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Charles Bickford (Charles Ambrose Bickford)

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Biography

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
American character actor of gruff voice and appearance who was a fixture in Hollywood pictures from the earliest days of the talkies. The fifth of seven children, he was born in the first minute of 1891. He was a boisterous child, and at nine was tried and acquitted for attempted murder in the shooting of a motorman who had run over his dog. He worked as a lumberjack and investment promoter, and briefly ran his own pest extermination business. In his late teens, he gave up the business and traveled aimlessly about country. Read more...

Actor

Character: Hagon Derk

Dynamite 1929

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Character: Bob Sangster

Hell's Heroes 1929

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Character: Big Steve Halloway

Little Miss Marker 1934

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Character: John Lattimer

The Plainsman 1936

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Character: Red Scanlon

High, Wide, and Handsome 1937

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Character: Otto Hartman

Daughter of Shanghai 1937

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Character: Howard Fallon

Valley of the Giants 1938

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Character: Cliff Weldon

Burma Convoy 1941

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Character: Wolf Reade

Riders of Death Valley 1941

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Character: Master of the 'Tyfib'

Reap the Wild Wind 1942

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Character: Hard Swede

Mr. Lucky 1943

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Character: Capt. Waddell

Wing and a Prayer 1944

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Character: Sam Pierce

Duel in the Sun 1946

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Character: Joseph Clancy

The Farmer's Daughter 1947

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Character: Brother Matthias

The Babe Ruth Story 1948

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Character: Black MacDonald

Johnny Belinda 1948

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Character: Lt. James Colton

Whirlpool 1949

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Character: Dr. Dave Runkleman

Not as a Stranger 1955

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Character: Gen. Jimmy Guthrie

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell 1955

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Character: A.A. Andrews

You Can't Run Away from It 1956

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Character: Zeb Rawlins

The Unforgiven 1960

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Character: Ellis Arnesen

Days of Wine and Roses 1962

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Character: Big Jake Hollander

The Dick Powell Theatre 1961

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Character: Father Peyramale

The Song of Bernadette 1943

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Character: Jason's Uncle

The Ford Television Theatre 1952

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Character: Elmer Brockhurst

Command Decision 1948

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Character: Howard Ellendale

The Eleventh Hour 1962

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Character: John Macready

The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1955

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Character: Martin Seaford

Climax! 1954

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Character: Maj. Henry Terrill

The Big Country 1958

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Character: Dr. Charles Dubro

Dr. Kildare 1961

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Character: Dr. Barry Logan

Alcoa Premiere 1961

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Character: Whitney P. Thorne

Checkmate 1960

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Character: Isiah B. Richardson

The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1960

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