Purnell Pratt (1878–1941)

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Purnell Pratt was born on October 20, 1878 in Bethel, Illinois, USA as Purnell Bush Pratt. He was an actor, known for Scarface (1932), The Mystery Squadron (1933) and Crimson Romance (1934). He was married to Julia C. Price. He died on July 25, 1941 in Hollywood, California, USA. See full bio »

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Scarface Publisher
The Mystery Squadron Lafe Johnson
Crimson Romance Franklyn Pierce
Lawful Larceny Judge Perry


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 1941 Doctors Don't Tell (uncredited)
 1941 Life Begins for Andy Hardy
Dr. Storfen (uncredited)
 1941 Ringside Maisie
Dr. Taylor
 1941 Blossoms in the Dust
Texas Senator (uncredited)
 1941 Pot o' Gold
Thompson (uncredited)
 1940 Grand Ole Opry
Attorney General
 1939 Colorado Sunset
Mr. Hall
 1939 Second Fiddle
Abbott, the Editor (scenes deleted)
 1939 My Wife's Relatives
Mr. Ellis
 1938 Come on, Rangers!
Senator Harvey
 1937 Rosalie
Ship Captain (uncredited)
 1937 Under Suspicion
Frank Rogers
 1937 High, Wide and Handsome
Col. Blake
 1937 Forlorn River
David Ward (uncredited)
 1937 Night of Mystery
John F. X. Markham
 1937 King of Gamblers
 1937 Murder Goes to College
President Arthur L. McShean
 1937 Join the Marines
Col. J. B. Denbrough
 1936 Let's Make a Million
 1936 The Plainsman
Capt. Wood
 1936 Wedding Present
Howard Van Dorn
 1936 Murder with Pictures
 1936 Wives Never Know
 1936 Lady Be Careful
 1936 Straight from the Shoulder
James McBride
 1936 Hollywood Boulevard
Mr. Steinman
 1936 The Return of Sophie Lang
Thomas Chadwick
 1936 Dancing Feet
Silas P. Jones
 1935 Magnificent Obsession
Hastings (uncredited)
 1935 Frisco Waterfront
Dr. Stevens
 1935 A Night at the Opera
Mayor (uncredited)
 1935 1,000 Dollars a Minute
 1935 It's in the Air
Horace McNab (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1935 Waterfront Lady
Dist. Atty. Shaw
 1935 Red Salute
Gen. Van Allen
 1935 Diamond Jim
 1935 Ladies Crave Excitement
Amos Starke
 1935 Black Fury
Henry B. Jenkins
 1935 The Casino Murder Case
District Attorney John Markham (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1935 Behind the Green Lights
Detective Lt. Jim Kennedy
 1935 Death Flies East
Dr. Landers
 1935 Rendezvous at Midnight
The Mayor - Hamilton
 1935 The Winning Ticket
Mr. Powers
 1934 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
Board Director (uncredited)
 1934 The Secret Bride
District Attorney (uncredited)
 1934 The Band Plays On
Judge Bone (uncredited)
 1934 A Wicked Woman
Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
 1934 Crimson Romance
Franklyn Pierce
 1934 Name the Woman
 1934 Midnight Alibi
 1934 The Hell Cat
 1934 The Witching Hour
District Attorney Robinson
 1934 Men in White
Mr. Spencer (uncredited)
 1934 School for Girls
Inspector Jameson
 1934 Lazy River
Mr. Lodge - Attorney (uncredited)
 1934 The Show-Off
John Preston (uncredited)
 1933 The Mystery Squadron
Lafe Johnson
 1933 Son of a Sailor
Captain Briggs (uncredited)
 1933 The Chief
Al Morgan (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1933 Love, Honor and Oh, Baby!
Marchall Durant
 1933 Midshipman Jack
Captain Rogers
 1933 Headline Shooter
Eddie Edmunds - City Editor (uncredited)
 1933 A Shriek in the Night
Police Insp. Russell
 1933 I Cover the Waterfront
John Phelps
 1933 Pick-up
Prosecuting Attorney
 1933 The Billion Dollar Scandal
Committee Chairman
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress
Officer Quieting Grand Duke Igor (uncredited)
 1932 The Unwritten Law
Stephen McBain
 1932 Red-Haired Alibi
Police Inspector Regan
 1932 False Faces
Jefferson Howe
 1932 Hat Check Girl
Collins (uncredited)
 1932 Skyscraper Souls
Harrington Brewster (uncredited)
 1932 The Roadhouse Murder
Inspector William Agnew
 1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
George M. Ferguson
 1932/I Grand Hotel
Zinnowitz (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1932 Scarface
 1932 Emma
Haskins (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1931 Ladies of the Big House
John Hartman
 1931 The Secret Witness
Capt. McGowan
 1931 The Spider
Inspector Riley
 1931 Five Star Final
Robert French
 1931 The Gay Diplomat
Colonel George Gorin
 1931 Traveling Husbands
J. C. Wilson
 1931 The Public Defender
John Kirk
 1931 Up for Murder
William Winter
 1931 The Public Enemy
Officer Powers (uncredited)
 1931 Bachelor Apartment
Herb Carraway
 1931 Beyond Victory
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1931 The Prodigal
Rodman Farraday
 1931 Dance, Fools, Dance
Parker (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1930 Paid
Edward Gilder (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1930 The Gorilla
The Stranger
 1930 The Silver Horde
Wayne Wayland
 1930 Sinners' Holiday
Detective Sikes
 1930 Lawful Larceny
Judge Perry (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1930 Common Clay
Richard Fullerton (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1930 Road to Paradise
Police Inspector Updike
 1930 The Furies
District Attorney
 1930 Puttin' on the Ritz
George Barnes
 1929 The Locked Door
Police Officer (uncredited)
 1929 Painted Faces
Foreman of Jury
 1929 The Trespasser
Hector Ferguson
 1929 Is Everybody Happy?
Stage Manager
 1929 Fast Life
Berton Hall
 1929 On with the Show!
Sam Bloom (as Purnell B. Pratt)
 1929 Thru Different Eyes
Dist. Atty. Marston
 1929 Alibi
Police Sgt. Pete Manning (as Mr. Purnell B. Pratt)
 1926 Midnight Lovers
 1926 Phantom Police
Tracy Downs
 1925 The Flame Fighter
Mike Turney
 1925 The Lady Who Lied
 1917 Seven Keys to Baldpate
John Bland
 1914 The Great Diamond Robbery
Maria's Brother (as Purnell B. Pratt)

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Stage Play: The Switchboard [Production played in repertory with Fear, Fancy Free, Any Night, A Tragedy of the Future]. Written by Edgar Wallace. Princess Theatre: 14 Mar 1913- Jun 1913 (closing date unknown/115 performances). Cast: Holbrook Blinn, Edward Ellis, Harrison Ford, Fanny Hartz, Willette Kershaw, Francine Larrimore, Bennett ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Mr. Purnell B. Pratt | Purnell B. Pratt


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American character actor whose career began in silents but moved ahead in small film roles playing both sides of the moral fence as both no-nonsense inspectors, judges or attorneys and as crime bosses or crooked politicos. See more »

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