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  • BIRTH 27/10/1910
  • DEATH 02/01/1963
  • Country Canada
  • SHOWS 2
  • MOVIES 27

Jack Carson

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John Elmer "Jack" Carson (October 27, 1910 – January 2, 1963) was a Canadian-born, American film actor, with a film career spanning the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Though he was primarily used in supporting roles for comic relief, his work in films such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) displayed his mastery of "straight" dramatic actor roles as well. He worked for RKO and MGM (cast opposite Myrna Loy and William Powell in Love Crazy), but most of his memorable work was for Warner Bros. His trademark character was the wisecracking know-it-all, typically and inevitably undone by his own smug cockiness. Carson initially landed bit roles at RKO Radio Pictures in films such as Bringing Up Baby (1938), starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

An early standout role for Carson was as a mock-drunk undercover G-Man opposite Richard Cromwell in Universal Pictures's anti-Nazi action drama entitled Enemy Agent. This led to contract-player status with Warner Brothers shortly thereafter. While there, he was teamed with Dennis Morgan in a number of films, supposedly to compete with Paramount's popular Bing Crosby - Bob Hope Road to … pictures.

Most of his work at Warner Brothers was limited to light comedy work with Morgan, and later Doris Day (who in her autobiography would credit Carson as one of her early Hollywood mentors). Critics generally agree that Carson's best work was in Mildred Pierce (1945), where he played the perpetually scheming Wally Fay opposite Joan Crawford in the title role. Also in 1945, he played the role of Harold Pierson, the second husband of Louise Randall, played by Rosalind Russell, in Roughly Speaking. Another role which won accolades for him was as publicist Matt Libby in A Star is Born (1954). One of his last film roles was as the older brother "Gooper" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

His TV appearances, extending into the early 1960s, included The Martha Raye Show, The Guy Mitchell Show, and The Polly Bergen Show in 1957; Alcoa Theatre and Bonanza (Season 1, Ep.9: "Mr. Henry Comstock") in 1959; Thriller ("The Big Blackout") in 1960; and The Twilight Zone (Season 2, Ep. 14: "The Whole Truth") in 1961.

On February 8, 1960, Carson received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the television and radio industry. The television star is located at 1560 Vine Street, the radio star is at 6361 Hollywood Boulevard.

In 1983, after his death, Jack Carson was inducted into the Wisconsin Performing Artists Hall of Fame along with his film pal, Dennis Morgan, who was also from Wisconsin.

Jack Carson

Shows (2)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Frankie Fane
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Joe Bushwick

Movies (27)

A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born
Matt Libby
Bringing Up Baby
Bringing Up Baby
Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Gooper
Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace
Officer Patrick O'Hara
Destry Rides Again
Destry Rides Again
Jack Tyndall
The Tarnished Angels
The Tarnished Angels
Jiggs
Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce
Wally Fay
Carefree
Carefree
Connors
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Chuck
Stage Door
Stage Door
Mr. Milbanks
Gentleman Jim
Gentleman Jim
Walter Lawrie
Phffft
Phffft
Charlie Nelson
April Showers
April Showers
Joe Tyme
It's a Great Feeling
It's a Great Feeling
Jack Carson
The Strawberry Blonde
The Strawberry Blonde
Hugo Barnstead
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Captain Hoxie
Larceny, Inc.
Larceny, Inc.
Jeff Randolph
Bright Leaf
Bright Leaf
Chris Malley
Parole Fixer
Parole Fixer
George Mattison
Hollywood Canteen
Hollywood Canteen
Self
The Saint in New York
The Saint in New York
Red Jenks
Vivacious Lady
Vivacious Lady
Charlie
My Dream Is Yours
My Dream Is Yours
Doug Blake
You Only Live Once
You Only Live Once
Attendant in First Gas Station
Stand-In
Stand-In
Tom Potts
Love Crazy
Love Crazy
Ward Willoughby
Two Guys from Texas
Two Guys from Texas
Danny Foster