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Jeff Corey

Jeff Corey

American actor Jeff Corey forsook a job as sewing-machine salesman for the less stable world of New York theatre in the 1930s. The 26-year-old Corey was regarded as a valuable character-actor commodity when he arrived in Hollywood in 1940. Perhaps the best of his many early unbilled appearances was in the Kay Kyser film You'll Find Out (40), in which Corey, playing a game-show contestant (conveniently named Jeff Corey), was required to sing a song while stuffing his mouth full of crackers. The actor was busiest during the "film noir" mid-to-late 1940s, playing several weasely villain roles; it is hard to forget the image of Corey, in the role of a slimy stoolie in Burt Lancaster's Brute Force, being tied to the front of a truck and pushed directly into a hail of police bullets. Corey's film career ended abruptly in 1952 when he was unfairly blacklisted for his left-leaning political beliefs. To keep food on the table, Corey became an acting coach, eventually running one of the top training schools in the business (among his more famous pupils was Jack Nicholson). He was permitted to return to films in the 1960s, essaying such roles as a wild-eyed wino in Lady in a Cage (64), the louse who kills Kim Darby's father in True Grit (68), and a sympathetic sheriff in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (68). In addition to his film work, Jeff Corey has acted in and directed numerous TV series; he was seen as a regular on the 1985 Robert Blake series Hell Town and the 1986 Earl Hamner Jr. production Morningstar/Eveningstar. The following decade found Corey appearing in such films as Sinatra (1992), Beethoven's 2nd (1993) and the action thriller Surviving the Game (1994). Shortly after suffering a fall at his Malibu home in August of 2002, Corey died in Santa Monica due to complications resulting from the accident. He was 88. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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Jeff Corey Trivia

When was Jeff Corey born?
Jeff Corey date of birth: August 10, 1914

Who did Jeff Corey play in Creator?
Jeff Corey was Dean Harrington in Creator

What role did Jeff Corey portray in The Premonition?
Jeff Corey played Detective Mark Denver in The Premonition

Who did Jeff Corey portray in Lady in a Cage?
Jeff Corey was George L. Brady Jr. in Lady in a Cage

Who did Jeff Corey portray in My Friend Flicka?
Jeff Corey was Tim Murphy in My Friend Flicka

Who did Jeff Corey play in Getting Straight?
Jeff Corey was Dr. Willhunt in Getting Straight

What role did Jeff Corey portray in Bird on a Wire?
Jeff Corey played Lou Baird in Bird on a Wire

Who did Jeff Corey play in Judas Project?
Jeff Corey was Poneras in Judas Project

Who did Jeff Corey play in Seconds?
Jeff Corey was Mr. Ruby in Seconds

What role did Jeff Corey portray in Ruby Cairo?
Jeff Corey played Joe Dick in Ruby Cairo

What role did Jeff Corey portray in Butch and Sundance: The Early Days?
Jeff Corey played Ray Bledsoe in Butch and Sundance: The Early Days

Who did Jeff Corey play in The Balcony?
Jeff Corey was Bishop in The Balcony

What role did Jeff Corey play in Banjo Hackett?
Jeff Corey played Judge Janeway in Banjo Hackett

Who did Jeff Corey portray in Somewhere in the Night?
Jeff Corey was Bank Teller in Somewhere in the Night

Who did Jeff Corey portray in They Call Me Mister Tibbs!?
Jeff Corey was Capt. Hank Marden in They Call Me Mister Tibbs!

What role did Jeff Corey portray in Messenger of Death?
Jeff Corey played Willis Beecham in Messenger of Death

What role did Jeff Corey portray in Little Big Man?
Jeff Corey played Wild Bill Hickok in Little Big Man

What role did Jeff Corey play in In Cold Blood?
Jeff Corey played Hickock's Father in In Cold Blood

Who did Jeff Corey play in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?
Jeff Corey was Sheriff Bledsoe in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Who did Jeff Corey portray in Only the Valiant?
Jeff Corey was Joe Harmony in Only the Valiant

What role did Jeff Corey portray in The Boston Strangler?
Jeff Corey played John Asgiersson in The Boston Strangler

Who did Jeff Corey play in Surviving the Game?
Jeff Corey was Hank in Surviving the Game

What role did Jeff Corey play in Beneath the Planet of the Apes?
Jeff Corey played Caspay in Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Who did Jeff Corey portray in True Grit?
Jeff Corey was Tom Chaney in True Grit

Who did Jeff Corey play in Oh, God!?
Jeff Corey was Rabbi in Oh, God!

Who did Jeff Corey portray in The Cincinnati Kid?
Jeff Corey was Hoban in The Cincinnati Kid

What role did Jeff Corey play in Color of Night?
Jeff Corey played Ashland in Color of Night

Who did Jeff Corey play in Brute Force?
Jeff Corey was Freshman in Brute Force

Who did Jeff Corey portray in Wake of the Red Witch?
Jeff Corey was Mr. Loring in Wake of the Red Witch

Who did Jeff Corey play in Sinatra?
Jeff Corey was Quinlin in Sinatra

What role did Jeff Corey play in Fourteen Hours?
Jeff Corey played Sgt. Farley in Fourteen Hours

What role did Jeff Corey portray in The Wild Geese?
Jeff Corey played Mr. Martin in The Wild Geese

Who did Jeff Corey portray in Battle Beyond the Stars?
Jeff Corey was Zed in Battle Beyond the Stars

Who did Jeff Corey portray in The Last Tycoon?
Jeff Corey was Doctor in The Last Tycoon

What role did Jeff Corey portray in Joan of Arc?
Jeff Corey played Prison Guard in Joan of Arc

Who did Jeff Corey play in Beethoven's 2nd?
Jeff Corey was Janitor in Beethoven's 2nd

Who did Jeff Corey portray in Shoot Out?
Jeff Corey was Trooper in Shoot Out

Who did Jeff Corey portray in Roxie Hart?
Jeff Corey was Orderly in Roxie Hart

Who did Jeff Corey portray in The Sword and the Sorcerer?
Jeff Corey was Craccus in The Sword and the Sorcerer

Who did Jeff Corey portray in Miracle on 34th Street?
Jeff Corey was Reporter in Miracle on 34th Street

Who did Jeff Corey portray in The Devil and Daniel Webster?
Jeff Corey was Tom Sharp in The Devil and Daniel Webster


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