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Todd Karns (1921–2000)

Todd Karns was born on January 15, 1921 in Hollywood, California, USA as Roscoe Todd Karns. He was an actor, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941) and The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942). He was married to Katherine Julia Flaten. He died on February 5, 2000 in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. See full bio »

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Known For

It's a Wonderful Life Harry Bailey
Rocky King, Detective Sergeant Hart / Detective Hart


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 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
- Funny Money (1956)
 1955 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955 Danger (TV Series)
 1950-1954 Rocky King, Detective (TV Series)
Sergeant Hart / Detective Hart
- Last Show (1954) ... Sergeant Hart
- The Eye of Death (1954) ... Sergeant Hart
- Death of a Heel (1954) ... Sergeant Hart
- Payment Deferred (1954) ... Sergeant Hart
- Bullet Proof (1954) ... Sergeant Hart
 1954 The Caine Mutiny
Petty Officer 1st Class Stillwell (uncredited)
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
- The World's My Oyster (1953) ... Chester
 1953 Dragnet (TV Series)
- The Big Fake (1953)
 1953 Sea of Lost Ships
Co-Pilot (uncredited)
 1953 China Venture
Lt. March (uncredited)
 1953 Mission Over Korea
2nd Lt. Jerry Barker (uncredited)
 1953 Clipped Wings
Lt. Dave Moreno
 1953 Invaders from Mars
Jim - Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
 1953 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Kenny Austin
- Black Gold (1953) ... Kenny Austin
 1953 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
- The Gambler (1953)
 1951-1953 Family Theatre (TV Series)
Cpl. Bates
- Trial of Tara (1953)
- That I May See (1951)
 1952 Flat Top
 1952 Battle Zone
Officer (as Todd Karnes)
 1952 The Unexpected (TV Series)
- The Emperor of Nothing (1952) ... Phillipe
 1952 The Story of Will Rogers
1st Mechanic (scenes deleted)
 1952 My Son John
Bedford (uncredited)
 1952 Jet Job
Peter Arlen
 1952 Sky King (TV Series)
Lieutenant Doug Mercer
- Operation Urgent (1952) ... Lieutenant Doug Mercer
 1952 Mutiny
Andrews (as Todd Karnes)
 1952 Rebound (TV Series)
Jim Connell / Moss
- The Cure ... Jim Connell
- It Wouldn't Be Fair ... Moss
 1951 Drums in the Deep South
Union Captain (uncredited)
 1951 The Red Badge of Courage
Soldier (uncredited)
 1950 The Magnificent Yankee
Secretary (uncredited)
 1950 Let's Dance
Sergeant (uncredited)
 1950 It's a Small World
 1949 Jackson and Jill (TV Series)
Jackson Jones / Jackson
- Model Mix-up (1949) ... Jackson Jones
- A Man's House is Her Castle (1949) ... Jackson Jones
- Let 'Em Eat Cake (1949) ... Jackson
- The Grand Lama Laughed (1949) ... Jackson
 1949 My Foolish Heart
Her escort (as Tod Karns)
 1948 Good Sam
Joe Adams
 1946 It's a Wonderful Life
Harry Bailey
 1942 Eagle Squadron
 1942 The Courtship of Andy Hardy
Harry Land
 1941 Andy Hardy's Private Secretary
Harry Land
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In 1971, Karns and his wife moved to Ajijic, Mexico and opened the English language Lakeside Little Theater where he produced and directed plays for 30-years. See more »

Alternate Names:

Todd Karnes | Tod Karns


Katherine Julia Flaten  (his death)  (3 children)


Roscoe Karns | Mary M. Fraso

Did You Know?


Son of character actor Roscoe Karns. They appeared together for 5 years in the live television show 'Rocky King, Detective'. The last 30 years Todd Karns had his own theatre near Guadalajara, Mexico. See more »


The most famous line he ever spoke in a film - "To my big brother George, the richest man in town" (said near the end of "It's a Wonderful Life").



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