Jack Carson

Jack Carson

  • Born on
    • October 27th, 1910
  • Died on
    • January 2nd, 1963
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.

Starring Jack Carson on Plex


Acting (39 Credits)

1958Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! as Capt. Hoxie
1958Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Gooper
1957The Tarnished Angels as Jiggs
1954A Star Is Born as Matt Libby
1954Phffft as Charlie Nelson
1953Dangerous When Wet as Windy Weebe
1950Bright Leaf as Chris Malley
1949My Dream Is Yours as Doug Blake
1949It's a Great Feeling as Jack Carson
1948Romance on the High Seas as Peter Virgil
1946Two Guys from Milwaukee as Buzz Williams
1945Roughly Speaking as Harold C. Pierson
1945Mildred Pierce as Wally Fay
1944The Doughgirls as Arthur Halstead
1943Arsenic and Old Lace as Officer Patrick O'Hara
1943Princess O'Rourke as Dave Campbell
1943The Hard Way as Albert Runkel
1942Gentleman Jim as Walter Lawrie
1942Larceny, Inc as Jeff Randolph
1942The Male Animal as Joe Ferguson
1941Love Crazy as Ward Willoughby
1941Mr. & Mrs. Smith as Chuck
1941Blues in the Night as Leo Powell
1941The Bride Came C.O.D. as Allen Brice
1941The Strawberry Blonde as Hugo Barnstead
1940Lucky Partners as Frederick Harper
1940I Take This Woman as Joe
1940Shooting High as Gabby Cross
1939Destry Rides Again as Jack Tyndall
1939Fifth Avenue Girl as Minnesota (uncredited)
1939Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Sweeney Farrell (uncredited)
1938Carefree as Connors
1938The Saint in New York as Red Jenks
1938Having Wonderful Time as Emil Beatty
1938Vivacious Lady as Charlie
1938Bringing Up Baby as Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
1937Stand-In as Tom Potts
1937You Only Live Once as Attendant in First Gas Station
1937Stage Door as Mr. Milbanks

Himself (2 Credits)

1944Hollywood Canteen as Self
1943Thank Your Lucky Stars as Himself


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