Film Noir Actors

Recent additions include Linda Darnell, Dane Clark, and Farley Granger. Coming soon: Sydney Greenstreet, Ida Lupino, Alexis Smith, and Lawrence Tierney.
Visit the Keith Andes page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Keith Andes starred in several noir films at RKO and Universal in the 1950s, including Clash By Night and Damn Citizen.
Visit the Dana Andrews page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Dana Andrews starred in classic 1940s noir such as Laura and Boomerang! before moving on to 1950s B noir films, including While the City Sleeps and The Fearmakers.
Visit the John Archer page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
John Archer starred in a number of 1940s and 1950s film noir thrillers, including No Man's Woman and Affair in Reno.
Visit the Hugh Beaumont page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Hugh Beaumont took over the Michael Shayne detective series of films and starred in many PRC noir thrillers before finding fame as Ward Cleaver.
Visit the Joan Bennett page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Joan Bennett was the queen of film noir in the 1940s, playing the femme fatale in such films as Scarlett Street, The Woman in the Window, and Highway Dragnet.
Visit the Turhan Bey page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Turhan Bey starred in such 1940s film noir entries as Parole, Inc. and The Gay Falcon, in addition to the horror and fantasy films for which he was known.
Visit the Scott Brady page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Scott Brady was a film noir favorite in the 1940s and 1950s, starring in Port of New York, I Was a Shoplifter, and Undercover Girl.
Visit the John Bromfield page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
John Bromfield acted in a number of film noir features early in his career, including Sorry, Wrong Number and Rope of Sand.
Visit the Raymond Burr pge at Brian's Drive-In Theater
B Movie heavy Raymond Burr played the villain in such films as Pitfall, Borderline, and His Kind of Woman.
Visit the Philip Carey page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Philip Carey acted in a number of 1950s and 1960s noir films, including This Woman Is Dangerous and I Was a Communist for the FBI.
Visit the Peggie Castle page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Bombshell Peggie Castle acted in a number of 1950s film noir pictures, such as 99 River Street and Finger Man.
Visit the Dane Clark page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Stage and screen actor Dane Clark made his name in such 1940s and 1950s Warner Bros. noir flicks as Whiplash and Backfire.
Visit the Steve Cochran page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
B Movie bad boy Steve Cochran starred in a number of film noir thrillers in the 1940s and 1950s, including White Heat and The Damned Don't Cry.
Visit the Richard Conte page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Richard Conte's dark and stern countenance made him a natural for film noir. He starred in such crime dramas as Whirlpool and The Sleeping City.
Visit the Wendell Corey page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Wendell Corey acted in numerous film noir thrillers in the 1940s and 1950s, including Desert Fury and The Accused before switching to horror and science fiction films in the 1960s.
Visit the Robert Cummings page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Although best known for his comedies, Robert Cummings acted in several noir flicks, such as Dial M for Murder and Reign of Terror.
Visit the Linda Darnell page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Femme fatale favorite Linda Darnell made an impression in such noir flicks as No Way Out and Fallen Angel.
Visit the Richard Denning page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
In addition to doing numerous horror films, Richard Denning acted in a number of film noir thrillers, including Caged Fury and Quiet Please: Murder.
Visit the Brian Donlevy page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Brian Donlevy portrayed both hero and heavy in many 1940s crime dramas, including The Glass Key and Kiss of Death.
Visit the Howard Duff page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Noir favorite Howard Duff portrayed Sam Spade on the radio and transitioned to films in the late 1940s. Some of his best noir includes Women's Prison and Private Hell 36.
Visit the Vince Edwards page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Handsome Vince Edwards made a big splash in such low-budget noir favorites as The Night Holds Terror, Murder by Contract, and Hit and Run. Later, Edwards became famous as TV doctor Ben Casey.
Visit the Richard Egan page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Rugged Richard Egan started his film career in the Joan Crawford noir vehicle The Damned Don't Cry and went on to star in Undercover Girl, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and more thrillers.
Visit the Gloria Grahame page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Glamorous Gloria Grahame starred in a number of crime dramas during her film career, including Sudden Fear, The Big Heat, and The Man Who Never Was.
Visit the Farley Granger page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Noir favorite Farley Granger starred in many crime thrillers, including They Live By Night and The Naked Street and is best known for his roles in Rope and Strangers on a Train.
Visit the Coleen Gray page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Beautiful Coleen Gray livened such noir titles as Kiss of Death, Nightmare Alley, and The Killing.
Visit the Virginia Grey page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Beautiful Virginia Grey dressed up many crime dramas in the 1940s through the early 1960s, including Highway 301 and The Naked Kiss.
Visit the Sterling Hayden page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Popular actor Sterling Hayden made a number of effective thrillers in the 1950s, including The Asphalt Jungle, Naked Alibi, and The Killing.
Visit the John Hodiak page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
John Hodiak acted in a number of film noir thrillers, such as Somewhere in the Night and Desert Fury during his decade-long acting career.
Visit the John Howard page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Suave John Howard starred as Bulldog Drummond in Paramount's adventure series of the same name. Howard went on to act in several crime dramas in the 1940s.
Visit the Andrea King page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Andrea King starred in the film noir thrillers I Was a Shoplifter and Southside 1-1000 in the 1950s
Visit the Alan Ladd page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Alan Ladd starred in many crime dramas in the 1940s and 1950s that defined the film noir genre, such as The Glass Key, The Blue Dahlia, and This Gun for Hire.
Visit the Veronica Lake page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Knockout Veronica Lake starred in a number of film-noir thrillers in the 1940s. Some of her best films include I Married a Witch, The Blue Dahlia, and Slattery's Hurricane.
Visit the Richard Long page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Richard Long cut his teeth in the Orson Welles crime dramas Tomorrow is Forever and The Stranger.
Visit the Peter Lorre page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Although actor Peter Lorre is best remembered for his career in horror films, he starred in a number of terrific film noir thrillers, including The Maltese Falcon and Quicksand.
Visit the Ralph Meeker page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Ralph Meeker acted in a number of film noir thrillers and is best known for his role in Kiss Me Deadly.
Visit the Ray Milland page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Ray Milland starred in many crime dramas during his long career, including The Thief and the terrific Hitchcock thriller Dial M for Murder.
Visit the Colleen Miller page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Colleen Miller acted in a number of film noir thrillers during her all-too-brief career, including Step Down to Terror, Hot Summer Night, and The Las Vegas Story.
Visit the Gerald Mohr page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
B movie tough guy Gerald Mohr starred in the Lone Wolf series in the 1940s. Later, he acted in westerns, science fiction, and horror flicks.
Visit the Cleo Moore page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Bombshell Cleo Moore perfected her role as bad girl in several 1950s potboilers directed by Hugo Haas.
Terry Moore
Glamorous Terry Moore has appeared in films since the early 1940s, and her film noir titles include Gambling House, Two of a Kind, and Portrait of Alison.
Visit the Tom Neal page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Tom Neal played the antihero in low-budget cult film noir greats such as Detour and Radar Secret Service.
Visit the Jack Palance page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Jack Palance began his career in such film noir thrillers as Sudden Fear, I Died a Thousand Times, and The Big Knife.
Visit the Basil Rathbone page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Basil Rathbone took the part of Sherlock Holmes in 1939 and stayed with the role for 14 films, including The Hound of the Baskervilles and Dressed to Kill.
Visit the Paula Raymond page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Beautiful Paula Raymond appeared in such film noir titles as The Human Jungle, City That Never Sleeps, and The Sellout.
Visit the Ruth Roman page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Ruth Roman starred in the big-budget film noir pictures Beyond the Forest and Strangers on a Train.
Visit the John Russell page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
John Russell acted in a number of film noir thrillers in the 1940s and 1950s, including Undertow, The Story of Molly X, and The Fat Man.
Visit the George Sanders page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Actor George Sanders starred as The Saint and The Falcon in the RKO mystery series of the same name.
Visit the Lizabeth Scott page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Femme fatale Lizabeth Scott made her mark on several film-noir thrillers in the 1940s and 1950s, such as Dead Reckoning and Desert Fury.
Visit the Zachary Scott page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Zachary Scott starred in many of Warner Bros. film noir thrillers in the 1940s, including Flamingo Road and Mildred Pierce.
Visit the Jan Sterling page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Jan Sterling was great as an icy blonde in 1950s film noir releases, such as The Human Jungle and The Harder They Fall.
Visit the Craig Stevens page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Craig Stevens is best known for his TV series Peter Gunn and acted in a number of film noir thrillers in the 1940s and 1950s, such as Where the Sidewalk Ends and Humoresque.
Visit the Helen Walker page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Helen Walker starred in such film noir classics as Nightmare Alley and The Big Combo during her brief film career.
Visit the Marie Windsor page at Brian's Drive-In Theater
Marie Windsor's tough, edgy performances were perfect in such film noir thrillers as The Killing, The Girl in Black Stockings, and The Narrow Margin.

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