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Biography

Los Angeles, California, USA
Ideal for playing swarthy villains, James Griffith's tall, dark and gaunt features and shady countenance invaded hundreds of film and TV dramas (and a few comedies) throughout his career on-camera. Highlighted by his arched brows, hooded eyes and prominent proboscis, heavy character work would be his largest source of income for nearly four decades.

He was born James J. Griffith, of Welsh ancestry, on February 13, 1916, in Los Angeles. He and sister Dorothy were raised in the Santa Monica area. Read more...

Actor

Character: Crowley's Floorwalker

Holiday Affair 1949

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Character: Jed Morgan

Daughter of the West 1949

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Character: Mayor's Clerk

A Lion Is in the Streets 1953

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Character: Peter Hayden

No Escape 1953

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Character: Mac - Hotel Clerk

Powder River 1953

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Character: Jesse Quinn

Dragnet 1954

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Character: Joe Downey

The Boy from Oklahoma 1954

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Character: Henry - Train Conductor

Ride Clear of Diablo 1954

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Character: Veteran One-Legged Soldier at White House gate

Drum Beat 1954

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Character: Marshal Orrie Sommers

Rails Into Laramie 1954

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Character: Smiley Di Angelo

I Cover the Underworld 1955

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Character: Paul Holiday

Anything Goes 1956

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Character: Barjak

Tribute to a Bad Man 1956

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Character: Mr. Gray's Searching Companion

Raintree County 1957

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Character: Buzorg

Omar Khayyam 1957

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Character: Hugo Zattig

Advance to the Rear 1964

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Character: The Man of God

Lorna 1964

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Character: Mr. Stribling

A Big Hand for the Little Lady 1966

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Character: Abraham Murdock

Heaven with a Gun 1969

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Character: Painter #2

Hail, Hero! 1969

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Character: Dandy Davis

Little House on the Prairie 1974

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Character: Monk Lyselle

The Untouchables 1959

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Character: Joplin's Agent

The Blue Veil 1951

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Character: Dr. Trebush

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964

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Character: Hoby Shuttleworth

The Streets of San Francisco 1972

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Character: Sgt. Pickens

The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1955

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Character: Joe Hosmer

Emergency! 1972

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Character: Conrad Wycherly

Honey West 1965

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Character: Follit

Medical Center 1969

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Character: Henri 'Fox' Bonnard

The Monroes 1966

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Character: Harold Hutchinson

Dr. Kildare 1961

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Character: Ed Brandies

Thriller 1960

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Character: Harley 'Steamer' Russell

Checkmate 1960

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Character: Emmett Logan

Slattery's People 1964

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Character: Joe Swain

Waterfront 1954

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Character: Loggan

Broken Arrow 1956

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Character: Abel Pike

Zane Grey Theater 1956

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Character: Pete Stroud

Empire 1962

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Character: Tod

Frontier 1955

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Character: Constable Jasper Becket

Lancer 1968

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Character: Phillip Dexter

Ramar of the Jungle 1952

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Writing

Character: The Man of God

Lorna 1964

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Composing

Character: The Man of God

Lorna 1964

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