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Joseph Cotten (I) (1905–1994)


Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr. was born in Petersburg, Virginia, into a well-to-do Southern family. He was the eldest of three sons born to Sally Whitworth (Willson) and Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster. Jo (as he was known) and his brothers Whit and Sam spent their summers at their aunt and uncle's home at Virginia Beach. And ... See full bio »

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Known For

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane Jedediah Leland
(1941)
The Third Man
The Third Man Holly Martins
(1949)
Shadow of a Doubt
Shadow of a Doubt Uncle Charlie
(1943)
The Magnificent Ambersons
(1942)

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 1981 The Survivor
Priest
 1981 Delusion
Ivar Langrock
 1980 The Hearse
Walter Prichard
 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
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
Arthur Renfrew - Secretary of State
 1976 Un sussurro nel buio
The Professor
 1975 Timber Tramps
Greedy sawmill mogul
 1975 Syndicate Sadists
Paternò
 1973 A Delicate Balance
Harry
 1972 The Scopone Game
George
 1972 Baron Blood
Baron Otto von Kleist / Alfred Becker
 1972 Doomsday Voyage
Captain Jason
 1971 Journey to Murder
Jeff Wheeler (Do Me a Favor and Kill Me)
 1970 The Grasshopper
Richard Morgan
 1969 Keene
 1969 Latitude Zero
Capt. Craig McKenzie / Cmdr. Glenn McKenzie
 1968 Petulia
Mr. Danner
 1968 Gangsters '70
Destil
 1967 Some May Live
Col. Woodward
 1967 Jack of Diamonds
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 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
 1961 The Last Sunset
John Breckenridge
 1960 The Angel Wore Red
Hawthorne
 1958 Touch of Evil
Coroner (uncredited)
 1957 The Halliday Brand
Daniel Halliday
 1956 The Killer Is Loose
Detective Sam Wagner
 1956 The Bottom of the Bottle
Pat 'P.M.' Martin
 1955 Bedevilled
Flight Announcer at the airport (voice, uncredited)
 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 Peking Express
Michael Bachlin
 1951 Half Angel
John Raymond Jr.
 1950 Walk Softly, Stranger
Chris Hale aka Steve
 1950 September Affair
David Lawrence
 1946 Duel in the Sun
Jesse McCanles
 1945 Love Letters
Alan Quinton
 1944 I'll Be Seeing You
Zachary Morgan
 1944 Since You Went Away
Lt. Tony Willett
 1943 Hers to Hold
Bill Morley
 1941 Lydia
Michael Fitzpatrick
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Julius Caesar. Tragedy (revival). Written by William Shakespeare. Incidental music by Marc Blitzstein. Assistant Director: Hiram Sherman. Directed by Orson Welles. Mercury Theatre (moved to the National Theatre in March 1938- close): 11 Nov 1937- Mar 1938 (closing date unknown/157 performances). Cast: William Alland (as "... See more »

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Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

My wife told me one of the sweetest things one could hear: "I am not jealous. But I am truly sad for all the actresses who embrace you and kiss you while acting, for with them, you are only pretending." See more »

Trivia:

Cotten had suffered a debilitating stroke and heart attack in 1981, and fought for years to regain use of his baritone voice. Troubled intermittently by throat nodules, he had his larynx removed in 1990 because of cancer. See more »

Trademark:

Often worked with Orson Welles See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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