Tom London

Tom London

  • Born on
    • August 24th, 1889
  • Died on
    • December 5th, 1963
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tom London (August 24, 1889 – December 5, 1963) was an American veteran actor who played frequently in B-Westerns. According to The Guinness Book of Movie Records, London is credited with appearing in the most films in the history of Hollywood, this according to the 2001 book Film Facts, where it states that the performer who played in the most films was "Tom London, who made his first of over 2000 appearances in The Great Train Robbery, 1903. Born Leonard Clapham in Louisville, Kentucky, he got his start in movies as a props man in Chicago, Illinois. His debut was in 1915 in the Western Lone Larry, performing under his own name. In 1925, after having appeared in many silent films, he changed his name to Tom London, and used that name for the rest of his career. The first film in which he was billed under his new name was Winds of Chance, a World War I film, in which he played "Sgt. Rock". London was a trick rider and roper, and used his trick skills in scores of Westerns. In the silent film era he often played villainous roles, while in later years he often appeared as the sidekick to Western stars like Sunset Carson in several films. One of the busiest character actors, he appeared in over 600 films. London made many guest appearances in television shows through the 1950s, such as The Range Rider, with Jock Mahoney and Dick Jones. He also played Sam, the attendant of Helen Ramirez (Katy Jurado) in High Noon. His last movie was Underworld U.S.A. in 1961, and his final roles on TV were in Lawman and The Dakotas. London died at his home in North Hollywood at age 81 and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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Acting (42 Credits)

1956Friendly Persuasion as Farmer on Front Line with Gard (uncredited)
1952Blue Canadian Rockies as Pop Phillips
1952High Noon as Sam (uncredited)
1951The Secret of Convict Lake as Jerry
1949Riders in the Sky as Old Man Robert
1946Roll on Texas Moon as Sheriff Bert Morris
1945Flame of Barbary Coast as Thompson, Townsman in Mob
1944Captain America as Mack
1944The Fighting Seabees as Johnson (uncredited)
1943Silver Spurs as Henchman
1943Captive Wild Woman as Ship's Captain (archive footage)
1943Song of Texas as Race Official
1943Batman as Andrews
1943Idaho as Henchman
1942Down Texas Way as Bartender Pete
1942American Empire as Rider with Crowder's Posse (uncredited)
1942The Ox-Bow Incident as Deputy (uncredited)
1941Across the Sierras as Man on Wagon
1941Billy the Kid as Leader (uncredited)
1941Western Union as Slade Henchman #3
1940Shooting High as Eph Carson
1940The Ranger and the Lady as Independent Freight Wagon Driver
1940Gaucho Serenade as Sheriff Tom Olson
1940Northwest Passage as Ranger
1940When the Daltons Rode as Lyncher
1940Brigham Young as Raider
1940Dark Command as Messenger
1940Boom Town as Sheriff Harris (uncredited)
1939Allegheny Uprising as Settler at McDowell's Mill
1939Made for Each Other as Ranger
1939Jesse James as Soldier (uncredited)
1939Let Us Live as Police Sergeant (uncredited)
1936Guns and Guitars as Henchman Connor
1934Baby, Take a Bow as Man on Train (Uncredited)
1933Lady for a Day as Reception Guest (uncredited)
1932The Thirteenth Guest as Detective Carter (Uncredited)
1931The Secret 6 as Blackjacking Gangster (uncredited)
1930All Quiet on the Western Front as 1st Medic Orderly (uncredited)
1929Hell's Heroes as Croupier
1928In Old Arizona as Man in Saloon (uncredited)
1923Our Hospitality as James Canfield (uncredited)
1903The Great Train Robbery as Locomotive Engineer (uncredited)

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