Richard Derr

Actor
Made famous by his starring role in the 1951 sci-fi disaster flick "When Worlds Collide", versatile actor Richard Derr was among Hollywood's foremost performers in the 1940s and '50s. The native Pennsylvanian was a high ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1918 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Search For Tomorrow 1951 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Firefox 1982 (Movie)

Admiral Curtin (Actor)

American Gigolo 1980 (Movie)

Mr Williams (Actor)

SST -- Death Flight 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drowning Pool 1974 (Movie)

James Devereaux (Actor)

The Morning After 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam at 6 A.M. 1970 (Movie)

Roger Gaines (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Three in the Attic 1967 (Movie)

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Terror Is a Man 1958 (Movie)

William Fitzgerald (Actor)

When Worlds Collide 1951 (Movie)

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Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

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A Gentleman at Heart 1941 (Movie)

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Ten Gentlemen From West Point 1941 (Movie)

Chester (Actor)

Castle in the Desert (Movie)

Carl Detheridge (Actor)

Charlie Chan in Rio (Movie)

Ken Reynolds (Actor)

Guilty of Treason (Movie)

Col. Melnikov (Actor)

Just off Broadway (Movie)

John Logan (Actor)

Luxury Liner (Movie)

Charles Worton (Actor)

Something to Live For (Movie)

Tony Collins (Actor)

The Bride Goes Wild (Movie)

Bruce Kope Johnson (Actor)

The Commandos Strike at Dawn (Movie)

Gunner Korstad (Actor)

The Secret Heart (Movie)

Larry Addams, Sr. (Actor)

The Victim (TV Show)

Actor

Tonight We Raid Calais (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Washington Mistress (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Made famous by his starring role in the 1951 sci-fi disaster flick "When Worlds Collide", versatile actor Richard Derr was among Hollywood's foremost performers in the 1940s and '50s. The native Pennsylvanian was a high school wunderkind: star of plays, editor of the newspaper, and vice-president of the senior class. Though Derr kicked around the East Coast for years afterward in local theater, it wasn't long before a talent scout scooped him up. His gift was so apparent that he upstaged a young actress during her screen test; the producer reviewing the footage wanted to know who was holding the cue cards. Derr made his Hollywood debut with a small speaking role in the 1941 detective comedy "Charlie Chan in Rio". He impressed with what little material he had to work with, and was subsequently hired to play friend to the legendary sleuth in "Castle in the Desert", the next Chan picture. Derr dropped acting to support his country during World War II, but was welcomed with open arms upon return. He nabbed a role as a knight in the Ingrid Bergman-led production of "Joan of Arc" and put his wartime flying experience to use in "When Worlds Collide" as a heroic pilot. Derr divided his time over the next few decades, appearing in roles both small and large in film and television, while keeping an active profile on the stage. He retired from acting in 1983.

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