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Nat Pendleton (1895–1967)

Brawn won out over brain as well when it came to wrestler athlete Nat Pendleton's professional movie career. For two decades, this massively-built, dark-haired, good-looking lug played a number of kind-hearted lunkheads, goons, henchmen and Joe Palooka-like buffoons. Nathaniel Greene Pendleton was born on August 9, 1895 on a farm close to Davenport... See full bio »

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 1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Otto 'Bitsy' Lamb
- The Big Payoff (1956) ... Otto 'Bitsy' Lamb
 1943 Swing Fever
'Killer' Kennedy
 1942 Jail House Blues
Sonny McGann
 1940 Flight Command
C.P.O. 'Spike' Knowles
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
'Fatso' Werner
 1940 New Moon
Bondsman (uncredited)
 1940 Phantom Raiders
'Gunboat' Jacklin
 1940 The Ghost Comes Home
 1940 Northwest Passage
'Cap' Huff
 1939 At the Circus
 1939 On Borrowed Time
Mr. Grimes
 1939 It's a Wonderful World
Sergeant Koretz
 1939 Burn 'Em Up O'Connor
Buddy Buttle
 1938 The Crowd Roars
'Pug' Walsh
 1938 The Chaser
'Floppy' Phil
 1938 The Shopworn Angel
 1938 Fast Company
Paul Terison
 1938 Arsène Lupin Returns
Joe Doyle
 1938 Swing Your Lady
 1937 Life Begins at College
George Black
 1937 Gangway
Smiles Hogan
 1937 Song of the City
Benvenuto Romandi
 1937 Under Cover of Night
Sergeant Lucks
 1936 Two in a Crowd
 1936 Sworn Enemy
'Steamer' Krupp
 1935 It's in the Air
Henry Potke
 1935 Here Comes the Band
'Piccolo Pete'
 1935 Calm Yourself
Knuckles Benedict
 1935 Murder in the Fleet
'Spud' Burke
 1935 Reckless
 1935 Baby Face Harrington
 1935 Times Square Lady
 1934 The Gay Bride
William T. 'Shoots' Magiz
 1934 Death on the Diamond
 1934 Straight Is the Way
 1934 The Girl from Missouri
Life Guard
 1934 The Cat's-Paw
 1934 Sing and Like It
T. Fenny Sylvester
 1934 Lazy River
Alfred 'Tiny' Smith
 1934 Fugitive Lovers
Legs Caffey
 1933 College Coach
Ladislaus Petrowski
 1933 The Chief
Big Mike, a Henchman
 1933 I'm No Angel
Harry - Acrobat (uncredited)
 1933 Penthouse
Tony Gazotti
 1933 Baby Face
Stolvich - Laborer (uncredited)
 1933 The Nuisance
Aloysius P. McCarthy (uncredited)
 1933 The White Sister
Corporal Cessano (uncredited)
 1933 Child of Manhattan
 1933 Goldie Gets Along
Motorcycle Officer Cassidy
 1933 Parachute Jumper
Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
 1932 Flesh
Wrestler (uncredited)
 1932 Deception
Bucky O'Neill
 1932 The Night Club Lady
Mike McDougal
 1932 Exposure
Maniac Killer
 1932 Horse Feathers
MacHardie - Darwin Player (uncredited)
 1932 By Whose Hand?
The Killer
 1932 The Tenderfoot
Joe - Jealous Husband (uncredited)
 1932 State's Attorney
Tiger - the Boxer (uncredited)
 1932 Girl Crazy
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
 1932 Play-Girl
Dance Hall Plumber (scenes deleted)
 1932 The Big Timer
Kid Melrose (uncredited)
 1932 Hell-Fire Austin
 1932 A Fool's Advice
Kelly - Naughty Boy
 1932 The Beast of the City
Abe Gorman (uncredited)
 1932 Taxi!
Truck Driver Bull Martin (uncredited)
 1931 The Pottsville Palooka (Short)
Spike Mulligan
 1931 Manhattan Parade
Lady Godiva's Husband (uncredited)
 1931 The Secret Witness
Gunner - Bodyguard
 1931 Blonde Crazy
Hank - aka Pete
 1931 The Ruling Voice
Board Member (uncredited)
 1931 The Spirit of Notre Dame
Assistant Coach
 1931 The Star Witness
Big Jack
 1931 Mr. Lemon of Orange
Gangster (uncredited)
 1931 Fair Warning
 1931 Seas Beneath
'Butch' Wagner (uncredited)
 1930 Crazy House (Short)
Chef (uncredited)
 1930 The Last of the Duanes
Bossamer (uncredited)
 1929 The Laughing Lady
James Dugan
 1926 Let's Get Married
 1924 Monsieur Beaucaire
Barber (uncredited)
 1924 The Hoosier Schoolmaster
Bud Means
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According to Mike Chapman in his article on Pendleton in Classic Images (May 2015), Nat was a direct descendant of Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene, who won key victories over the British. It also is reported that Pendleton is a distant relative of "Star-Spangled Banner" composer Francis Scott Key. See more »

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