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Joseph Cotten (Joseph Cheshire Cotten)

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Biography

Petersburg, Virginia, USA
Joseph Cheshire Cotton, Jr. was born in Petersburg, Virginia, into a well-to-do Southern family. He was the eldest of three sons born to Sally Whitworth (Willson) and Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster.

Jo (as he was known) and his brothers Whit and Sam spent their summers at their aunt and uncle's home at Virginia Beach. And there and at an early age he discovered a passion for story-telling, reciting, and performing acts for his family. Cotten studied acting at the Hickman School of Expression in Washington, D.C. and worked as an advertising agent afterward. Read more...

Actor

Character: Jedediah Leland

Citizen Kane 1941

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Character: Bill Morley

Hers to Hold 1943

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Character: Brian Cameron

Gaslight 1944

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Character: Lt. Tony Willett

Since You Went Away 1944

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Character: Zachary Morgan

I'll Be Seeing You 1944

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Character: Jesse McCanles

Duel in the Sun 1946

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Character: Glenn Morley

The Farmer's Daughter 1947

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Character: Eben Adams

Portrait of Jennie 1948

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Character: Doctor Louis Moline

Beyond the Forest 1949

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Character: George Loomis

Niagara 1953

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Character: Pat 'P.M.' Martin

The Bottom of the Bottle 1956

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Character: Kenneth Regan

The Oscar 1966

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Character: Col. Woodward

Some May Live 1967

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Character: William R. Simonson

Soylent Green 1973

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Character: Nicholas St. Downs III

Airport '77 1977

1
Character: Arthur Renfrew - Secretary of State

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1977

1
Character: The Reverend Doctor

Heaven's Gate 1980

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Character: Grant Matthews

Producers' Showcase 1954

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Character: Himself - Guest Host

The Loretta Young Show 1953

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Character: Black McSween

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1958

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Character: John Ashburn

The Ford Television Theatre 1952

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Character: John R. James

The Streets of San Francisco 1972

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Character: Himself

Over Easy 1977

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Character: Himself - Host

The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1955

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Character: Allen Quinton

Love Letters 1945

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Character: Professor Wheelwright

Bus Stop 1961

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Character: Himself - Guest Panelist

Stump the Stars 1947

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Character: Dr. Joseph Francis Condon

The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case 1976

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Character: Gregg Carey

Suspicion 1957

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Character: Arnold Buhler

77 Sunset Strip 1958

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Character: Himself

Laugh-In 1967

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Character: Himself

Password All-Stars 1961

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Character: Charles Ladovan

Dr. Kildare 1961

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Character: General George C. Marshall

Churchill and the Generals 1981

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Character: Himself

The Kraft Music Hall 1967

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Character: Himself - Memorial Tribute

The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994

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Character: Dr. George Mallinson

Checkmate 1960

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Character: Mac McClay

The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1960

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Character: Sam Flusky

Under Capricorn 1949

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Character: Himself - Special Participant

F for Fake 1973

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Character: Dr. Robert Carson

Do You Take This Stranger? 1971

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Writing