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John Qualen (Johan Mandt Kvalen)

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Biography

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
One of the best and most familiar character actors of the first four decades of sound films, although few who knew his face also knew his name. John Qualen was born in Canada to Norwegian parents. His father was a minister. The family moved to the United States and Qualen (whose real name was Kvalen) grew up in Elgin, Illinois. He won an oratory contest and was given a scholarship to Northwestern University. His interest in acting was piqued there, and he began appearing in tent shows on the Lyceum-Chautauqua circuit, and in stock. Read more...

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Character: Henry Novak

Arrowsmith 1931

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Character: Man Who Owned the Bull

The Devil's Brother 1933

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Character: Chris--Janitor

Upperworld 1934

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Character: Dutch, Santa Avila's Cabbie

He Was Her Man 1934

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Character: Prof. Herman Ellenbogen

365 Nights in Hollywood 1934

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Character: Mr. Clapman

Straight Is the Way 1934

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Character: Scared soldier 1st hears digging

The Road to Glory 1936

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Character: Subway Watchman

The Mad Miss Manton 1938

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Character: Oswego

Joy of Living 1938

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Character: Asa Wyatt

Five of a Kind 1938

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Character: Muley Bates

The Grapes of Wrath 1940

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Character: Charles Engle

Angels Over Broadway 1940

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Character: Lars Knutson Rockne

Knute Rockne All American 1940

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Character: Mr. Ed Fuddle

Blondie on a Budget 1940

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Character: First Carpenter

Saturday's Children 1940

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Character: Clem Howie

Youth Will Be Served 1940

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Character: Coot Royal

The Shepherd of the Hills 1941

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Character: Hasslinger's Clerk

New Wine 1941

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Character: Jose Maria Corcoran

Tortilla Flat 1942

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Character: Sam Bachrach

Larceny, Inc. 1942

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Character: Anton Dubechek

An American Romance 1944

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Character: Bart Blivens

Captain Kidd 1945

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Character: Model T

Adventure 1945

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Character: Svend Olsen

Roughly Speaking 1945

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Character: A Refugee Doctor

The Fugitive 1947

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Character: Swangron

Hollow Triumph 1948

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Character: Defense Attorney Cavendish

Francis Covers the Big Town 1953

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Character: Jose Locota

The High and the Mighty 1954

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Character: Willie Klauber

The Student Prince 1954

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Character: Chief Engineer Schmitt

The Sea Chase 1955

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Character: Leonard Haskins

Unchained 1955

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Character: Lars Jorgensen

The Searchers 1956

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Character: Logger Judge

North to Alaska 1960

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Character: Deckhand Who Cries 'Man Overboard'

Donovan's Reef 1963

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Character: Luther Lindquist

7 Faces of Dr. Lao 1964

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Character: Charlie Biller

The Sons of Katie Elder 1965

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Character: Ernie Evans

Those Calloways 1965

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Character: Poppa

P.J. 1968

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Character: Billy Hurd

Hail, Hero! 1969

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Character: Deputy Sheriff Sulo

Anatomy of a Murder 1959

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Character: Hannos

I Spy 1965

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Character: John Paul McGarrity

Ben Casey 1961

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Character: Axel the Handyman

Mister Ed 1958

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Character: Storekeeper J.P.

Omnibus 1952

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Character: Miser Stevens

The Devil and Daniel Webster 1941

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Character: Sam Lundborg

The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1960

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Character: Ole Knudsen

Two Rode Together 1961

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Character: Mr. Johansson

Hazel 1961

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