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Jerome Cowan is a Actor American born on 6 october 1897 at New York City (USA)

Jerome Cowan

Jerome Cowan
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Birth name Jerome Palmer Cowan
Nationality USA
Birth 6 october 1897 at New York City (USA)
Death 24 january 1972 (at 74 years) at Encino, Los Angeles (USA)

Jerome Palmer Cowan (October 6, 1897 – January 24, 1972) was an American stage, film, and television actor. At eighteen he joined a travelling stock company, shortly afterwards enlisting in the United States Navy during World War I. After the war he returned to the stage and became a vaudeville headliner, then gained success on the New York stage. He was spotted by Samuel Goldwyn and was given a film contract, his first film being Beloved Enemy.

He appeared in more than one hundred films, but is probably best remembered for two roles in classic films: Miles Archer, the doomed private eye partner of Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon and Thomas Mara, the hapless district attorney who has to prosecute Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street.

The New York City-born actor also played Dagwood Bumstead's boss Mr. Radcliffe in several installments of Columbia Pictures' Blondie series. He also appeared in Deadline at Dawn, June Bride, and High Sierra.

In 1959 he played Horatio Styles in the episode "Winter Song" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, The Alaskans, with Roger Moore. That same year, he made two guest appearances in the CBS courtroom drama series, Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. He played murdered playwright Royce in "The Case of the Lost Last Act" and then Victor Latimore in "The Case of the Artful Dodger." He guest starred on the David Janssen crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

In the 1960-1961 television season, Cowan starred as John Larsen, the owner of Comics, Inc., and the boss of Paul Morgan, a young cartoonist portrayed by Tab Hunter in the 32-segment NBC sitcom, The Tab Hunter Show. In 1962, he guest starred on Fess Parker's ABC sitcom, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He also appeared on Parker's historical series Daniel Boone and on the ABC religion drama, Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly.

In 1964 and 1965, Cowan appeared as the demanding Herbert Wilson alongside Walter Brennan in the 32-episode ABC series, The Tycoon. Earlier in 1963 he had appeared on Brennan's previous series, The Real McCoys, which in its last season aired on CBS.

Best films

Moontide (1942)

Usually with

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jerome Cowan (107 films)

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The Gnome-Mobile, 1h30
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Paul Cameron, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Children's films
Actors Walter Brennan, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice, Ed Wynn, Richard Deacon, Charles Lane
Roles Dr. Ramsey
Rating65% 3.295053.295053.295053.295053.29505
The story opens with the children's grandfather, D.J. Mulrooney (Walter Brennan), a well-known executive officer of a vast timber-trading company. D.J. is an eccentric and passionate man with a distinctive snore, as well as vast dedication and determination. D.J. is going to Seattle to sell 50,000 acres of timberland. D.J. takes his personal, customized 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II on the trip. In a brief conversation with his Company Head of Security, Ralph Yarby (Richard Deacon), we learn that the car was purchased after D.J. earned his first US$1 million. His first stop is The Airport where he picks up his grandchildren Elizabeth (Karen Dotrice) and Rodney (Matthew Garber) who are to accompany D.J. on his trip to Seattle. The children ask about the Rolls, to them an unusual car, and D.J. compares the Rolls with his first car back in Ireland, a one horsepower "Jaunty Car".
Penelope (1966)
, 1h37
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Natalie Wood, Ian Bannen, Peter Falk, Carl Ballantine, Jerome Cowan, Jonathan Winters
Roles Bank manager
Rating63% 3.1992753.1992753.1992753.1992753.199275
Penelope Elcott (Natalie Wood) is the wife of wealthy banker James Elcott (Ian Bannen). Penelope decides to disguise herself as an old woman and rob her husband's bank. While the police, including Lieutenant Horatio Bixbee (Peter Falk), rush to get to the bank, Penelope escapes in a red wig and yellow suit. She donates some of the stolen money to a Salvation Army worker and donates the suit to a second-hand thrift shop. Con artists Sabada (Lila Kedrova) and Ducky (Lou Jacobi) immediately recognize the suit as an original designer outfit from Paris, and purchase it for a mere $7.
Frankie and Johnny, 1h27
Directed by Frederick de Cordova
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, Harry Morgan, Robert Strauss, Nancy Kovack, Jerome Cowan
Roles Joe Wilbur
Rating57% 2.8522752.8522752.8522752.8522752.852275
Johnny and girlfriend Frankie are performers on a Mississippi River riverboat, which also has a casino. Johnny is a compulsive gambler who is down on his luck and in debt.
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!, 1h36
Directed by John Flynn, J. Lee Thompson, Richard Talmadge
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Children's films
Actors Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov, Richard Crenna, Jim Backus, Scott Brady, Fred Clark
Roles Ambassador Brinkley
Rating52% 2.609152.609152.609152.609152.60915
The comic spoof of the Cold War was inspired by a May 1960 incident involving American Francis Gary Powers, a CIA operative whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking an international diplomatic incident. Blatty's tale concerns John "Wrong-Way" Goldfarb, a former college football star who once ran 95 yards for a touchdown in the wrong direction. Now a U-2 pilot, his plane malfunctions and crashes in the mythical Arab kingdom of Fawzia.
Black Zoo
Black Zoo (1963)
, 1h28
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films
Actors Michael Gough, Jeanne Cooper, Rod Lauren, Virginia Grey, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook, Jr.
Roles Jerry Stengel
Rating56% 2.8204852.8204852.8204852.8204852.820485
Michael Conrad is a private zookeeper who owns Conrad's Animal Kingdom. He leads a cult group who literally worship the animals he tends — especially the big cats: a lion, a lioness, a pair of cheetahs, a tiger, and a black panther; as well as a gorilla. Conrad plays organ music to the animals in his living room, and uses them to kill anyone who gets in his way. Conrad is married to Edna and forces his mute son Carl to assist him.
Critic's Choice, 1h40
Directed by Don Weis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films based on plays
Actors Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Rip Torn, Marilyn Maxwell, Jessie Royce Landis, Marie Windsor
Roles Joe Rosenfield
Rating58% 2.9042052.9042052.9042052.9042052.904205
Parker Ballantine is a theatrical critic, busily praising or disparaging the shows of Broadway. His wife Angela is feeling useless and restless, so she writes a play about her mother and sisters.
All in a Night's Work, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Cliff Robertson, Charles Ruggles, Norma Crane, Jerome Cowan
Roles Sam Weaver
Rating62% 3.101143.101143.101143.101143.10114
Tony Ryder's uncle, the wealthy owner of a newspaper, has just died. The young playboy Tony inherits the paper but is left with a board of directors that thinks he's unsuited for the task, plus a hotel detective who thinks Tony should know about a girl who was seen running away from his uncle's Palm Beach hotel room, wearing nothing but a Turkish towel and an earring, on the night of his death.
Pocketful of Miracles, 2h16
Directed by Frank Capra
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell, Peter Falk, Mickey Shaughnessy
Roles Mayor
Rating71% 3.599393.599393.599393.599393.59939
Dave the Dude (Glenn Ford) is a successful, very superstitious New York City gangster who buys apples from street peddler Apple Annie (Bette Davis) to bring him good luck. On the eve of a very important meeting, he finds Annie terribly upset.
Visit to a Small Planet, 1h25
Directed by Norman Taurog
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Jerry Lewis, Joan Blackman, Earl Holliman, Fred Clark, Orangey, John Williams
Roles George Abercrombie
Rating60% 3.047713.047713.047713.047713.04771
Kreton (Jerry Lewis) is an alien from outer space who is fascinated by human beings. Against the wishes of his teacher, he repeatedly visits Earth. During his latest visit, his teacher reluctantly agrees to allow him to stay and study the humans. He becomes friends with a suburban family and stays with them, after they agree to keep his alien status a secret. Along the way, he falls in love with their daughter (Joan Blackman). However, there is a force field around him that prevents any physical contact as his race has abolished any form of affection.
Private Property
Directed by Leslie Stevens
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Actors Warren Oates, Corey Allen, Jerome Cowan
Roles Ed Hogate
Rating67% 3.3908453.3908453.3908453.3908453.390845
Duke et Boots, deux amis vagabonds, errent sur la côté californienne. Ils volent quelques boissons dans une station service et obligent un automobiliste à les prendre en stop. Duke propose alors à Boots, qui est vierge, de séduire pour lui une belle femme blonde qui conduit une autre voiture. Ils la suivent jusque chez elle et occupent la maison voisine, vide, afin de l'espionner.
Have Rocket, Will Travel
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Buddy films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Anna-Lisa, Robert Colbert, Jerome Cowan
Roles J.P. Morse
Rating58% 2.902952.902952.902952.902952.90295
The Stooges are janitors working at a space center who accidentally blast off to Venus. They encounter a talking unicorn, a giant fire breathing tarantula, and an alien computer who has destroyed all human life on the planet and creates three evil duplicates of the Stooges. When the boys return home triumphant, they are given a hero's welcome.
The System
The System (1953)
, 1h30
Directed by Lewis Seiler
Origin USA
Genres Noir, Crime
Actors Frank Lovejoy, Joan Weldon, Paul Picerni, Robert Arthur, Don Beddoe, Jerome Cowan
Roles Barry X. Brady
Rating63% 3.1687153.1687153.1687153.1687153.168715
An honest bookmaker discovers the hard way that his line of work is a lot more dangerous that he first thought.
Gold Raiders
Directed by Walter Lang, Edward Bernds
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Western
Themes Buddy films
Actors George O'Brien, Jerome Cowan, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Sheila Ryan
Rating58% 2.9166752.9166752.9166752.9166752.916675
As peddlers, the Three Stooges help insurance agent George O'Brien outwit a gang of desperados who are after a valuable gold-mine shipment, led by local bigwig Sawyer (Lyle Talbot).
The Fat Man, 1h17
Directed by William Castle
Origin USA
Genres Noir, Crime
Actors J. Scott Smart, Julie London, Rock Hudson, John Russell, Clinton Sundberg, Jayne Meadows
Roles Lieutenant Stark
Rating64% 3.2413353.2413353.2413353.2413353.241335
Portly amateur detective Runyan is hired by dental nurse Adams to investigate the unexplained murder of her boss. Suspicion falls on disappeared patient Clark, who had been helped by probable gangster Gordon. Runyan finds Boyd, Clark’s former lover and briefly his wife, who reveals that Clark had done time in jail. The police tell Runyan it was for robbery of half a million unrecovered dollars. In jail, Clark had a cellmate Deets, with whom he shared everything. On release, Deets had claimed Clark’s share of the loot from Gordon and had promised to eliminate Clark, whose corpse he left in a burnt-out truck. When he realised Clark had been having dental treatment, so his teeth could be identified, he killed first the unfortunate dentist and then the nurse as well. Runyan tracks him down and in a final shoot-out he meets his end.
Young Man with a Horn, 1h47
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Jazz films, Musical films
Actors Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Juano Hernández, Jerome Cowan
Roles Phil Morrison
Rating71% 3.5943353.5943353.5943353.5943353.594335
As a young boy, after his mother dies, Rick Martin sees a trumpet in the window of a pawn shop. He works in a bowling alley to save up enough money to buy it. Rick grows up to be an outstanding musician, tutored by jazzman Art Hazzard. He lands a job playing for the big band of Jack Chandler, getting to know the piano player Smoke Willoughby and the beautiful singer Jo Jordan.