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Joseph Cotten

Born May 15, 1905

Joseph Cheshire Cotten was an American film, stage and television actor. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original stage productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair. He first gained worldwide fame in the Orson Welles films Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and Journey into Fear (1943), for which Cotten was also credited with the screenplay.… Read More

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1905 Birth Joseph Cotten was born in 1905 in Petersburg, Virginia, son of Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster, and his wife Sally Willson Cotten. … Read More


1930 25 Years Old Cotten made his Broadway debut in 1930, and soon became friends with Orson Welles. … Read More


1937 32 Years Old In 1937 Cotten became an inaugural member of Welles's Mercury Theatre company, starring in Broadway productions of Julius Caesar, The Shoemaker's Holiday and Danton's Death, and in radio dramas presented on The Mercury Theatre on the Air and The Campbell Playhouse.
1938 33 Years Old Cotten made his film debut in the Welles-directed short Too Much Johnson, a comedy that was intended to complement an aborted 1938 Mercury stage production of William Gillette's 1890 play. … Read More
1939 34 Years Old Cotten returned to Broadway in 1939, creating the role of C. K. Dexter Haven opposite Katharine Hepburn's Tracy Lord in the original production of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story. … Read More
1941 36 Years Old In 1941, Cotten took control of the Nazi-related thriller Journey into Fear (released in 1943). … Read More


1953 48 Years Old In 1953 Cotten created the role of Linus Larrabee, Jr., in the original 1953 Broadway production of Sabrina Fair.


1957 52 Years Old Cotten was featured in Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Ronald W. Reagan's General Electric Theater. He appeared on May 2, 1957, on NBC's comedy variety series, The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. … Read More
1960 55 Years Old He also appeared as Dick Burlingame and Charles Lawrence in the 1960 episodes "The Blue Goose" and "Dark Fear" of CBS's anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. … Read More


1967 62 Years Old In 1967, he joined Karl Swenson, Pat Conway, and Dick Foran in the nostalgic western dramatic film Brighty of the Grand Canyon, about a burro who lived in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River from about 1892-1922. … Read More
1987 82 Years Old In 1987, Cotten published a popular autobiography, Vanity Will Get You Somewhere.
1994 89 Years Old He died on February 6, 1994, of pneumonia, a complication of throat cancer at the age of 88. … Read More
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