Actor and professional heavyweight boxer
World Heavyweight Championship contender defeated by Jack Johnson in 1914
and Jess Willard in 1916
(aka Frank C. Moran)
March 18, 1887 - December 14, 1967
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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A Lot of Favorite Memories of Frank Moran
- As a convict in the Mae West comedy She Done Him Wrong (1933), directed by Lowell Sherman.
- As "Sergeant on Train" in a moving drama about a shipload of mothers visiting their sons' graves in Europe after World War I,
Pilgrimage (1933), directed by John Ford.
- As "Sergeant Culbert, Soldier in Trench" in The World Moves On (1934), directed by John Ford.
- As "Townsman in Saloon" in Judge Priest (1934), starring Will Rogers and directed by John Ford.
- As "Truck Driver" in the musical comedy-drama Bright Eyes (1934), starring Shirley Temple and directed by David Butler.
- As a stagehand in the musical comedy Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935), directed by Busby Berkeley.
- As "McCabe," a saloon bouncer in The Informer (1935), starring Victor McLaglen (Best Actor Oscar), and directed by John Ford.
- As "Mike, the Stoker" in Dante's Inferno (1935), starring Spencer Tracy and directed by Harry Lachman.
- As a convict in Modern Times (1936), starring and directed by Charles Chaplin.
- As "Husky Sailor" in Follow the Fleet (1936), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, directed by Mark Sandrich.
- As "Larson, a Sailor" in a suspenseful comedy about a Pharaoh's curse and a crazed killer,
Mummy's Boys (1936), starring Fred Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, and directed by Fred Guiol.
- As "Process Server" in Shall We Dance (1936), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, directed by Mark Sandrich.
- As "Bobby" in A Damsel in Distress (1937), starring Fred Astaire and Joan Fontaine, directed by George Stevens.
- As "Cab Driver" in Carefree (1938), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, directed by Mark Sandrich.
- As "Waiter at Dive" in Submarine Patrol (1938), directed by John Ford.
- As "Second Moving Man" in Beware Spooks! (1939), starring Joe E. Brown and directed by Edward Sedgwick.
- As "Butch, a Father" in the comedy-mystery Another Thin Man (1939), starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, directed by W. S. Van Dyke.
- As "Louie the Lug" in the comedy-ganster film Brother Orchid (1940), starring Edward G. Robinson and directed by Lloyd Bacon.
- As "The Boss' Chauffeur" (as Frank C. Moran) in the screwball comedy The Great McGinty (1940),
starring Brian Donlevy and Akim Tamiroff, and written and directed by Preston Sturges.
- As "Patrolman Murphy" in Christmas in July (1940), starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew, and written and directed by Preston Sturges.
- As "Policeman" in the gangster-romance High Sierra (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino, directed by Raoul Walsh.
- As "Party Bartender" in the classic screwball comedy The Lady Eve (1941), starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, directed by Preston Sturges.
- As "Cab Driver at Doorway, New Year's Party" in the romantic drama Penny Serenade (1941),
starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, directed by George Stevens.
- In a bit part in the social comedy/drama/romance Meet John Doe (1941), starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, directed by Frank Capra.
- As "Dutch, a Henchman" in "The Falcon" detective series feature A Date with the Falcon (1941),
starring George Sanders and Wendy Barrie, directed by Irving Reis.
- As "Tough Chauffeur" in the classic social drama/screwball comedy Sullivan's Travels (1941),
starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, and written and directed by Preston Sturges.
- As "Haggerty" in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), starring Monty Wooley and Bette Davis,
based on the famous play by Kaufman and Hart (and real-life character Alexander Woolcott), and directed by William Keighley.
- As the mad scientist's hulking, moronic lab assistant "Angel" in Monogram's entertaining The Corpse Vanishes (1942), directed by Wallace Fox.
Starring Bela Lugosi, with Luana Walters, Tristram Coffin, Elizabeth Russell, Minerva Urecal, Angelo Rossitto, Joan Barclay,
Kenneth Harlan, Gwen Kenyon, Vince Barnett, George Eldredge, Gladys Faye, Eddie Kane and Murdock MacQuarrie.
- As the train brakeman in the classic screwball comedy The Palm Beach Story (1942),
starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor and Rudy Vallee (and a great bunch of character actors as "The Ale and Quail Club"),
and written and directed by Preston Sturges.
- As "Mike, the Bartender" in the "East Side Kids" programmer, 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942),
directed by Wallace Fox.
Starring Leo Gorcey. Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Noah Beery Jr., Marc Lawrence, Ann Gillis, Dave O'Brien, Sunshine Sammy Morrison and Stanley Clements.
- In a bit part in Monogram's mystery thriller about a zombified walking corpse, The Living Ghost (1942), directed by William Beaudine.
Starring James Dunn, Joan Woodbury, Paul McVey, Gus Glassmire, Vera Gordon , Edna Johnson, J. Farrell MacDonald,
Jan Wiley, George Eldredge, J. Arthur Young, Norman Willis, Lawrence Grant, Danny Beck, Forrest Taylor and Minerva Urecal.
- As "Monk, Emil's servant" in the "East Side Kids" comedy/horror/mystery
Ghosts on the Loose aka The East Side Kids Meet Bela Lugosi (1943), directed by William Beaudine.
Starring Bela Lugosi (Emil), Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Ava Gardner, Rick Vallin, (Sunshine) Sammy Morrison,
Billy Benedict, Stanley Clements, Bobby Stone, Minerva Urecal, Wheeler Oakman, Peter Seal and Jack Mulhall.
- As "First MP Sergeant" in the brilliant screwball comedy The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944),
starring Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken, and written and directed by Preston Sturges.
- As the "Ape Man," a prehistoric caveman found frozen in the Arctic and revived by scientists, in Monogram's Return of the Ape Man (1944),
directed by Philip Rosen.
Starring Bela Lugosi and John Carradine as the scientists, with Moran, George Zucco (credited but not in the movie, unless for a fleeting scene,
though he appears in publicity photos in the Ape Man makeup!), Tod Andrews, Teala Loring, Mary Currier, Eddy Chandler, Ernie Adams,
Horace B. Carpenter, Mike Donovan and George Eldredge.
- As "Town Painter" in the classic WWII home-front comedy Hail the Conquering Hero (1944),
starring Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, William Demarest and Freddie Steele, and written and directed by Preston Sturges.
- As "John, Hospital Porter" in the dramatic comedy about the selfless real-life dentist who invented anesthesia,
The Great Moment (1944), starring Joel McCrea, Betty Field and William Demarest, and scripted and directed by Preston Sturges.
- As "Trawler Captain" in the atmospheric thriller about a scientist who preserves his youth with gland transplants from his victims in
The Man in Half Moon Street (1945), directed by Ralph Murphy.
Starring Nils Asther, Helen Walker, Reinhold Schünzel, Paul Cavanagh, Edmund Breon, Matthew Boulton, Brandon Hurst ,
Morton Lowry, Forrester Harvey, Ernie Adams, Norman Ainsley, Frank Baker, Wilson Benge, Arthur Blake,
George Broughton, Edward Cooper, Harry Cording, Robert Cory, Aminta Dyne, Al Ferguson, Edward Fielding, Donald Gallagher,
Frank Hagney, Bobby Hale and Leyland Hodgson.
Remade in 1959 by Hammer as The Man Who Could Cheat Death, starring Anton Diffring.
- As the bartender in the Hope & Crosby "Road picture," Road to Utopia (1946), starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour,
directed by Hal Walker.
- As "Mike the cop," investigating the pivotal saloon commotion in the riotous comedy The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947),
recut by co-producer Howard Hughes and released as Mad Wednesday (1950).
Written, directed by Preston Sturges, co-produced by Sturges and Howard Hughes.
Starring Harold Lloyd, with fine support from many of the usual Sturges stock company, and a great scene for Edgar Kennedy as
a bartender who finally gets to show his artistry.
- As "Fire Chief" in a sophisticated comedy about an insanely jealous symphony conductor who imagines ingenious ways to murder his unfaithful wife,
Unfaithfully Yours (1948), starring Rex Harrison and Linda Darnell, and written and directed by Preston Sturges.
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