James Craig (actor)
Craig in Boys' Ranch (1946)
|Born||James Henry Meador
February 4, 1912
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||June 28, 1985
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sumie Jassi (1969-1980)
Jill Jarmyn (1959-1962) (divorced)
Mary June Ray (?-?)
James Craig (February 4, 1912 – June 28, 1985), born James Henry Meador, was an American actor.
Craig received critical praise (and a step up to A-movies) when he played a New Hampshire farmer who sells his soul in All That Money Can Buy, also titled The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941). He also appeared in the films Kitty Foyle (1940), The Human Comedy (1943), Lost Angel (1943), and Kismet (1944).
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Louis B. Mayer thought Craig resembled the studio's most popular male star Clark Gable that led him to sign Craig to a seven-year contract to potentially fill in for Gable when he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. In 1944, he co-starred with William Powell and Hedy Lamarr in The Heavenly Body. That year exhibitors voted him the second most likely to be a "star of tomorrow".
Craig was married three times and had two sons and a daughter. After retiring from acting in 1972, Craig became a successful real estate agent. He died of lung cancer in 1985.
- Sophie Lang Goes West (1937)
- Born to the West (1937)
- North of Shanghai (1939)
- Flying G-Men (1939 serial)
- The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
- Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise (1939 The Three Stooges, uncredited)
- Kitty Foyle (1940)
- Law and Order (1940)
- The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
- Unexpected Uncle (1941)
- Valley of the Sun (1942)
- Northwest Rangers (1942)
- Friendly Enemies (1942)
- Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942)
- Lost Angel (1943)
- The Human Comedy (1943)
- Swing Shift Maisie (1943)
- Kismet (1944)
- The Heavenly Body (1944)
- Gentle Annie (1944)
- Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
- She Went to the Races (1945)
- Dangerous Partners (1945)
- Boys' Ranch (1946)
- Dark Delusion (1947)
- Northwest Stampede (1948)
- Side Street (1950)
- A Lady Without Passport (1950)
- The Strip (1951)
- Drums in the Deep South (1951)
- Code Two (1953)
- While the City Sleeps (1956)
- The Women of Pitcairn Island (1956)
- Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)
- The Cyclops (1957)
- Ghost Diver (1957)
- Four Fast Guns (1960)
- Hostile Guns (1967)
- Fort Utah (1967)
- Arizona Bushwhackers (1968)
- The Devil's Brigade (1968)
- The Revenge of Dr. X (1970)
- Bigfoot (1970)
- Doomsday Machine (1972)
|1943||Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre||Men in White|
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- "SAGA OF THE HIGH SEAS.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954). Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 11 November 1944. p. 9. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- "Allbritton, Louise". radioGOLDINdex. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "James Craig, Once Billed as 2nd Gable, Dies", Los Angeles Times obituary, July 9, 1985.
- "James Craig, Actor, 74, Dies; Once Called Gable Successor", New York Times obituary, July 10, 1985.
- "James Craig; Actor Had Clark Gable-type Roles", Chicago Tribune obituary, July 10, 1985.
- James Craig at the Internet Movie Database
- James Craig at the Internet Broadway Database
- James Craig at AllMovie
- James Craig at Find a Grave
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