Russell Simpson

Russell Simpson

  • Born on
    • June 17th, 1880
  • Died on
    • December 12th, 1959
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Russell McCaskill Simpson (June 17, 1880, Danville, California – December 12, 1959, Woodland Hills, California) was an American character actor who appeared in over 500 movies. He is best known for his "grizzled old man" appearances. Gaunt, lanky, and rustic-sounding, Simpson was a familiar character actor for almost forty-five years, particularly as a member of the John Ford Stock Company. At age 18 Simpson prospected for gold in Alaska. He began taking acting classes in Seattle, Washington. In 1910 he married Gertrude Alter from New York City. By 1909, he had gone into the theatre. He appeared in at least two plays on Broadway between 1909 and 1912, and made his motion picture debut in Cecil B. DeMille's 1914 original film version of The Virginian in a bit part. By 1923, when the film was remade, Simpson had progressed to playing the lead villain. Throughout his career, Simpson worked for 12 years in road shows, stock companies, and on Broadway. He didn't usually perform lead roles, but he did star in many movies throughout the silent movie era. He performed a lead role as the grandfather in Out of the Dust (1920). Simpson is best known for his work in the films of John Ford and, in particular, for his portrayal of Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). His final film was The Horse Soldiers, his tenth film for Ford. Simpson worked up to 1959, the year of his death. He was the president of the Overseas Phonograph Accessories Corporation.

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Acting (39 Credits)

1959The Horse Soldiers as Henry Goodbody
1957The Tin Star as Clem Hall
1955The Last Command as The Parson
1955The Tall Men
1954Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as Fred Bixby
1953The Sun Shines Bright as Lewt Lake
1952Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair as Clem Johnson
1952Lone Star as Maynard Cole
1951Comin' Round the Mountain as Judge
1950Saddle Tramp as Pop
1950Wagon Master as Adam Perkins
1950The Outriders as Farmer (uncredited)
1948Albuquerque as Abner Huggins
1948Coroner Creek as Walt Hardison
1947The Romance of Rosy Ridge as Dan Yeary
1946My Darling Clementine as John Simpson
1945Along Came Jones as Pop de Longpre
1945They Were Expendable as 'Dad' Knowland
1942The Spoilers as Flapjack Sims
1942Tennessee Johnson as Kirby
1941Swamp Water as Marty McCord
1941Tobacco Road as Chief of Police
1940The Grapes of Wrath as Pa Joad
1940Three Faces West as Minister
1940Virginia City as Gaylord
1940Santa Fe Trail as Shubel Morgan
1940Brigham Young as U.S. Army Major
1939Drums Along the Mohawk as Dr. Petry
1939Dodge City as Orth
1939Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Kenneth Allen (uncredited)
1939Young Mr. Lincoln as Woolridge (uncredited)
1938Gold Is Where You Find It as MacKenzie
1937Green Light as Sheep Man
1936San Francisco as 'Red' Kelly
1933The Power and the Glory as Professor (uncredited)
1932The Cabin in the Cotton as Uncle Joe
1932Call Her Savage as Old Man in Wagon Train
1931Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) as Doctor
1930Abraham Lincoln as Lincoln's Employer


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