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Richard Carlson (I) (1912–1977)

The son of an attorney, Richard Carlson had an introspective quality to his performances and looked every inch the academic he first aspired to be. Following his graduation from the University of Minnesota with a Master's Degree in English, the tall, dark-haired youth had a brief stint as a drama teacher at his alma mater. However, deciding on the ... See full bio »

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 1975 Mobile One (TV Series)
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 1975 Khan! (TV Series)
 1974 Freedom 2000 (Short) (voice)
 1973 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
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 1972-1973 Cannon (TV Series)
Mr. Archibald / Owen McMahon
 1969 Lancer (TV Series)
Judah Abbott
 1969 Change of Habit
Bishop Finley
 1969 The Valley of Gwangi
 1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Harold David Dewitt
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Daniel K. Ryder
 1968 The Power
Prof. Norman E. Van Zandt
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Arch Hollinbeck
 1966 The Doomsday Flight (TV Movie)
Chief Pilot Bob Shea
 1964-1966 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Clete Hawley / Anthony Fry
 1966 Kid Rodelo
 1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Major Buford
 1964-1965 The Virginian (TV Series)
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 1964 Della
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 1964 The Christophers (TV Series)
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 1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
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 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
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 1964 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Allan Pruitt
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Turner Leigh
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Francis Delaney
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
Guy Guthrie
 1962 Bus Stop (TV Series)
George Whaley
 1960 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Radio Announcer / Larry Carlson
 1960 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Ross Porter
 1960 Tormented
Tom Stewart
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series)
Dr. Roy Flemming
 1958-1959 Mackenzie's Raiders (TV Series)
Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie / Col. Ranald S. MacKenzie / Colonel Mackenzie / ...
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Paul Drake
 1952-1959 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Alan Mitchell / Lawrence 'Larry' Cameron / Kelly McCall / ...
 1958 The Unchained Goddess (TV Movie)
The Writer
 1950-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Harvey Lindfield / Father
 1957 The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (TV Movie)
The Fiction Writer
 1957 The Helen Morgan Story
Russell Wade
 1957 Hemo the Magnificent (TV Movie)
Mr. Fiction Writer
 1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Father William Wendt / Rabbi Avraham Soltes
 1953-1956 I Led 3 Lives (TV Series)
Herbert A. Philbrick
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Cass Terhgune / Colonel Dobie
 1954-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
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 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Three for Jamie Dawn
Martin Random
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell")
 1955 Bengazi
Insp. Levering
 1955 The Last Command
William B. Travis
 1955 An Annapolis Story
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 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Mike Connor
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Archie Hawkins
 1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon
David Reed
 1954 Riders to the Stars
Dr. Jerry Lockwood
 1953 The Golden Blade
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 1953 All I Desire
Henry Murdoch
 1953 The Maze
Gerald MacTeam
 1953 It Came from Outer Space
John Putnam
 1952-1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
 1953 Seminole
Major Harlan Degan
 1953 The Magnetic Monster
Dr. Jeffrey Stewart
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Clem Nosek
 1952 Flat Top
Lt. (j.g.) Joe Rodgers
 1952 The Rose Bowl Story
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 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 Retreat, Hell!
Capt. Paul Hansen
 1952 Whispering Smith Investigates
Whispering Smith
 1951 The Blue Veil
Gerald Kean
 1951 A Millionaire for Christy
Dr. Roland Cook
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
 1951 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
 1950-1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
 1951 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series)
Biff Grimes
 1951 Valentino
Bill King
 1950 The Sound of Fury
Gil Stanton
 1950 King Solomon's Mines
John Goode
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Donald Ring Mellett
 1948 Behind Locked Doors
Ross Stewart
 1948 The Amazing Mr. X
Martin Abbott
 1947 So Well Remembered
Charles Winslow / Charles Winslow Sr.
 1943 For God and Country (Short)
Tom Manning
 1943 The Man from Down Under
'Nipper' Wilson
 1943 Young Ideas
Tom Farrell
 1943 A Stranger in Town
Bill Adams
 1943 Presenting Lily Mars
Owen Vail
 1942 White Cargo
Mr. Langford
 1942 My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Prof. Richard Inglethorpe Culbertson Kay, aka R.I.C. Kay, aka Rick
 1942 Highways by Night
Tommy Van Steel
 1942 The Affairs of Martha
Jeff Sommerfield
 1942 Fly-By-Night
Dr. Geoffrey Burton
 1941 The Little Foxes
David Hewitt
 1941 Hold That Ghost
Doctor Jackson
 1941 West Point Widow
Dr. Jimmy Krueger
 1941 Back Street
Curt Stanton
 1940 No, No, Nanette
Tom Gillespie
 1940 Too Many Girls
Clint Kelly
 1940 The Howards of Virginia
Thomas Jefferson
 1940 The Ghost Breakers
Geoff Montgomery
 1940 Beyond Tomorrow
James Houston
 1939 Little Accident
Perry Allerton
 1939 Dancing Co-Ed
'Pug' Braddock
 1939 These Glamour Girls
 1939 Winter Carnival
Professor John Welden
 1938 The Duke of West Point
Jack West
 1938 The Young in Heart
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 1935 Desert Death (Short)
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Stage Play: Western Waters. Drama. Written by Richard Carlson. Incidental music by Lehman Engel. Directed by Elsa Moses and Richard Carlson. Hudson Theatre: 28 Dec 1937- Jan 1938 (closing date unknown/7 performances). Cast: Thomas Chalmers (as "Josiah Cutler"), Thomas Gomez (as "Rev. Barnabus Harpie"), Jackie Grimes, H. Dudley Hawley, Van ... See more »

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He was active in television becoming nationally famous for I Led 3 Lives (1953), which was about an FBI agent infiltrating Communist cells in the United States. See more »



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