Richard Carlson

Actor, Director, Teacher
First appearing onscreen in the screwball comedy "The Young in Heart", actor Richard Carlson began his career with a promising start. Appearing alongside stars such as Lana Turner in the light comedies "These Glamour ... Read more »
Born: 04/29/1912 in Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Don't Sweat the Future 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Moves 1980 (Movie)

Roary's Doctor (Actor)

Change of Habit 1969 (Movie)

Bishop Finley (Actor)

Kid Rodelo 1965 (Movie)

Link (Actor)

Thriller 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

MacKenzie's Raiders 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Helen Morgan Story 1957 (Movie)

Wade (Actor)

The Last Command 1955 (Movie)

William Travis (Actor)

The Philadelphia Story 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The Creature From the Black Lagoon 1954 (Movie)

David Reed (Actor)

All I Desire 1953 (Movie)

Henry Murdoch (Actor)

Hollywood Opening Night 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

It Came From Outer Space 1953 (Movie)

John Putnam (Actor)

The Magnetic Monster 1953 (Movie)

Dr Jeffrey Stewart (Actor)

Flat Top 1952 (Movie)

Lt. (j.g.) Joe Rodgers (Actor)

Seminole 1952 (Movie)

Major Dade (Actor)

The Blue Veil 1951 (Movie)

Gerald Kean (Actor)

Behind Locked Doors 1948 (Movie)

Ross Stewart (Actor)

Back Street 1940 (Movie)

Curt Stanton (Actor)

The Little Foxes 1940 (Movie)

David Hewitt (Actor)

The Ghost Breakers 1939 (Movie)

Geoff Montgomery (Actor)

The Howards of Virginia 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Too Many Girls 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Young in Heart 1937 (Movie)

Duncan Macrae (Actor)

Dancing Co-Ed (Movie)

Pug Braddock (Actor)

Hold That Ghost (Movie)

Dr.Jackson (Actor)

King Solomon's Mines (Movie)

John Goode (Actor)

No, No Nanette (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Presenting Lily Mars (Movie)

Owen Vail (Actor)

Retreat, Hell! (Movie)

Paul Hansen (Actor)

So Well Remembered (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Stranger in Town (Movie)

Bill Adams (Actor)

The Affairs of Martha (Movie)

Jeff Sommerfield (Actor)

The Doomsday Flight (TV Show)

Actor

The Duke of West Point (Movie)

Jack West (Actor)

The Power (Movie)

N.E. Van Zandt (Actor)

Winter Carnival (Movie)

John Welden (Actor)

Young Ideas (Movie)

Tom Farrell (Actor)
Director (4)

Kid Rodelo 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Detectives 1953 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Director

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Director

Four Guns to the Border 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

First appearing onscreen in the screwball comedy "The Young in Heart", actor Richard Carlson began his career with a promising start. Appearing alongside stars such as Lana Turner in the light comedies "These Glamour Girls" and "Dancing Co-Ed", and Bette Davis in the melodrama "The Little Foxes", Carlson made several films a year during the early 1940s. When World War II broke out, he was on the path to becoming a Hollywood leading man. After serving in the army, Carlson returned to acting but was unable to recapture his career's previous momentum. In the '50s, he made guest appearances on various television shows before finding his niche in horror and sci-fi. In 1953, he was cast as the lead, John Putnam, in the 3D classic "It Came from Outer Space", directed by Jack Arnold. The following year, he starred in Arnold's 3D sci-fi horror film "Creature from the Black Lagoon", an instant cult classic. During this time, Carlson also began a 100-plus episode run as the star of "I Led 3 Lives"; based on the true story of Herbert Philbrick, a young communist who spied both for the F.B.I. and the Communist Party, the series ran for three years and was nominated for two Emmys. Immediately following the end of the series, Carlson went on to star in "Mackenzie's Raiders", a western set on the Texan/Mexican border. This was his last major role, but Carlson continued to make guest appearances on TV and play small parts in films until 1975.

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota

Milestones

1938

First film as actor

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