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Joseph Cotten (I) (1905–1994)


Before Joseph Cotten became a movie actor, he worked in advertising, as a theatre critic and began acting on stage. He got his chance at the movies due his friendship with Orson Welles, which began with their time at the Federal Theatre in 1936 and lasted until Welles' death. He is probably best remembered from roles of Jed Leland in Citizen Kane ... See full bio »

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 1981 The Survivor
Priest
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Col. van Ryker
- The Duel/Two for Julie/Aunt Hilly (1981) ... Col. van Ryker
 1981 Delusion
Ivar Langrock
 1980 Casino (TV Movie)
Ed Booker
 1980 The Hearse
Walter Prichard
 1979-1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Lionel / Edward
- Depart in Peace (1980) ... Lionel
- Edward the Conqueror (1979) ... Edward
 1978-1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Thomas Cummings / Simon Grant
- The Wedding (1979) ... Thomas Cummings
- Return to Fantasy Island (1978) ... Simon Grant
 1979 Guyana: Cult of the Damned
Richard Gable
 1979 Concorde Affaire '79
Milland
 1979 Screamers
Prof. Ernest Marvin
 1978 Indagine su un delitto perfetto
Sir Arthur Dundee
 1978 Caravans
Crandall
 1978 Last In, First Out
Foster Johnson
 1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Weldon Rathbone
- Arson and Old Lace (1978) ... Weldon Rathbone
 1977 Aspen (TV Mini-Series)
Horton Paine
- Aspen: Chapter II ... Horton Paine
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
Arthur Renfrew - Secretary of State
 1976 Origins of the Mafia (TV Mini-Series)
The Envoy
- Gli antenati (1976) ... The Envoy
 1976 Un sussurro nel buio
The Professor
 1976 Freedom Is (TV Movie) (voice)
 1975 Timber Tramps
Greedy sawmill mogul
 1975 Syndicate Sadists
Paternò
 1974 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Warner Jameson
- This Case Is Closed (1974) ... Warner Jameson
 1973 A Delicate Balance
Harry
 1973 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
John R. James
- A Collection of Eagles (1973) ... John R. James
 1973 The Devil's Daughter (TV Movie)
Judge Weatherby
 1972 Lo scopone scientifico
George
 1972 Baron Blood
Baron Otto von Kleist / Alfred Becker
 1972 Doomsday Voyage
Captain Jason
 1972 The Screaming Woman (TV Movie)
George Tresvant
 1971 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Narrator
- Trail of Tears (1971) ... Narrator
 1971 Journey to Murder
Jeff Wheeler (Do Me a Favor - Kill Me!)
 1971 City Beneath the Sea (TV Movie)
Dr. Ziegler
 1971 Do You Take This Stranger? (TV Movie)
Dr. Robert Carson
 1971 Assault on the Wayne (TV Movie)
Admiral
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Judge Hobbs / Judge Will McMasters
- Gun Quest (1970) ... Judge Hobbs
- A Time of Terror (1970) ... Judge Will McMasters
 1970 The Grasshopper
Richard Morgan
 1968-1970 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Mr. Jack / Col. Heinrich
- Beyond a Treasonable Doubt (1970) ... Mr. Jack
- To Sing a Song of Murder (1970) ... Mr. Jack
- To Lure a Man (1969) ... Mr. Jack
- Hans Across the Border: Part 2 (1968) ... Col. Heinrich
- Hans Across the Border: Part 1 (1968) ... Col. Heinrich
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Henry 'Harry' Worthington Rayner
- The King of Denmark (1970) ... Henry 'Harry' Worthington Rayner
 1970 Cutter's Trail (TV Movie)
Gen. Spalding
 1969 Keene
 1969 The Lonely Profession (TV Movie)
Martin Bannister
 1969 Latitude Zero
Capt. Craig McKenzie / Cmdr. Glenn McKenzie
 1968 White Comanche
Sheriff Logan
 1968 Journey to the Unknown (TV Series)
Jeff Wheeler
- Do Me a Favor and Kill Me (1968) ... Jeff Wheeler
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Dr. Benjamin Stern
- Split Second to an Epitaph: Part 2 (1968) ... Dr. Benjamin Stern
- Split Second to an Epitaph: Part 1 (1968) ... Dr. Benjamin Stern
 1968 Petulia
Mr. Danner
 1968 Gangster '70
Destil
 1968 Alexander the Great (TV Movie)
Antigonus
 1968 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
General Antigonus
- Alexander the Great (1968) ... General Antigonus
 1967 Some May Live
Col. Woodward
 1967 Jack of Diamonds
As
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Nathan Tio
- The Search (1967) ... Nathan Tio
 1967 Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Jim Owen
 1967 Hellbenders
Col. Jonas
 1965 The Tramplers
Temple Cordeen
 1965 The Money Trap
Dr. Horace Van Tilden
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Arnold Buhler
- By His Own Verdict (1963) ... Arnold Buhler
 1963 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Captain Meehan / Capt. Meehan
- The Massacre at Wounded Knee (1963) ... Captain Meehan
- The Death of Sitting Bull (1963) ... Capt. Meehan
 1961-1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
John Augustus / Captain Dan Brady
- The John Augustus Story (1962) ... John Augustus
- The Captain Dan Brady Story (1961) ... Captain Dan Brady
 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
Preston Cooper
- The Man on the Rim (1962) ... Preston Cooper
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Charles Ladovan
- The Administrator (1962) ... Charles Ladovan
 1961 Theatre '62 (TV Series)
- Notorious (1961)
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Professor Wheelwright
- Cherie (1961) ... Professor Wheelwright
 1961 The Last Sunset
John Breckenridge
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Mac McClay
- The Hitch-Hiker (1961) ... Mac McClay
 1960 Checkmate (TV Series)
Dr. George Mallinson
- Face in the Window (1960) ... Dr. George Mallinson
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Charles Lawrence / Dick Burlingame
- Dark Fear (1960) ... Charles Lawrence
- The Blue Goose (1960) ... Dick Burlingame
 1960 The Angel Wore Red
Hawthorne
 1955-1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Courtney Masterson / Tony Gould / William Callew
- Dead Weight (1959) ... Courtney Masterson
- Together (1958) ... Tony Gould
- Breakdown (1955) ... William Callew
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Black McSween
- The Day the Town Stood Up (1959) ... Black McSween
 1956-1959 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Reed / Reed Murrow / Clint Anderson / ...
- High Green Wall (1959)
- The Secret of Polanta (1957) ... Reed Murrow
- A Case of Sudden Death (1957) ... Clint Anderson
- The Case of the Absent Man (1957) ... Ray Barnes
 1958 Touch of Evil
Coroner (uncredited)
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Gregg Carey
- The Eye of Truth (1958) ... Gregg Carey
 1958 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Ben Harper
- Man Unforgiving (1958) ... Ben Harper
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Neighbors (1957)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Robert Rainey
- The Edge of Innocence (1957) ... Robert Rainey
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
 1957 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Bruce Malone
- Contact (1957) ... Bruce Malone
 1957 The Halliday Brand
Daniel Halliday
 1954-1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Private Harris / Captain / Hanly
- The Enemies (1956) ... Private Harris
- H.M.S. Marlborough Will Enter Port (1956) ... Captain
- The High Green Wall (1954) ... Hanly
 1955-1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
Narrator / Alexander Holmes
- The Man in the Black Robe (1956) ... Narrator
- The U.S. vs Alexander Holmes (1955) ... Alexander Holmes
- On Trial (1955)
 1956 The Killer Is Loose
Detective Sam Wagner
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
John Ashburn
- Man Without a Fear (1956) ... John Ashburn
 1956 The Bottom of the Bottle
Pat 'P.M.' Martin
 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Marshal Fenton Lockhart
- Showdown at San Pablo (1955) ... Marshal Fenton Lockhart
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Dan McCorn
- Broadway (1955) ... Dan McCorn
 1955 Bedevilled
Flight Announcer at the airport (voice, uncredited)
 1954 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Grant Matthews
- State of the Union (1954) ... Grant Matthews
 1953 Egypt by Three
Narrator
 1952 The Steel Trap
Jim Osborne
 1952 Untamed Frontier
Kirk Denbow
 1952 The Wild Heart
Narrator
 1952 Othello
Senator (uncredited)
 1951 The Man with a Cloak
Dupin
 1951 Peking Express
Michael Bachlin
 1951 Half Angel
John Raymond Jr.
 1950 Walk Softly, Stranger
Chris Hale aka Steve
 1950 Two Flags West
Col. Clay Tucker
 1950 September Affair
David Lawrence
 1949 Beyond the Forest
Doctor Louis Moline
 1948 Portrait of Jennie
Eben Adams
 1946 Duel in the Sun
Jesse McCanles
 1945 Love Letters
Allen Quinton
 1944 I'll Be Seeing You
Zachary Morgan
 1944 Since You Went Away
Lt. Tony Willett
 1943 Hers to Hold
Bill Morley
 1943 Shadow of a Doubt
Uncle Charlie
 1943 Journey Into Fear
Howard Graham
 1941 Lydia
Michael Fitzpatrick
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(1/26/62) Guested on the daytime television program "1 O'Clock Club". Also appearing were singers Buzz Clifford and Wynona Carr. See more »

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Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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[on Bette Davis] I loved working with her. See more »

Trivia:

Was cast as C.K. Dexter Haven in the original 1939 Broadway production of Philip Barry's play Philadelphia StoryZ with Katharine Hepburn. When Hepburn, who owned the rights, sold the story to MGM, Cary Grant was cast in the part. See more »

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Often worked with Orson Welles See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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