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Melvyn Douglas (1901–1981)

Two-time Oscar-winner Melvyn Douglas was one of America's finest actors. In addition to his two Oscars, he also won a Tony Award and an Emmy. Douglas would enjoy cinema immortality if for no other reason than his being the man who made Greta Garbo laugh in Ernst Lubitsch's classic comedy Ninotchka (1939), but he was much, much more. He was born ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Being There
Being There Benjamin Rand
Hud Homer Bannon
Ninotchka Count Leon d'Algout
The Changeling
The Changeling Senator Carmichael


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 1981 Ghost Story
John Jaffrey
 1981 The Hot Touch
Max Reich
 1980 Tell Me a Riddle
 1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan
Senator Birney
 1977 Intimate Strangers (TV Movie)
Donald's Father
 1977 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Grandpa Doc
- Portrait of Grandpa Doc (1977) ... Grandpa Doc
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
Zachariah Guthrie
 1976 The Tenant
Monsieur Zy
 1974 Murder or Mercy (TV Movie)
Dr. Paul Harelson - accused of his terminally-ill wife mercy killing
 1974 The Death Squad (TV Movie)
Police Captain Earl Kreski
 1973 The Going Up of David Lev (TV Movie)
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
- House of Evil (1972) ... Grandpa
 1972 The Candidate
John J. McKay
 1972 Two Is a Happy Number
Joseph Provo
 1971 Death Takes a Holiday (TV Movie)
Judge Earl Chapman
 1971 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- Trail of Tears (1971)
 1970 Hunters Are for Killing (TV Movie)
Keller Floran
 1969 The Choice (TV Movie)
 1968 Companions in Nightmare (TV Movie)
Dr. Lawrence Strelson - a psychiatrist
 1967 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Peter Schermann
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (1967) ... Peter Schermann
 1967 The Crucible (TV Movie)
Governor Danforth
 1967 Hotel
Warren Trent
 1966 Lamp at Midnight (TV Movie)
Galileo Galilei
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Dr. Mark Ryder
- The 2130 (1966) ... Dr. Mark Ryder
 1965 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
Henry Drummond
 1965 Once Upon a Tractor (Short)
 1965 Rapture
Frederick Larbaud
 1964 Advance to the Rear
Col. Claude Brackenbury
 1964 A Very Close Family (TV Movie)
 1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Pat Konke
- A Killing at Sundial (1963) ... Pat Konke
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
 1963 Hud
Homer Bannon
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Burton Strang
- Rage Against the Dying Light (1963) ... Burton Strang
 1959 Frontier Justice (TV Series)
- Black Is for Grief (1959) ... Host
- A Time to Live (1959) ... Host
- Shadow of a Dead Man (1959) ... Host
- No Man Living (1959) ... Host
- Fugitive (1959) ... Host
 1957-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Gen. Parker / Ansel Gibbs / Stalin / ...
- Judgment at Nuremberg (1959) ... Gen. Parker
- The Return of Ansel Gibbs (1958) ... Ansel Gibbs
- The Greer Case (1957) ... Howard Hoagland
 1957-1958 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Dr. Victor Payson / Census Taker / Narrator
- Second Chance (1958) ... Dr. Victor Payson
- The Hill Wife (1957) ... Census Taker / Narrator
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Professor Barris
- Love Came Late (1957) ... Professor Barris
 1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Ira Sterling
- The Legacy (1957) ... Ira Sterling
 1955-1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Jim Conway / Charles Turner
- Man on a Tiger (1956) ... Jim Conway
- Thunder in Washington (1955) ... Charles Turner
 1955 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Chess Game (1955)
 1955 Windows (TV Series)
- Arcade (1955)
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
George Manners
- Letters Marked Personal (1955) ... George Manners
 1952 Steve Randall (TV Series)
Steve Randall
- The Witness (1952) ... Steve Randall
- The Trial (1952) ... Steve Randall
- The Unlucky Three (1952) ... Steve Randall
- Walk a Lonely Street (1952) ... Steve Randall
- Anniversary Gift (1952) ... Steve Randall
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
 1952 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Stefan Brand
- Letter from an Unknown Woman (1952) ... Stefan Brand
 1952 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
- Open Storage (1952)
 1951 On the Loose
Frank Bradley
 1951 My Forbidden Past
Paul Beaurevel
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Martin Luther Cooper / Eugene Morgan
- Mrs. January and Mr. Ex (1950) ... Martin Luther Cooper
 1950 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
James Strickland
- To Thine Own Self (1950) ... James Strickland
 1949 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Richard Gordon
- The Five Lives of Richard Gordon (1949) ... Richard Gordon
 1949 The Great Sinner
Armand de Glasse
 1949 Your Big Moment (TV Series)
 1948 My Own True Love
Clive Heath
 1943 Three Hearts for Julia
Jeff Seabrook
 1942 They All Kissed the Bride
Michael 'Mike' Holmes
 1942 We Were Dancing
Nicholas Eugen August Wolfgang 'Nikki' Prax, aka Mr. Manescu
 1941 That Uncertain Feeling
Larry Baker
 1940 Third Finger, Left Hand
Jeff Thompson
 1940 He Stayed for Breakfast
Paul Boliet
 1938 The Shining Hour
Henry Linden
 1938 That Certain Age
Vincent Bullitt
 1938 The Toy Wife
George Sartoris
 1937 I'll Take Romance
James Guthrie
 1937 Angel
Anthony 'Tony' Halton
 1937 I Met Him in Paris
George Potter
 1937 Women of Glamour
Richard 'Dick' Stark
 1936 Theodora Goes Wild
Michael Grant
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
John Randolph
 1935 Annie Oakley
Jeff Hogarth
 1935 Mary Burns, Fugitive
Barton Powell
 1935 She Married Her Boss
Richard Barclay
 1935 The People's Enemy
George R. 'Traps' Stuart
 1934 Woman in the Dark
Tony Robson
 1933 Nagana
Dr. Walter Tradnor
 1932 The Broken Wing
Philip 'Phil' Marvin
 1932 The Wiser Sex
David Rolfe
 1932 Prestige
Capt. Andre Verlaine
 1931 Tonight or Never
Jim Fletcher
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Stage Play: Two Blind Mice. Comedy. Written by Sam Spewack. Directed by Sam Spewack. Cort Theatre: 2 Mar 1949- 16 Jul 1949 (157 performances). Cast: Alonzo Bozan [credited as Alonzo Bosan] (as "Simon"), Raymond Bramley (as "Major John Groh"), Walter Brooke, Melvyn Douglas (as "Tommy Thurston"), Howard Fischer, Jane Hoffman, Richard ... See more »

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6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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According to the March 31, 1941, issue of Time magazine, Douglas and Edward G. Robinson, who were both Democratic activists, bid $3,200 for the fedora hat that 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt' had worn during his three successful campaigns for the presidency. They acquired the hat at a special Hollywood auction to benefit the Motion Picture Relief Fund. Douglas was active in liberal and progressive ... See more »


He often played smooth characters with a strong sense of humor

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