Joseph Cotten

Actor, Drama critic, Assistant stage manager
Quietly intense, highly talented member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater, a former drama critic who went to Hollywood with the director to act (as a drama critic) in "Citizen Kane" (1941) and stayed to enjoy success on ... Read more »
Born: 05/15/1905 in Petersburg, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (86)

Sussuri Nel Buio 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Fish Men 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Orson Welles: What Went Wrong? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thrill of Genius 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rambo Sfida la Citta 1981 (Movie)

Paterno (Actor)

Casino 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Guyana: Crime Of The Century 1980 (Movie)

Richard Gable (Actor)

Heaven's Gate 1980 (Movie)

Reverend Doctor (Actor)

The Survivor 1980 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

The Hearse 1979 (Movie)

Walter Prichard (Actor)

The House Where Death Lives 1979 (Movie)

Ivar Langrock (Actor)

Caravans 1978 (Movie)

Elwood Crandall (Actor)

Guyana: Cult of the Damned 1978 (Movie)

Richard Gable (Actor)

L' Isola degli uomini Pesce 1978 (Movie)

Professor Ernest Marvin (Actor)

L' Ordre et la securite du monde 1977 (Movie)

Foster Johnson (Actor)

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Nicholas St Downs III (Actor)

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1976 (Movie)

Arthur Renfrew--Secretary of State (Actor)

Timber Tramps 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Soylent Green 1973 (Movie)

Simonson (Actor)

A Delicate Balance 1972 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

F for Fake 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gli Orrori del Castello di Norimberga 1972 (Movie)

Becker--The Baron (Actor)

City Beneath the Sea 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Doomsday Voyage 1971 (Movie)

Captain Jason (Actor)

Lo Scopone Scientifico 1971 (Movie)

George (Actor)

La Figlia di Frankenstein 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Abominable Doctor Phibes 1970 (Movie)

Dr Vesalius (Actor)

The Grasshopper 1970 (Movie)

Richard Morgan (Actor)

Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 (Movie)

Henry Stimson (Actor)

Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Petulia 1968 (Movie)

Mr Danner (Actor)

Jack of Diamonds 1966 (Movie)

Ace of Diamaonds (Actor)

Some May Live 1966 (Movie)

Colonel Woodworth (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Sioux Massacre 1965 (Movie)

Major Reno (Actor)

The Hellbenders 1965 (Movie)

Jonas (Actor)

The Money Trap 1965 (Movie)

Dr Horace Van Tilden (Actor)

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

Kenneth H Regan (Actor)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

Drew (Actor)

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Sunset 1961 (Movie)

John Breckenridge (Actor)

The Angel Wore Red 1960 (Movie)

Hawthorne (Actor)

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Touch of Evil 1958 (Movie)

Police Surgeon (Actor)

From the Earth to the Moon 1957 (Movie)

Victor Barbicane (Actor)

On Trial 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

On Trial 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Killer Is Loose 1956 (Movie)

Sam Wagner (Actor)

Othello 1955 (Movie)

(uncredited) Senator (Actor)

Special Delivery 1955 (Movie)

Jonathan Adams (Actor)

The Bottom of the Bottle 1955 (Movie)

P M (Actor)

Niagara 1953 (Movie)

George Loomis (Actor)

The Third Man 1950 (Movie)

Holly Martins (Actor)

Two Flags West 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beyond the Forest 1949 (Movie)

Dr Lewis Moline (Actor)

Duel in the Sun 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Portrait of Jennie 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gaslight 1944 (Movie)

Brian Cameron (Actor)

Shadow of a Doubt 1943 (Movie)

Uncle Charlie (Actor)

The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 (Movie)

Eugene Morgan (Actor)

Citizen Kane 1941 (Movie)

Jed Leland (Actor)

Too Much Johnson 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Aspen (TV Show)

Actor

Assault on the Wayne (TV Show)

Actor

Cutter's Trail (TV Show)

Actor

Do You Take This Stranger? (TV Show)

Actor

Half Angel (Movie)

John Raymond (Actor)

Hers to Hold (Movie)

Bill Morley (Actor)

Journey into Fear (Movie)

Howard Graham (Actor)

Love Letters (Movie)

Alan Quinton (Actor)

Lydia (Movie)

Michael Fitzpatrick (Actor)

Return to Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

September Affair (Movie)

David Lawrence (Actor)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

Lt. Tony Willett (Actor)

Split Second to an Epitaph (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

The Farmer's Daughter (Movie)

Glenn Morley (Actor)

The Lonely Profession (TV Show)

Actor

The Man with a Cloak (Movie)

Dupin (Actor)

The Perfect Crime (Movie)

(Actor)

The Screaming Woman (TV Show)

Actor

The Steel Trap (Movie)

Jim Osborne (Actor)

Under Capricorn (Movie)

Sam Flusky (Actor)

Untamed Frontier (Movie)

Kirk Denbow (Actor)

Walk Softly, Stranger (Movie)

Chris Hale (Actor)
Writer (1)

Journey into Fear (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Quietly intense, highly talented member of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater, a former drama critic who went to Hollywood with the director to act (as a drama critic) in "Citizen Kane" (1941) and stayed to enjoy success on screen, TV and stage alike over the next four decades. Tall, wavy-haired and gentlemanly, with a trace of a Southern drawl and attractive if unconventional features, Cotten developed great versatility during his 1930s stage work which would serve him well in one of the most impressive strings of performances any Hollywood actor achieved in the 40s.

Relationships

Joseph Cotten

Father

Deanna Durbin Actor

Companion
Reportedly involved during filming of "Hers to Hold" (1943)

Lenore Kipp

Wife
Married in 1931 until her death 1960 of leukemia

Patricia Medina Actor

Wife
Married Oct. 20, 1960 until his death on Feb. 6, 1994

EDUCATION

Robert Nugent Hickman School of Expression

Washington , Washington D.C.

Milestones

1985

Appeared as himself in the Italian-made feature documentary, "Hitchcock--Il Brivido del Genio/The Thrill of Genius"

1982

Played last feature acting role in the Italian-made "Rambo Sfida la Citta/Syndicate Sadists"

1981

Lost his voice after a stroke; regained it after undergoing therapy

1980

Last American-made films: "The Hearse", "The House Where Death Lives", "Heaven's Gate"

1966

Began making films regularly in Italy with "I Crudeli/The Hellbenders" and "Gli Uomini del Passo Pesanti/The Tramplers"

1961

Starred in an NBC-TV one-hour remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Notorious"

1960

Went to Italy to film the Italian-American co-production "The Angel Wore Red/La Sposa Bella" toplining Ava Gardner and Dirk Bogarde

1954

TV debut in General Electric Theater production "The High Green Wall"

1948

Directed "Peter Hunter, Private Eye", the earliest known syndicated pilot, starring Frank Albertson in the title role

1941

Signed to seven-year contract by David O. Selnick

1940

Made feature film acting debut in "Citizen Kane"

1939

Left the Mercury Theatre to appear on Broadway in "The Philadelphia Story"

1938

First short film as actor, "Too Much Johnson"

1936

First collaboration with Orson Welles: the Federal Theater Project production of "Horse Eats Hat"

1932

Broadway debut, "Absent Father"

1931

Acted in stock with the Copley Theater, Boston

1930

Became assistant stage manager for David Belasco and understudied two productions: "Dancing Partner" and "Tonight or Never" in NY

Hosted and narrated the NBC half-hour documentary series, "Hollywood and the Stars"

Entertained troops during WWII in America and overseas as part of Orson Welles' travelling variety troupe

Worked as writer and actor with Welles on "Mercury Theatre of the Air"

Paid for studies at the Hickman School by playing center on a professional football team and by selling vacuum cleaners

Moved to New York but, unable to get an acting job, sold paint for two years

Successfully returned to the stage as an embattled industrialist in "Calculated Risk" in the early 60s; co-starred opposite wife Patricia Medina

Starred on Lockheed Aircraft weekly radio prodgram, "America Ceiling Unlimited"

Moved to Miami; worked as a potato salad merchandiser and later sold ad space and wrote drama reviews for "Miami Herald"; also acted in plays staged by the Miami Civic Theatre over the course of five years

Hosted and often performed in a courtroom anthology drama based on actual trials held worldwide; series initially titled "On Trial" ran on NBC for a year; reruns from series retitled "The Joseph Cotten Show" aired on NBC in the summer of 1958 and on CBS i

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