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Roscoe Karns

Roscoe Karns

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1891-09-07 · Deathday: 1970-02-06 (78 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: San Bernardino, California, USA

107 Movies · 3 TV shows

Also Known As: Roscoe Karnes

Biography

Though he appeared in numerous silent films, such as Wings and Beggars of Life, his career didn't really take off until sound arrived. Arguably his best-known film role was the annoying bus passenger Oscar Shapeley, who tries to pick up Claudette Colbert in the Oscar-winning comedy It Happened One Night (1934), quickly followed by one of his best performances as the boozy press agent Owen O'Malley in Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century. (Six years later, he co-starred as one of the reporters in another Hawks classic, His Girl Friday.) In 1937, Paramount teamed him with Lynne Overman as a pair of laconic private eyes in two B comedy-mysteries, Murder Goes to College and Partners in Crime. From 1950 to 1954, Karns played the title role in the popular DuMont Television Network series Rocky King, Inside Detective. His son, character actor Todd Karns, also appeared in that series. From 1959 to 1962, Karns was cast as Captain (then Admiral) Walter Shafer in seventy-three of the ninety-five episodes of the CBS military sitcom/drama series, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper in the title role of a United States Navy physician, and Abby Dalton as nurse Martha Hale. His final film was another Hawks comedy, Man's Favorite Sport?, in 1964.

Movies & TV shows

1964.

1 Movie

1962.

1 TV show

1958.

1 Movie

1957.

1 TV show

1954.

1 TV show

1948.

4 Movies

1947.

2 Movies

1946.

3 Movies

1944.

3 Movies

1943.

5 Movies

1942.

4 Movies

1941.

5 Movies

1940.

6 Movies

1939.

4 Movies

1938.

5 Movies

1937.

3 Movies

1936.

3 Movies

1935.

6 Movies

1934.

5 Movies

1933.

7 Movies

1932.

11 Movies

1931.

5 Movies

1930.

6 Movies

1929.

3 Movies

1928.

8 Movies

1927.

2 Movies

1926.

1 Movie

1924.

1 Movie

1923.

1 Movie

1922.

1 Movie

1920.

1 Movie
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