John Carradine

Born Feb 5, 1906

John Carradine was an American actor, best known for his roles in horror films and Westerns as well as Shakespearean theater. A member of Cecil B. DeMille's stock company and later John Ford's company, he was one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood history.… Read More

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1906 Birth Born on February 5, 1906.


1925 19 Years Old He made his stage debut in 1925 in New Orleans in a production of Camille and worked for a time in a New Orleans Shakespeare company. … Read More


1927 21 Years Old In 1927, he took a job escorting a shipment of bananas from Dallas, Texas to Los Angeles, where he eventually picked up some theater work under the name of Peter Richmond, in homage to his uncle. … Read More
1933 27 Years Old By 1933, he was being credited as John Peter Richmond, perhaps in honor of his friend, John Barrymore.
1935 29 Years Old 1 More Event
He adopted the stage name "John Carradine" in 1935, and legally took the name as his own two years later.


1936 30 Years Old By 1936, Carradine had become a member of John Ford's stock company and appeared in The Prisoner of Shark Island. … Read More
1944 38 Years Old They divorced in 1944, when David was seven years old. … Read More
1945 39 Years Old Carradine married Sonia Sorel (May 18, 1921 – September 24, 2004), who had appeared with him in Bluebeard (1944) immediately following his divorce from Ardanelle in 1945. … Read More


1946 40 Years Old His Broadway roles included Ferdinand in a 1946 production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, the Ragpicker in a 13-month run of Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot, Lycus in a 15-month run of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and DeLacey in the expensive one-night flop Frankenstein in 1981. … Read More


1957 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Their divorce in 1957 was followed by an acrimonious custody battle, which resulted in their sons being placed in a home for abused children as wards of the court. … Read More
1960 54 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He also made more than one hundred television appearances, including CBS's My Friend Flicka, Johnny Ringo (as "The Rain Man"), and Place the Face, NBC's Cimarron City as the foreboding Jared Tucker in the episode "Child of Fear" and on William Bendix's Overland Trail in the 1960 episode "The Reckoning," on ABC's Harrigan and Son, Sugarfoot, The Rebel, and The Legend of Jesse James, and on the syndicated adventure series, Rescue 8, with Jim Davis.


1975 69 Years Old Carradine was married a fourth time, from 1975 to 1988, to Emily Cisneros, who survived him.
1982 76 Years Old In 1982, he supplied the voice of the Great Owl in the animated feature The Secret of NIMH.
1986 80 Years Old 1 More Event
One of Carradine's final film appearances was Peggy Sue Got Married in 1986. … Read More
1988 83 Years Old Retired, Carradine suffered from painful and crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis, before he died from multiple organ failure at Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Milan, Italy on November 27, 1988. … Read More
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