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Larry Parks (I) (1914–1975)

When amiable Columbia Pictures actor Larry Parks was entrusted the role of entertainer Al Jolson in the biopic The Jolson Story (1946), his career finally hit the big time. Within a few years, however, his bright new world crumbled courtesy of the House Un-American Activities Committee after the actor admitted under pressure that he was once ... See full bio »

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 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Steven Waller
- Breakdown (1962) ... Dr. Steven Waller
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
George 'Blackie' Dallas
- The Lily Dallas Story (1961) ... George 'Blackie' Dallas
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
- Diagnosis: Death (1958)
 1954-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Jeff Penland / Hal Venner / Michael Craig / ...
- The Penlands and the Poodle (1957) ... Jeff Penland
- A Smattering of Bliss (1955) ... Hal Venner
- Tomorrow We'll Love (1955) ... Michael Craig
- Wedding March (1954) ... Ted Curtis
- The Happiest Day (1954) ... Dr. Lancaster
 1955 Cross-Up
John Desmond
 1949 Jolson Sings Again
Al Jolson / Larry Parks
 1948 The Swordsman
Alexander MacArden aka Donald Frazer
 1946 Renegades
Ben Dembrow / Ben Taylor
 1945 Counter-Attack
 1944 She's a Sweetheart
Rocky Hill
 1944 Sergeant Mike
Pvt. Tom Allen
 1944 Stars on Parade
Danny Davis
 1944 The Black Parachute
Michael Lindley
 1944 Jam Session
Superba Pictures Actor (uncredited)
 1944 Hey, Rookie
Jim Leighter
 1944 The Racket Man
Larry Lake
 1943 Is Everybody Happy?
Jerry Stewart
 1943 Destroyer
Ens. Johnson (uncredited)
 1943 First Comes Courage
Capt. Langdon (uncredited)
 1943 Redhead from Manhattan
Flirt (uncredited)
 1943 Reveille with Beverly
Eddie Ross
 1943 Power of the Press
Jerry Purvis (uncredited)
 1942 You Were Never Lovelier
Tony - Lita's Boyfriend (uncredited)
 1942 A Man's World
Chick O'Driscoll
 1942 Atlantic Convoy
 1942 Flight Lieutenant
Cadet Sandy Roth (uncredited)
 1942 They All Kissed the Bride
Joe Krim (uncredited)
 1942 Submarine Raider
 1942 Hello, Annapolis
Paul Herbert
 1942 Alias Boston Blackie
Joe Trilby
 1942 North of the Rockies
Jim Bailey
 1942 Canal Zone
Recruit Kincaid
 1942 Blondie Goes to College
Rusty Bryant
 1941 Harvard, Here I Come!
Eddie Spellman
 1941 Honolulu Lu
Sailor (uncredited)
 1941 Sing for Your Supper
Mickey (uncredited)
 1941 Three Girls About Town
Reporter (uncredited)
 1941 You Belong to Me
Blemish (uncredited)
 1941 Harmon of Michigan
 1941 Mystery Ship
Tommy Baker
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Stage Play: Bells Are Ringing. Musical comedy. Material adaption by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Music by Jule Styne. Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Vocal arrangements and direction by Herbert Greene and Buster Davis. Dance arrangements by John ... See more »

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5' 10" (1.78 m)

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[on 'the Jolson Story'] In the beginning Jolson wanted to play himself. Well, that's understandable, but he was too old. He was sixty-eight. So then he wanted James Cagney for the role, but he had just finished playing George M. Cohan. Jolson was never too happy with me. And I had another problem. All of Jolson's movies were for Warner Brothers and we were making 'The Jolson Story' at Columbia. ... See more »


After his film career was destroyed, he found intermittent work on stage in such plays as "The Teahouse of the August Moon," "Any Wednesday" and "The Tunnel of Love." He and his wife also worked up nightclub singing/comedy acts along with appearing in legit plays. Although Parks never quite shook off the blacklist incident, he won a role in John Huston's Freud (1962). See more »

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