Biography

Al Bridge was an American character actor, a fixture both in Westerns and in the comedies of Preston Sturges.

Although frequently billed as Alan Bridge, he was born Alfred Morton Bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1891 (not as Alford Bridge in 1890, as his tombstone erroneously states).

Following service as a corporal in the U.S. Army infantry in the first World War, Bridge joined a theatrical troupe. He dabbled in writing and in 1930 sold a script to a short film, Her Hired Husband (1930). He followed this with a B-Western script, God's Country and the Man (1931), in which he made his film debut as an actor.

For the next quarter century, he managed the atypical achievement of maintaining a career in both B-Westerns and in bigger dramatic and comedy features. Ten films for director Preston Sturges represent probably his most familiar contribution to Hollywood history. Bridge also appeared frequently on television until his death in 1957 at 66.

Al Bridge was an American character actor, a fixture both in Westerns and in the comedies of Preston Sturges.

Although frequently billed as Alan Bridge, he was born Alfred Morton Bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1891 (not as Alford Bridge in 1890, as his tombstone erroneously states).

Following service as a corporal in the U.S. Army infantry in the first World War, Bridge joined a theatrical troupe. He dabbled in writing and in 1930 sold a script to a short film, Her Hired Husband (1930). He followed this with a B-Western script, God's Country and the Man (1931), in which he made his film debut as an actor.

For the next quarter century, he managed the atypical achievement of maintaining a career in both B-Westerns and in bigger dramatic and comedy features. Ten films for director Preston Sturges represent probably his most familiar contribution to Hollywood history. Bridge also appeared frequently on television until his death in 1957 at 66.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 120

Birthday 1891-02-26

Day of Death 1957-12-27

Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Also Known As

  • Alan Bridge
  • Alfred Morton Bridge

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1952 Barbed Wire as Homesteader McGraw
1952 The Last Musketeer as Lem Shaver (as Alan Bridge)
1951 Utah Wagon Train as Sam Sickle
1951 All That I Have
1950 California Passage as Conover
1949 Squadron of Doom as Wyckoff
1949 The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend as Sheriff
1948 Unfaithfully Yours as House Detective
1948 Quick on the Trigger as Judge Kormac
1948 Silver River as Sam Slade (as Alan Bridge)
1947 Robin Hood Of Texas as Sheriff
1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock as Wild Bill Hickock
1946 Singin' in the Corn as Honest John Richards
1946 Alias Mr. Twilight as Sam Bartlett
1946 It's a Wonderful Life as Sheriff (uncredited)
1946 Cross My Heart as Detective Flynn
1946 Below the Deadline as Turner (as Alan Bridge)
1946 Charlie Chan in Shadows Over Chinatown as Captain Allen (as Alan Bridge)
1946 The Falcon's Alibi as Police Inspector Blake
1945 She Wouldn't Say Yes as Conductor (uncredited)
1945 The Unseen as Truck Driver
1945 Thunderhead - Son of Flicka as Dr. Hicks
1945 Charlie Chan in The Jade Mask as Sheriff Mack (as Alan Bridge)
1944 Hail the Conquering Hero as Political Boss
1943 The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek as Mr. Johnson
1943 Idaho as Jailer
1943 Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground as Matt Warner (as Alan Bridge)
1942 The Palm Beach Story as Conductor
1942 I Married a Witch as Second Prison Guard (uncredited)
1942 The Talk of the Town as Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
1942 Bad Men of the Hills as Sheriff Mace Arnold (as Alan Bridge)
1942 Meet the Stewarts as Police Turnkey (uncredited)
1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides as Man
1941 Honolulu Lu as Shooting Gallery Proprietor
1941 Fighting Bill Fargo as Tom Houston
1941 Sullivan's Travels as The Mister
1941 Honky Tonk as Townsman at Meeting House
1941 Badlands Of Dakota as Plainview Lawman
1941 The Little Foxes as Dawson (uncredited)
1941 Rawhide Rangers as Rawlings
1941 Law of the Range as Jamison (as Alan Bridge)
1941 Lady from Louisiana as Captain of Police
1941 The Lady from Cheyenne as Mr. Matthews
1941 The Lady Eve as First Steward (uncredited)
1941 The Kid's Last Ride as Bob Harmon / Jim Breeden
1941 The Lone Rider Rides On as Bob Cameron
1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again! as Ship's Captain
1940 Santa Fe Trail as Palmyra Townsman
1940 Christmas in July as Mr. Hillbeiner
1940 Flowing Gold as Highway Patrolman
1940 When the Daltons Rode
1940 Winners of the West as Captain
1940 Dark Command as Slave Trader
1940 Blazing Six Shooters as Bert Karsin
1940 The Courageous Dr. Christian as Sheriff
1940 Pioneers of the Frontier as Marshal Larsen
1940 My Little Chickadee as Barfly Drinking Straight Whiskey
1939 The Roaring Twenties as Ship Captain
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Senator Dwight (uncredited)
1939 Oklahoma Frontier as Kentuck
1939 Thunder Afloat as Fisherman
1939 The Man from Sundown as Slick Larson (as Alan Bridge)
1939 Sons of Liberty as Prisoner (uncredited)
1939 Buck Rogers as Dynamo Room Floor Guard
1939 Romance of the Redwoods as Boss Whittaker (as Alan Bridge)
1939 The Oklahoma Kid as Would-Be Settler
1939 The Phantom Creeps as White Rose Sailor
1939 Devil's Island as Captain of the Guards
1938 Adventure in Sahara as Cpl. Dronov
1938 Colorado Trail as Mark Sheldon
1938 Gunsmoke Trail as Sheriff chasing Loma
1938 Crime School as Mr. Burke
1938 Jezebel as New Orleans Sheriff (uncredited)
1938 Partners of the Plains as Scar Lewis
1937 Tim Tyler's Luck as Capt. Trowbridge
1937 Springtime in the Rockies as Briggs
1937 The Awful Truth as Motor Cop (uncredited)
1937 Dead End as Policeman in Drina's Apartment (uncredited)
1937 Wild West Days as Steve Claggett, Henchman
1937 Woman Chases Man as Process Server
1937 Two Gun Law as Kipp Faulkner (as Alan Bridge)
1937 Borderland as Henchman 'Dandy' Morgan
1937 Jungle Jim as Slade
1936 Dodge City Trail as Dawson
1936 Ace Drummond as Paul Wyckoff
1936 They Met in a Taxi as Detective
1936 Crash Donovan as Desk Sergeant
1936 Public Enemy's Wife as Swartzman
1936 These Three as Mrs. Walton's Chauffeur (uncredited)
1936 Call of the Prairie as Sam Porter
1936 The Lawless Nineties as Steele
1936 The Adventures of Frank Merriwell as Henchman Black
1936 Fast Bullets as Travis
1935 Gallant Defender as Salty Smith
1935 The New Frontier as Kit
1935 Melody Trail as Matt Kirby
1935 Valley of Wanted Men as Ranger Sergeant Parsons
1935 Confidential as Hanover - Walsh's Henchman
1935 Diamond Jim as Poker Player on Train
1935 The Adventures of Rex and Rinty as Mitchell
1935 Silent Valley as Jim Farley (Frank in credits)
1935 Transient Lady as Sheriff Angel Verner
1935 North of Arizona as George Tully
1935 Outlaw Rule as Deputy Bat Lindstrom
1934 Mystery Mountain as Tom Henderson
1934 The Curtain Falls as Mover
1934 Honor of the Range as Townsman (uncredited)
1933 Fighting With Kit Carson as Reynolds
1933 The Lone Avenger as Burl Adams
1933 Son of the Border as Tupper
1933 Sucker Money as George Hunter
1933 Drum Taps as Lariat Smith
1933 The Cheyenne Kid as Denver Ed
1932 The Wyoming Whirlwind as Steve Cantrell
1932 The Devil Horse as Henchman Curley Bates
1932 Slightly Married as Tenant
1932 Blonde Venus as Bouncer (uncredited)
1932 The Hurricane Express as The Station Agent
1932 Million Dollar Legs as Secret Emissary #3 (uncredited)
1932 The Spirit of the West

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