight Chief Pilot Bob Shea (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kid Rodelo Director - 1966
      No Score Yet 21% Tormented Tom Stewart (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saga of Hemp Brown Director - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unchained Goddess The Writer (Voice),
      Director
      - 1958
      No Score Yet 57% Appointment With a Shadow Director - 1958
      No Score Yet 33% The Helen Morgan Story Russell Wade (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three for Jamie Dawn Martin Random (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 41% The Last Command William B. Travis (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 12% Bengazi Insp. Levering (Character) - 1955
      80% 74% Creature From the Black Lagoon David Reed (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Guns to the Border Director - 1954
      No Score Yet 0% Riders to the Stars Dr. Jerome Lockwood (Character),
      Director
      - 1954
      No Score Yet 28% The Maze Gerald McTeam (Character) - 1954
      100% 75% All I Desire Henry Murdoch (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 40% Seminole Major Degan (Character) - 1953
      81% 55% It Came From Outer Space John Putnam (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 24% The Magnetic Monster Dr. jeffrey Stewart (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Retreat, Hell! Capt. Paul Hansen (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 43% Flat Top Lt. Joe Rodgers (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Whispering Smith vs. Scotland Yard Whispering Smith (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Whispering Smith Hits London Whispering Smith (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Millionaire for Christy Dr. Roland Cook (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Valentino Bill King (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 67% The Blue Veil Gerald Kean (Character) - 1951
      93% 59% King Solomon's Mines John Goode (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 79% Try and Get Me Gil Stanton (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 42% Behind Locked Doors Ross Stewart (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 38% The Amazing Mr. X Martin Abbott (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 86% So Well Remembered Charles Winslow (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Ideas Tom Farrell (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 67% A Stranger in Town Bill Adams (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 77% Presenting Lily Mars Owen Vail (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For God and Country Tom Manning (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affairs of Martha Jeff Sommerfield (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 33% The Man From Down Under Nipper Wilson (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 19% White Cargo Mr. Langford (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highways by Night Tommy Van Steel (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Heart Belongs to Daddy Prof. Richard Inglethorpe Culbertson Kay/R.I.C. Kay/Rick (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fly by Night Dr. Geoffrey Burton (Character) - 1942
      100% 87% The Little Foxes David Hewitt (Character) - 1941
      80% No Score Yet Back Street Curt Stanton (Character) - 1941
      100% 90% Hold That Ghost Doctor Jackson (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet West Point Widow Dr. Jimmy Krueger (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 49% Too Many Girls Clint Kelly (Character) - 1940
      86% 76% The Ghost Breakers Geoff Montgomery (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 49% Beyond Tomorrow James Houston (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No, No, Nanette Tom Gillespie (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 52% The Howards of Virginia Thomas Jefferson (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 50% Dancing Co-ed Michael "Pug" Braddock (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winter Carnival Professor John Welden (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 33% These Glamour Girls Joe (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 78% The Young in Heart Duncan Macrae (Character) - 1938

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Mr. Archibald (Guest Star) 1972-1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daktari Writer 1966-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Anthony Fry (Guest Star) 1964 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Sheriff Marden (Guest Star) 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Allan Pruitt (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character),
      Director
      1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Letter to Loretta Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Into Space Director 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lights Out Unknown (Character) 1951