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King Donovan

King Donovan
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Nationality USA
Birth 25 january 1918 at Manhattan (USA)
Death 30 june 1987 (at 69 years) at Branford (USA)

King Donovan (January 25, 1918 – June 30, 1987) was an American film, stage, and television actor, as well as a film and television director.


Au cinéma, King Donovan apparaît dans soixante-deux films américains, les deux premiers sortis en 1948. Suivent notamment Un pacte avec le diable de John Farrow (1949, avec Ray Milland et Audrey Totter), La Femme à abattre de Bretaigne Windust et Raoul Walsh (1951, avec Humphrey Bogart et Zero Mostel), L'Éternel féminin d'Irving Rapper (1954, avec Ginger Rogers et William Holden), L'Invasion des profanateurs de sépultures de Don Siegel (1956, avec Kevin McCarthy et Dana Wynter), ou encore le western La Colline des potences de Delmer Daves (1959, avec Gary Cooper et Maria Schell).

Ses deux derniers films comme acteur sont Un monde fou, fou, fou, fou de Stanley Kramer (1963, avec Spencer Tracy et Edie Adams) et plus de vingt ans après, Nothing Lasts Forever de Tom Schiller (1984). Dans cet ultime film, il retrouve Imogene Coca (1908-2001), son épouse depuis 1960 et restée veuve à sa mort en 1987, à 69 ans (des suites d'un cancer).

À la télévision américaine, outre deux téléfilms (1981-1982), il joue dans cinquante-huit séries, les deux premières en 1952 ; la dernière est Night Gallery (un épisode, 1971).

Entretemps, citons les séries-westerns Au nom de la loi (un épisode, 1959), Rawhide (un épisode, 1963) et La Grande Vallée (un épisode, 1966), ainsi que la série policière Les Accusés (épisode The Sworn Twelve, 1965, réalisé par Michael Powell).

La même année 1948, il débute au théâtre à Broadway (New York) dans la pièce The Vigil de Ladislas Fodor (avec Maria Palmer et Henry Wilcoxon). Il revient à Broadway pour deux autres pièces, The Girls in 509 d'Howard Teichman (1958-1959, avec sa future épouse), et enfin Morning's at Seven de Paul Osborn (1980-1981, avec Maureen O'Sullivan) — observons ici que cette troisième pièce est télédiffusée l'année suivante (1982) —.

Par ailleurs, King Donovan réalise un film sorti en 1963, Promises! Promises! (avec Jayne Mansfield et Tommy Noonan). Et pour la télévision, il est réalisateur sur deux séries, Grindl (quatre épisodes, 1963-1964, avec son épouse en vedette), puis That Girl (un épisode, 1968).

Usually with

John Ireland
John Ireland
(5 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(7 films)
Ralph Dumke
Ralph Dumke
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of King Donovan (35 films)

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, 2h34
Directed by Stanley Kramer, Carey Loftin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Heist films, Chase films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Dorothy Provine, Moe Howard
Roles a Rancho Canejo airport official (scene deleted)
Rating74% 3.748513.748513.748513.748513.74851
"Smiler" Grogan (Jimmy Durante), wanted by police in a tuna factory robbery fifteen years ago and on the run from the police, careens his 1957 Ford Victoria off twisting, mountainous State Highway 74 near Palm Springs in Southern California and crashes. Five motorists stop to help him - Melville Crump (Sid Caesar), a dentist, Lennie Pike (Jonathan Winters), a furniture mover, Dingy Bell (Mickey Rooney) and Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett), two friends on their way to Las Vegas, and J. Russell Finch (Milton Berle), who owns Pacific Edible Seaweed Company in Fresno. Just before he dies, Grogan tells the five about $350,000 buried in Santa Rosita State Park near the Mexican border under a mysterious "big W".
The Hanging Tree, 1h47
Directed by Delmer Daves, Karl Malden
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Western
Actors Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, George C. Scott, Virginia Gregg, Karl Swenson
Roles Wonder
Rating70% 3.544693.544693.544693.544693.54469
Joseph Frail—doctor (Gary Cooper), gambler, gunslinger—rides into small town of Skull Creek, Montana, with miners in a gold rush, looking to set up a doctor's office. He passes by the "hanging tree," an old oak with a thick branch over which has been slung a rope with a frayed end, presumably a former noose.
The Perfect Furlough, 1h33
Directed by Blake Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Actors Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Linda Cristal, Keenan Wynn, Elaine Stritch, Marcel Dalio
Roles Maj. Collins
Rating62% 3.149423.149423.149423.149423.14942
Corporal Paul Hodges, after a long period in an isolated Arctic base, wins a lottery and gets to Paris, France, on a three weeks leave. There he will be under psychiatrist lieutenant Vicky Loren's control.
The Defiant Ones, 1h37
Directed by Stanley Kramer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Buddy films, Chase films
Actors Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Cara Williams, Charles McGraw, King Donovan
Roles Solly
Rating75% 3.796893.796893.796893.796893.79689
The film starts with a truck driving at night. It swerves to miss another truck and crashes through a barrier. The rescuers clear up the debris and cover the people killed... mainly prisoners in the back. It is revealed that two are missing: a black man shackled to a white man, because "the warden had a sense of humor". They are told not to look too hard as "they will probably kill each other in the first five miles". Nevertheless a large posse and many bloodhounds are dispatched the next morning to find them.
Cowboy (1958)
, 1h32
Directed by Delmer Daves
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Actors Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Anna Kashfi, Dick York, King Donovan, Brian Donlevy
Roles Joe Capper, Trailhand
Rating66% 3.3470653.3470653.3470653.3470653.347065
Frank Harris (Jack Lemmon) is a Chicago hotel clerk who dreams of being a cowboy and has fallen in love with Maria (Anna Kashfi), the daughter of hotel guest and Mexican cattle baron Señor Vidal (Donald Randolph). When Señor Vidal finds out, he orders Harris to stay away.
The Iron Sheriff, 1h13
Directed by Sidney Salkow
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Sterling Hayden, Darryl Hickman, Constance Ford, John Dehner, Kent Taylor, Will Wright
Roles Leveret
Rating60% 3.0044353.0044353.0044353.0044353.004435
A stagecoach is robbed in South Dakota and its driver is killed. A dying man, Gene Walden, tells the sheriff, Sam Galt, that it was Sam's son Benjie who shot the driver. Benjie is engaged to be married to Walden's daughter.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1h20
Directed by Don Siegel
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Ralph Dumke
Roles Jack Belicec
Rating76% 3.848583.848583.848583.848583.84858
Psychiatrist Dr. Hill is called to the emergency room of a hospital, where a screaming man is being held in custody. Dr. Hill agrees to listen to his story. The man identifies himself as doctor, and he recounts, in flashback, the events leading up to his arrest and arrival at the hospital:
The Birds and the Bees, 1h34
Directed by Norman Taurog
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films, Films about marriage
Actors George Gobel, Mitzi Gaynor, David Niven, Reginald Gardiner, Fred Clark, Harry Bellaver
Roles Waiter
Rating55% 2.782322.782322.782322.782322.78232
George "Hotsy" Hamilton (George Gobel), a very eligible but naive vegetarian heir to a meat-packing fortune, returns home to Connecticut by luxury cruise ship, accompanied by Marty Kennedy (Harry Bellaver), his valet, guardian and best friend, after spending three years together on a scientific expedition in the Belgian Congo looking for a rare snake. On board, the woman-shy George attracts a lot of attention from the opposite sex, despite being the consummate milque-toast, but the one he can't avoid is Jean Harris (Mitzi Gaynor), a beautiful con artist travelling with her equally larcenous father, Colonel Patrick Henry "Handsome Harry" Harris (David Niven), and his partner-in-crime Gerald (Reginald Gardiner).
Not as a Stranger, 2h15
Directed by Stanley Kramer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Grahame, Lon Chaney, Jr., Lee Marvin
Roles Mr. Slocum (uncredited)
Rating67% 3.3963453.3963453.3963453.3963453.396345
The film follows a group of medical students through school, hospital internships, and eventually their careers as doctors. Dr. Lucas Marsh (Robert Mitchum) was blinded by ambition, losing his idealism after marrying older woman Kristina Hedvigson (Olivia de Havilland) in order to make it through medical school. He is indifferent toward his wife, dedicated only to his work. As he climbs his way to the top of the medical profession by using others, he is forced to face his morality after his misjudgment leads to the death of a friend.
The Seven Little Foys, 1h33
Directed by Melville Shavelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Bob Hope, James Cagney, Eddie Foy, Jr., Milly Vitale, George Tobias, Angela Clarke
Roles Harrison
Rating67% 3.395853.395853.395853.395853.39585
Vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy (Bob Hope), who has vowed to forever keep his act a solo, falls in love with and marries Italian ballerina Madeleine (Milly Vitale). While they continue to tour the circuit, they begin a family and before long have seven children. After the tragedy of the Iroquois Theater Fire threatens to stall Eddie's career, he comes to realize that his children are worth their weight in gold. The second eldest Foy, Charley, narrates the film.
Forever Female, 1h33
Directed by Irving Rapper
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Ginger Rogers, William Holden, Paul Douglas, Pat Crowley, James Gleason, Maidie Norman
Roles Playwright at Sardi's (uncredited)
Rating66% 3.3443053.3443053.3443053.3443053.344305
The reviews are in and a new play starring Beatrice Page and produced by Harry Phillips is a flop. Long divorced but still a team, they need a new project and meet playwright Stanley Krown, who has written one in which the lead roles are a mother and a 19-year-old daughter.
Broken Lance, 1h36
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Themes Films about families, Children's films
Actors Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark, Katy Jurado, Hugh O'Brian
Roles un rancher
Rating68% 3.445343.445343.445343.445343.44534
Matt Devereaux (Spencer Tracy) is a ranch owner who has tried to raise his sons to carry on the fierce, hard-working Irish settlement spirit that helped make him a success. However, as a consequence, he never learned to show his three sons from his first marriage the affection they yearned for and treats his boys little better than the hired help.
Private Hell 36, 1h21
Directed by Don Siegel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Steve Cochran, Howard Duff, Ida Lupino, Dean Jagger, Dorothy Malone, Dabbs Greer
Roles Evney Serovitch
Rating66% 3.3443.3443.3443.3443.344
L.A. police detectives Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran) and Jack Farnham (Howard Duff) get in over their heads when they decide to split up thousands of dollars they found on a recently killed counterfeiter. To make matters worse, they are assigned by their police captain to look for the missing cash.
Riders to the Stars, 1h21
Directed by Richard Carlson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Space opera
Actors William Lundigan, Martha Hyer, Herbert Marshall, Richard Carlson, Dawn Addams, Robert Karnes
Roles James O'Herli
Rating55% 2.7604052.7604052.7604052.7604052.760405
A group of highly qualified single men, including Dr. Richard Stanton (William Lundigan) and Dr. Jerry Lockwood (Richard Carlson), are recruited for a top secret project. They undergo a series of rigorous physical and psychological tests, during which Stanton becomes attracted to the beautiful Dr. Jane Flynn (Martha Hyer), one of the scientists testing the candidates. After most of the candidates have been eliminated from consideration, the four remaining are told about the purpose of the project.
The Caddy
The Caddy (1953)
, 1h35
Directed by Norman Taurog
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Golf films
Actors Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Donna Reed, Clinton Sundberg, Marshall Thompson, Barbara Bates
Roles un ivrogne
Rating64% 3.246853.246853.246853.246853.24685
The story centers around Harvey Miller (Jerry Lewis), whose father was a famous golf pro. He wanted Harvey to follow in his footsteps, but poor Harvey is afraid of crowds. Instead, at the advice of his fiancée Lisa (Barbara Bates), Harvey becomes a golf instructor. Lisa's brother Joe (Dean Martin) becomes Harvey's first client and becomes good enough to start playing in tournaments, with Harvey tagging along as his caddy. Donna Reed plays the wealthy socialite who Dean wins over.