Stanley Ridges

Stanley Ridges

  • Born on
    • July 17th, 1890
  • Died on
    • April 22nd, 1951
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Stanley Ridges (17 July 1890 – 22 April 1951) was a British-born actor who made his mark in films by playing a wide assortment of character parts. Born 17 July 1890 in Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK, Stanley Ridges became a protégé of Beatrice Lillie, a star of musical stage comedies, and spent many years learning and honing his craft on the stage. Eventually making his way to America, Ridges began as a song-and-dance man on Broadway, but later turned to dramatic roles onstage, appearing in such plays as Maxwell Anderson's Mary of Scotland (as Lord Morton) and Valley Forge (as Lieutenant Colonel Lucifer Tench), becoming a romantic leading man. Ridges' silent film debut was in Success (1923). With his excellent diction and rich speaking voice, he easily made the transition into sound films, with his career taking off at age 43, in Crime Without Passion (1934), with Claude Rains. Ridges found himself cast in character roles, as his greying hair put his romantic leading man days at an end. His most best known roles were probably two different characters in one film, one of them the kindly Professor Kingsley and the other the murderous Red Cannon in the thriller Black Friday (1940). The Jekyll and Hyde transformations gave Ridges a chance to display his acting ability. Ridges was often cast in supporting roles in many classic films, and played the lead only once, in the B-picture False Faces (1943). Among Ridges's other film roles were as the Scotland Yard inspector who is shadowing Charles Laughton in the film The Suspect (1944), as Major Buxton (Gary Cooper's commanding officer) in Sergeant York (1942), as Professor Siletsky in To Be or Not to Be (also 1942), and as Cary Travers Grayson, the official White House physician in Wilson (1944). By 1950, he had just begun appearing in television anthologies such as Studio One and Philco Television Playhouse. His last feature film, the Ginger Rogers comedy The Groom Wore Spurs, in which he played a mobster, was released a month before he died. Stanley Ridges died 22 April 1951, in Westbrook, Connecticut, aged 60.


Acting (29 Credits)

1950No Way Out as Dr. Sam Moreland
1949The File on Thelma Jordon as Kingsley Willis
1949Streets of Laredo as Major Bailey
1949Task Force as Sen. Bentley
1948An Act of Murder as Doctor Walter Morrison
1947Possessed as Dr. Willard
1946Canyon Passage as Jonas Overmire
1945God Is My Co-Pilot as Col. Merian 'Steve' Cooper
1944The Suspect as Inspector Huxley
1944The Story of Dr. Wassell as Cmdr. William B. 'Bill' Goggins
1944Wilson as Dr. Cary Grayson
1943Tarzan Triumphs as Colonel Von Reichart
1943This Is the Army as John Davidson
1943Air Force as Maj. Mallory - Clark Field
1942The Lady Is Willing as Kenneth Hanline
1942The Big Shot as Martin T. Fleming, Attorney
1942To Be or Not to Be as Professor Alexander Siletsky
1942Eyes in the Night as Hansen
1941Sergeant York as Major Buxton
1941They Died with Their Boots on as Maj. Romulus Taipe
1941The Sea Wolf as Johnson
1940Black Friday as Prof. George Kingsley / Red Cannon
1939Let Us Live as District Attorney
1939Each Dawn I Die as Mueller
1939Dust Be My Destiny as Charles 'Charlie' Garreth
1939Union Pacific as Gen. Casement
1938The Mad Miss Manton as Edward Norris
1938If I Were King as Rene de Montigny
1937Internes Can't Take Money as Dan Innes

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