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Joseph Crehan

  • Birth 15 Jul 1883 Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Death 15 Apr 1966 Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 8005070

Actor. Prolific Hollywood character player. Born Joseph Creaghan in Baltimore, he began performing in regional theatres in the early 1900s and made his Broadway debut in 1914. Apart from an isolated silent screen appearance in "Under Two Flags" (1916), he showed no interest in movies until the arrival of talkies. Stocky and severe-looking, Crehan was immediately typed for roles as authority figures, often at Warner Bros., making up for his small stature with a thunderous voice and take-charge manner. With a beard he bore a striking resemblance to Ulysses S. Grant and he played the historical figure in several films, including "Union Pacific" (1939) and "They Died with Their Boots On" (1941). Among his 340 other credits are "It Happened One Night" (1934), "Anthony Adverse" (1936), "Dodge City" (1939), "Gentleman Jim" (1942), "The Big Sleep" (1946), and "Monsieur Verdoux" (1947). After 1952 Crehan focused on TV guest spots, though he returned to the big screen for small roles in "Judgement at Nuremburg" (1961) and "Seven Days in May" (1964).

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Originally Created by: TLS
  • Added: 20 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8005070
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Crehan (15 Jul 1883–15 Apr 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8005070, citing San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .