Surviving Co-Stars from every Joan Crawford Movie, as of June 2018

by BWRocks | created - 31 Oct 2016 | updated - 27 Aug 2018 | Public

Over the years I have been in touch with nearly everyone on this list. They are all wonderful people and very talented actors.

None of Joan's co-stars from any of her movies during the '20s and '30s are living; although some actors that appeared in bit and small roles are alive (such as Mary Carlisle who was in "Grand Hotel"). And there are also several crew members and writers from her motion pictures that are alive as well.

1. Richard Nichols

Actor | A Woman's Face

Richard Franklin Nichols was born on December 14, 1935 in Hollywood, California. He worked in movies from 6-months-old until about 12 years. He was the youngest of seven children, most of whom worked in movies. Older brothers worked in "Our Gang" comedies and in "The East Side Kids". Both Ray ...

"A Woman's Face" '41 (Lars-Erik Barring)

2. Ann Blyth

Actress | Mildred Pierce

The dark, petulant beauty of this petite American film and musical star worked to her advantage, especially in her early dramatic career. Anne Marie Blythe was born of Irish stock to Harry and Nan Blyth on August 16, 1927, in Mt. Kisco, New York. Her parents split while she was young and she, her ...

"Mildred Pierce" '45 (Veda Pierce, formerly Veda Forrester)

3. Robert Blake

Actor | Lost Highway

American actor who began as a child in Our Gang comedies and reappeared as a powerful adult performer of leading and character roles. Born in New Jersey, the young Mickey Gubitosi won a role in MGM's Our Gang series at the age of 5. As one of the more prominent children in the Gang, he gained ...

"Humoresque" '46 (Paul Boray as a child)

4. Tommy Cook

Writer | Rollercoaster

Spry, curly-haired, dark-complexioned child actor Tommy Cook's most famous roles happened during his nascent career in serial adventures. He came on the feature film scene auspiciously in the role of young Indian boy Little Beaver alongside western good guy 'Don 'Red' Barry' in the Adventures of ...

"Humoresque" '46 (Phil Boray as a child)

5. Doris Day

Soundtrack | Pillow Talk

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...

"It's a Great Feeling" '49 (Judy Adams) Note: this was a cameo for Joan.

6. Jimmy Moss

Actor | Man-Eater of Kumaon

Jimmy Moss was born on September 9, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as James Patterson Moss. He is an actor, known for Man-Eater of Kumaon (1948), Inside Job (1946) and Border Saddlemates (1952).

"The Damned Don't Cry" '50 (Tommy Whitehead)

7. Pat Mitchell

Actor | The Alan Young Show

Pat Mitchell is an actor, known for The Alan Young Show (1950), Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951) and The Well (1951).

"Harriet Craig" '50 (Danny Frazier)

8. Nancy Gates

Actress | World Without End

Nancy Gates was born February 1, 1926 in Dallas, Texas. She entered show business, at an early age, when she was signed to a contract with RKO Studios when she was 15. Her first production with that studio was in 1942's Hitler's Children (1943). Nancy was also in two more films that year, those ...

"Torch Song" '53 (Celia Stewart)

9. Ben Cooper

Actor | Johnny Guitar

Ben Cooper was born on September 30, 1933 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA as Benjamin Austin Cooper Jr. He is an actor, known for Johnny Guitar (1954), Rebel in Town (1956) and Adam-12 (1968). He was previously married to Pamela Raymond.

"Johnny Guitar" '54 (Turkey Ralston)

10. Lucy Marlow

Actress | Queen Bee

Lucy Marlow was born on November 20, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Lucy Ann McAleer. She is an actress, known for Queen Bee (1955), A Star Is Born (1954) and He Laughed Last (1956). She was previously married to Andrew Carey.

"Queen Bee" '55 (Jennifer "Jenn" Stewart)

11. Linda Bennett

Actress | Creature with the Atom Brain

Linda Bennett was born on December 12, 1946 in Kentucky, USA. She is an actress, known for Creature with the Atom Brain (1955), Queen Bee (1955) and The Seven Little Foys (1955).

"Queen Bee" '55 (Tessa Phillips)

12. Katherine Anderson

Actress | Tight Spot

Katherine Anderson was born on December 11, 1922 in San Francisco, California, USA as Katharine N. Anderson. She is an actress, known for Tight Spot (1955), Guiding Light (1952) and Queen Bee (1955).

"Queen Bee" '55 (Miss Breen)

13. Vera Miles

Actress | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she ...

"Autumn Leaves" '56 (Virginia Hanson)

14. Janina Faye

Actress | Dracula

Janina Faye was born in 1948 in Hammersmith, London, England as Janina Faye Smigielski. She is an actress, known for Horror of Dracula (1958), The Dance of Death (1969) and Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960).

"The Story of Esther Costello" '57 (Esther Costello as a younger child)

15. Diane Baker

Actress | Marnie

Actress with a notable career in films and television. Born and raised in Hollywood, she moved to New York at eighteen to study acting with Charles Conrad and ballet with Nina Fonaroff. She continued her training in Los Angeles at the Estelle Harman Workshop, securing a contract with Twentieth ...

"The Best of Everything" '59 (April Morrison)

"Strait-Jacket" '64 (Carol Harbin)

"Fatal Confinement" aka "Della" and "Royal Bay" '64 (Jenny Chappell)

16. Gina Gillespie

Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Gina Gillespie was born on September 20, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Gina Gail Gillespie. She is an actress, known for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Law of the Plainsman (1959) and Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958). She has been married to James D. MacDonald since May 5, 1973.

(Now known as Gina G. MacDonald) "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" '62 (Blanche Hudson as a child)

17. Barbara Merrill

Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Barbara Merrill was born on May 1, 1947 in Santa Ana, California, USA as Barbara Davis Sherry. She is an actress, known for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), This Is Your Life (1952) and Hour Magazine (1980). She has been married to Jeremy Hyman since January 4, 1964.

(Now known as B. D. Hyman) "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" '62 (Liza Bates)

18. Janis Paige

Actress | Silk Stockings

Joyous scene-stealer Janis Paige started out playing rather bland film ingénues, but never seemed to be comfortable in those roles--she had too much snap, crackle and pop to be confined in such a formulaic way.

Born Donna Mae Tjaden in 1922 in Tacoma, Washington, she was singing in public from age 5...

"The Caretakers" '63 (Marion)

(Ms. Paige was also in "Hollywood Canteen" in '44, this was both a cameo for herself and for Joan.)

19. Diane McBain

Actress | Spinout

Signed on as a Warner Brothers starlet, bouncy, blonde-coiffed Diane McBain would develop a burgeoning career as lively 60s "bad girl" and "spoiled rich girl" types on film and TV. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 18, 1941, the family moved to California while still young and she started things off ...

"The Caretakers" '63 (Alison Horne)

"The Karate Killers" aka "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Five Daughters Affair: Part I" '67 (Contessa Margo De Fanzini)

20. Barbara Barrie

Actress | Breaking Away

After endless stage and television work, Barrie received a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her performance in One Potato, Two Potato (1964), in the film she acted as Julie, a young, single parent for four years, after her husband abandoned her and their daughter. The following ...

"The Caretakers" '63 (Edna)

21. John Anthony Hayes

Actor | Strait-Jacket

John Anthony Hayes was born on April 25, 1936. He is an actor, known for Strait-Jacket (1964), Ride the Wild Surf (1964) and Winter A-Go-Go (1965).

"Strait-Jacket" '64 (Michael Fields)

22. Lee Majors

Actor | The Six Million Dollar Man

Lee Majors was born on April 23, 1939 in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA as Harvey Lee Yeary. He is known for his work on The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), Scrooged (1988) and The Fall Guy (1981). He has been married to Faith Majors since November 9, 2002. He was previously married to Karen Velez, Farrah...

"Strait-Jacket" '64 (Frank Harbin)

23. James Noah

Actor | Black Sheep

James Noah was born on March 1, 1935 in Englewood, Colorado, USA as James Arthur Stapleton. He is an actor, known for Black Sheep (1996), Enough (2002) and Sliver (1993). He has been married to Dolores Nora Martin since April 23, 1978. He was previously married to Marlyse Lee Reed.

"Fatal Confinement" aka "Della" and "Royal Bay" '64 (Chris Stafford)

24. Robert Sampson

Actor | Re-Animator

Robert Sampson was born on May 10, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Leroy Sampson. He is an actor, known for Re-Animator (1985), The Dark Side of the Moon (1990) and Robot Jox (1989).

"Fatal Confinement" aka "Della" and "Royal Bay '64 (Joel Stafford)

25. Marianna Case

Actress | Burke's Law

Marianna Case was born on December 25, 1942 in the USA as Marianna Karch. She is known for her work on Burke's Law (1963), The Wild Wild West (1965) and Dimension 5 (1966).

"Fatal Confinement" aka "Della" and "Royal Bay" '64 (Addie Stafford)

26. Sara Lane

Actress | The Virginian

Her parents were actor James Rusty Lane and Sara Anderson. She had minimal acting lessons before she was cast on The Virginian (1962). After she retired from acting, she and her husband became joint owners of Havens Wine Cellars in Napa Valley. She has a daughter, Sara Scott, and an adopted son, ...

"I Saw What You Did" aka "I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are" '65 (Kit Austin)

27. Andi Garrett

Actress | I Saw What You Did

Andi Garrett is an actress, known for I Saw What You Did (1965) and Black Sheep Squadron (1976).

"I Saw What You Did" aka "I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are" '65 (Libby Mannering)

28. Sharyl Locke

Actress | Father Goose

Sharyl Locke was born on June 13, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Father Goose (1964), I Saw What You Did (1965) and Burke's Law (1963). She has been married to Dominick Cordola since November 22, 1980. They have two children. She was previously married to ...

"I Saw What You Did" aka "I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are" '65 (Tess Mannering)

29. Joyce Meadows

Actress | The Brain from Planet Arous

Joyce Meadows was born on April 13, 1933 in Arrowwood, Alberta, Canada. She is an actress, known for The Brain from Planet Arous (1957), Flesh and the Spur (1956) and The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970). She was previously married to Merrill Harrington.

"I Saw What You Did" aka "I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are" '65 (Judith Marak)

30. Tom Hatten

Actor | The Secret of NIMH

Tom Hatten was born on November 14, 1926 in North Dakota, USA. He was an actor, known for The Secret of NIMH (1982), Spies Like Us (1985) and Get Smart (1965). He died on March 16, 2019 in California, USA.

"I Saw What You Did" aka "I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are" '65 (Gerald Nyes)

31. David McCallum

Actor | The Great Escape

Since David McCallum's father, David McCallum Sr., was first violinist for the London Philharmonic and his mother, Dorothy Dorman, was a cellist, it's not surprising that David was originally headed for a career in music, playing oboe. He studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Music. He left that,...

"The Karate Killers" aka "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Five Daughters Affair: Part I" '67 (Illya Kuryakin)

32. Kim Darby

Actress | True Grit

The child of professional dancers, Kim Darby began her career studying dance with her father, as well as Nico Charisse. At fourteen, she was granted special admission to Tony Barr's acting workshop at Desilu Studios on the Paramount Pictures lot. He wrote later that it was her remarkable openness, ...

"The Karate Killers" aka "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Five Daughters Affair: Part I" '67 (Sandy True)

33. Danielle De Metz

Actress | The Party

Danielle De Metz was born on July 27, 1938 in Paris, France as Danielle A. De Metz. She is an actress, known for The Party (1968), I Dream of Jeannie (1965) and Valley of the Dragons (1961). She has been married to Samuel Y. Kupper since January 4, 1972. She was previously married to Alan Sher, ...

"The Karate Killers" aka "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Five Daughters Affair: Part I" '67 (Yvonne)

34. Judy Geeson

Actress | 10 Rillington Place

Born in Arundel, Sussex, in 1948, Judy's father moved the family to London when she was 10 years old and enrolled her and sister Sally Geeson into the Corona Academy, Chiswick. Judy initially wanted to be a ballet dancer but had to change course when she suffered from terrible headaches as a result...

"Berserk!" '68 (Angela Rivers)

35. Robert Hardy

Actor | Sense and Sensibility

One of England's most successful and enduring character actors, with a prolific screen career on television and in films, Robert Hardy was acclaimed for his versatility and the depth of his performances.

Born in Cheltenham in 1925, he studied at Oxford University and, in 1949, he joined the ...

"Berserk!" '68 (Detective Supt. Brooks)

36. Bruce Kirby

Actor | The Muppet Movie

Bruce Kirby was born on April 24, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Sr. He is an actor, known for The Muppet Movie (1979), Crash (2004) and Stand by Me (1986). He has been married to Rosalyn Heischuber since November 7, 1976. He was previously married to Lucille ...

"Night Gallery: Eyes" aka "Night Gallery" '69 (the portrait artist)

37. Joe Cornelius

Actor | Trog

Joe Cornelius was born on May 1, 1928 in London, England. He is known for his work on Trog (1970), The File of the Golden Goose (1969) and Adam Adamant Lives! (1966).

"Trog" '70 (Trog)

38. John Hamill

Actor | Doing the Best I Can

John Hamill was born on May 3, 1947 in London, England. He is an actor and director, known for Doing the Best I Can (1974), Space: 1999 (1975) and Just One More Time (1974).

"Trog" '70 (Cliff)

39. Kim Braden

Actress | Star Trek: Generations

Kim Braden was born in 1949 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Trog (1970). She is married to David Carson. They have two children.

"Trog" '70 (Anne Brockton)

40. David Griffin

Actor | Keeping Up Appearances

David Griffin was born on July 19, 1943 in Richmond, Surrey, England. He is an actor, known for Keeping Up Appearances (1990), Battle of Britain (1969) and The Song of Songs (1973).

"Trog" '70 (Malcolm Travers)

41. Geoffrey Case

Writer | Inspector Morse

Known for: 'The Accountant' - BBC film 1989, winner of the BAFTA award as Best Single Drama, starring Alfred Molina, directed by Les Blair, produced by Paul Knight. 'The Knock' ITV TV series, 'Scab' ITV movie, 'Inspector Morse' ITV TV series, 'Pulaski' BBC TV series, 'Fighting for Gemma' ITV movie....

"Trog" '70 (Bill)

42. Martha Stewart

Actress | In a Lonely Place

Born in rural Kentucky she and her family relocated to Brooklyn where her father worked as a businessman. Following her high school graduation she was recommended to partake in a singing contest held by a local radio station from friends and was so successful that she worked professionally as a ...

"Daisy Kenyon" '47 (Mary Angelus)



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