Joel McCrea (1905–1990)

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One of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in non-Westerns as well. He was born and raised in the surroundings of Hollywood and as a boy became interested in the movies that were being made all around. He studied acting at Pomona College and got some stage experience at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, where other ... See full bio »

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Stars in My Crown
Mon, Aug 15 5:40 AM PDT on KCOPDT3 (1261)
Ride the High Country
Mon, Aug 15 8:00 PM PDT on TCM (631)

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 1976 Mustang Country
 1970 Cry Blood, Apache
Pitcalin as an Older Man
 1962 Ride the High Country
Steve Judd
 1960 The Crowning Experience
Prologue narrator
 1959-1960 Wichita Town (TV Series)
Marshal Mike Dunbar / Mike Dunbar
- Sidekicks (1960) ... Marshal Mike Dunbar
- The Legend of Tom Horn (1960) ... Marshal Mike Dunbar
- Paid in Full (1960) ... Marshal Mike Dunbar
- Second Chance (1960) ... Marshal Mike Dunbar
- The Hanging Judge (1960) ... Marshal Mike Dunbar
 1959 The Gunfight at Dodge City
Bat Masterson
 1958 Fort Massacre
Sgt. Vinson
 1958 Cattle Empire
John Cord
 1957 The Tall Stranger
Ned Bannon
 1957 Gunsight Ridge
Mike Ryan
 1957 Trooper Hook
Sgt. Clovis Hook
 1957 The Oklahoman
Dr. John M. Brighton
 1956 The First Texan
Sam Houston
 1955 Wichita
Wyatt Earp
 1955 Stranger on Horseback
Judge Richard 'Rick' Thorne
 1954 Black Horse Canyon
Del Rockwell
 1954 Border River
Clete Mattson
 1953 Shoot First
 1953 The Lone Hand
Zachary Hallock
 1952 The San Francisco Story
Rick Nelson
 1951 Cattle Drive
Dan Mathews
 1951 Hollywood Story
Joel McCrea
 1950 Frenchie
Sheriff Tom Banning
 1950 Saddle Tramp
Chuck Conner
 1950 Stars in My Crown
Josiah Doziah Gray
 1950 The Outriders
Will Owen
 1949 Colorado Territory
Wes McQueen
 1949 South of St. Louis
Kip Davis
 1948 Four Faces West
Ross McEwen
 1947 Ramrod
Dave Nash
 1946 The Virginian
The Virginian
 1945 The Unseen
David Fielding
 1944 The Great Moment
William Thomas Green Morton
 1944 Buffalo Bill
William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
 1943 The More the Merrier
Joe Carter
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
Tom Jeffers
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
John L. Sullivan
 1941 The Great Man's Lady
Ethan Hoyt
 1941 Reaching for the Sun
Russ Eliot
 1940 Foreign Correspondent
John Jones
 1940 Primrose Path
Ed Wallace
 1940 He Married His Wife
T.H. Randall
 1939 Espionage Agent
Barry Corvall
 1939 They Shall Have Music
 1939 Union Pacific
Jeff Butler
 1938 Youth Takes a Fling
Joe Meadows
 1938 Three Blind Mice
Van Dam Smith
 1937 Wells Fargo
Ramsay MacKay
 1937 Dead End
 1937 Woman Chases Man
Kenneth Nolan
 1937 Internes Can't Take Money
James Kildare
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Ernie Holley
 1936 Come and Get It
Richard Glasgow
 1936 Adventure in Manhattan
George Melville
 1936 Two in a Crowd
Larry Stevens
 1936 These Three
Dr. Cardin
 1935 Splendor
Brighton Lorrimore
 1935 Barbary Coast
Jim Carmichael
 1935 Woman Wanted
 1935 Our Little Girl
Dr. Donald Middleton
 1935 Private Worlds
Dr. Alex MacGregor
 1934 The Richest Girl in the World
Tony Travers
 1934 Half a Sinner
John Adams
 1934 Gambling Lady
Garry Madison
 1933 Chance at Heaven
Blacky Gorman
 1933 One Man's Journey
Jimmy Watt
 1933 Bed of Roses
 1933 The Silver Cord
David Phelps
 1933 Scarlet River
Joel McCrea (uncredited)
 1932 Rockabye
Jacobs Van Riker Pell
 1932 The Sport Parade
Sandy Brown
 1932 Bird of Paradise
Johnny Baker
 1932 The Lost Squadron
 1932 Business and Pleasure
Lawrence Ogle
 1931 Girls About Town
Jim Baker
 1931 The Common Law
John Neville
 1931 Born to Love
Barry Craig
 1931 Kept Husbands
Richard 'Dick' Brunton
 1931 Once a Sinner
Tommy Mason
 1930 Lightnin'
John Marvin
 1930 The Silver Horde
Boyd Emerson
 1930 Framed
Waiter at the Casino Club (uncredited)
 1929 Dynamite
Marco - Her Boy Friend
 1929 So This Is College
Bruce Nolan (uncredited)
 1929 The Single Standard
Blythe - One of the Philandering Men (uncredited)
 1929 The Jazz Age
Todd Sayles
 1928 The Five O'Clock Girl
 1928 The Divine Lady
Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Freedom of the Press
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1928 Dead Man's Curve
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1927 The Enemy
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 The Fair Co-Ed
Student (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Hosted the pilot for a western anthology series called "The Story of the Star" about the adventures of various frontier lawmen. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 8 Articles | 18 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


6' 2½" (1.89 m)


Frances Dee  (his death)  (3 children)


Jody McCrea


Thomas McCrea | Lou Whipple McCrea


Wyatt McCrea (grandchild)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I have no regrets, except perhaps one: I should have tried harder to be a better actor. See more »


Among movies that he turned down: Spitfire (1934) with Katharine Hepburn, The Impatient Years (1944), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Intruder in the Dust (1949), The Story of Will Rogers (1952). See more »



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