Biography

Nathaniel Greene 'Nat' Pendleton was an American former Olympic wrestler turned actor.

Two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) champion (1914-1915) in the 175-lb. class at Columbia University, Pendleton graduated Class of 1916. He wrestled for the United States at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium, earning a silver medal, losing only one match due to a controversial point decision. After the Games he became a professional wrestler and was a big fan favorite, which led to Hollywood.

In the 1920 census he was living in Manhattan with his first wife Juanita Alfonzo (age 22) and her brother Ramon Alfonso (age 13). He was working as a sports manager.

Pendleton was usually cast as a circus strongman, brutish thug, dumb cop, or dense buffoon, but he had a college degree and in 1933 wrote the script for Deception (1932), in which he starred - not surprisingly - as a wrestler.

Upon his death from a heart attack, his remains were interred at Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory in San Diego, California.

Nat Pendleton was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame inaugural class in 2006.

Nathaniel Greene 'Nat' Pendleton was an American former Olympic wrestler turned actor.

Two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) champion (1914-1915) in the 175-lb. class at Columbia University, Pendleton graduated Class of 1916. He wrestled for the United States at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium, earning a silver medal, losing only one match due to a controversial point decision. After the Games he became a professional wrestler and was a big fan favorite, which led to Hollywood.

In the 1920 census he was living in Manhattan with his first wife Juanita Alfonzo (age 22) and her brother Ramon Alfonso (age 13). He was working as a sports manager.

Pendleton was usually cast as a circus strongman, brutish thug, dumb cop, or dense buffoon, but he had a college degree and in 1933 wrote the script for Deception (1932), in which he starred - not surprisingly - as a wrestler.

Upon his death from a heart attack, his remains were interred at Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory in San Diego, California.

Nat Pendleton was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame inaugural class in 2006.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 100

Birthday 1895-08-09

Day of Death 1967-10-12

Place of Birth Davenport, Iowa, USA

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Also Known As

  • Nathaniel Greene Pendleton

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 Complicated Women as Himself (archive footage)
1964 The Big Parade of Comedy
1947 Buck Privates Come Home as Sgt. Michael Collins
1947 Scared to Death as Bill 'Bull' Raymond
1946 Death Valley as Jim Ward
1943 Swing Fever as 'Killer' Kennedy
1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case as Joe Weyman
1942 Calling Dr. Gillespie as Joe Weyman
1942 The Mad Doctor of Market Street as Red Hogan
1942 Jail House Blues as Sonny McGann
1941 Top Sergeant Mulligan as Top Sgt. Herman Mulligan
1941 Buck Privates as Sgt. Michael Collins
1940 Flight Command as C.P.O. 'Spike' Knowles
1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis as Joe Wayman
1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home as Joe Wayman
1940 The Golden Fleecing as 'Fatso' Werner
1940 New Moon as Bondsman
1940 Phantom Raiders as 'Gunboat' Jacklin
1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case as Joe Wayman, Ambulance Driver
1940 Northwest Passage as 'Cap' Huff
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as Joe Wayman
1939 At the Circus as Goliath
1939 On Borrowed Time as Mr. Grimes
1939 6,000 Enemies as Socks Martin
1939 It's a Wonderful World as Sergeant Fred Koretz
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare as Joe Wayman
1939 Burn 'Em Up O'Connor as Buddy Buttle
1939 Another Thin Man as Lieutenant John Guild
1938 Young Dr. Kildare as Joe Wayman
1938 The Crowd Roars as 'Pug' Walsh
1938 The Chaser as 'Floppy' Phil
1938 The Shopworn Angel as 'Dice'
1938 Fast Company as Paul Terison
1938 Arsene Lupin Returns as Joe Doyle
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1938 Swing Your Lady as Joe Skopapolous
1937 Life Begins in College as George Black
1937 Gangway as Smiles Hogan
1937 Song of the City as Benvenuto Romandi
1937 Under Cover of Night as Police Sgt. Lucks
1936 Sing Me a Love Song as Rocky
1936 Two in a Crowd as Flynn
1936 Sworn Enemy as 'Steamer' Krupp
1936 Trapped by Television as Rocky O'Neil
1936 The Great Ziegfeld as Sandow
1936 The Garden Murder Case as Sergeant Ernest Heath
1935 It's in the Air as Henry Potke
1935 Here Comes the Band as 'Piccolo Pete'
1935 Calm Yourself as Knuckles Benedict
1935 Murder in the Fleet as 'Spud' Burke
1935 Reckless as Blossom
1935 Baby Face Harrington as Rocky Bannister
1935 Times Square Lady as Mack
1934 The Gay Bride as William T. 'Shoots' Magiz
1934 Death on the Diamond as 'Truck' Hogan
1934 Straight Is the Way as Skippy
1934 The Cat's-Paw as Strozzi
1934 The Girl from Missouri as Life Guard
1934 The Defense Rests as Rocky
1934 The Thin Man as Inspector John Guild
1934 Manhattan Melodrama as Spud
1934 Sing and Like it as T. Fenny Sylvester
1934 Lazy River as Alfred 'Tiny' Smith
1934 Fugitive Lovers as Legs Caffey
1933 College Coach as Petrowski
1933 The Chief as Big Mike
1933 I'm No Angel as Harry
1933 Lady for a Day as Shakespeare
1933 Penthouse as Tony Gazotti
1933 Baby Face as Stolvich a Laborer (uncredited)
1933 The Nuisance as Aloysius P. McCarthy
1933 Child of Manhattan as Spyrene - Dance Hall Bouncer
1933 Parachute Jumper as Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
1933 Goldie Gets Along as Motorcycle Officer Cassidy
1933 Whistling in the Dark as Joe Salvatore
1932 Flesh as Wrestler (uncredited)
1932 The Sign of the Cross as Strabo
1932 Deception as Bucky O'Neill
1932 The Night Club Lady as Mike McDougal
1932 Exposure as Maniac Killer
1932 Horse Feathers as MacHardie - Darwin Player (uncredited)
1932 The Tenderfoot as Joe - Jealous Husband
1932 Attorney for the Defense as Mugg Malone
1932 The Big Timer as Kid Melrose (uncredited)
1932 Hell-Fire Austin as Bouncer
1932 A Fool's Advice as Kelly - Naughty Boy
1932 The Beast of the City as Abe Gorman (uncredited)
1932 Taxi! as Truck Driver Bull Martin (uncredited)
1931 The Secret Witness as Gunner - Bodyguard
1931 Manhattan Parade as Lady Godiva's Husband
1931 Blonde Crazy as Hank aka Pete
1931 The Ruling Voice as Board Member (uncredited)
1931 The Star Witness as Big Jack
1931 Fair Warning as Purvis
1930 Crazy House as Chef (uncredited)
1930 The Sea Wolf
1930 The Last of the Duanes as Bossamer
1930 The Big Pond as Pat O'Day
1929 The Laughing Lady as James Dugan
1926 Let's Get Married as Jimmy

Writing

1932 Deception Story

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