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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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The Jolson Story
The Jolson Story Al Jolson
Jolson Sings Again
Jolson Sings Again Al Jolson / Larry Parks
Freud Dr. Joseph Breuer
Down to Earth
Down to Earth Danny Miller


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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)
Dr. Milt Krop
- Diagnosis: Death (1958) ... Dr. Milt Krop
 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
 1947 Down to Earth
Danny Miller
 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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[to the House Un-American Activities Committee, 1951] I would prefer, if you would allow me, not to mention other people's names. Don't present me with the choice of either being in contempt of this Committee and going to jail or forcing me to really crawl through the mud to be an informer. See more »


His movie career ended in 1951 when he was the first actor to admit that he had belonged to a Communist cell from 1941 to 1945 and was subsequently blacklisted. See more »

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