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Jerome Cowan (1897–1972)

Jerome Cowan was one of Hollywood's most prolific and instantly recognisable character actors. His trademark pencil-thin moustache and slicked back hair, immaculate suits and sophisticated manner were his stock-in-trade for impersonating an assortment of rejected husbands, shifty politicians, lawyers and shady detectives. He also excelled at ... See full bio »

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 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Waldo Hennessy
- The Root of It All (1971) ... Waldo Hennessy
 1971 Julia (TV Series)
Admiral Healey
- Corey's High-Q (1971) ... Admiral Healey
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Mr. Gary
- Lucy the Crusader (1970) ... Mr. Gary
 1970 Green Acres (TV Series)
Wilson
- The Beeping Rock (1970) ... Wilson
 1970 The Debbie Reynolds Show (TV Series)
Lowenfeld
 1970 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Justice William Forrester
- Hot Dogs (1970) ... Justice William Forrester
 1969 The Comic
Lawrence
 1968 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series)
Walter Hedges
- Herb's Little Helper (1968) ... Walter Hedges
 1967 The Gnome-Mobile
Dr. Ramsey
 1966 Penelope
Bank Manager
 1966 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Jeremiah Loomis
- Goliath (1966) ... Jeremiah Loomis
 1966 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Brainsley Gordon
- The Hoofer (1966) ... Brainsley Gordon
 1966 The Munsters (TV Series)
Ted Thatcher
- Herman's Lawsuit (1966) ... Ted Thatcher
 1966 Frankie and Johnny
Joe Wilbur (uncredited)
 1966 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Dan Curtis
- A Star Is Born (1966) ... Dan Curtis
 1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Dr. Metcalf
- Lucy and Art Linkletter (1966) ... Dr. Metcalf
 1965 O.K. Crackerby! (TV Series)
Huntington Hawthorne II
- Woodman, Spare That Family Tree (1965) ... Huntington Hawthorne II
 1965 Tammy (TV Series)
Mr. Weems
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Sam Beeker
- The Rise and Fall of Eddie Carew (1965) ... Sam Beeker
 1964-1965 The Tycoon (TV Series)
Wilson / Herbert Wilson
- Mr. Wilson in Retirement Land (1965) ... Wilson
- Horatio Alger Again (1964) ... Herbert Wilson
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Brinkley (U.S. Ambassador to Fawzia)
 1964 Many Happy Returns (TV Series)
J.L. Fox
 1964 The Patsy
Business Executive (uncredited)
 1964 Bonanza (TV Series)
Mr. Thornbridge
- The Saga of Muley Jones (1964) ... Mr. Thornbridge
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
H. B. Grubbs
- Law and Order Day (1964) ... H. B. Grubbs
 1963 My Favorite Martian (TV Series)
Dr. Jackson
- The Atom Misers (1963) ... Dr. Jackson
 1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Bryant
- The House Next Door (1963) ... Mr. Bryant
 1963 Grindl (TV Series)
James A. Hackaberry
- Grindl, She-Wolf of Wall Street (1963) ... James A. Hackaberry
 1959-1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Stan Regal / Oliver Fenwick
- Never to Have Loved (1963) ... Stan Regal
- The Grandma Caper (1959) ... Oliver Fenwick
 1963 Black Zoo
Jerry Stengel
 1963 Critic's Choice
Joe Rosenfield
 1960-1963 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Conrad Phelp / Mr. Sharkey / Mr. Prentiss
- Luke in the Ivy League (1963) ... Conrad Phelp
- The Gamblers (1961) ... Mr. Sharkey
- Executive Wife (1960) ... Mr. Prentiss
 1962-1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Mr. Murphy / Tim Murphy
- The Slasher (1963) ... Mr. Murphy
- The Parish Car (1962) ... Tim Murphy
 1962 Wide Country (TV Series)
Ben Stanton
- What Are Friends For? (1962) ... Ben Stanton
 1962 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (TV Series)
J.C. Stover
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
A.J. Bayliss
- My Native Land (1962) ... A.J. Bayliss
 1960-1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Macneil / Lafe Dabney
- A Bit of Glory (1962) ... Macneil
- Ballad for a Badman (1960) ... Lafe Dabney
 1962 Theatre '62 (TV Series)
 1962 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Movie)
Finley
 1962 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Grant
- Taming of the Brat (1962) ... Grant
 1962 Ripcord (TV Series)
Stuart Ferris
- Chute to Kill (1962) ... Stuart Ferris
 1961 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Artinius F. Breckenridge
- The Final Score (1961) ... Artinius F. Breckenridge
 1961 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
- Eyewitness (1961)
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Carl Terris
- The Fingers of Henri Tourelle (1961) ... Carl Terris
 1960-1961 The Tab Hunter Show (TV Series)
John Larsen
- The Invitation (1961) ... John Larsen
- Those Happy College Days (1961) ... John Larsen
- Personal Appearance (1961) ... John Larsen
- Dream Boy (1961) ... John Larsen
- Crazy Over Horses (1961) ... John Larsen
 1961 All in a Night's Work
Sam Weaver
 1961 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Judge Palmer
- You Can Fight City Hall (1961) ... Judge Palmer
 1953-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Red Meade / Charlie
- Don't Let It Throw You (1961) ... Red Meade
- Hot Footage (1960) ... Charlie
- Wedding Day (1953)
 1960 Klondike (TV Series)
Judge Bickle
- Bathhouse Justice (1960) ... Judge Bickle
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series)
Mr. Vandiver / Harry Holmes
- Blind Man's Bluff (1960) ... Mr. Vandiver
- The Last Six Blocks (1960) ... Harry Holmes
 1960 The Dennis O'Keefe Show (TV Series)
Ed Hollister
- June Thursday (1960) ... Ed Hollister
 1960 Private Property
Ed Hogate
 1960 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Max Goodson
- Millionaire Katherine Boland (1960) ... Max Goodson
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Harvey Carlton
- The Violent Journey (1960) ... Harvey Carlton
 1960 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Colonel Partington
- Sundance and the Hero of Bloody Blue Creek (1960) ... Colonel Partington
 1960 Tightrope (TV Series)
Frank Teel
- Three to Make Ready (1960) ... Frank Teel
 1959-1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Jasper Salt / Ben Wilson
- Flume to the Mother Lode (1960) ... Ben Wilson
- The Conspiracy: Part 2 (1959) ... Jasper Salt
- The Conspiracy: Part 1 (1959) ... Jasper Salt
 1960 Markham (TV Series)
Dr. Carl Lucas
- Events Leading Up to the Crime (1960) ... Dr. Carl Lucas
 1960 Philip Marlowe (TV Series)
Conway
- Death Takes a Lover (1960) ... Conway
 1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Marvello
- Seven Swords (1960) ... Marvello
 1960 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series)
Mr. Dana
- Around the World with Nellie Bly (1960) ... Mr. Dana
 1959 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Victor Latimore / Ernest Royce
- The Case of the Artful Dodger (1959) ... Victor Latimore
- The Case of the Lost Last Act (1959) ... Ernest Royce
 1959 The Alaskans (TV Series)
Horatio Styles
- Winter Song (1959) ... Horatio Styles
 1959 Rawhide (TV Series)
Judge Gerald T. Crenshaw
- Incident of the 13th Man (1959) ... Judge Gerald T. Crenshaw
 1959 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Jerry Hearndan
- The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959) ... Jerry Hearndan
 1959 Fibber McGee and Molly (TV Series)
Benton
- The Big Dance (1959) ... Benton
 1959 Have Rocket -- Will Travel
J.P. Morse
 1959 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Fulton
- Cherchez la Sexpot (1959) ... Fulton
 1959 True Story (TV Series)
Professor
- Silver Eve (1959) ... Professor
 1959 New York Confidential (TV Series)
Zimmer
- Medallion (1959) ... Zimmer
 1958 U.S. Marshal (TV Series)
Brock
- Paper Bullets ... Brock
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Superintendant
- The Frying Pan (1957) ... Superintendant
 1951-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Harold Richards
- Love Me to Pieces (1957) ... Harold Richards
- Lonely Boy (1951)
 1951-1957 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Counterfeit Inc. (1957)
 1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Charley Cassidy
- The Gene Austin Story (1957) ... Charley Cassidy
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Harry Archer
- Kiss and Tell (1956) ... Harry Archer
 1956 Star Tonight (TV Series)
Walter
- Tough Boy (1956) ... Walter
- Night Escape (1956)
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Lewis
- Prima Donna (1956) ... Lewis
 1951-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Prosecutor / Rollo / Wright / ...
- The Unfaithful (1956) ... Prosecutor
- Julie (1952) ... Rollo
- Stolen Years (1951) ... Wright
- Consider the Lillies (1951) ... Alfred Bragg
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
Heaston
- Conflict (1956) ... Heaston
 1954 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
- Side by Side (1954)
 1953 Valiant Lady (TV Series)
Frank Emerson (1953-1957)
 1951-1953 The Web (TV Series)
- Encore (1953)
- A Man Dies (1951)
- Checkmate (1951)
 1953 The System
Barry X. Brady
 1952-1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Now's the Time (1952)
 1953 Biff Baker, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Frankie Waller / Mr. Stark
- The Witness (1953) ... Frankie Waller / Mr. Stark
 1953 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Mark Farrar
- Beauty Prize (1953) ... Mark Farrar
 1952 My Hero (TV Series)
Mr. Norman
- Model of Blossom (1952) ... Mr. Norman
 1952 Not for Publication (TV Series)
Collins
- All the World's a Stage (1952) ... Collins
- The Lost Locket (1952) ... Collins
- 88 Keys to Escape (1952) ... Collins
- Collins on the Rocks (1952) ... Collins
 1951 Disc Jockey
Marley
 1951 Criminal Lawyer
Walter Medford
 1951 Suspense (TV Series)
 1951 The Fat Man
Police Lieutenant Stark
 1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Dexter
- The Touchstone (1951) ... Dexter
 1951 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series)
- The Old Magician (1951)
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Dallas
Matt Coulter
 1950 The West Point Story
Mr. Jocelyn
 1950 The Fuller Brush Girl
Harvey Simpson
 1950 When You're Smiling
Herbert Reynolds
 1950 Peggy
Fred Collins
 1950 Young Man with a Horn
Phil Morrison
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing
Elliott Montgomery
 1949 Scene of the Crime
Arthur Webson
 1949 The Girl from Jones Beach
Mr. Graves - Ruth's Attorney
 1949 The Fountainhead
Alvah Scarret
 1948 June Bride
Carleton Towne
 1948 Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Whitney Courtland
 1948 Wallflower
Robert 'Bob' James
 1948 So This Is New York
Francis Griffin
 1948 Arthur Takes Over
George Bradford
 1947 Dangerous Years
Weston
 1947 Driftwood
Mayor Snyder
 1947 Cry Wolf
Sen. Charles Caldwell
 1947 Riffraff
Walter Gredson
 1947 The Unfaithful
Prosecuting Attorney
 1947 The Perfect Marriage
Addison Manning
 1946 Blondie Knows Best
Charles Peabody
 1946 Flight to Nowhere
Gerald Porter
 1946 Mr. Ace
Peter Craig
 1946 Deadline for Murder
Lynch
 1946 One Exciting Week
Al Carter
 1946 Night in Paradise
Scribe
 1946 Murder in the Music Hall
George Morgan
 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn
Fight Announcer
 1946 Deadline at Dawn
Lester Brady
 1946 Claudia and David
Brian O'Toole
 1946 My Reputation
George Van Orman
 1946 One Way to Love
A.J. Gunther
 1945 Behind City Lights
Perry Borden
 1945 Divorce
Jim Driscoll
 1945 Hitchhike to Happiness
Tony Riggs
 1945 The Jungle Captive
Detective W.L. Harrigan
 1945 Blonde Ransom
Ice Larson
 1945 G.I. Honeymoon
Ace Renaldo
 1945 The Crime Doctor's Courage
Jeffers 'Jeff' Jerome
 1945 Fog Island
Kavanaugh
 1944 Guest in the House
Mr. Hackett
 1944 Crime by Night
Sam Campbell
 1944 Minstrel Man
Bill Evans
 1944 South of Dixie
Bill 'Brains' Watson
 1944 Mr. Skeffington
Edward Morrison
 1944 Sing a Jingle
Andrews
 1943 The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case
Mallory Cartwright
 1943 Find the Blackmailer
D.L. Trees
 1943 Hi'ya, Sailor
Lou Asher
 1943 Silver Spurs
Jerry Johnson
 1943 Mission to Moscow
Spendler (uncredited)
 1943 Ladies' Day
Updyke (banker)
 1943 No Place for a Lady
Eddie Moore
 1942 Who Done It?
Marco Heller
 1942 Joan of Ozark
Phillip Munson
 1942 Thru Different Eyes
Jim Gardner
 1942 Moontide
Dr. Frank Brothers
 1942 The Girl from Alaska
Ravenhill
 1942 Frisco Lil
Vince Warren
 1942 Mr. and Mrs. North
Ben Wilson
 1942 A Gentleman at Heart
Finchley
 1942 The Bugle Sounds
Mr. Nichols
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
Dr. Horrigan
 1941 Kiss the Boys Goodbye
Bert Fisher
 1941 Rags to Riches
Marshall Abbott
 1941 Kisses for Breakfast
Lucius Lorimer
 1941 Out of the Fog
Assistant D.A.
 1941 Too Many Blondes
Ted Bronson
 1941 Singapore Woman
Jim North
 1941 Affectionately Yours
'Pappy' Cullen
 1941 The Great Lie
Jock H. Thompson
 1941 The Roundup
Wade McGee
 1940 Melody Ranch
Tommy Summerville
 1940 Street of Memories
Mr. Gower
 1940 Meet the Wildcat
Digby Vanderhood III
 1940 The Quarterback
Townley
 1940 City for Conquest
'Dutch'
 1940 Torrid Zone
Bob Anderson
 1940 Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me
Ted Carter
 1940 Framed
Monty de Granville
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
Ed Crowley
 1940 Wolf of New York
Cosgrave
 1939 The Great Victor Herbert
Barney Harris
 1939 The Old Maid
Joe Ralston
 1939 She Married a Cop
Bob Adams
 1939 The Gracie Allen Murder Case
Daniel Mirche
 1939 Exile Express
Paul Brandt
 1939 East Side of Heaven
Claudius De Wolfe
 1939 The Saint Strikes Back
Cullis
 1939 St. Louis Blues
Ivan DeBrett
 1938 There's Always a Woman
Nick Shane
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies
Director
 1937 The Hurricane
Captain Nagle
 1937 Vogues of 1938
W. Brockton
 1937 New Faces of 1937
Robert Hunt
 1937 Shall We Dance
Arthur Miller
 1937 You Only Live Once
Doctor Hill
 1936 Beloved Enemy
Tim O'Rourke
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Stage Play: Paths of Glory. Tragedy. Written by Sidney Howard. Based on a novel by Humphrey Cobb. Directed by Arthur Hopkins. Plymouth Theatre: 26 Sep 1935- Oct 1935 (closing date unknown/23 performances). Cast: Robert Adams, Paul Alberts, Lee Baker, E.J. Ballantine, Edgar Barrier, Sanford Bickart, John Bohn, Milo Boulton (as "Duval"), ... See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Trademark:

Pencil-thin moustache and slicked back hair

Star Sign:

Libra

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