Walter Pidgeon (1897–1984)

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Walter Pidgeon, a handsome, tall and dark-haired man, began his career studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He then did theater, mainly stage musicals. He went to Hollywood in the early 1920s, where he made silent films, including Mannequin (1926) and Sumuru (1927). When talkies arrived, Pidgeon made some musicals, ... See full bio »

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Known For

Forbidden Planet Dr. Morbius
Man Hunt Captain Alan Thorndike
Mrs. Miniver Clem Miniver
Funny Girl Florenz Ziegfeld


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 1977 Sextette
The Chairman
 1976 Two-Minute Warning
The Pickpocket
 1976 Gibbsville (TV Series)
Charles Kinsworth
- How Old, How Young (1976) ... Charles Kinsworth
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Hamilton Drew
- The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger (1976) ... Hamilton Drew
 1976 The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (TV Movie)
Judge Trenchard
 1975 Murder on Flight 502 (TV Movie)
Charlie Parkins
 1975 You Lie So Deep, My Love (TV Movie)
Uncle Joe Padway
 1974 The Girl on the Late, Late Show (TV Movie)
John Pahlman
 1974 Live Again, Die Again (TV Movie)
Thomas Carmichael
 1974 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Keith Follett
- Fear Is a Free-Throw (1974) ... Keith Follett
 1973 Harry in Your Pocket
 1973 Yellow-Headed Summer (rumored)
 1973 The Neptune Factor
Dr. Samuel Andrews
 1972 Skyjacked
Sen. Arne Lindner
 1972 The Screaming Woman (TV Movie)
Dr. Amos Larkin
 1971 Dan August (TV Series)
Judge Anderson
- The Law (1971) ... Judge Anderson
 1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Professor Bayliss
- A Passing of Torches (1971) ... Professor Bayliss
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
- Diffusion (1970) ... Cameo
 1970 The Mask of Sheba (TV Movie)
Dr. Max van Condon
 1970 House on Greenapple Road (TV Movie)
Mayor Jack Parker
 1969 Medical Center (TV Series)
Ambassador Bill Evarts
- The Fallen Image (1969) ... Ambassador Bill Evarts
 1969 Rascal
Sterling North (voice)
 1968 Funny Girl
Florenz Ziegfeld
 1968 The Vatican Affair
Il professore Herbert Cummings - un studioso illustre di cose vaticane
 1968 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Jason Merrill
- My Pal Tony (1968) ... Jason Merrill
 1967 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Leo Roland
- The Executioners: Part 2 (1967) ... Leo Roland
- The Executioners: Part 1 (1967) ... Leo Roland
 1967 Warning Shot
Orville Ames
 1967 How I Spent My Summer Vacation (TV Movie)
Lewis Gannet
 1965/I Cinderella (TV Movie)
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
B.G. Perkins
- Who Killed Mother Goose? (1965) ... B.G. Perkins
 1964 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Lord Dunsmore
- Not in Our Stars (1964) ... Lord Dunsmore
 1964 Mr. Kingston (TV Movie)
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
- Rachel's Mother (1964)
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Charles Priest
- Never Too Old for the Circus (1964) ... Dr. Charles Priest
 1963 Anniversary
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Leon Manville
- The Gnu, Now Almost Extinct (1963) ... Leon Manville
 1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Sherman Hatfield
- The Case of the Surplus Suitor (1963) ... Sherman Hatfield
 1963 The Shortest Day
Ernest Hemingway (uncredited)
 1963 Two Colonels
Colonello Timothy Henderson
 1962 Big Red
James Haggin
 1962 Advise & Consent
Senate Majority Leader
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
General Augustus Perry
- Reunion (1962) ... General Augustus Perry
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
John Baker
- Death Beyond Recall (1962) ... John Baker
 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Adm. Harriman Nelson
 1960 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Sketch Actor
- Episode #14.6 (1960) ... Sketch Actor
 1958-1959 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Dave King / Jess Clark
- King of the Valley (1959) ... Dave King
- Pressure Point (1958) ... Jess Clark
 1959 Meet Me in St. Louis (TV Movie)
Mr. Alonzo Smith
 1958 Swiss Family Robinson (TV Movie)
 1956 The Rack
Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
 1956 These Wilder Years
James Rayburn
 1956 Forbidden Planet
Dr. Morbius
 1955 The Glass Slipper
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1955 Hit the Deck
Rear Adm. Daniel Xavier Smith
 1954 Deep in My Heart
J.J. Shubert
 1954 The Last Time I Saw Paris
James Ellswirth
 1954 Men of the Fighting Lady
Comdr. Kent Dowling
 1954 Executive Suite
Frederick Y. Alderson
 1953 Dream Wife
Walter McBride
 1953 Scandal at Scourie
Patrick J. McChesney
 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful
Harry Pebbel
 1952 Million Dollar Mermaid
Frederick Kellerman
 1952 The Sellout
Haven D. Allridge
 1951 The Unknown Man
Dwight Bradley Masen
 1951 Quo Vadis
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1951 Calling Bulldog Drummond
Maj. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
 1951 Soldiers Three
Col. Brunswick
 1950 The Miniver Story
Clem Miniver
 1949 That Forsyte Woman
Young Jolyon Forsyte
 1949 The Red Danube
Col. Michael 'Hooky' Nicobar
 1948 Command Decision
Maj. Gen. Roland Goodlow Kane
 1948 Julia Misbehaves
William Sylvester Packett
 1947 If Winter Comes
Mark Sabre
 1947 Cass Timberlane
Walter Pidgeon - Party Guest (uncredited)
 1946 The Secret Heart
Chris Matthews
 1946 Holiday in Mexico
Jeffrey Evans
 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
Chip Collyer
 1944 Mrs. Parkington
Major Augustus Parkington
 1943 Madame Curie
Pierre Curie
 1943 The Youngest Profession
Walter Pidgeon
 1942 White Cargo
Harry Witzel
 1942 Mrs. Miniver
Clem Miniver
 1941 Design for Scandal
Jeff Sherman
 1941 How Green Was My Valley
Mr. Gruffydd
 1941 Blossoms in the Dust
Sam Gladney
 1941 Man Hunt
Captain Alan Thorndike
 1940 Flight Command
Squadron Comdr. Bill Gary
 1940 Sky Murder
Nick Carter
 1940 Phantom Raiders
Nick Carter
 1940 Dark Command
William 'Will' Cantrell
 1940 It's a Date
John Arlen
 1940 The House Across the Bay
Tim Nolan
 1940 I Take This Woman
Phil Mayberry (scenes deleted)
 1939 Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter / Robert Chalmers
 1939 Stronger Than Desire
Tyler Flagg
 1939 6, 000 Enemies
Steve Donegan
 1939 Society Lawyer
Christopher Durant
 1938 Listen, Darling
Richard Thurlow
 1938 Too Hot to Handle
Bill Dennis
 1938 The Shopworn Angel
Sam Bailey
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Jack Rance
 1938 Man-Proof
Alan Wythe
 1937 A Girl with Ideas
Mickey McGuire
 1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich
Ken Morley
 1937 Saratoga
Hartley Madison
 1937 As Good as Married
Fraser James
 1937 Girl Overboard
Paul Stacey
 1937 She's Dangerous
Dr. Scott Logan
 1936 Fatal Lady
David Roberts
 1936 Big Brown Eyes
Richard Morey
 1934 Good Badminton (Short)
 1934 Journal of a Crime
 1933 The Kiss Before the Mirror
Lucy's Lover
 1932 Rockabye
Al Howard
 1931 The Hot Heiress
 1931 Kiss Me Again
Paul de St. Cyr
 1930 Going Wild
'Ace' Benton
 1930 Viennese Nights
Franz von Renner
 1930 The Gorilla
Arthur Marsden
 1930 Sweet Kitty Bellairs
Lord Varney
 1930 Bride of the Regiment
Col. Vultow
 1930 Show Girl in Hollywood
Walter Pidgeon - Premiere Emcee (uncredited)
 1929 A Most Immoral Lady
Tony Williams
 1929 Her Private Life
Ned Thayer
 1928 Melody of Love
Jack Clark
 1928 Clothes Make the Woman
Victor Trent
 1928 Turn Back the Hours
Philip Drake
 1928 Woman Wise
United States Consul
 1928 The Gateway of the Moon
Arthur Wyatt
 1927 The 13th Juror
Richard Marsden
 1927 The Gorilla
 1927 Sumuru
Paul Sinclair
 1927 The Heart of Salome
Monte Carroll
 1926 Marriage License?
 1926 Miss Nobody
 1926 Old Loves and New
Clyde Lord Geradine
 1926 The Outsider
Basil Owen
 1926 Mannequin
Martin Innesbrook
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Stage: Appeared (Broadway debut) in "Puzzles of 1925" on Broadway. Musical revue. Book by / directed by Elsie Janis (also in cast). Fulton Theatre: 2 Feb 1925-May 1925 (closing date unknown/104 performances). Cast: Dorothy Appleby, Blair & Co., Helen Broderick, The Commanders Band, Cortez and Peggy, Lester Crawford, George Hale, ... See more »

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Personal Quote:

Maybe it was better never to become red hot. I'd seen performers like that and they never lasted long. Maybe a long glow is the best way. At Metro I was never considered big enough to squire around Norma Shearer or Joan Crawford or Greta Garbo. Well, I outlasted them all at MGM, didn't I? It takes a lot of work to appear easy going and I tried to avoid being stuffy. See more »


Starred in Universal's first all-talkie, "Melody of Love," in 1928. See more »

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