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Al Bridge

American character actor, a fixture both in Westerns and in the comedies of Preston Sturges. Although frequently billed as "Alan" Bridge, he was born Alfred Morton Bridge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1891 (not as "Alford" Bridge in 1890, as his tombstone erroneously states), he and his sister, future actress Loie Bridge, were raised by their mother Loie and her second husband, butcher Wilmer Shinn. Following service as a corporal in the U.S. Army infantry in the first World War, Bridge joined a theatrical troupe which also included several of his relatives. The 1920 census showed him on tour in Kansas City, Missouri. He dabbled in writing and in 1930 sold a script to a short film, Her Hired Husband (1930). He followed this with a B-Western script, God's Country and the Man (1931), in which he made his film debut as an actor. For the next quarter century, he managed the atypical achievement of maintaining a career in both B-Westerns and in bigger dramatic and comedy features. Ten films for director Preston Sturges represent probably his most familiar contribution to Hollywood history. Bridge also appeared frequently on television until his death in 1957 at 66.

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Feb 26, 1891
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie South of Santa Fe 1932-01-08
Latest Project:
Movie Barbed Wire 1952-07-25
Known For
Poster of The Falcon's Alibi
Poster of Ace Drummond
Poster of The Adventures of Rex and Rinty
Poster of Fighting With Kit Carson
Movie Barbed Wire Homesteader McGraw 1952-07-25
Movie The Last Musketeer Lem Shaver (as Alan Bridge) 1952-03-01
Movie All That I Have 1951-10-01
Movie Utah Wagon Train Sam Sickle 1951-10-14
Movie California Passage Conover 1950-12-15
Movie Hunt the Man Down Ulysses Grant Sheldon (uncredited) 1950-12-26
Movie Squadron of Doom Wyckoff 1949-12-15
Movie The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Sheriff 1949-05-27
Movie Silver River Sam Slade (as Alan Bridge) 1948-05-20
Movie Unfaithfully Yours House Detective 1948-12-10
Movie Quick on the Trigger Judge Kormac 1948-12-02
Movie The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Wild Bill Hickock 1947-04-04
Movie Robin Hood Of Texas Sheriff 1947-07-15
Movie The Falcon's Alibi Police Inspector Blake 1946-04-12
Movie Deadline at Dawn Detective Smiley 1946-03-21
Movie Shadows Over Chinatown Captain Allen (as Alan Bridge) 1946-06-27
Movie Road to Utopia Ship Captain (uncredited) 1946-02-27
Movie Below the Deadline Turner (as Alan Bridge) 1946-08-03
Movie Alias Mr. Twilight Sam Bartlett 1946-12-24
Movie It's a Wonderful Life Sheriff (uncredited) 1946-12-20
Movie Cross My Heart Detective Flynn 1946-12-18
Movie Charlie Chan in The Jade Mask Sheriff Mack (as Alan Bridge) 1945-01-26
Movie Thunderhead - Son of Flicka Dr. Hicks 1945-03-15
Movie A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Cheap Charlie (uncredited) 1945-02-28
Movie The Unseen Truck Driver 1945-05-12
Movie She Wouldn't Say Yes Conductor (uncredited) 1945-11-29
Movie They Were Expendable 1945-12-07
Movie Hail the Conquering Hero Political Boss 1944-08-09
Movie Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground Matt Warner (as Alan Bridge) 1943-02-05
Movie The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Mr. Johnson 1943-12-24
Movie Idaho Jailer 1943-03-10
Movie In This Our Life Worker (uncredited) 1942-05-08
Movie Meet the Stewarts Police Turnkey (uncredited) 1942-05-21
Movie Wild Bill Hickok Rides Man 1942-01-31
Movie The Talk of the Town Desk Sergeant (uncredited) 1942-08-20
Movie Bad Men of the Hills Sheriff Mace Arnold (as Alan Bridge) 1942-08-13
Movie The Palm Beach Story Conductor 1942-08-28
Movie I Married a Witch Second Prison Guard (uncredited) 1942-10-30
Movie Lady from Louisiana Captain of Police 1941-04-22
Movie Law of the Range Jamison (as Alan Bridge) 1941-06-20
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Mr. Matthews 1941-04-11
Movie The Kid's Last Ride Bob Harmon / Jim Breeden 1941-02-10
Movie Rawhide Rangers Rawlings 1941-07-18
Movie The Lady Eve First Steward (uncredited) 1941-02-25
Movie The Lone Rider Rides On Bob Cameron 1941-01-10
Movie Fighting Bill Fargo Tom Houston 1941-12-09
Movie The Little Foxes Dawson (uncredited) 1941-08-29
Movie Sullivan's Travels The Mister 1941-11-30
Movie Honolulu Lu Shooting Gallery Proprietor 1941-12-11
Movie Honky Tonk Townsman at Meeting House 1941-10-01
Movie Badlands Of Dakota Plainview Lawman 1941-09-15
Movie The Courageous Dr. Christian Sheriff 1940-04-04
Movie Blazing Six Shooters Bert Karsin 1940-04-10
Movie Pioneers of the Frontier Marshal Larsen 1940-02-14
Movie Dark Command Slave Trader 1940-04-15
Movie My Little Chickadee Barfly Drinking Straight Whiskey 1940-02-09
Movie When the Daltons Rode 1940-08-23
Movie Winners of the West Captain 1940-07-02
Movie Santa Fe Trail Palmyra Townsman (uncredited) 1940-12-20
Movie The Green Hornet Strikes Again! Ship's Captain 1940-12-24
Movie Christmas in July Mr. Hillbeiner 1940-10-25
Movie Flowing Gold Highway Patrolman 1940-08-24
Movie The Oklahoma Kid Would-Be Settler 1939-03-11
Movie Romance of the Redwoods Boss Whittaker (as Alan Bridge) 1939-03-29
Movie The Phantom Creeps White Rose Sailor 1939-01-07
Movie Buck Rogers Dynamo Room Floor Guard 1939-04-10
Movie Devil's Island Captain of the Guards 1939-01-07
Movie The Roaring Twenties Ship Captain (uncredited) 1939-10-28
Movie Sons of Liberty Prisoner (uncredited) 1939-05-20
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Senator Dwight (uncredited) 1939-10-19
Movie Oklahoma Frontier Kentuck 1939-10-09
Movie Thunder Afloat Fisherman 1939-09-15
Movie The Man from Sundown Slick Larson (as Alan Bridge) 1939-07-14
Movie Jezebel New Orleans Sheriff (uncredited) 1938-03-19
Movie Partners of the Plains Scar Lewis 1938-01-14
Movie Crime School Mr. Burke 1938-05-10
Movie Gunsmoke Trail Sheriff chasing Loma 1938-05-26
Movie Marie Antoinette Official in Passport Office (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie Adventure in Sahara Cpl. Dronov 1938-11-15
Movie Borderland Dandy Morgan 1937-02-26
Movie You Only Live Once 1937-01-23
Movie Jungle Jim Slade 1937-01-18
Movie Two Gun Law Kipp Faulkner (as Alan Bridge) 1937-04-06
Movie Tim Tyler's Luck Capt. Trowbridge 1937-12-27
Movie Woman Chases Man Process Server 1937-05-07
Movie Dead End Policeman in Drina's Apartment (Uncredited) 1937-08-27
Movie The Awful Truth Motor Cop (uncredited) 1937-10-20
Movie Wild West Days Steve Claggett, Henchman 1937-07-05
Movie Call of the Prairie Sam Porter 1936-03-06
Movie The Lawless Nineties Steele 1936-02-15
Movie These Three Mrs. Walton's Chauffeur (uncredited) 1936-03-18
Movie Fast Bullets Travis 1936-01-01
Movie The Adventures of Frank Merriwell Henchman Black 1936-01-13
Movie Public Enemy's Wife Swartzman 1936-07-24
Movie Ace Drummond Paul Wyckoff 1936-10-18
Movie Dodge City Trail Dawson 1936-12-12
Movie The Three Mesquiteers Alden Canfield 1936-09-22
Movie They Met in a Taxi Detective 1936-09-08
Movie The Adventures of Rex and Rinty Mitchell 1935-08-30
Movie Silent Valley Jim Farley 1935-05-02
Movie North of Arizona George Tully 1935-02-02
Movie Diamond Jim Poker Player on Train 1935-09-01
Movie Transient Lady Sheriff Angel Verner 1935-03-04
Movie Melody Trail Matt Kirby 1935-10-21
Movie The New Frontier Kit (as Alan Bridge) 1935-10-25
Movie Confidential Hanover - Walsh's Henchman 1935-10-16
Movie Valley of Wanted Men Ranger Sergeant Parsons 1935-10-19
Movie Gallant Defender Salty Smith 1935-11-29
Movie Honor of the Range Townsman (uncredited) 1934-04-15
Movie Mystery Mountain Tom Henderson 1934-12-02
Movie The Curtain Falls Mover 1934-10-02
Movie The Cheyenne Kid Denver Ed 1933-01-20
Movie Sucker Money George Hunter 1933-02-28
Movie Drum Taps Lariat Smith 1933-01-23
Movie Son of the Border Tupper 1933-05-05
Movie The Lone Avenger Burl Adams 1933-05-14
Movie Fighting With Kit Carson Reynolds 1933-07-01
Movie Million Dollar Legs Secret Emissary #3 (uncredited) 1932-07-08
Movie The Spirit of the West 1932-03-01
Movie South of Santa Fe Henchman Bully 1932-01-08
Movie The Hurricane Express The Station Agent 1932-08-01
Movie The Wyoming Whirlwind Steve Cantrell 1932-12-30
Movie The Devil Horse Henchman Curley Bates 1932-11-01
Movie Slightly Married Tenant 1932-10-15
Movie Blonde Venus Bouncer (uncredited) 1932-09-23
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