NOTE: This list consists of actors whose career was primarily in sound films. For Hoosier silent film actors, go to The Silent Era. Book titles indicated are available through Amazon.com.
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- Charles Aidman
- b. Frankfort,IN 1/31/25
- d. Beverly Hills, CA 11/7/93
- I.U. theatre graduate. Performed in more than 300 roles on television. Prominent supporting actor from 1956 to 1987. Most notable films were: Tell Them Willie Boy is Here (1969), Dirty Little Billy (1972), Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) and his last film,Innerspace (1987).
- Jim Aleck
- Appeared as a newscaster in "Double Dragon" (1994) with fellow Hoosier Kristina Wagner.
- James (Jimmy) Alexander
- b. Indiana 5/20/14
- d. 2/1/61
- Was a stage, screen and TV actor. Played the lead ("Curly") in the road show of "Oklahoma." Also sang with the Vern Buck Orchestra. Made three features, 1952, 54 and 55. Played "The Prince" in Jack and the Beanstalk in 1952. Appeared in TV on "Wild Wild West", "Wild Bill Hickok", others.
- Leon Ames (Leon Waycoff)
- b. Portland, IN 1/20/02
- d. Laguna Beach, CA 10/12/93
- Made at least 123 films from 1931 to 1986. His favorite role was the father in Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944.
- Charles Arnt
- b. Michigan City, IN 8/20/06
- d. Orcas Island, Washington 8/6/1990
- Very busy actor from 1933 to 1962. Character actor who played reporters, train conductors, Doctors, Mayors, etc. Appeared in over 100 films plus television series such as "Maverick", "The Rifleman", "Zane Grey Theatre."
- Chuck Aspegren
His only movie was "The Deerhunter." He was a steel worker in Gary and portrayed a steel worker
in the film.
- Richard Barbee
- b. Lafayette, IN
- His family owned the Barbee Wire and Iron Works in Lafayette. He moved to Indianapolis to live with his grandfather and graduated from Shortridge High School. He then went to Princeton where he received his Bachelor's degree. He studied to be an architect but went to California to visit his father and got a job with the Belasco Stock Company. After two years of training, he moved to New York. He was in "Successful Calamity" with William Gillette and Roland Young on Broadway. He played sixty five weeks in "Beggar on Horseback" and sixty two weeks in "Saturday's Children." He was in Eugene O' Neill's "Strange Interlude" for three years. He made only four movies. One in 1916 and three in the mid-thirties. He was never as successful in films as he was on the stage.
- James Baskett (Sometimes spelled Baskette)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 2/16/04
- d. Los Angeles, CA 9/9/48
- Made 5 films from 1932 to 1946, the last being Disney's Song of the South in which he played "Uncle Remus". Was awarded a special oscar for this performance. Made a number of black films in addition to the five mentioned above. Was on stage in musicals and was a radio actor...best known as "Gabby Gibson" on "Amos and Andy".
- Richard Bennett
- b. Deacon's Mills, IN 5/21/1872
- d. Los Angeles, CA 10/21/44
- Made at least 10 silent films from 1914 to 1928. Made a total of 26 films. Directed 2 films in 1914 and 1916. Last film was The Magnificent Ambersons in which he played Major Amberson. Also a star of Broadway. Father of Barbara, Joan, and Constance.
- Abraham Benrubi
- b.Bloomington, IN 10/4/69
- The son of former WIBC disc jockey "Adam Smasher." First role was in Diving In, mostly shot in Indianapolis. Made 17 films from 1991 to 1998. Regular in "ER" TV series. Other TV roles.
- Richard Bergman
- b. Plymouth, IN
- Appearances in "Father Murphy" and "Days of Our Lives" "Barnaby Jones", "B.J. and the Bear". Graduate of Hanover College in Hanover, IN.
- Monte Blue (Gerard Montgomery Blue)
- b. January 11, 1890 Indianapolis, IN
- d. February 16, 1963 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Rose from an orphan at the Knightstown Soldiers and Sailors Home to become an internationally famous silent film star. He was the leading man in Orphans of the Storm with the Gish sisters. Co-starred with Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow, Florence Vidor, Marie Prevost and others. After sound, he became a character actor mostly for Warner Brothers and was very busy appearing in over 250 films.
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- Lee Bonnell (AKA Terry Belmont)
- b. Indiana November 24, 1918
- d. Santa Monica, CA May 12, 1986
- Made over 20 films in the 1940's, mostly small parts, sometimes uncredited. Last film was "The Checkered Coat" in 1948.
- John Bowers (John Bowersox)
- b. 12-25-1899 Garrett, IN
- d. 11-17-1936 Santa Monica, CA.
- Left Garrett and went on stage as a youth. Began his career in films in 1916 while still a teen ager. By the early 1920's he was an established leading man playing opposite some of Hollywood's major female stars. He married his frequent co-star, Marguerite de la Motte. When sound came in, his career failed. His wife divorced him and he drowned himself in the Pacific Ocean at Malibu. His suicide was reportedly used as the plot line for A Star is Born.
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- John Bromfield (Real name Faron Bromfield)
- b. South Bend, IN 6/11/22
- Made at least 19 films from 1950 to 1958. Starred in two TV series, "Sheriff of Cochise" and "U.S. Marshall".
- Avery Brooks
- b. Evansville, IN 10/2/49
- Made several feature films, but most of his career has been in TV. "Spenser for Hire", "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and several TV movies. Directed one "Deep Space Nine" episode. Since 1976 he has been an Associate Professor at Rutgers University.
- Martin Burton
- b. Mitchell, IN 7/9/04
- d. 8/4/76
- Made four films from 1931 to 1933. Ladies'Man in 1931 featured two other Hoosiers...Carole Lombard and Maude Turner Gordon.
- Frederick Burton
- b. Indianapolis, IN 10/20/1871
- d. Woodland Hills, CA 10/23/57
- Made at least 100 films from 1914 to 1946...23 of them silent. Last film was Miss Susie Slagle's in 1946. Appeared in such hit films as, I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Theodora Goes Wild, "Jezebel", "Hollywood Cavalcade".
- Steve Burton (Real name Jack Stephen Burton)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 6/28/70
- Made three feature films, but mostly in TV series... "Out of This World", "Days of Our Lives", "General Hospital".
- Dan Butler
- b. Fort Wayne, IN 12/2/54
- Made a few movies including Enemy of the State in 1998 and Silence of the Lambs but mostly TV series/movies. ("Frasier", "Roseanne", "The X-Files")
- Charles Butterworth
- b. South Bend, IN 7/26/1896
- d. Los Angeles, CA 6/14/46
- Made 45 films from 1930 to 1944. Prominent supporting actor, often portraying the hero's best friend. Was a stage attraction on Broadway before going into the movies. Graduated from Notre Dame.
- Walter T. Butterworth
- b. Indiana 4/4/1892
- d. 3/10/62
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- Ezra Buzzington (Jonathan Harris)
- b. Muncie, Indiana
- Ball State graduate, took the name his grandfather used in vaudeville. "Ezra Buzzington and the Rustic Revelers," which eventually evolved into "The Hoosier Hotshots." Has appeared in at least 13 films including Fight Club and Me, Myself and Irene. Many television appearances and commercials.
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- John Calvert (Sometimes credited as John Trevlac)
- b. New Trenton, IN 8/5/1911
- Started acting in college then worked at a Chevrolet dealership in Connersville where he figured out "how to make cars disappear from showrooms." Repeated his act in Indianapolis. Went to Hollywood in 1939 and performed at an Elsa Maxwell party. He was signed by Columbia studios and made his first film, The Mark of the Whistlerin 1944. In 1948 he became "The Falcon" in The Devil's Cargo. He made two more "Falcon" films.In 1954 he was Assistant Director on The Silver Chalice. He produced, directed and starred in 1956 film,"Dark Venture". He is a world famous magician and movie star. He resides today in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Sean Cameron
- b. Kokomo, IN
- First screen appearance was as a tower prison guard in The Last Castle (2001) starring Robert Redford. He wants to be a writer and considers himself "a writer who is pursuing acting."
- David Canary
- b. Elwood, IN 8/25/38
- Primarily a TV actor. "All My Children", "Another World". First role of any significance was in 1965 on "Peyton Place".
- Conte Candoli (Secondo Condoli)
- b. Mishawaka, 7/12/27
- d. Palm Desert, CA 12/14/01
- Appeared in Bell, Book and Candle (1958) as Zodiac's musician and was a trumpeter in This World, Then the Fireworks (1997). Began performing in his teens and worked with Woody Herman's orchestra. Joined the "Tonight Show" band in 1972 and stayed until Carson retired in 1992. His last screen work was in David Lynch's 2001 film, Mulholland Drive.
- Pete Candoli (Walker Joseph Candoli)
- b. Mishawaka, 6/28/23
- Appeared in two films in 1958, Bell Book and Candleand Kings Go Forth. Also in TV movie, "Hotel" in 1982. Played trumpet in several films including West Side Story.
- James Carew
- b. Goshen, IN 2/5/1876
- d. London, England 4/4/38
- Made 13 silent films from 1917 to 1928. Made a total of 46 films from 1917 to 1938. Married English actress Ellen Terry.
- Hoagy Carmichael
- b. Bloomington, IN 11/22/1899
- d. Rancho Mirage, CA 12/27/1981
- Acting credits include To Have and Have Not (1944), Johnny Angel (1945). Composer of the most recorded song in the history of the world, "Stardust". (According to the Smithsonian Institution). Other hits include "Georgia", "The Nearness of You", "Skylark", "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"(Oscar for "Best Song" in "Here Comes the Groom"), "Old Buttermilk Sky", "I Get Along Without You Very Well", "Lazy Bones", "Small Fry", "Memphis in June", "Am I Blue?", "Up a Lazy River".
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- Anthony Caruso
- b. Frankfort, IN 4/7/16
- d. Brentwood, CA 4/4/03.
- Made over 100 feature films starting in 1940 as a gangster in "Johnny Apollo."
- Many TV appearances. Notable FIlms: "Anna Lucasta", "The Asphalt Jungle", "Never Steal Anything Small".
- Dick Cathcart (Real name: Charles Richard Cathcart)
- b. Michigan City, IN 11/6/24
- d. 1993
- From a family of musicians, he was the youngest. One brother, Jimmy, had his own band for awhile. Brother Tom and Jack were also musicians of note. Dick Cathcart made four films from 1954 to 1961. He supplied the trumpet sound track work for both the film and TV versions of "Pete Kelly's Blues". He was a mainstay of the Lawrence Welk orchestra for a considerable time and was married to Peggy Lennon from 1964 till his death.
- Sidney Catlett (Also known as "Big Sid" Catlett)
- b. Evansville, IN 1/17/10
- d. Chicago, IL 3/25/51
- Thought by many to be the greatest of all jazz drummers, he appeared in two films as himself... "Jammin' the Blues" (1944) and "Boy! What a Girl" (1947)
- Michael Champion (Michael Campbell Champion)
- b. Anderson, IN
- A graduate of Anderson high school, went to UCLA to study acting and voice. Appeared on many TV shows including "All in the Family", "Emergency" "NYPD Blue" and "Diagnosis Murder." Has appeared in at least 28 feature films since 1979.
- Noble "Kid" Chissell
- b. Indianapolis, IN 1905
- d. Los Angeles, CA 11/8/87
- Received an award from the Motion Picture Industry in 1982 for having more than 1,000 screen credits. For more than 50 years he made a good living doing bit parts, walk-ons, stunt work and an occasional acting role. His biggest role, appropriately enough, was in "Home in Indiana" (1944). Was a former prize fighter and at one time fought "Packy East" whose real name was Bob Hope. Hope gave Chissell work in Hollywood all through his life.
- Steve Clark (Elmer Stephen Clark)
- b.Daviess County, Indiana (Born on a farm just outside of Washington, IN) 2/26/1891
- d. 6/29/54
- Was a stage actor, director and manager of talent before breaking into films at age 42. Appeared in 112 films from 1941 to 1959...almost all were cowboy films. He was usually a kindly rancher, a judge or a sheriff.
- John Clarke
- b. South Bend, IN 4/14/32
- Lived in 20 states. Graduated from high school in Tokyo. Received B.A. and Master's in Television Arts from UCLA. Started in TV in the 50's. Made several movies then became a regular on "Days of Our Lives" as Mickey Horton.
- Russell Collins
- b. Indianapolis, IN 10/11/1897
- d. West Hollywood, CA 11/14/65
- Made 22 films from 1943 to 1965. Attended Indiana State University. Went on stage in 1922. In films he played crusty character parts. Notable films: "Raintree County", "Soldier of Fortune", "God's Little Acre", "Fail Safe".
- Joe Cook (ne Joe Lopez)
- b. Evansville, IN 1890
- d. 1959
- Vaudeville performer and Broadway star. Was with "Earl Carroll Vanities" for three years and his success in the production of "Rain or Shine" allowed him to repeat his role in the film of the same name. Also appeared in shorts and other feature films.
- Curtis Cooksey
- b. Indiana 12/9/1891
- d. Hollywood, CA 4/19/62
- Stage actor who made his first Broadway appearance in 1916. Played opposite Mae West in "Diamond Lil" in 1928. Was in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1932 with Hoosier Charles Dingle and in "There's Always a Breeze" in 1938 with Hoosier Anne Baxter. Directed "When the Bough Breaks" on Broadway in 1937. Entered films in 1915. Made 7 silent films then after a long absence, came back in sound films in the 1950s'. Made a total of 15 films including "Scaramouche" (1952), "Taxi" (1953).
- John Craig (Real name: Joe E. Cline)
- b. Indianapolis, IN 3/5/28
- d. Palm Desert, CA 5/10/99
- Won Tony in 1958 as "Most Promising Newcomer" in title role of "Li'l Abner". Also was on Broadway in "Damn Yankees", "High Button Shoes" and "Father of the Bride". Made 8 films from 1961 to 1981. Most notable were, "Sweet Charity" (1969), "Pennies from Heaven" (1981). Many TV appearances.
- Richard Crane
- b. Newcastle, IN 6/6/18
- d. San Fernando Valley, CA 3/9/69
- Appeared in at least 66 films from 1940 to 1964. Played Lt. Gene Plehan in "Surfside Six" TV series from 1961 to 1962. Was Rocky Jones in "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger" from 1954 to 1956. Many other TV roles.
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- Scatman Crothers (real name: Benjamin Sherman Crothers)
- b. Terre Haute, IN 5/23/10
- d. Van Nuys, CA 11/22/86
- Made at least 55 films from 1953 to 1986. Significant appearances in "The Shining" (1980), "Bronco Billy" (1980), "Silver Streak" (1976). Many TV appearances.
- Dick Curtis
- b. Indianapolis, IN 1928
- Mostly a TV actor in the late 60's and 70's. Was a regular on "The Ray Stevens Show" in 1970. Did voices for several TV series including "The Cattanooga Cats" (1969), "Sky Hawks" (1969) and was host briefly for the TV series "Queen for a Day" (1969).
- Braden Danner
b. Indianapolis, IN, 7/13/75
- Active in Indianapolis theatre including an appearance in an Indianapolis Civic Theatre production of "Miss Moffatt" which starred Ginger Rogers. Was "Gavroche" in the original Broadway company of "Les Miserables" in 1987. He also had roles in such stage productions as, "Starlight Express," "Oliver," and "Nine." Was in "One Life to Live" and "As the World Turns" in 1968 and "The Mickey Mouse Club" in 1989.
- Brian Davies
- b. Indianapolis, IN
- Appeared in "The Sound of Music" on Broadway with Mary Martin. Sang "I am sixteen going on seventeen". Made at least 8 films from 1965 to 1999 including "The Age of Innocence" (1993).
- Johnnie "Scat" Davis (Actor/Musician)
- b. Brazil, IN 1915
- d. Pecos, TX 1983
- Trumpeter who played with Benny Goodman and others. Appeared in at least 15 films from 1937 to 1944. Famous for his vocal rendition of "Hooray for Hollywood" in the 1937 film "Hollywood Hotel".
- James Dean