Ann Doran

Character actress Ann Doran was beyond prolific, appearing in more than 350 film and television shows. Her career in film began humbly, working as a stand-in before stepping up to bit parts in movies like Frank Capra's ... Read more »
Born: 07/28/1911 in Amarillo, Texas, USA


Actor (115)

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

Mrs. Chatham (Actor)

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


All the Way Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


All Night Long 1981 (Movie)

Grandmother Gibbons (Actor)

First Monday in October 1981 (Movie)

Storekeeper (Actor)

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


We've Got Each Other 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


The Last Angry Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


The Hired Hand 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Sorenson (Actor)

The Arrangement 1969 (Movie)

Nurse Costello (Actor)

Hey, Landlord 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)


Not With My Wife, You Don't 1965 (Movie)

Doris Parker (Actor)

The Hostage 1965 (Movie)

Miss Mabry (Actor)

Kitten With a Whip 1963 (Movie)

Mavis Varden (Actor)

Leave It to Beaver 1957 - 1963 (TV Show)


The Brass Bottle 1963 (Movie)

Martha Kenton (Actor)

The Carpetbaggers 1963 (Movie)

Woman Reporter (Actor)

Where Love Has Gone 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Geraghty (Actor)

Captain Newman, M.D. 1962 (Movie)

Mrs Pyser (Actor)

A Summer Place 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Talbert (Actor)

Cast a Long Shadow 1958 (Movie)

Ma Calvert (Actor)

Day of the Badman 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Mordigan (Actor)

It! The Terror From Beyond Space 1958 (Movie)

Mary Royce (Actor)

Riot in Juvenile Prison 1958 (Movie)

Bess Monahan (Actor)

The F.B.I. Story 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Ballard (Actor)

The Female Animal 1958 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Violent Road 1958 (Movie)

Edith (Actor)

Voice in the Mirror 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Devlin (Actor)

Warlock 1958 (Movie)

Mrs Richardson (Actor)

Band of Angels 1957 (Movie)


Rebel Without a Cause 1955 (Movie)

Jim's Mother (Actor)

The Desperate Hours 1955 (Movie)

Mrs Walling (Actor)

The Bob Mathias Story 1954 (Movie)

Mrs Mathias (Actor)

The High and the Mighty 1954 (Movie)

Mrs Joseph (Actor)

Them 1954 (Movie)

Psychiatrist (Actor)

Island in the Sky 1953 (Movie)

Moon's Wife (Actor)

Here Come the Nelsons 1952 (Movie)

Clara Randolph (Actor)

Tomahawk 1951 (Movie)


No Sad Songs For Me 1950 (Movie)

Louise Spears (Actor)

Beyond the Forest 1949 (Movie)

Edith Williams (Actor)

The Snake Pit 1948 (Movie)


My Favorite Brunette 1947 (Movie)

Miss Rogers (Actor)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)


The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 (Movie)

Bobbi St. John (Actor)

Penny Serenade 1940 (Movie)


You Can't Take It With You 1938 (Movie)


The Lady Objects 1937 (Movie)


Advice to the Lovelorn (TV Show)


Air Force (Movie)

Mary Quincannon (Actor)

Air Hostess (Movie)

Virginia Barton (Actor)

Beyond the Blue Horizon (Movie)

Margaret Chase (Actor)

Blind Alley (Movie)

Agnes (Actor)

Blondie (Movie)

Elsie Hazlip (Actor)

Crazy Times (TV Show)


Dive Bomber (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (Movie)

Sheila Cobb (Actor)

Extortion (Movie)

Margie Blake (Actor)

Flood! (TV Show)


Gildersleeve on Broadway (Movie)

Matilda (Actor)

Girls Can Play (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

Good Girls Go to Paris (Movie)


Hazard (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Her First Romance (Movie)

Mrs. Foster (Actor)

Here Come the Waves (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Holiday in Havana (Movie)

Marge Henley (Actor)

Let Us Live (Movie)

Secretary Juror (Actor)

Let's Sing Again (Movie)

Alice Albe (Actor)

Little Mo (TV Show)


Longstreet (TV Show)


Love Is Better Than Ever (Movie)

Mrs. Levoy (Actor)

Magic Town (Movie)

Mrs. Weaver (Actor)

Meet John Doe (Movie)

Mrs. Hansen (Actor)

Missing Girls (Movie)

Ann Jason (Actor)

My Dog Rusty (Movie)

Mrs. Mitchell (Actor)

Never a Dull Moment (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

No Minor Vices (Movie)

Mrs. Faraday (Actor)

Old Acquaintance (Movie)

Saleslady (Actor)

One Last Fling (Movie)

Vera Thompson (Actor)

Our Hearts Were Growing Up (Movie)

Monica Lonsdale (Actor)

Palm Springs (TV Show)


Paula (TV Show)


Pride of the Marines (Movie)

Ella Merchant (Actor)

Proudly We Hail (Movie)

Lt. Betty Peterson (Actor)

Red Lights Ahead (Movie)

Mary Wallace (Actor)

Riding High (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Ring Around the Moon (Movie)

Kay Duncan (Actor)

Rodeo (TV Show)


Roughly Speaking (Movie)

Alice Abbott (Actor)

Rusty Leads the Way (Movie)

Ethel Mitchell (Actor)

Rusty Saves a Life (Movie)

Mrs. Mitchell (Actor)

Rusty's Birthday (Movie)

Mrs. Mitchell (Actor)

Sealed Verdict (Movie)

Ellie Blaine (Actor)

Seven Were Saved (Movie)

Mrs. Rollin Hartley (Actor)

Shirley (TV Show)


Slightly Dangerous (Movie)


Smashing the Spy Ring (Movie)

Madelon Martin (Actor)

So This Is Love? (Movie)

Mrs. Moore (Actor)

Starlift (Movie)

Mrs. Callan (Actor)

Street of Chance (Movie)

Miss Peabody (Actor)

The Family Nobody Wanted (TV Show)


The Kid from Cleveland (Movie)

Emily Novak (Actor)

The Little Red Schoolhouse (Movie)

Mary Burke (Actor)

The Macahans (TV Show)


The Man They Could Not Hang (Movie)

Betty Crawford (Actor)

The More the Merrier (Movie)

Miss Bilby (Actor)

The Painted Hills (Movie)

Martha Blake (Actor)

The Perfect Marriage (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

The Priest Killer (TV Show)


The Return of the Whistler (Movie)

Sybil (Actor)

The Rose Bowl Story (Movie)

Mrs. Burke (Actor)

Way Down East (Movie)

Hired Girl (Actor)

Weekend of Terror (TV Show)



Character actress Ann Doran was beyond prolific, appearing in more than 350 film and television shows. Her career in film began humbly, working as a stand-in before stepping up to bit parts in movies like Frank Capra's rags to riches romantic comedy "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town." Capra liked Doran and went on to cast her in a string of his films, including his adaptation of the daffy stage play "You Can't Take It With You." Capra's interest also aided Doran in scoring a contract with Columbia in 1938, which guaranteed her consistent work over the years in a wide range of productions, including the popular action serial "Flying G-Men," the Three Stooge's comedy short "Three Sappy People," and major movies like Howard Hawks' sassy classic "His Girl Friday." Though most of her work were bit parts, Doran did land the occasional lead. In 1938, she starred opposite Charles Starrett in the revenge-centered Western "Rio Grande." She later landed a supporting role in the boy and his dog drama "For the Love of Rusty." The film spawned several sequels, in which Doran reprised her role as the boy's loving mother, Ethel Mitchell. Yet she may be best remembered as the concerned mother of Jim Stark (James Dean) in the iconic classic "Rebel Without a Cause." Upon her death in 2000, Doran showed her love of Hollywood one last time by donating $400,000 to the Motion Picture Country House, which cares for retirees from the film industry.


Rose Allen