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Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cotten

Birthdate: May 15, 1905

Deathdate: February 6, 1994

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Joseph Cheshire Cotten (May 15, 1905 – February 6, 1994) was an American actor of stage and film. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair. He is associated with Orson Welles, leading to appearances in Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Journey into Fear (1943), for which Cotte... ...detailed bio


Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)

When a man calling himself Chris Hale arrives at the doorstep of her Ashton, Ohio house, asking to see his childhood home, widow Mrs. Brentman gladly invites him in. The unemployed Chris then accepts Mrs. Brentman's offer of a room and takes a job in the shipping department of the Corelli shoe fa...

September Affair (1950)

Marianne "Manina" Stuart (Joan Fontaine), a prominent concert pianist, meets David Lawrence (Joseph Cotten), a businessman, on a flight from Rome to New York. Their plane is diverted to Naples for engine repairs, and they decide to kill time by doing some sight-seeing. At lunch, a recording of th...

Two Flags West (1950)

In the autumn of 1864, remnants of the Confederate 5th Georgia Cavalry are prisoners of war in the Union prison camp at Rock Island, Illinois. Sick and dying in deplorable conditions, they find a chance for survival when Union Captain Mark Bradford (Cornel Wilde) offers them release from "this st...

The Third Man (1949)

American pulp Western writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in Post-World War II Vienna seeking his childhood friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), who has offered him a job. Martins discovers that Lime was killed by a car while crossing the street. At Lime's funeral, Martins meets two Britis...

Under Capricorn (1949)

In 1831 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Charles Adare (Michael Wilding) arrives with his uncle, the new governor (Cecil Parker). Charles hopes to make his fortune. He is befriended by Samson Flusky (Joseph Cotten), a prosperous businessman who is a former transported convict. Sam's wife, Lady...

Beyond the Forest (1949)

Rosa Moline is the neglected wife of a small-town Wisconsin doctor. She grows bored and becomes infatuated with a visiting Chicago businessman. She extorts money from her husband's patients and uses the cash to flee to Chicago, but the businessman does not welcome her. She returns home and become...

Portrait of Jennie (1948)

In 1934, impoverished painter Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) meets a fey little girl named Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones) in Central Park, New York. She is wearing old-fashioned clothing. He makes a sketch of her from memory which involves him with art dealer Miss Spinney (Ethel Barrymore), who see...

The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

Katie Holstrom (Loretta Young), a Swedish-American, leaves the family farm to go to nursing school in Capitol City. Barn painter Adolph Petree (Rhys Williams), who had completed a job for Katie's father, offers her a ride, but robs her of her money. Katie, refusing to ask her family for help, goe...

Duel in the Sun (1946)

Pearl Chavez (Jennifer Jones) is orphaned after her father Scott Chavez (Herbert Marshall) kills her mother (Tilly Losch), having caught his wife with a lover (Sidney Blackmer). Before Scott Chaves is executed as a punishment for killing his wife, he arranges for his daughter Pearl to live with h...

Love Letters (1945)

Alan Quinton (Joseph Cotten), a soldier in Italy during World War II, has been writing letters for his friend Roger Morland (Robert Sully), a man who admits he "never had any standards, manners or taste." Alan has never met Victoria Remington, but regards her as a "pin-up girl of the spirit," to ...

I'll Be Seeing You (1944)

Social outcasts Mary Marshall (Ginger Rogers) and Sgt. Zachary Morgan (Joseph Cotten) meet while seated across from each other on a train bound for Pine Hill. Zach, a victim of shell shock and therefore a prisoner of his own mind, has just been granted a ten-day leave from a military hospital to ...

Since You Went Away (1944)

Since You Went Away is a 1944 film directed by John Cromwell for Selznick International Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It is an epic about the American home front during World War II which was adapted and produced by David O. Selznick from the 1943 novel Since You Went Away: Letters ...

Gaslight (1944)

The film opens just after world-famous singer of opera, Alice Alquist has been murdered. The perpetrator bolted, without the jewels he sought, after being interrupted by a child—Paula (Ingrid Bergman), Alice's niece, who was raised by her aunt following her mother's death. Paula is sent to Italy ...

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

A teenager living in the idyllic town of Santa Rosa, California, Charlotte "Charlie" Newton (Teresa Wright), complains that nothing seems to be happening in her life. Then, she receives wonderful news: her uncle (for whom she was named), Charlie Oakley (Joseph Cotten), her mother's younger brothe...

Journey into Fear (1943)

In an opening scene before the credits an assassin, Banat, is seen preparing a gun while a gramophone skips as it plays . The story that follows is the narrative of a letter from Howard Graham, an American armaments engineer, to his wife Stephanie. While journeying to the Soviet port of Batumi to...

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

George Minafer (Tim Holt), on break from college, returns to his home in Indianapolis. His mother Isabel (Dolores Costello) and Major Amberson (Richard Bennett), his grandfather, hold a reception in his honor. Among the guests are the widowed Eugene Morgan (Joseph Cotten), a prosperous automobile...

Citizen Kane (1941)

Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), an enormously wealthy media proprietor, has been living alone in Florida in his vast palatial estate Xanadu for the last years of his life, with a "No trespassing" sign on the gate. He dies in a bed while holding a snow globe and utters "Rosebud ..."; the globe...

Lydia (1941)

Elderly Lydia MacMillan (Merle Oberon) stages a reunion with three former suitors. She reminisces about her life over a forty-year period, the latter part of which has been spent in reclusiveness. The three suitors, former college football star Bob Willard (George Reeves), musician Frank Audry (H...