John Carradine

Actor, Sketch artist, Painter
Boasting a cadaverous countenance and a mesmeric gaze, John Carradine seemed born to star in horror films, but his roots were in Shakespeare, whose tragedies and histories he memorized as a schoolboy. Hitchhiking west ... Read more »
Born: 02/05/1906 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (189)

Hollywood Ghost Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Lugosi: The Forgotten King 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Buried Alive 1989 (Movie)

Jacob (Actor)

Blacke's Magic 1985 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Slammer, the Escape 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Candle in the Wind 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

Monster in the Closet 1987 (Movie)

Old Joe (Actor)

Evil Spawn 1986 (Movie)

Dr Zeitman (Actor)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

Umbrella Jack 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge 1985 (Movie)

Senator Bradford (Actor)

The Tomb 1985 (Movie)

Mr Androheb (Actor)

Evils of the Night 1984 (Movie)

Leader (Actor)

The Ice Pirates 1984 (Movie)

Supreme Commander (Actor)

Prison Ship 1983 (Movie)

The Justice (Actor)

House of the Long Shadows 1982 (Movie)

Lord Grisbane (Actor)

The Secret of Nimh 1982 (Movie)

of Great Owl (Voice)

Boogeyman II 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

Greatest Heroes of the Bible 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Satan's Mistress 1981 (Movie)

Father Stratten (Actor)

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

Erle Kenton (Actor)

The Scarecrow 1981 (Movie)

Hubert Salter (Actor)

The Vals 1981 (Movie)

Mr Stanton (Actor)

The Monster Club 1980 (Movie)

R Chetwynd-Hayes--Monster Club Member (Actor)

The Nesting 1980 (Movie)

Colonel LeBrun (Actor)

Boogeyman 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Boogeyman 1979 (Movie)

Dr Warren (Actor)

Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bees 1978 (Movie)

Dr Sigmund Humel (Actor)

Death at Love House 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Nocturna 1977 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

Satan's Cheerleaders 1977 (Movie)

The Bum (Actor)

The Vampire Hookers 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Golden Rendezvous 1976 (Movie)

Fairweather (Actor)

The Mouse and His Child 1976 (Movie)

of Tramp (Voice)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

Father Halliran (Actor)

The Shootist 1976 (Movie)

Beckum (Actor)

The White Buffalo 1976 (Movie)

Amos Briggs (Actor)

The Killer Inside Me 1975 (Movie)

Dr Smith (Actor)

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

Guide (Actor)

Death Corps 1974 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Silent Night, Bloody Night 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Terror in the Wax Museum 1974 (Movie)

Dupree (Actor)

Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary 1973 (Movie)

Mary's Father (Actor)

Moon Child 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The House of Seven Corpses 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Charleston Charlie 1972 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Big Foot 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boxcar Bertha 1972 (Movie)

Railroad Boss (Actor)

Richard 1972 (Movie)

Plastic Surgeon (Actor)

The Gatling Gun 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crash 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Horror of the Blood Monsters 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bigfoot 1970 (Movie)

Jasper B Hawks (Actor)

Myra Breckinridge 1970 (Movie)

Surgeon (Actor)

Shinbone Alley 1970 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Seven Minutes 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blood of Dracula's Castle 1969 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Cain's Way 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 1969 (Movie)

Ticker (Actor)

The Gun Riders 1969 (Movie)

Boone Hawkins (Actor)

The Trouble With Girls 1969 (Movie)

Mr Drewcolt (Actor)

Lost in Space 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Branded 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Munsters 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy the Kid vs. Dracula 1965 (Movie)

Count Dracula (Actor)

Munster, Go Home 1965 (Movie)

Cruikshank (Actor)

The Hostage 1965 (Movie)

Otis Lovelace (Actor)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

Maj Jeff Blair (Actor)

The Patsy 1964 (Movie)

Bruce Alden (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1961 (Movie)

Maj Cassius Starbuckle (Actor)

Sex Kittens Go to College 1960 (Movie)

Professor Watts (Actor)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1960 (Movie)

Slave Catcher (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Proud Rebel 1958 (Movie)

Traveling Salesman (Actor)

Showdown at Boot Hill 1958 (Movie)

Doc Weber (Actor)

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosmic Man 1958 (Movie)

Cosmic Man (Actor)

The Last Hurrah 1958 (Movie)

Amos Force (Actor)

The Oregon Trail 1958 (Movie)

Zachariah Garrison (Actor)

The Prince and the Pauper 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Hell Ship Mutiny 1957 (Movie)

Malone (Actor)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

Khufu (Actor)

The Unearthly 1957 (Movie)

Professor Charles Conway (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Colonel Proctor (Actor)

Female Jungle 1956 (Movie)

Claude Almstead (Actor)

Front Row Center 1954 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Human 1956 (Movie)

Dr John Rayburn (Actor)

The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Sleep 1956 (Movie)

Borg (Actor)

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

Giacomo (Actor)

The Ten Commandments 1956 (Movie)

Aaron (Actor)

The True Story of Jesse James 1956 (Movie)

Reverend Jethro Bailey (Actor)

Desert Sands 1955 (Movie)

Tala (Actor)

Stranger on Horseback 1955 (Movie)

Colonel Streeter (Actor)

The Kentuckian 1955 (Movie)

Fletcher (Actor)

Casanova's Big Night 1954 (Movie)

Foressi (Actor)

Johnny Guitar 1954 (Movie)

Old Tom (Actor)

The Egyptian 1954 (Movie)

Grave Robber (Actor)

The Chevrolet Tele-Theater 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Bluebeard 1944 (Movie)

Gaston Morel (Actor)

The Adventures of Mark Twain 1944 (Movie)

Bret Harte (Actor)

Waterfront 1943 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blood and Sand 1941 (Movie)

Nacional (Actor)

Reunion in France 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Whispering Ghosts 1941 (Movie)

Norbert (Actor)

The Grapes of Wrath 1940 (Movie)

Casy (Actor)

Stagecoach 1939 (Movie)

Hatfield (Actor)

Captain Fury 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Drums Along the Mohawk 1938 (Movie)

Caldwell (Actor)

Jesse James 1938 (Movie)

Bob Ford (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alexander's Ragtime Band 1937 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Of Human Hearts 1937 (Movie)

Abraham Lincoln (Actor)

Ali Baba Goes to Town 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Captains Courageous 1936 (Movie)

'Long Jack' (Actor)

Hurricane 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mary of Scotland 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ramona 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Garden of Allah 1935 (Movie)

Sand Diviner (Actor)

Winterset 1935 (Movie)

Bartolomio Romagna (Actor)

Cleopatra 1934 (Movie)

Roman (Actor)

Les Miserables 1934 (Movie)

Enjolras (Actor)

Anything Goes (Movie)

Ballet master (Actor)

Brigham Young (Movie)

Port Rockwell (Actor)

Bright Lights (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

C-Man (Movie)

Doc Spencer (Actor)

Captain January (Movie)

Local yokel (Actor)

Captain Kidd (Movie)

Orange Povey (Actor)

Captains and the Kings (TV Show)

Actor

Captive Wild Woman (Movie)

Dr. Sigmund Walters (Actor)

Chad Hanna (Movie)

Bisbee (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Clive of India (Movie)

Drunken-Faced Clerk (Actor)

Crowhaven Farm (TV Show)

Actor

Danger: Love at Work (Movie)

Herbert Pemberton (Actor)

Daughter of the Mind (TV Show)

Actor

Dimples (Movie)

Mr. Richards (Actor)

Fallen Angel (Movie)

Prof. Madley (Actor)

Four Men and a Prayer (Movie)

Gen. Adolfo Arturo Sebastian (Actor)

Frontier Marshal (Movie)

Ben Carter (Actor)

Gateway (Movie)

Immigrant leader (Actor)

Goliath Awaits (TV Show)

Actor

Half Angel (Movie)

Voice in sanitarium [unconfirmed] (Voice)

Hillbillys in a Haunted House (Movie)

Dr. Himmil (Actor)

House of Dracula (Movie)

Count Dracula (Actor)

House of Frankenstein (Movie)

Count Dracula (Actor)

I Escaped from the Gestapo (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

International Settlement (Movie)

Murdock (Actor)

Isle of Forgotten Sins (Movie)

Clancy (Actor)

It's in the Bag (Movie)

Pike (Actor)

Kentucky Moonshine (Movie)

Reef Hatfield (Actor)

Love under Fire (Movie)

Capt. Delmar (Actor)

Man Hunt (Movie)

Mr. Jones (Actor)

Mr. Moto's Last Warning (Movie)

Danforth/Richard Burke (Actor)

Return of the Ape Man (Movie)

Prof. Gilmore (Actor)

Revenge of the Zombies (Movie)

Max Heinrich von Altermann (Actor)

Silver Spurs (Movie)

Lucky Miller (Actor)

Son of Fury (Movie)

Caleb Greene (Actor)

Stowaway to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Submarine Patrol (Movie)

McAllison (Actor)

Swamp Water (Movie)

Jesse Wick (Actor)

Tail Gunner Joe (TV Show)

Actor

Thank You, Mr. Moto (Movie)

Periera (Actor)

The Cat Creature (TV Show)

Actor

The Horror of It All (TV Show)

Actor

The Inspector General (Movie)

(Actor)

The Invisible Man's Revenge (Movie)

Dr. Peter Drury (Actor)

The Last Gangster (Movie)

Caspar (Actor)

The Meanest Gal in Town (Movie)

Circus Performer (Actor)

The Mummy's Ghost (Movie)

Egyptian Priest (Actor)

The Night Strangler (TV Show)

Actor

The Prisoner of Shark Island (Movie)

Sgt. Rankin (Actor)

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (Movie)

Charles Forestier (Actor)

The Return of Frank James (Movie)

Bob Ford (Actor)

The Seekers (TV Show)

Actor

The Sign of the Cross (Movie)

Leader of Gladiators/Christian Martyr/Crowd Voice (Voice)

The Story of Temple Drake (Movie)

Courtroom extra (Actor)

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

This Day and Age (Movie)

High school speaker (Actor)

This is My Affair (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

Under Two Flags (Movie)

Cafard (Actor)

Voodoo Man (Movie)

Toby (Actor)

Western Union (Movie)

Doc Murdoch (Actor)

Zora (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Boasting a cadaverous countenance and a mesmeric gaze, John Carradine seemed born to star in horror films, but his roots were in Shakespeare, whose tragedies and histories he memorized as a schoolboy. Hitchhiking west to break into films, Carradine wrestled a contract out of 20th Century Fox but did his best work for other studios, notably with director John Ford in "Stagecoach" (1939), "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1940), and the Academy Award-winning "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940). A free agent during World War II, Carradine played Nazi thugs and mad scientists with equal aplomb while inheriting the Dracula cape from Bela Lugosi for "House of Frankenstein" (1944) and "House of Dracula" (1945), cementing a lifelong association with fright films. Marrying often, often unwisely, Carradine was plagued for decades by alimony, child support and IRS debts, forcing him to work indiscriminately in such dreck as "The Black Sleep" (1956), "Billy the Kid vs. Dracula" (1966), and "Blood of Dracula's Castle" (1969) while he provided for a veritable acting dynasty that included sons David, Keith, and Robert Carradine. Hobbled by arthritis in old age, Carradine labored exhaustively with few quality films to his credit, with the exceptions being Joe Dante's whip-smart horror satire "The Howling" (1981) and Francis Ford Coppola's lyrical "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986). At the time of his death in 1988, Carradine was effectively homeless and forgotten by Hollywood, but had long been immortalized in the hearts of horror film fans for making light of humanity's dark side.

Relationships

David Carradine Actor

Son
Born Dec. 8, 1936; starred in the 1970s television series "Kung Fu" (ABC) and in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" (2003) Died June 3, 2009

Ever Carradine Actor

Granddaughter
Born Aug. 6, 1974 to Robert Carradine and Susan Snyder; Robert Carradine raised her as a single parent

William Carradine

Father

Genevieve Carradine

Mother

Keith Carradine Actor

Son
Born Aug. 8, 1949; mother, Sonia Sorel; won Academy Award for song "I'm Easy" (1976)

Robert Carradine Actor

Son
Born March 24, 1954; mother, Sonia Sorel; starred in "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984) and its sequels

Bruce Carradine Actor

Son
Born April 10, 1933; mother, Ardanelle McCool; adopted by John

Christopher Carradine

Son
Born c. 1947; mother, Sonia Sorel

Emily Cisneros

Wife
Married July 3, 1975 until his death on Nov. 27, 1988

Ardanelle McCool Cosner

Wife
Married Dec. 31, 1935; had son Bruce from first marriage; John later adopted Bruce Divorced March 14, 1944

Martha Plimpton Actor

Granddaughter
Born Nov. 16, 1970 to Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton

Doris Rich Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 30, 1957 Divorced Dec. 10, 1964

Sonia Sorel Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 13, 1944 Divorced March 6, 1957 Sorel waged a three-year custody battle for their three sons Keith, Robert, and Christopher; Carradine won custody

EDUCATION

Christ Church School

Kingston, New York

Philadelphia Graphics Art School

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

attended high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Milestones

1986

Made final screen appearance in "The Tomb"

1981

Starred on Broadway in short-lived musical, "Frankenstein" (opened and closed in one night)

1976

Played Father Hale on TV mini-series, "Captains and the Kings"

1974

Stage directing debut, "A Man for All Seasons" at the Episcopal Academy, Philadelphia

1968

Made TV movie debut in "Daughter of the Mind" (ABC)

1962

Appeared on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim musical, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

1953

Was a regular on TV series, "My Sister Irma"

1951

Hosted syndicated TV series, "Trapped"

1950

Starred in title role on TV pilot, "The Adventures of Fu Manchu"

1949

TV debut on "NBC Repertory Theatre"

1944

NY stage debut, "My Dear Children"

1944

First played Dracula in "House of Frankenstein"

1940

Had memorable supporting role in "The Grapes of Wrath"

1935

Acted as John Peter Richmond or Peter Richmond; changed professional name to John Carradine

1930

Film debut (under the name Peter Richmond) in "Tol'able David"

1925

Stage acting debut in "Camille" (New Orleans)

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