Login | Forgot Password? | Join the Community
John Carradine ACTOR


John Carradine was born Richmond Reed Carradine on February 5th, 1906 in New York City, New York, USA.  His father was a well known attorney and his mother was a surgeon.  However, he did not feel the interest to follow in his parents footsteps, but instead chose a more creative profession.  Beginning as an artist he worked his way traveling around the country doing portraits sketches in office buildings.

He decided in 1925 to take a shot at acting.  He began with a  stage career and made his debut in a production of, "Camille" (1925).   He then chose to join a traveling Shakespearean stock company and  made his way west.

Luckily, he was able to break in to the film industry with his first role on, "Tol'able David" (1930) where he is credited under the name, John Peter Richmond.  He followed this film with another role on, "Cleopatra" (1934) however his career was not excelling until he finally signed a contract with Fox Studios and took on the stage name, John Carradine. 

His first film with fox was, "Anything Goes" (1935) and his career really took off from here.  He was in a total of 220 films.  He mostly played the lead in "B" films and supporting roles in "A" pictures.  He had roles on the following, "House of Frankenstein" (1945) followed by, "House of Dracula" (1945), "Billy the Kid versus Dracula" (1966), and others, including "Nocturna" (1978).

Some of his more memorable supporting roles in "A" films include, "Of Human Hearts" (1938), "Hitler's Madman" (1943), "The Adventures of Mark Twain" (1944), "Bluebeard" (1944), and he portrayed, Aaron, the brother of Moses in "The Ten Commandments" (1956).

Carradine also appeared in ten John Ford productions, including, "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940).  He also did a large amount of stage work and appeared on Broadway.  Carradine did not limit his career to stage and film either, he also was involved in some television series such as, "My Friend Irma" (1953-1954), "Captain and Kings'" (1976) as well as some television movies including, "Daughter of Mine" (1969).

The majority of films following the 1970's that Carradine worked on were of low budget and were of dubious quality and low budget and quality, however, one of his last appearances before the camera was in a small role in "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986) and "The Tomb" (1986).

John Carradine passed away November 27th, 1988 at the age of 82 on a visit to Milan, Italy.  He was married a total of four times.  First to Ardanelle McCool from 1935 to 1944, then to Sonia Sorel from 1945 to 1955, followed by his third marriage to Doris Irving Rich from 1957 until she passed away in 1971.  His final wife was Emily Cisneros in 1975.  

1930   Bright Lights
1930   Tol'able David
1931   Heaven on Earth
1932   Forgotten Commandments
1932   The Sign of the Cross
1933   The Story of Temple Drake
1933   This Day and Age
1933   To the Last Man
1933   The Invisible Man
1934   The Meanest Gal in Town
1934   The Black Cat
1934   Cleopatra
1935   Clive of India
1935   Transient Lady
1935   Cardinal Richelieu
1935   Les Misérables
1935   Bride of Frankenstein
1935   Alias Mary Dow
1935   She Gets Her Man
1935   The Crusades
1935   Dublin in Brass
1935   Bad Boy
1935   The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
1936   Anything Goes
1936   The Prisoner of Shark Island
1936   A Message to Garcia
1936   Captain January
1936   Under Two Flags
1936   Half Angel
1936   White Fang
1936   Mary of Scotland
1936   Ramona
1936   Dimples
1936   The Garden of Allah
1936   Daniel Boone
1936   Winterset
1936   Laughing at Trouble
1937   Nancy Steele Is Missing!
1937   Captains Courageous
1937   Charlie Chan at the Olympics
1937   This Is My Affair
1937   Love Under Fire
1937   Danger - Love at Work
1937   Ali Baba Goes to Town
1937   The Hurricane
1937   The Last Gangster
1937   Thank You, Mr. Moto
1938   International Settlement
1938   Of Human Hearts
1938   Four Men and a Prayer
1938   Kentucky Moonshine
1938   Alexander's Ragtime Band
1938   Kidnapped
1938   I'll Give a Million
1938   Gateway
1938   Submarine Patrol
1939   Jesse James
1939   Mr. Moto's Last Warning
1939   Stagecoach
1939   The Three Musketeers
1939   The Hound of the Baskervilles
1939   Captain Fury
1939   Five Came Back
1939   Frontier Marshal
1939   Drums Along the Mohawk
1940   The Grapes of Wrath
1940   The Return of Frank James
1940   Brigham Young - Frontiersman
1940   Chad Hanna
1941   Western Union
1941   Blood and Sand
1941   Man Hunt
1941   Swamp Water
1942   Whispering Ghosts 
1942   Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
1942   Northwest Rangers
1942   Reunion in France 
1943   I Escaped from the Gestapo
1943   Captive Wild Woman
1943   Hitler's Madman
1943   Silver Spurs
1943   Isle of Forgotten Sins
1943   Revenge of the Zombies
1943   Gangway for Tomorrow
1944   Voodoo Man
1944   The Adventures of Mark Twain
1944   The Black Parachute
1944   The Invisible Man's Revenge
1944   Waterfront
1944   The Mummy's Ghost
1944   Return of the Ape Man 
1944   Barbary Coast Gent
1944   Bluebeard
1944   Alaska
1944   House of Frankenstein
1944   The Mummy's Ghost
1945   It's in the Bag!
1945   Fallen Angel
1945   Captain Kidd
1945   House of Dracula
1946   The Face of Marble
1946   Down Missouri Way
1947   The Private Affairs of Bel Ami
1949   C-Man
1954   Female Jungle
1954   Casanova's Big Night
1954   Johnny Guitar
1954   The Egyptian
1954   Thunder Pass
1955   Stranger on Horseback
1955   The Kentuckian
1955   Desert Sands
1956   Dark Venture
1956   The Court Jester
1956   Hidden Guns
1956  The Black Sleep
1956   The Ten Commandments
1956   Around the World in Eighty Days 
1957   The Incredible Petrified World
1957   Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman
1957   The True Story of Jesse James
1957   The Unearthly
1957   The Story of Mankind
1957   Hell Ship Mutiny
1958   Showdown at Boot Hill
1958   The Proud Rebel
1958   The Last Hurrah
1959   The Cosmic Man
1959   Invisible Invaders
1959   Invasion of the Animal People
1959   The Oregon Trail
1960   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1960   Tarzan the Magnificent
1960   Sex Kittens Go to College
1962   The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1964   Genesis
1964   Curse of the Stone Hand
1964   The Patsy
1964   Cheyenne Autumn
1965   The Wizard of Mars
1965   House of the Black Death
1965   Broken Sabre
1966   The Emperor's New Clothes
1966   Billy the Kid vs. Dracula
1966   Munster, Go Home!
1966   Night Train to Mundo Fine
1967   Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors
1967   Hillbillys in a Haunted House
1967   The Hostage
1967   La Señora Muerte
1968   Antologia del miedo
1968   Autopsia de un fantasma
1968   Enigma de muerte 
1968   Pacto diabólico
1968   They Ran for Their Lives
1968   Las Vampiras
1969   The Mummy and the Curse of the Jackals
1969   The Astro-Zombies
1969   The Trouble with Girls
1969   Blood of Dracula's Castle
1969   The Good Guys and the Bad Guys
1970   Blood of the Iron Maiden
1970   Horror of the Blood Monsters
1970   Five Bloody Graves
1970   Myra Breckinridge
1970   The McMasters
1970   Bigfoot
1971   Honey Britches
1971   Cain's Cutthroats
1971   Blood Legacy
1971   Beast of the Yellow Night
1971   Shinbone Alley
1971   The Seven Minutes
1972   Shadow House
1972   Blood of Ghastly Horror
1972   Boxcar Bertha
1972   Portnoy's Complaint
1972   Richard
1972   Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)
1973   Terror in the Wax Museum
1973   The Gatling Gun
1973   Bad Charleston Charlie
1973   Superchick
1973   Hex 
1973   Moonchild
1974   The House of Seven Corpses
1974   Silent Night, Bloody Night
1975   Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary
1976   Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
1976   The Shootist
1976   The Killer Inside Me
1976   The Last Tycoon
1977   The Lady and the Lynchings
1977   Crash!
1977   The Sentinel
1977   The White Buffalo
1977   Satan's Cheerleaders
1977   Shock Waves
1977   The Mouse and His Child
1977   Golden Rendezvous
1978   Doctor Dracula
1978   Sunset Cove
1978   Vampire Hookers 
1978   The Bees
1979   Monster
1979   Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula
1979   Americathon
1980   The Monster Club
1980   The Boogeyman
1981   Frankenstein Island
1981   The Howling
1981   Goliath Awaits
1981   Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident
1981   The Nesting
1982   The Vals
1982   The Scarecrow
1982   Rose for Emily
1982   Satan's Mistress
1982   The Secret of NIMH
1983   House of the Long Shadows
1984   Prison Ship
1984   The Ice Pirates
1985   Evils of the Night
1986   Revenge 
1986   Peggy Sue Got Married
1986   The Tomb
1987   Evil Spawn
1987   Monster in the Closet
1990   Buried Alive
1995   Jack-O
1995   Bikini Drive-In

Matinee Classics - Reunion in France starring John Wayne, Joan Crawford, Philip Dorn, Reginald Owen, Albert Bassermann, John Carradine, Ann Ayars, Edward Bromberg, Moroni Olsen, Henry Daniell and Howard Da Silva
Matinee Classics - Stagecoach starring John Wayne as Ringo, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, George Bancroft, Donald Meek, Berton Churchill, Tim Holt and Tom Tyler
Matinee Classics - Silver Spurs starring Roy Rogers, Smiley Burnette, John Carradine, Phyllis Brooks, Jerome Cowan, Joyce Compton, Dick Wessel, Hal Taliaferro, Forrest Taylor, Charles Wilson, Byron Foulger, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers and Trigger
Matinee Classics - Alexander's Ragtime Band starring Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Ethel Merman, Jack Haley, Jean Hersholt. Helen Westley, John Carradine, Paul Hurst, Wally Vernon, Ruth Terry, Douglas Fowley, Chick Chandler and Eddie Collins
Matinee Classics - Around the World in 80 Days starring David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Newton
Matinee Classics - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Edmond OBrien, Lee Marvin, Andy Devine, Ken Murray, John Carradine, Jeanette Nolan, John Qualen, Willis Bouchey, Carelton Young, Woody Strode, Denver Pyle, Strother Martin, Lee Van Cleef, Robert F. Simon, O.Z. Whitehead, Paul Birch and Joseph Hoover
Matinee Classics - The Shootist starring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Bill McKinney, Richard Boone, John Carradine, Scatman Crothers, Harry Morgan, Hugh OBrian and Sheree North
Matinee Classics - Bluebeard starring John Carradine, Jean Parker and Nils Asther
Matinee Classics - Captains Courageous starring Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin  and Mickey Rooney
Matinee Classics - The White Buffalo starring Charles Bronson, Will Sampson, Jack Warden, Slim Pickens, Kim Novak, Clint Walker, Stuart Whitman and John Carradine

Copyright © 2014 Matinee Classics LLC - All Rights Reserved. Developed by: VividConcept.com