Fred Kelsey

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Fred Kelsey
Fred Kelsey in Danger Ahead.jpg
Fred Kelsey in Danger Ahead (1935)
Born Frederick Alvin Kelsey
(1884-08-20)August 20, 1884
Sandusky, Ohio, U.S.
Died September 2, 1961(1961-09-02) (aged 77)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Resting place Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1911–1958
Spouse(s) Katharine Miller (? - September 2, 1961)

Frederick Alvin "Fred" Kelsey (August 20, 1884 – September 2, 1961) was an American actor, film director, and screenwriter.[1]

Kelsey directed one- and two-reel films for Universal Film Manufacturing Company.[2]

He appeared in 404 films between 1911 and 1958, often playing policemen or detectives. He also directed 37 films between 1914 and 1920. Kelsey was caricatured as the detective in the 1943 MGM cartoon Who Killed Who? directed by Tex Avery. He was born in Sandusky, Ohio and died at the Motion Picture Country Home in Hollywood, California, aged 77.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1917 Blood Money
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Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Bad Man of Cheyenne
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Outlaw and the Lady
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Drifter
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
Goin' Straight
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Fighting Gringo
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
Hair-Trigger Burke
-
Scenario
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Honor of an Outlaw Director, scenario
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
A 44-Calibre Mystery
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Almost Good Man
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Mysterious Outlaw
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Golden Bullet
-
Director
The Wrong Man
-
Director
Six-Shooter Justice
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Texas Sphinx
-
Director
1924 The Night Hawk
-
Director
Credited as Fred A. Kelsey
The Yankee Consul as Agent John J. Doyle
1925 Smooth as Satin
1926 Cruise of the Jasper B Bailiff Uncredited
1927 Soft Cushions The Police
The Gorilla
1928 Ladies' Night in a Turkish Bath Detective
1929 Wrong Again
1930 The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case Chief of Detectives
Murder on the Roof
1931 Young Donovan's Kid Collins Alternative title: Donovan's Kid
1932 The Loud Mouth Max, Manager of Blue Sox
1934 The Moth Detective Blake
1935 One Frightened Night Sheriff Jenks
Horses' Collars Detective Hyden Zeke Uncredited
1939 Tiny Troubles The Judge
1941 Dutiful But Dumb Vulgarian Colonel
1942 My Favorite Blonde Sam - Policeman
Yankee Doodle Dandy Irish Cop in "Peck's Bad Boy" Uncredited
1943 A Gem Of A Jam Policeman
1945 Micro-Phonies Boss Uncredited
If a Body Meets a Body Detective
1946 Monkey Businessmen Smiling Sam McGann Uncredited
1951 Havana Rose Policeman
1952 Hans Christian Andersen First Gendarme
O. Henry's Full House Mr. Schultz/Santa Claus
1953 Pardon My Backfire Father Uncredited
1955 The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell Courtroom Extra Uncredited
1958 Auntie Mame Front Row Audience at Play Uncredited
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1952–1955 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Various roles 4 episodes
1958 Perry Mason Courtroom Spectator 1 episode, uncredited

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fred Kelsey". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "At ... the Star". The Daily Chronicle. Illinois, De Kalb. December 3, 1918. p. 5. Retrieved May 29, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Character Actor Fred Kelsey Dies". The Evening Independent. Associated Press. September 5, 1961. p. 10-A. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 

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