James Craig (actor)

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James Craig (born February 4, 1912 in Nashville , Tennessee , † June 28, 1985 in Santa Ana , California ), actually James Henry Meador , was an American actor .


After graduating from Rice University , Craig took acting classes with Cyril Delevanti . After a few extras he got his first speaking role as a waiter in Sophie Lang Goes West with Buster Crabbe in 1937 . In 1938 he also starred on Broadway in the comedy Missouri Legend alongside Karl Malden and José Ferrer . By 1940 he made a large number of feature films, but mostly without being named in the credits; only with his role as Dr. Mark iron in the film drama Miss Kitty alongside Ginger Rogers he started in the film business a name. The following year he starred alongside Edward Arnold and Walter Huston in the fantasy film The Devil and Daniel Webster in the central role.

He then received a film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , where studio boss Louis B. Mayer regarded him as a kind of replacement for Clark Gable , who was in the military service . At MGM he got some big roles in prestigious films like And Life Goes On (1943) and Spring Of Life (1945), but he was unable to establish himself as a star permanently. In the late 1940s he often starred in B-movies , including some westerns . However, none of these films were a major commercial success, and so the importance of his films diminished noticeably. In the 1960s he starred in other westerns, including Die Wegelagerer with Howard Keel and Yvonne De Carlo . In the mid-1970s, he completely withdrew from the film business and instead worked as a real estate agent .

Craig died of lung cancer at the age of 73. The actor, divorced three times, had three children.

Filmography (selection)


  • 1938: Missouri Legend

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Los Angeles Times: James Craig, Once Billed as 2nd Gable, Dies. July 9, 1985. Retrieved July 10, 2020 (American English).
  2. James Craig, Actor, 74, Dies - Once Called Gable Successor - NYTimes.com. November 6, 2017, accessed July 10, 2020 .