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John Elmer "Jack" Carson (October 27, 1910 – January 2, 1963) was a Canadian-born, American film actor, with a film career spanning the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Though he was primarily used in supporting roles for comic relief, his work in films such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) displayed his mastery of "straight" dramatic actor roles as well. He worked for RKO and MGM (cast opposite Myrna Loy and William Powell in Love Crazy), but most of his memorable work was for Warner Bros. His trademark character was the wisecracking know-it-all, typically and inevitably undone by his own smug cockiness. Carson initially landed bit roles at RKO Radio Pictures in films such as Bringing Up Baby (1938), starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

An early standout role for Carson was as a mock-drunk undercover G-Man opposite Richard Cromwell in Universal Pictures's anti-Nazi action drama entitled Enemy Agent. This led to contract-player status with Warner Brothers shortly thereafter. While there, he was teamed with Dennis Morgan in a number of films, supposedly to compete with Paramount's popular Bing Crosby - Bob Hope Road to … pictures.

Most of his work at Warner Brothers was limited to light comedy work with Morgan, and later Doris Day (who in her autobiography would credit Carson as one of her early Hollywood mentors). Critics generally agree that Carson's best work was in Mildred Pierce (1945), where he played the perpetually scheming Wally Fay opposite Joan Crawford in the title role. Also in 1945, he played the role of Harold Pierson, the second husband of Louise Randall, played by Rosalind Russell, in Roughly Speaking. Another role which won accolades for him was as publicist Matt Libby in A Star is Born (1954). One of his last film roles was as the older brother "Gooper" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

His TV appearances, extending into the early 1960s, included The Martha Raye Show, The Guy Mitchell Show, and The Polly Bergen Show in 1957; Alcoa Theatre and Bonanza (Season 1, Ep.9: "Mr. Henry Comstock") in 1959; Thriller ("The Big Blackout") in 1960; and The Twilight Zone (Season 2, Ep. 14: "The Whole Truth") in 1961.

On February 8, 1960, Carson received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the television and radio industry. The television star is located at 1560 Vine Street, the radio star is at 6361 Hollywood Boulevard.

In 1983, after his death, Jack Carson was inducted into the Wisconsin Performing Artists Hall of Fame along with his film pal, Dennis Morgan, who was also from Wisconsin.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Elmer "Jack" Carson (October 27, 1910 – January 2, 1963) was a Canadian-born, American film actor, with a film career spanning the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Though he was primarily used in supporting roles for comic relief, his work in films such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) displayed his mastery of "straight" dramatic actor roles as well. He worked for RKO and MGM (cast opposite Myrna Loy and William Powell in Love Crazy), but most of his memorable work was for Warner Bros. His trademark character was the wisecracking know-it-all, typically and inevitably undone by his own smug cockiness. Carson initially landed bit roles at RKO Radio Pictures in films such as Bringing Up Baby (1938), starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

An early standout role for Carson was as a mock-drunk undercover G-Man opposite Richard Cromwell in Universal Pictures's anti-Nazi action drama entitled Enemy Agent. This led to contract-player status with Warner Brothers shortly thereafter. While there, he was teamed with Dennis Morgan in a number of films, supposedly to compete with Paramount's popular Bing Crosby - Bob Hope Road to … pictures.

Most of his work at Warner Brothers was limited to light comedy work with Morgan, and later Doris Day (who in her autobiography would credit Carson as one of her early Hollywood mentors). Critics generally agree that Carson's best work was in Mildred Pierce (1945), where he played the perpetually scheming Wally Fay opposite Joan Crawford in the title role. Also in 1945, he played the role of Harold Pierson, the second husband of Louise Randall, played by Rosalind Russell, in Roughly Speaking. Another role which won accolades for him was as publicist Matt Libby in A Star is Born (1954). One of his last film roles was as the older brother "Gooper" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

His TV appearances, extending into the early 1960s, included The Martha Raye Show, The Guy Mitchell Show, and The Polly Bergen Show in 1957; Alcoa Theatre and Bonanza (Season 1, Ep.9: "Mr. Henry Comstock") in 1959; Thriller ("The Big Blackout") in 1960; and The Twilight Zone (Season 2, Ep. 14: "The Whole Truth") in 1961.

On February 8, 1960, Carson received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the television and radio industry. The television star is located at 1560 Vine Street, the radio star is at 6361 Hollywood Boulevard.

In 1983, after his death, Jack Carson was inducted into the Wisconsin Performing Artists Hall of Fame along with his film pal, Dennis Morgan, who was also from Wisconsin.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 116

Birthday 1910-10-27

Day of Death 1963-01-02

Place of Birth Carman, Manitoba, Canada

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Also Known As

  • John Elmer Carson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1965 Hollywood My Home Town as Himself
1962 Sammy, the Way-Out Seal as Harold Slyvester
1961 Bus Stop (1 episode)
1961 King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein as Timothy W. 'Big Tim' O'Brien
1961 Seven Keys as Norman
1960 Thriller (1 episode)
1960 The Bramble Bush as Bert Mosley
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! as Capt. Hoxie
1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Gooper
1957 The Tarnished Angels as Jiggs
1957 The Tattered Dress as Sheriff Nick Hoak
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1 episode)
1956 Magnificent Roughnecks
1956 The Steve Allen Show (1 episode)
1956 The Bottom of the Bottle as Hal Breckinridge
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Ain't Misbehavin' as Harold North
1954 Phffft! as Charlie Nelson
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 A Star Is Born as Matt Libby
1954 A Star Is Born World Premiere as Himself - Host #2
1954 Red Garters as Jason Carberry
1953 Dangerous When Wet as Windy Weebe
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (3 episodes)
1951 The Groom Wore Spurs as Ben Castle
1951 Mister Universe as Jeff Clayton
1950 Four Star Revue (1 episode) as Host
1950 Lux Video Theatre (3 episodes)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (3 episodes)
1950 Bright Leaf as Chris Malley
1950 The Good Humor Man as Biff Jones
1950 Your Show of Shows (1 episode)
1949 It's a Great Feeling as Jack Carson
1949 My Dream Is Yours as Doug Blake
1949 John Loves Mary as Fred Taylor
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 Two Guys from Texas as Danny Foster
1948 Romance on the High Seas as Peter Virgil
1948 April Showers as Joe Tyme
1947 Always Together as Bill
1947 So You Want to Be in Pictures as Man Giving Directions (uncredited)
1947 Love and Learn as Jingles Collins
1946 The Time, The Place and The Girl as Jeff Howard
1946 Two Guys from Milwaukee as Buzz Williams
1946 One More Tomorrow as Patrick 'Pat' Regan
1945 Mildred Pierce as Wally Fay
1945 Roughly Speaking as Harold C. Pierson
1944 Hollywood Canteen as Himself
1944 The Doughgirls as Arthur Halstead
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace as Officer Patrick O'Hara
1944 Make Your Own Bed as Jerry Curtis
1944 Road to Victory as Himself
1944 The Shining Future as Self
1944 Shine on Harvest Moon as The Great Georgetti
1944 Breakdowns of 1944 as Himself
1943 Food and Magic
1943 Princess O'Rourke as Dave Campbell
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars as Himself
1943 The Hard Way as Albert Runkel
1942 Gentleman Jim as Walter Lawrie
1942 Wings for the Eagle as Brad Maple
1942 Larceny, Inc. as Jeff Randolph
1942 The Male Animal as Joe Ferguson
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Himself (uncredited)
1941 Blues in the Night as Leo Powell
1941 Breakdowns of 1941 as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
1941 Navy Blues as 'Buttons' Johnson
1941 The Bride Came C.O.D. as Allen Brice
1941 Love Crazy as Ward Willoughby
1941 The Strawberry Blonde as Hugo Barnstead
1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith as Chuck
1940 Love Thy Neighbor as Policeman
1940 Sandy Gets Her Man as Policeman Tom Garrity
1940 Lucky Partners as Frederick Harper
1940 Queen of the Mob as Agent Ross Waring
1940 Girl in 313 as Police Lt. Pat O'Farrell
1940 Typhoon as Mate
1940 Alias the Deacon as Sullivan
1940 Shooting High as Gabby Cross
1940 Enemy Agent as Ralph
1940 Parole Fixer as George Mattison
1940 I Take This Woman as Joe
1940 City of Chance as Narration - Prologue (voice)
1939 Destry Rides Again as Jack Tyndall
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Sweeney Farrell a Newsman (uncredited)
1939 The Escape as Chet Warren
1939 5th Ave Girl as Minnesota - a Sailor
1939 The Kid From Texas as Stanley Brown
1938 Mr. Doodle Kicks Off as Rochet
1938 Carefree as Thomas Connors
1938 Vivacious Lady as Charlie - Waiter Captain
1938 Having Wonderful Time as Emil Beatty
1938 The Saint in New York as Red Jenks
1938 Condemned Women as Plainclothes Policeman
1938 Law of the Underworld as Johnny
1938 Go Chase Yourself as Warren Miles
1938 This Marriage Business as "Candid" Perry
1938 Night Spot as Shallen
1938 Bringing Up Baby as Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
1938 Everybody's Doing It as Detective Lieutenant
1938 Crashing Hollywood as Dickson
1937 She's Got Everything as Ransome (uncredited)
1937 Quick Money as Coach Woodford
1937 Harris in the Spring as Taxicab Driver
1937 High Flyers as Dave Hanlon
1937 Stand-In as Tom Potts
1937 Music for Madame as Assistant Director
1937 Stage Door as Mr. Milbanks
1937 On Again-Off Again as Cop
1937 Too Many Wives as Hodges
1937 You Only Live Once as Attendant in First Gas Station (uncredited)

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