Russell Simpson

Russell Simpson

  • Birthday: 1880-06-16
  • Deathday: 1959-12-12
  • Place of birth: Danville, California, USA
  • Also know as: Russell McCaskill Simpson

Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Russell McCaskill Simpson (June 17, 1880, Danville, California – December 12, 1959, Woodland Hills, California) was an American character actor who appeared in over 500 movies. He is best known for his "grizzled old man" appearances. Gaunt, lanky, and rustic-sounding, Simpson was a familiar character actor for almost forty-five years, particularly as a member of the John Ford Stock Company. At age 18 Simpson prospected for gold in Alaska. He began taking acting classes in Seattle, Washington. In 1910 he married Gertrude Alter from New York City. By 1909, he had gone into the theatre. He appeared in at least two plays on Broadway between 1909 and 1912, and made his motion picture debut in Cecil B. DeMille's 1914 original film version of The Virginian in a bit part. By 1923, when the film was remade, Simpson had progressed to playing the lead villain. Throughout his career, Simpson worked for 12 years in road shows, stock companies, and on Broadway. He didn't usually perform lead roles, but he did star in many movies throughout the silent movie era. He performed a lead role as the grandfather in Out of the Dust (1920). Simpson is best known for his work in the films of John Ford and, in particular, for his portrayal of Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). His final film was The Horse Soldiers, his tenth film for Ford. Simpson worked up to 1959, the year of his death. He was the president of the Overseas Phonograph Accessories Corporation.

Filmography

The Grapes of Wrath

1940

As Pa Joad

Santa Fe Trail

1940

As Shubel Morgan

My Darling Clementine

1946

As John Simpson

The Tin Star

1957

As Clem Hall

Coroner Creek

1948

As Walt Hardison

Wagon Master

1950

As Adam Perkins

The Girl of the Golden West

1938

As Fred - Outrider in Prologue

Border Patrol

1943

As Orestes Krebs

Along Came Jones

1945

As Pop de Longpre

Silver Dollar

1932

As Hamlin

The Power and the Glory

1933

As Professor (uncredited)

Law and Order

1932

As Judge R.W. Williams

The Sun Shines Bright

1953

As Lewt Lake

The Big Bonanza

1944

As Adam Parker

Saddle Tramp

1950

As Pop

Ramona

1936

As Scroggs

Paradise Isle

1937

As Baxter

Motive for Revenge

1935

As McAllister

Lena Rivers

1932

As Grandfather Nichols

Blue Jeans

1917

As Jacob Tutwiler

That I May Live

1937

As Bish Plivens

Billy the Kid

1930

As Angus McSween

Way Down East

1935

As Squire Amasa Bartlett

Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge

1937

As Bayliss Baynum

Tuna Clipper

1949

As Capt. Fergus MacLennan

The Harvester

1936

As Abner Prewett

Mountain Justice

1937

As Matthew Turnbull

The First Auto

1927

As Hank Armstrong

The Horse Soldiers

1959

As Henry Goodbody

Face in the Sky

1933

As Pa Nathan Brown

Gold Is Where You Find It

1938

As MacKenzie

After the Fog

1929

As Joshua Barker

Man to Man

1930

As Uncle Cal

Abraham Lincoln

1930

As Lincoln's Employer

The Cabin in the Cotton

1932

As Uncle Joe

Tobacco Road

1941

As Chief of Police

Wild Geese Calling

1941

As Marshal Len Baker

Lone Star

1952

As Maynard Cole

Wild West Days

1937

As Matt Keeler

Defying Destiny

1923

As Mr. Wilkens

The Branding Iron

1920

As John Carver

Innocents of Paris

1929

As Emile Leval

The Honor of the Press

1932

As Dan Perkins

The Famous Ferguson Case

1932

As Banker Craig

Paddy O'Day

1936

As Benton

Virginia City

1940

As Gaylord

Ever Since Eve

1934

As Jim Wood

Dodge City

1939

As Orth

Young Mr. Lincoln

1939

As Woolridge (uncredited)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

1939

As Kenneth Allen (uncredited)

Drums Along the Mohawk

1939

As Dr. Petry

Heart of the North

1938

As Dave MacMillan

Western Caravans

1939

As Winchester Thompson

Free For All

1949

As Farmer

The Last Command

1955

As The Parson

The Untamed Breed

1948

As Minister

Man Hunt

1936

As Jeff Parkington

Call Her Savage

1932

As Old Man in Wagon Train

Alexander Hamilton

1931

As Harvey Taylor - First Ex-Soldier

The Frontiersman

1927

As Andrew Jackson

Valley of the Giants

1938

As McKenzie

Death Valley

1946

As Old Silas Bagley

Shut My Big Mouth

1942

As Mayor Potter

Citadel of Crime

1941

As Jess Meekins

Bowery Buckaroos

1947

As Luke Barlow

Wyoming

1940

As Mr. Bronson

Brigham Young

1940

As U.S. Army Major

Frontier Marshal

1934

As Editor Pickett

Annie Laurie

1927

As Sandy

Desperate Trails

1939

As Sheriff Big Bill Tanner

Bad Bascomb

1946

As Elijah Walker

The Virginian

1914

As Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)

Ridin' for Justice

1932

As Marshal Joseph Slyde

Human Hearts

1922

As Paul Logan

Texas Masquerade

1944

As J.K. Trimble

Swamp Water

1941

As Marty McCord

Three Faces West

1940

As Minister

The Virginian

1923

As Trampas

Rags to Riches

1922

As The Sheriff

Geronimo

1939

As Scout

West of the Pecos

1934

As Roy Neal

California Gold Rush

1946

As Colonel Parker

Call of the Klondike

1950

As Andy McKay

The Gal Who Took the West

1949

As Bartender (as old Timer)

The Ghost of Crossbone Canyon

1952

As Sam Stanton

Lone Star Ranger

1942

As Tom Duane

Wild Bill Hickok Rides

1942

As Ned Nolan

Albuquerque

1948

As Abner Huggins

Sundown in Santa Fe

1948

As Sheriff Jim Wyatt

Tap Roots

1948

As Big Sam Dabney

Painted People

1924

As Fred Lane

The Huntress

1923

As Big Jack Skinner

Bad Men of Missouri

1941

As Hank Younger

The Spoilers

1942

As Flapjack

Colt Comrades

1943

As Sheriff

The Brass Legend

1956

As Deputy 'Pop' Jackson

Faint Perfume

1925

As Grandpa Crumb

San Francisco

1936

As 'Red' Kelly

My Dog Shep

1946

As Mathew Hodgkins

Three on a Honeymoon

1934

As Ezra MacDuff

A Boy and His Dog

1946

As Mr. Thornycroft

Godless Men

1920

As 'Black' Pawl

Green Light

1937

As Sheep Man

Peg o' My Heart

1922

As Jim O'Connell

The Romance of Rosy Ridge

1947

As Dan Yeary

The World Moves On

1934

As Notary (1825)

Why Women Love

1925

As Silas Martin

They Were Expendable

1945

As 'Dad' Knowland

The Lone Star Ranger

1930

As Colonel John Aldridge

The Bill of Rights

1939

As Frontiersman

Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair

1952

As Clem Johnson

Back to Nature

1936

As Sheriff

Roaring Guns

1944

As Farmer MacKenzie

Maid of Salem

1937

As Village Marshal (Uncredited)

Riders of the Night

1918

As Sally's Grandfather

Old Shoes

1925

As

Bill Apperson's Boy

1919

As Bill Apperson

Tropical Nights

1928

As Singapore Joe

The Narrow Street

1925

As Garvey

Circus Days

1923

As Eben Holt

Wild Geese

1927

As Caleb Gare

Riding High

1943

As Frenchy McGuire

The Deadlier Sex

1920

As Jim Willis

Paint and Powder

1925

As Riley

The Riding Tornado

1932

As Sheriff

The Tall Men

1955

As Emigrant (uncredited)

Tennessee Johnson

1942

As Kirby

Meet Me at the Fair

1953

As Sheriff Evans

A Weaver of Dreams

1918

As Martin Chandler

Under the Lash

1921

As Simeon Krillet

Flames

1932

As Jake

The Outriders

1950

As Farmer (uncredited)

Sixteen Fathoms Deep

1934

As A.B. Crockett

Across the Dead-Line

1922

As Enoch Kidder

Moonlight in Vermont

1943

As Uncle Rufus

All Faces West

1929

As Gunner Bill

The Earth Woman

1926

As Ezra Tilden

Desert Gold

1919

As Ladd

Now We're in the Air

1927

As Lord Abercrombie McTavish

The Border Legion

1918

As Overland Bradley

The Hoosier Schoolmaster

1935

As Doc Small

Hello Trouble

1932

As Jonathan Kenyon

Feudin' Fools

1952

As Grandpa Smith

Friendly Persuasion

1956

As Brother Griffith - Elder (uncredited)

The Splendid Road

1925

As Capt. Lightfoot

Snowblind

1921

As Hugh Garth

The Great Meadow

1931

As Thomas Hall

Thunder Mountain

1925

As Si Pace

Last of the Duanes

1941

As Tom Duane

Breakers Ahead

1918

As Captain Scudder

The Kingdom Within

1922

As Caleb Deming

The Eagle

1925

As The Eagle's Lieutenant / Coach Driver (uncredited)

Nazi Agent

1942

As 2nd Captain (uncredited)

Bunty Pulls the Strings

1921

As Tammas Biggar

Carolina

1934

As Richards

Joan of Arc

1948

As Old Man with Pipe (uncredited)

Broken Lance

1954

As Judge (uncredited)

The Brand

1919

As Dan McGill

The Old Homestead

1915

As Sheriff

The Sap

1929

As The Banker

Roughly Speaking

1945

As The Colonel - Drill Instructor (uncredited)

The Fabulous Texan

1947

As Wade Clayton

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