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James Kirkwood (1875–1963)

A veteran stage actor, James Kirkwood entered films in 1909 as an actor and was soon playing leads in many of D.W. Griffith's early pictures. He turned to directing in 1912, and by 1914 was the favorite director of Mary Pickford, with whom he made nine films; he also co-starred in three of them. Although he was considered a major director in his ... See full bio »

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 1961 Two Rode Together
Officer (uncredited)
 1959 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
Mr. Cartwright
- Rest in Peace (1959) ... Mr. Cartwright
 1957 Valerie
Minister at Wedding (uncredited)
 1956 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
- Human Bomb (1956) ... Priest (uncredited)
 1956 The Search for Bridey Murphy
Brian MacCarthy at Age 68
 1955-1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Justice Deal
- Cleanup (1955) ... Justice Deal
 1956 I Spy (TV Series)
- The Watchmaker of Scapa Flow (1956) ... Marchant
 1956 Adventures of the Falcon (TV Series)
- Kiss Me Not (1956) ... Waller
 1954 Passion
Don Rosendo (uncredited)
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
- The Forger (1954) ... Judge
- The Unfit Mother (1954) ... Judge
 1951-1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Judge Harper / Judge
- Fraudulent Nursery School (1953) ... Judge Harper
- The Case of No Questions Asked (1952) ... Judge Harper
- Babies for Sale (1951) ... Judge
 1953 Sweethearts on Parade
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1953 The Last Posse
Judge Parker
 1953 Woman They Almost Lynched
Old Man (uncredited)
 1953 The Sun Shines Bright
Gen. Fairfield
 1953 Winning of the West
Wagon Train Survivor (uncredited)
 1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Last Kiss (1953)
 1952 The Range Rider (TV Series)
- Peace Pipe (1952) ... Businessman
 1952 The Roy Rogers Show (TV Series)
Matt Conway / Dunlap
- Blind Justice (1952) ... Matt Conway
- The Hermit's Secret (1952) ... Dunlap
 1952 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Chief Horgan
- Weekend Murder (1952) ... Chief Horgan
 1952 I Dream of Jeanie
 1952 The Unexpected (TV Series)
- House of Shadows (1952)
 1951-1952 The Cisco Kid (TV Series)
Marshal Fletcher / Fiddlin' Sam / Henchman
- Quicksilver Murder (1952) ... Marshal Fletcher
- Sleeping Gas (1952) ... Fiddlin' Sam
- Vigilante Story (1951) ... Henchman
 1951 Front Page Detective (TV Series)
 1951 Man in the Saddle
Sheriff Medary (uncredited)
 1951 Two of a Kind
Ben (uncredited)
 1951 Santa Fe
Surveyor (uncredited)
 1951 Belle Le Grand
Judge (uncredited)
 1950 Stage to Tucson
Sheriff Pete Deuce (uncredited)
 1950 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Judge Henry Brady
- Double Jeopardy (1950) ... Judge Henry Brady
 1950 Fortunes of Captain Blood
Physician (uncredited)
 1950 The Nevadan
Tex (uncredited)
 1949 Roseanna McCoy
A Hatfield (uncredited)
 1949 Intruder in the Dust
Convict (uncredited)
 1949 The Doolins of Oklahoma
Rev. Mears (uncredited)
 1949 Red Stallion in the Rockies
Judge Hardy
 1948 Joan of Arc
Judge Mortemer (uncredited)
 1948 The Untamed Breed
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1948 The Inside Story
Townsman (uncredited)
 1947 Driftwood
Rev. MacDougal
 1947 That's My Man
Racetrack Man (uncredited)
 1946 That Brennan Girl
John Van Derwin (uncredited)
 1946 I've Always Loved You
Murphy (uncredited)
 1946 Rendezvous with Annie
 1945 The Spanish Main
Captain Spratlin (uncredited)
 1943 Madame Curie
Board Member (uncredited)
 1943 Government Girl
Senator (uncredited)
 1942 Tennessee Johnson
Senator (uncredited)
 1941 No Hands on the Clock
Warren Benedict
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
 1940 Goodbye, Mr. Germ (Short)
 1934 Hired Wife
Philip Marlowe
 1933 Playthings of Desire
Jim Malvern
 1932 My Pal, the King
Count DeMar
 1932 Careless Lady
 1932 Lena Rivers
Henry R. Graham
 1932 She Wanted a Millionaire
Roger Norton
 1932 Cheaters at Play
Detective Crane
 1932 Charlie Chan's Chance
Inspector Flannery
 1932 The Rainbow Trail
 1931 Over the Hill
Pa Shelby
 1931 Transatlantic
Sigrid's Beau (uncredited)
 1931 A Holy Terror
William Drew
 1931 Young Sinners
John Gibson
 1930 The Spoilers
Joe Dextry
 1930 Worldly Goods
John C. Tullock
 1930 The Devil's Holiday
Mark Stone
 1929 Hearts in Exile
Baron Serge Palma
 1929 The Time, the Place and the Girl
The Professor
 1929 Black Waters
Rev. Eph Kelly / Tiger Larabee
 1928 Someone to Love
Mr. Kendricks
 1927 Million Dollar Mystery
James Norton
 1926 Butterflies in the Rain
John Humphries
 1926 The Wise Guy
Guy Watson
 1926 The Reckless Lady
Colonel Fleming
 1925 Lover's Island
Jack Avery
 1925 That Royle Girl
Calvin Clarke
 1925 The Police Patrol
Officer Jim Ryan
 1925 The Top of the World
Guy Ranger / Burke Ranger
 1924 Secrets of the Night
Robert Andrews
 1924 Gerald Cranston's Lady
Gerald Cranston
 1924 The Painted Flapper
Richard Whitney
 1924 Circe the Enchantress
Dr. Wesley Van Martyn
 1924 Another Man's Wife
John Brand
 1924 Broken Barriers
Ward Trenton
 1924 Wandering Husbands
George Moreland
 1924 Love's Whirlpool
Jim Reagan
 1924 Wild Oranges
 1924 Discontented Husbands
Michael Frazer
 1923 Ponjola
Lundi Druro
 1923 The Eagle's Feather
John Trent
 1923 Human Wreckage
Alan MacFarland
 1923 You Are Guilty
Stephen Martin
 1922 Ebb Tide
Robert Herrick
 1922 The Sin Flood
 1922 Pink Gods
John Quelch
 1922 Under Two Flags
Cpl. Victor
 1922 The Man from Home
Daniel Forbes Pike
 1921 The Great Impersonation
Sir Everard Dominey / Leopold von Ragastein
 1921 A Wise Fool
Jean Jacques Barbille
 1921 Bob Hampton of Placer
Bob Hampton
 1921 Man-Woman-Marriage
David Courtney
 1920 Love
Tom Chandler
 1920 The Branding Iron
Pierre Landis
 1920 The Forbidden Thing
Abel Blake
 1920 In the Heart of a Fool
Grant Adams
 1920 The Scoffer
Dr. Stannard Wayne
 1920 The Luck of the Irish
William Grogan
 1916 The Foundling
 1915 The Heart of Jennifer
James Murray
 1915 Little Pal
Bit Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1915 Gambier's Advocate
Stephen Gambier
 1914 Behind the Scenes
Steve Hunter
 1914 The Eagle's Mate
Lancer Morne
 1914 The Soul of Honor (Short)
 1914 Home, Sweet Home
The Mother's Son
 1914 Ashes of the Past (Short)
Doc Watkins - the Gambler
 1913 The House of Discord (Short)
The Wife's Sweetheart
 1913 A Bride from the Sea (Short)
Jim - a Pirate
 1913 His Vacation (Short)
Jim - the Office Manager
 1913/I The Ghost (Short)
 1913 Nature's Vengeance (Short)
 1913 In After Years (Short)
 1913 Marooned (Short)
The Fisherman
 1913 A Nihilist Vengeance (Short)
Prince Gortchakoff
 1913 A Modern Witness (Short)
Cooley the Detective
 1913 Brother and Sister (Short)
The Husband
 1913 His Daughter (Short)
The Minister
 1913 Sincerity (Short)
 1913 The Kidnapped Train (Short)
The Railroad Fireman
 1913 The Plaything (Short)
The Employer
 1913/I Good for Evil (Short)
The Toymaker
 1913 A Fair Exchange (Short)
The Rich Man
 1913/III The Unknown (Short)
The Convict
 1913 The Unseen Influence (Short)
The Brother - an Artist
 1913 Loneliness and Love (Short)
 1913 The Left-Handed Man (Short)
The Old Soldier (unconfirmed)
 1913 The Coward's Charm (Short)
 1913 Two Lives (Short)
 1913 The Prima Donna (Short)
 1912 The Old Sweetheart (Short)
Jack - the Rejected Lover
 1912 The Bridal Room (Short)
Undetermined Role
 1912 A Country Girl (Short)
The Temptor
 1912/II The Duel (Short)
Douglas - A Country Lawyer
 1911/I Little Red Riding Hood (Short)
 1911 The Courting of Mary (Short)
 1911/I Love in the Hills (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1911 The Turning Point (Short)
The First Husband - a Burglar
 1911 The Golden Rule (Short)
The Best Friend
 1911 The Price of Vanity (Short)
Murray, the Union President
 1911 In Flowers Paled (Short)
Jack Northwood
 1911 O'er Grim Fields Scarred (Short)
Col. Cuthbert
 1911 The Conflict (Short)
 1911 A Left Hook (Short)
 1911 Over the Shading Edge (Short)
Henry Wyeth
 1911 In the Tepee's Light (Short)
Jack Reed
 1911 Till Death Do Us Part (Short)
 1911 The Trump Card (Short)
George Petit - the Gambler
 1911 Three Men (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1911 The Little Avenger (Short)
 1911 A Brass Button (Short)
Albert Lowden
 1911 For Remembrance (Short)
The Old Cavalier
 1911 The Vows (Short)
 1911 On Kentucky Soil (Short)
 1911 The Hour of Fate (Short)
 1910 Winning Back His Love (Short)
 1910 The Thin Dark Line (Short)
 1910/I Turning the Tables (Short)
 1910 Sunshine Sue (Short)
 1910 The Armorer's Daughter (Short)
 1910 The Gray of the Dawn (Short)
 1910 The Modern Prodigal (Short)
 1910 The Call to Arms (Short)
 1910/I Never Again (Short)
 1910 The Face at the Window (Short)
At First Club
 1910 A Victim of Jealousy (Short)
The Husband
 1910 The Final Settlement (Short)
Jim - 1st Woodsman
 1910 His Last Burglary (Short)
The Burglar
 1910 One Night, and Then -- (Short)
At the Party
 1910 The Duke's Plan (Short)
One of the Duke's Men
 1910 The Woman from Mellon's (Short)
The Minister
 1910 The Last Deal (Short)
The Westerner
 1910 The Honor of His Family (Short)
 1910 The Call (Short)
Amos Holden
 1910 The Rocky Road (Short)
The Best Man
 1909 The Heart of an Outlaw (Short)
Husband / Outlaw
 1909 The Day After (Short)
Party Guest
 1909 To Save Her Soul (Short)
Backstage at Debut / At Party
 1909 In Little Italy (Short)
The Sheriff
 1909 A Corner in Wheat (Short)
The Farmer
 1909 The Redman's View (Short)
Silver Eagle's Father - the Tribal Spokesman (uncredited)
 1909 Through the Breakers (Short)
Mr. Nostrand
 1909 The Death Disc: A Story of the Cromwellian Period (Short)
Cromwell's Advisor
 1909 In the Window Recess (Short)
A Convict
 1909 The Mountaineer's Honor (Short)
The Mountain Girl's Brother
 1909 Two Women and a Man (Short)
At Lawyer's
 1909 The Restoration (Short)
Mr. Morley
 1909 The Light That Came (Short)
At the Ball
 1909 Nursing a Viper (Short)
In Mob
 1909 The Gibson Goddess (Short)
An Admirer
 1909 Lines of White on a Sullen Sea (Short)
 1909 The Expiation (Short)
 1909 His Lost Love (Short)
 1909 A Change of Heart (Short)
The Farmer
 1909 The Little Teacher (Short)
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1909 Fools of Fate (Short)
Ben Webster
 1909 Leather Stocking (Short)
The Trapper
 1909 A Fair Exchange (Short)
Silas Marner
 1909 In Old Kentucky (Short)
Homecoming Party
 1909 The Broken Locket (Short)
At Bar Table
 1909 Getting Even (Short)
Jim Blake
 1909 Comata, the Sioux (Short)
Comata - the Sioux
 1909 The Hessian Renegades (Short)
Messenger's Father
 1909 The Little Darling (Short)
In Store
 1909 Oh, Uncle! (Short)
Zeke Wright
 1909 The Seventh Day (Short)
Mr. Herne
 1909 The Indian Runner's Romance (Short)
Cowboy / Dying Man
 1909 His Wife's Visitor (Short)
At Club
 1909 The Better Way (Short)
Squire Calvin Cartwright
 1909 They Would Elope (Short)
The Father
 1909 The Mended Lute (Short)
Standing Rock
 1909 A Strange Meeting (Short)
At Party
 1909 The Slave (Short)
Alachus - Nerada's Husband
 1909 A Convict's Sacrifice (Short)
The Convict
 1909 Jealousy and the Man (Short)
Jim Brooks
 1909 Sweet and Twenty (Short)
Alice's Father
 1909 The Renunciation (Short)
Joe Fielding
 1909 Tender Hearts (Short)
A Simple Farmer Lad
 1909 The Cardinal's Conspiracy (Short)
The Cardinal
 1909 The Message (Short)
David Williams
 1909 The Necklace (Short)
Party Guest
 1909 The Way of Man (Short)
The Father
 1909 The Mexican Sweethearts (Short)
Mexican in Bar
 1909 Was Justice Served? (Short)
George Wallace
 1909 The Faded Lilies (Short)
The Doctor
 1909 The Lonely Villa (Short)
Among Rescuers
 1909 The Road to the Heart (Short)
 1909 At the Altar (Short)
 1909 Edgar Allan Poe (Short)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Jerry Strong") in "Ladies of the Evening" on Broadway. Written by Milton Herbert Gropper. Directed by David Belasco. Lyceum Theatre: 23 Dec 1924-May 1925 (closing date unknown/159 performances). Cast included: Robert Emmett O'Connor, Vernon Steele. See more »

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James Kirkwood Sr.


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Father of James Kirkwood Jr.


Walter Scott

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