Joel McCrea

Actor, Stuntman, Home-delivery newsboy
Likable, ruggedly handsome figure, a durable star who first made his name in adventures and melodramas of the 1930s. McCrea gave one of his finest performances in Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" (1940) and brought ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1905 in South Pasadena, California, USA


Actor (71)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mustang Country 1975 (Movie)

Dan Treego (Actor)

Great American Cowboy 1972 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Cry Blood, Apache 1969 (Movie)


Ride the High Country 1962 (Movie)

Steve Judd (Actor)

Cattle Empire 1958 (Movie)

John Cord (Actor)

The Gunfight at Dodge City 1958 (Movie)

Bat Masterson (Actor)

Fort Massacre 1957 (Movie)

Sergeant Vinson (Actor)

The Oklahoman 1957 (Movie)

Dr John Brighton (Actor)

The Tall Stranger 1957 (Movie)

Ned Bannon (Actor)

Trooper Hook 1957 (Movie)

Sergeant Hook (Actor)

Gunsight Ridge 1956 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Stranger on Horseback 1955 (Movie)

Rick Thorne (Actor)

Wichita 1955 (Movie)

Wyatt Earp (Actor)

Black Horse Canyon 1954 (Movie)

Del Rockwell (Actor)

The Virginian 1946 (Movie)

The Virginian (Actor)

Buffalo Bill 1943 (Movie)


The Great Moment 1943 (Movie)

William Thomas Green Morton (Actor)

Sullivan's Travels 1941 (Movie)

John L 'Sully' Sullivan (Actor)

The Palm Beach Story 1941 (Movie)

Tom Jeffers (Actor)

Foreign Correspondent 1939 (Movie)


They Shall Have Music 1938 (Movie)


Union Pacific 1938 (Movie)

Jeff Butler (Actor)

Come and Get It 1936 (Movie)

Richard Glasgow (Actor)

Dead End 1936 (Movie)

Dave Connell (Actor)

Wells Fargo 1936 (Movie)

Ramsay MacKay (Actor)

Banjo on My Knee 1935 (Movie)

Ernie Holley (Actor)

Barbary Coast 1935 (Movie)

Carmichael (Actor)

These Three 1935 (Movie)

Dr. Joseph Cardin (Actor)

Private Worlds 1934 (Movie)

Dr. Alex MacGregor (Actor)

Bed of Roses 1932 (Movie)

Dan Walters (Actor)

Dynamite 1928 (Movie)

Marco - Her Boy Friend (Actor)

Adventure in Manhattan (Movie)

George Melville (Actor)

Bird of Paradise (Movie)

Johnny Baker (Actor)

Born to Love (Movie)

Barry Craig (Actor)

Business and Pleasure (Movie)

Lawrence Ogle (Actor)

Cattle Drive (Movie)

Dan Mathews (Actor)

Chance at Heaven (Movie)

Blacky Gorman (Actor)

Colorado Territory (Movie)

Wes McQueen (Actor)

Espionage Agent (Movie)

Barry Corvall (Actor)

Frenchie (Movie)

Tom Banning (Actor)

Gambling Lady (Movie)

Garry Madison (Actor)

Girls About Town (Movie)

Jim Baker (Actor)

Half a Sinner (Movie)

John Adams (Actor)

He Married His Wife (Movie)

T. H. Randall (Actor)

Hollywood Story (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Lightnin' (Movie)

John Marvin (Actor)

Once a Sinner (Movie)

Tommy Mason (Actor)

One Man's Journey (Movie)

Jimmy Watt (Actor)

Our Little Girl (Movie)

Dr. Donald Middleton (Actor)

Ramrod (Movie)

Dave Nash (Actor)

Scandal for Sale (Movie)


Scarlet River (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

So This Is College (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

South of St. Louis (Movie)

Kip Davis (Actor)

Stars in My Crown (Movie)

Josiah Dozier Grey (Actor)

The Common Law (Movie)

John Neville, Jr. (Actor)

The Enemy (Movie)

extra (Actor)

The Great Man's Lady (Movie)

Ethan Hoyt (Actor)

The Lone Hand (Movie)

Zachary Hallock (Actor)

The Lost Squadron (Movie)

Red (Actor)

The More the Merrier (Movie)

Joe Carter (Actor)

The Most Dangerous Game (Movie)

Bob Rainsford (Actor)

The Outriders (Movie)

Will Owen (Actor)

The Richest Girl in the World (Movie)

Tony Travis (Actor)

The San Francisco Story (Movie)

Rick Nelson (Actor)

The Silver Horde (Movie)

Boyd Emerson (Actor)

The Thirteenth Chair (Movie)


The Unseen (Movie)

David Fielding (Actor)

Youth Takes a Fling (Movie)

Joe Meadows (Actor)


Likable, ruggedly handsome figure, a durable star who first made his name in adventures and melodramas of the 1930s. McCrea gave one of his finest performances in Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" (1940) and brought an amiable, relaxed charm to his comic roles, especially when directed by Preston Sturges in "Sullivan's Travels" (1941) and "The Palm Beach Story" (1942) and by George Stevens in "The More the Merrier" (1943). His offhand yet sincere style also kept him much in demand as a lead in "women's pictures" (as they were then called), and McCrea played romantically opposite female divas including Constance Bennett ("Rockabye" 1932), Irene Dunne ("The Silver Cord" 1933), Barbara Stanwyck ("Gambling Lady" 1934), Merle Oberon ("These Three" 1936) and Ginger Rogers ("Primrose Path" 1940)


Frances Dee

married October, 1933 met while filming "The Silver Cord" (1933) subsequently appeared together in "One Man's Journey" (1933), "Wells Fargo" (1937) and "Four Faces West" (1948)

Thomas McCrea

worked for L.A. Gas & Electric Company

David McCrea


Jody McCrea

born September 6, 1934 left acting to become a rancher

Peter McCrea

married to Jack Lemmon's daughter Courtney


Hollywood High School

Hollywood, California

Pomona State College

Pomona, California 1928
took courses in public speaking and drama and appeared in plays



Last public appearance at a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Wilson in Beverly Hills CA (October 3)


Appeared as himself in the feature documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"


Last acting appearance, "Mustang Country"


Inducted into the Hall of Fame of Great Western Actors in Oklahoma City


Made last feature film for many years, "Ride the High Country"


Travelled to England to make one of his few late-career non-Westerns, "Shoot First/Rough Shoot"


Made primarily Westerns after starring in "Buffalo Bill"


Made first of three key films with writer-director Preston Sturges, "Sullivan's Travels"


First actor to play Dr. Kildare on screen in "Internes Can't Take Money"


Made first of six films co-starring Barbara Stanwyck, "Gambling Lady"


Made first of five films co-starring Miriam Hopkins, "The Richest Girl in the World"


Purchased first 1,000 acres of his eventual 3,000-acre spread in Thousand Oaks, CA


Signed contract with RKO


First leading film role in "The Silver Horde"


Film acting debut in "The Jazz Age"


Signed contract with MGM


Worked as extra, stuntman, and bit player in silent pictures

Made brief appearances in the films, "Penrod and Sam" and "A Self-Made Failure"

Broke into film industry holding horses for William S Hart and Tom Mix

While a juvenile, delivered the LOS ANGELES TIMES to Cecil B DeMille and other film people; also watched D W Griffith filming "Intolerance"

Starred and co-produced TV western series, "Wichita Town"

Acted on stage at Pomona College and Pasadena Playhouse