Joe Sawyer (I) (1906–1982)

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Joe Sawyer's familiar mug appeared everywhere during the 1930s and 1940s, particularly as a stock player for Warner Bros. in its more standard college musicals, comedies and crime yarns. He could play both sides of the fence, street cops and mob gunmen, with equal ease. He was born Joseph Sauers in Guelph, Canada, on August 29, 1906, and ... See full bio »


(age 75) in Ashland, Oregon, USA

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Known For

Gilda Casey
The Killing Mike O'Reilly
The Grapes of Wrath Keene Ranch Foreman


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 1962 How the West Was Won
Riverboat Officer (uncredited)
 1961 Everglades! (TV Series)
Marco Collins
- Flight at Boca Chico (1961) ... Marco Collins (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1961 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Leon Huff
- Inside Job (1961) ... Leon Huff
 1961 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
- End of the Line (1961) ... (credit only)
 1961 Lock Up (TV Series)
Sgt. McEvoy
- His Brother's Keeper (1961) ... Sgt. McEvoy
 1960 Harrigan and Son (TV Series)
Matt Collins
- Pipes Are Pipes (1960) ... Matt Collins
 1960 North to Alaska
Land Commissioner
 1960 Maisie (TV Movie)
Master Sergeant Blackenhorn
 1959 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Sam Granger
- The Briefcase (1959) ... Sam Granger
 1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Fighting Sam Brown
- Apollo with a Gun (1959) ... Fighting Sam Brown
 1959 Maverick (TV Series)
Sgt. Schumacher
- Trooper Maverick (1959) ... Sgt. Schumacher
 1954-1959 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Sgt. Biff O'Hara
- The Luck of O'Hara (1959) ... Sgt. Biff O'Hara
- Pillajohn's Progress (1959) ... Sgt. Biff O'Hara
- The Accusation (1959) ... Sgt. Biff O'Hara
- Stagecoach to Phoenix (1959) ... Sgt. Biff O'Hara
- Ol' Betsy (1959) ... Sgt. Biff O'Hara
 1958 Frontier Doctor (TV Series)
Butch Cassidy
- The Outlaw Legion (1958) ... Butch Cassidy
 1956 The Killing
Mike O'Reilly
 1956 The Kettles in the Ozarks
Bancroft Baines
 1955 Botsford's Beanery (TV Movie)
 1954 Adventures of the Falcon (TV Series)
Harry Gault
- The Reckoning (1954) ... Harry Gault
 1954 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Motorcycle Cop
- The Driver's License (1954) ... Motorcycle Cop
 1954 The Halls of Ivy (TV Series)
 1954 Johnny Dark
Carl Svenson (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1954 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Butch Cassidy
- The Wild Bunch of Wyoming (1954) ... Butch Cassidy
 1954 Riding Shotgun
Tom Biggert
 1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
- Public Enemies (1954) ... Chopper
 1954 Taza, Son of Cochise
Sgt. Hamma
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Joey Uptown
- For the Love of Kitty (1954) ... Joey Uptown
 1952-1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Sgt. Gunner McGurn
- Beauty for Hire (1952) ... Sgt. Gunner McGurn
 1953 It Came from Outer Space
Frank Daylon
 1952 Mr. Walkie Talkie
Sgt. William Ames
 1952 Deadline - U.S.A.
Whitey Franks (uncredited)
 1952 Red Skies of Montana
R.A. (Pop) Miller
 1952 Indian Uprising
Sgt. Maj. Phineas T. Keogh
 1951 As You Were
Sgt. Ames
 1951 Comin' Round the Mountain
Kalem McCoy
 1951 Pride of Maryland
 1950 The Flying Missile
Quartermaster 'Fuss' Payne
 1950 Operation Haylift
George Swallow
 1950 Blondie's Hero
Sgt. Gateson
 1950 The Traveling Saleswoman
Cactus Jack
 1949 And Baby Makes Three
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
 1949 Deputy Marshal
Eli Cressett
 1949 Kazan
Sandz Jepson
 1949 Stagecoach Kid
 1949 The Gay Amigo
Sergeant McNulty
 1949 Tucson
Tod Bryant
 1949 The Lucky Stiff
 1948 The Untamed Breed
Hoy Keegan
 1948 Fighting Back
Police Sgt. Scudder
 1948 Coroner Creek
Frank Yordy
 1948 Fighting Father Dunne
Steve Davis
 1948 Half Past Midnight
Det. Lt. Joe Nash
 1948 Here Comes Trouble
Officer Ames
 1948 If You Knew Susie
Zero Zantini
 1947 A Double Life
Pete Bonner
 1947 Big Town After Dark
 1947 Roses Are Red
Police Lt. Rocky Wall
 1947 Christmas Eve
Private Detective Gimlet
 1946 G.I. War Brides
Sgt. Frank Moraski (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1946 Inside Job
Police Capt. Thomas
 1946 The Runaround
 1946 Joe Palooka, Champ
 1946 Gilda
 1946 Deadline at Dawn
Babe Dooley
 1945 The Naughty Nineties
 1945 Brewster's Millions
Hacky Smith
 1945 High Powered
Spike Kenny (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1944 The Singing Sheriff
 1944 Raiders of Ghost City
Idaho Jones
 1944 South of Dixie
Ernest Hatcher
 1944 Hey, Rookie
 1944 Moon Over Las Vegas
 1943 Tornado
Charlie Boswell
 1943 Tarzan's Desert Mystery
Karl Straeder
 1943 Sleepy Lagoon
 1943 Let's Face It
Sergeant Wiggins
 1943 Yanks Ahoy
Sgt. Ames
 1943 Alaska Highway
 1943 Hit the Ice
Buster (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1943 Cowboy in Manhattan
 1943 Buckskin Frontier
 1943 Taxi, Mister
Eddie Corbett
 1943 Prairie Chickens
 1943 The Outlaw
Charley Woodruff
 1942 The McGuerins from Brooklyn
Eddie Corbett (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1942 Fall In
Sgt. William Ames
 1942 Wrecking Crew
Fred Bunce
 1942 A Letter from Bataan (Short)
Roy - John's Brother-in-Law
 1942 About Face (Short)
Sgt. Ames
 1942 Sundown Jim
Ben Moffitt (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1942 Brooklyn Orchid
Eddie Corbett
 1942 Hay Foot
Sergeant Ames
 1941 You're in the Army Now
Sergeant Madden (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
Sgt. Doolittle (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1941 Swamp Water
Hardy Ragan (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1941 Down Mexico Way
 1941 Last of the Duanes
Bull Lossomer (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1941 Tanks a Million
Sgt. William Ames
 1941 Belle Starr
John Cole (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1941 Down in San Diego
 1941 Sergeant York
Sgt. Early (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
Sheriff 'Noisy' Burkett, Henchman (uncredited)
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
 1940 The Border Legion
Jim Gulden (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1940 Melody Ranch
Jasper Wildhack (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1940 The Long Voyage Home
Davis (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1940 Wildcat Bus
Burke (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1940 Lucky Cisco Kid
Bill Stevens
 1940 King of the Lumberjacks
Jigger, a Lumberjack
 1940 Dark Command
Bushropp (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1940 Women Without Names
Principal Keeper Grimley (uncredited)
 1940 The House Across the Bay
Charley (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1940 Honeymoon Deferred
Detective James
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath
Keene Ranch Foreman (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1939 Man from Montreal
Biff Anders (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1939 The Roaring Twenties
The Sergeant - Pete Jones
 1939 Sabotage
 1939 Rio
Prison Guard (uncredited)
 1939 I Stole a Million
Billings (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1939 Frontier Marshal
Curley Bill
 1939 Inside Information
Detective Grazzi (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy
Werner Renz
 1939 Union Pacific
Shamus (uncredited)
 1939 The Lady and the Mob
Blinky Mack (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1939 My Son Is a Criminal
Policeman (uncredited)
 1938 Gambling Ship
Tony Garzoni (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1938 Heart of the North
James 'Red' Crocker
 1938 Always in Trouble
Buster Mussendorfer
 1938 The Storm
Bill Kelly (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1938 Passport Husband
Duke Selton (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1938 Stolen Heaven
 1938 Tarzan's Revenge
Olaf Punch (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1937 Behind the Criminal (Short)
Red Manders
 1937 The Lady Fights Back
Swede Jannsen
 1937 Reported Missing!
'Brad' Martin (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1937 A Dangerous Adventure
 1937 Midnight Madonna
 1937 Slim
Wilcox (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1937 San Quentin
'Sailor Boy' Hansen (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1937 They Gave Him a Gun
Doyle - Gangster (uncredited)
 1937 Motor Madness
Steve Dolan (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1937 Navy Blues
Chips (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1937 Black Legion
Cliff Moore (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1936 Great Guy
 1936 The Accusing Finger
Father Reed - the Priest (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1936 Rose Bowl
Announcer (uncredited)
 1936 Two in a Crowd
Bonelli's Henchman
 1936 Murder with Pictures
Inspector Bacon (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1936 Crash Donovan
Henchman (uncredited)
 1936 A Son Comes Home
First Truck Driver (uncredited)
 1936 High Tension
Terry Madden
 1936 And Sudden Death
Police Sgt. Sanborn (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1936 Special Investigator
Jim 'Jimmy' Plummer (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1936 Big Brown Eyes
Jack Sully
 1936 Pride of the Marines
Tennessee (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1936 The Country Doctor
Joe - Logger Lifting Log (uncredited)
 1936 The Walking Dead
Trigger Smith (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1936 The Leathernecks Have Landed
Sgt. Regan (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1936 The Petrified Forest
Jackie (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1935 Freshman Love
Coach Kendall (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1935 Man of Iron
Crawford (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1935 Frisco Kid
Slugs Crippen (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1935 I Found Stella Parish
Chuck (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1935 Moonlight on the Prairie
Luke Thomas
 1935 Special Agent
Ned Rich (as Joseph Sauers)
 1935 Little Big Shot
Doré's Henchman (as Joseph Sauers)
 1935 Man on the Flying Trapeze
Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
 1935 Broadway Gondolier
'Red' (as Joseph Sauers)
 1935 The Arizonian
Henchman Keeler (as Joseph Sauers)
 1935 The Informer
Barty Mulholland (as Joseph Sauers)
 1935 Air Hawks
Henchman (uncredited)
 1935 Eight Bells
Gates (uncredited)
 1935 Car 99
Whitey (as Joe Sauers)
 1935 The Whole Town's Talking
Nick - Mannion's Henchman (uncredited)
 1934 Sequoia
Forest Ranger (uncredited)
 1934 The Band Plays On
Mr. Thomas (as Joseph Sauers)
 1934 The Westerner
Bob Lockhart (as Joseph Sauers)
 1934 Behold My Wife!
Morton (uncredited)
 1934 College Rhythm
Spud Miller (uncredited)
 1934 The Prescott Kid
Marshal Willoughby (as Joseph Sauers)
 1934 Gridiron Flash
Coach Eversmith (as Joseph Sauers)
 1934 Against the Law
McManus (uncredited)
 1934 The Case of the Howling Dog
Carl Trask (uncredited)
 1934 Death on the Diamond
Spencer (as Joe Sauers)
 1934 The Notorious Sophie Lang
Building Guard (uncredited)
 1934 Stamboul Quest
Soldier Escorting Doktor (uncredited)
 1934 Sing and Like It
Gunner - Hood (as Joseph Sauers)
 1934 Looking for Trouble
Henchman Max Stanley (as Joseph Sauers)
 1934 Wharf Angel
Sailor on 'The Coyote' (uncredited)
 1934 Jimmy the Gent
Mike (uncredited)
 1933 Son of a Sailor
Slug (uncredited)
 1933 Jimmy and Sally
Slug Morgan (uncredited)
 1933 Blood Money
Red (uncredited)
 1933 Eskimo
Sergeant Hunt (uncredited)
 1933 College Coach
Holcomb (as Joe Sauers)
 1933 Ace of Aces
Capt. Daly (as Joe Sauers)
 1933 Saturday's Millions
Coach (as Joe Sauers)
 1933 Golden Harvest
Farmhand (uncredited)
 1933 Three Cornered Moon
Swimming Pool Instructor (uncredited)
 1933 The Stranger's Return
Farmhand (uncredited)
 1933 College Humor
Tex Roust (as Joseph Sawyer)
 1933 Hold Your Man
Policeman at Reformatory (uncredited)
 1933 Olsen's Big Moment
'Dapper' Danny Reynolds (as Joe Sauer)
 1932 Forgotten Commandments
Ivan Ivanovitch Petroff (uncredited)
 1932 Huddle
Slater (as Joe Sauers)
 1932 Young Bride
Library Patron Seeking Aphrodite (uncredited)
 1932 Shopworn
Construction Camp Worker (uncredited)
 1932 Arsène Lupin
Leroux (uncredited)
 1931 Maker of Men
Bennett the Monroe Coach (uncredited)
 1931 Surrender
Sergeant Muller (as Joseph Sauers)
 1931 New Adventures of Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford
Willis the Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
 1931 The Public Enemy
Pool player (uncredited)
 1930 Campus Sweethearts (Short)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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Joseph's parents, Joseph (October 3, 1984 - 1908) and Lavina Mary Bolton (August 17, 1885 - August 15, 1966), spelled their last name Sauer on their Guelph, Ontario, Canada, marriage certificate on November 23, 1904. Their son Joseph was known as Joseph Sauers. He chose to change his surname to Sawyer when he signed a Warner Brothers contract in 1935. See more »

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