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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
 1981 Delusion
Ivar Langrock
 1980 The Hearse
Walter Prichard
 1979 Guyana: Cult of the Damned
Richard Gable
 1979 Concorde Affaire '79
 1979 Screamers
Prof. Ernest Marvin
 1978 Indagine su un delitto perfetto
Sir Arthur Dundee
 1978 Caravans
 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
 1973 A Delicate Balance
 1972 Lo scopone scientifico
 1972 Baron Blood
Baron Otto von Kleist / Alfred Becker
 1972 Doomsday Voyage
Captain Jason
 1971 Journey to Murder
Jeff Wheeler (Do Me a Favor - Kill Me!)
 1970 The Grasshopper
Richard Morgan
 1969 Keene
 1969 Latitude Zero
Capt. Craig McKenzie / Cmdr. Glenn McKenzie
 1968 White Comanche
Sheriff Logan
 1968 Petulia
Mr. Danner
 1968 Gangsters '70
 1967 Some May Live
Col. Woodward
 1967 Jack of Diamonds
 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
 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
 1952 The Steel Trap
Jim Osborne
 1952 Untamed Frontier
Kirk Denbow
 1952 The Wild Heart
 1952 Othello
Senator (uncredited)
 1951 The Man with a Cloak
 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 Journey Into Fear
Howard Graham
 1941 Lydia
Michael Fitzpatrick
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(8/3/43) Stage: Appeared in (as "Jo Jo the Great") / co-produced "The Mercury Wonder Show", Hollywood, CA. Directed / co-produced by Orson Welles. NOTES: (1) This was a magic/variety revue staged to entertain troops on their way to the Pacific front, who were given free admission. (2) Show ran for a month in Hollywood, then ... See more »

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[on making Citizen Kane (1941) with Orson Welles] Orson must have been about 22 then and I still think he's one of the greatest directors in the world. I don't know why people regard him as a difficult man. He was the easiest, most inspiring man I've ever worked with. He was the only one who seemed to know what he was doing because we were all virgins on that picture. See more »


Before his celebrated appearance as Charles Foster Kane's best friend, Jed Leland, in Citizen Kane (1941), he appears as one of the reporters in the March of Time parody sequence early in the film. He is seated in the back of the projection room, in the last row at the far left, and is only clearly visible in one shot, but his voice along with that of Everett Sloane's (who plays Bernstein) can ... See more »


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