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Roscoe Karns (1891–1970)


On stage since age 15, Roscoe Karns parlayed his machine-gun delivery and street-wise demeanor (although many thought of him as a New Yorker, he was actually from San Bernardino, California) into character roles in dozens of films from the 1920s to the 1960s. His peak period, though, was in the 1930s, where he often played a wisecracking cab ... See full bio »

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 1963 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Mr. Foley
- Lucy Becomes a Reporter (1963) ... Mr. Foley
 1959-1962 Hennesey (TV Series)
Capt. Walter Shafer / Adm. Walter Shafer / Adm. Walter Shafer, USN / ...
- I Thee Wed (1962) ... Adm. Walter Shafer
- Martha (1962) ... Adm. Walter Shafer
- Hennesey Meets Soupy Sales (1962) ... Adm. Walter Shafer, USN
- Calling Doctor Good-Deed (1962) ... Adm. Walter Shafer
- The Best Man (1962) ... Adm. Walter Shafer
 1958-1959 December Bride (TV Series)
Charley Allen / Dad Hodges
- Lily's Blind Date (1959) ... Charley Allen
- Bride's Father-in-Law (1958) ... Dad Hodges
 1958 Onionhead
'Windy' Woods
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Ed Church
- The Ed Church Case (1958) ... Ed Church (as Roscoe Karnes)
 1950 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- Hart to Heart (1950)
 1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
Carmody
 1948 Speed to Spare
Kangaroo
 1948 Devil's Cargo
Lt. Hardy
 1948 The Inside Story
Eustace Peabody
 1947 That's My Man
Toby Gleeton
 1947 Vigilantes of Boomtown
Billy Delaney
 1946 Avalanche
Red Kelly
 1946 I Ring Doorbells
Stubby
 1946 One Way to Love
Hobie Simmons
 1944 Minstrel Man
Lasses White
 1944 Hi, Good Lookin'!
Archie
 1944 The Navy Way
Frankie Gimble
 1943 Old Acquaintance
Charlie Archer
 1943 His Butler's Sister
Fields
 1943 Riding High
Shorty (uncredited)
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Roscoe Karns
 1943 My Son, the Hero
Big-Time Morgan
 1942 You Can't Escape Forever
'Mac' McTurk
 1942 Yokel Boy
Al Devers
 1942 A Tragedy at Midnight
Det. Lt. Cassidy
 1942 Woman of the Year
Phil Whittaker
 1941 Road to Happiness
Charley Grady
 1941 Half Shot at Sunrise (Short)
Roscoe
 1941 The Gay Vagabond
Arthur Dixon, Jerry Dixon
 1941 Black Eyes and Blues (Short)
Alfred Harmon
 1941 Footsteps in the Dark
Monahan
 1940 Ladies Must Live
Pete H. 'Pighead' Larrabee
 1940 Double Alibi
Jeremiah Jenkins
 1939 Dancing Co-Ed
Joe Drews
 1939 King of Chinatown
'Rip' Harrigan
 1938/II Thanks for the Memory
George Kent
 1938 You and Me
Cuffy
 1938 Tip-Off Girls
Tom Benson aka Tommy Logan
 1938 Dangerous to Know
Duncan
 1938 Scandal Street
Austin Brown
 1937 Partners in Crime
Sim Perkins
 1937 On Such a Night
Joe Flynn
 1937 Murder Goes to College
Sim Perkins
 1936 Cain and Mabel
Reilly
 1936 Three Married Men
Peter Cary
 1936 Three Cheers for Love
Doc 'Short Circuit' Wilson
 1936 Border Flight
Calico Smith
 1936 Woman Trap
Mopsy
 1935 Two-Fisted
Chick Moran
 1935 Front Page Woman
Toots
 1935 Alibi Ike
Carey
 1935 Four Hours to Kill!
Johnson
 1935 Red Hot Tires
Bud Keene
 1935 Wings in the Dark
Nick Williams
 1934 I Sell Anything
Monk
 1934 Elmer and Elsie
Rocky Cott
 1934 Shoot the Works
Sailor Burke
 1934 Come On, Marines!
Spud McGurke
 1934 It Happened One Night
Shapeley
 1934 Search for Beauty
Newspaper Reporter (scenes deleted)
 1933 The Women in His Life
Lester
 1933 One Sunday Afternoon
Snappy Downer
 1933 Gambling Ship
Blooey
 1933 A Lady's Profession
Tony
 1933 Today We Live
McGinnis
 1933 Grand Slam
Contest Radio Announcer
 1932 Lawyer Man
Merritt - Reporter (uncredited)
 1932 Under-Cover Man
Dannie
 1932 If I Had a Million
Private O'Brien
 1932 They Call It Sin
Brad - Rehearsal Director (uncredited)
 1932 One Way Passage
S.S.Maloa Bartender (uncredited)
 1932 The Crooked Circle
Harry Carter
 1932 Two Against the World
Segall, reporter
 1932 Week-End Marriage
Jim Davis
 1932 The Roadhouse Murder
Dale
 1932 Play-Girl
Gambler (uncredited)
 1932 Stowaway
Insp. Redding
 1931 Ladies of the Big House
Frank - Twenty Questions player (uncredited)
 1931 Leftover Ladies
'Scoop'
 1931 Pleasure
Arnie
 1931 Laughing Sinners
Fred Geer
 1931 Many a Slip
Stan Price
 1930 The Gorilla
Simmons
 1930 The Costello Case
Blair
 1930 Man Trouble
Scott
 1930 The Little Accident
Gilbert
 1930 Safety in Numbers
Bertram Shapiro
 1930 Troopers Three
Bugs
 1929 New York Nights
Johnny Dolan
 1929 This Thing Called Love
Harry Bertrand
 1929 Copy (Short)
City Editor John Mack
 1929 The Flying Fleet
Shipwrecked Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1928 The Shopworn Angel
Dance Director
 1928 Object: Alimony
Al Bryant
 1928 Jazz Mad
Sol Levy
 1928 Moran of the Marines
Swatty
 1928 Beggars of Life
Lame Hoppy
 1928 Win That Girl
Johnny Norton II
 1928 Warming Up
Hippo
 1928 The Vanishing Pioneer
Ray Hearn
 1928 The Desert Bride
Pvt. Terry
 1928 Something Always Happens
George
 1928 The Trail of '98
Man on Ship (uncredited)
 1928 Beau Sabreur
Buddy
 1927 The Jazz Singer
Agent (uncredited)
 1927 Ten Modern Commandments
Benny Burnaway
 1927 Wings
Lt. Cameron
 1927 Ritzy
Smith's Valet
 1926 You'd Be Surprised
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1925 Dollar Down
Gene Meadows
 1925 The Overland Limited
Patrick Henry Madden
 1924 The Foolish Virgin
Chuck Brady
 1924 Bluff
Jack Hallowell
 1923 Down to the Ship to See (Short)
Jack
 1923 Other Men's Daughters
Hubert
 1922 Conquering the Woman
Shorty Thompson
 1922 Afraid to Fight
Bertie
 1922 The Trouper
Neal Selden
 1922 Her Own Money
Jerry Woodward
 1921 Too Much Married
Bob Holiday
 1921 The Man Tamer
Bradley P. Caldwell Jr
 1920 Life of the Party
Sam Perkins
 1920 The Family Honor
Dal Tucker
 1919 Poor Relations
Henry
 1919 Oh, Susie, Be Careful (Short)
 1919 Sally's Blighted Career (Short)
 1919 Brides for Two (Short)
 1915 A Western Governor's Humanity (Short)
The Sheriff
 1915 A Species of Mexican Man (Short)
 1915 From Champion to Tramp (Short)
The Girl's Father
 1915 Mr. Carlson of Arizona (Short)
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Other Works:

School for Brides (1944). Written by Frank Gill and 'George Carleton Brown'. Directed by Howard Morton. Royale Theatre (moved to the Ambassador Theatre on 3 Oct 1944 to close): 1 Aug 1944- 23 Jun 1945 (375 performances). Unknown role. Cast included: Bernadine Hayes. Produced by Howard Lang. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Roscoe Karnes

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Father of Todd Karns.

Star Sign:

Virgo

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