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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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 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 The Scopone Game
 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
 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 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
Allen 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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Stage Play: The Good Fairy. Comedy (revival). Written by Ferenc Molnár. English text by Jane Hinton. Scenic Design by Joseph Urban. Directed by Lionel Bevans. Forrest Theatre: 17 Nov 1932- Jan 1933 (cloosing date unknown/68 performances). Cast: Ada-May (as "Lu"), Thomas Braidon [credited as Thomas A. Braidon] (as "Dr. Metz"), Salo Douday, ... See more »

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