Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cheshire Cotten (May 15, 1905 – February 6, 1994) was an American actor of stage and film. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair. He is associated with Orson Welles, leading to appearances in Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Journey into Fear (1943), for which Cotten was also credited with the screenplay, and The Third Man (1949). He was a star in his own right with films such as Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Love Letters (1945), Portrait of Jennie (1948), and The Third Man (1949).

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Citizen Kane (1941)

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Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Orson Welles  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Ruth Warrick

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Orson Welles  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Ruth Warrick

Airport '77 (1977)

Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle after a hijacking gone wrong. Now the surviving passengers must brave panic, slow leaks, oxygen depletion, and more while attempting a daring plan, all while 200 feet underwater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Jameson
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Lee Grant  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Joseph Cotten

Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle after a hijacking gone wrong. Now the surviving passengers must brave panic, slow leaks, oxygen depletion, and more while attempting a daring plan, all while 200 feet underwater.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Jameson
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Lee Grant  •  Brenda Vaccaro  •  Joseph Cotten

Duel in the Sun (1946)

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor
CAST:  Jennifer Jones  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Gregory Peck  •  Lionel Barrymore

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor
CAST:  Jennifer Jones  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Gregory Peck  •  Lionel Barrymore

F for Fake (1973)

Documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Oja Kodar  •  Elmyr de Hory

Documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Oja Kodar  •  Elmyr de Hory

Gaslight (1944)

A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Joseph Cotten  •  May Whitty

A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Joseph Cotten  •  May Whitty

Heaven's Gate (1980)

Harvard graduate James Averill is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners fight the immigrants with the help of Nathan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Christopher Walken  •  John Hurt  •  Isabelle Huppert

Harvard graduate James Averill is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners fight the immigrants with the help of Nathan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Christopher Walken  •  John Hurt  •  Isabelle Huppert

Latitude Zero (1969)

A massive underwater volcano erupts and puts a group of investigative scientists in danger. They are rescued by an atomic super submarine named The Alpha under the command of Captain McKenzie. The group is quickly taken to a vast underwater city known as Latitude ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ishirō Honda
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Cesar Romero  •  Akira Takarada  •  Patricia Medina

A massive underwater volcano erupts and puts a group of investigative scientists in danger. They are rescued by an atomic super submarine named The Alpha under the command of Captain McKenzie. The group is quickly taken to a vast underwater city known as Latitude ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ishirō Honda
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Cesar Romero  •  Akira Takarada  •  Patricia Medina

Lydia (1941)

Lydia MacMillan, a wealthy woman who has never married, invites several men her own age to her home to reminisce about the times when they were young and courted her. In memory, each romance seemed splendid and destined for happiness, but in each case, Lydia ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Duvivier
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Edna May Oliver  •  Alan Marshal  •  Joseph Cotten

Lydia MacMillan, a wealthy woman who has never married, invites several men her own age to her home to reminisce about the times when they were young and courted her. In memory, each romance seemed splendid and destined for happiness, but in each case, Lydia ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Duvivier
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Edna May Oliver  •  Alan Marshal  •  Joseph Cotten

Niagara (1953)

Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Marilyn Monroe  •  Jean Peters  •  Max Showalter

Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Marilyn Monroe  •  Jean Peters  •  Max Showalter

Othello (1951)

When a secret marriage is planned between Othello, a Moorish general, and Desdemona, the daughter of Senator Brabantio, her old suitor Roderigo takes it hard. He allies himself with Iago, who has his own grudge against Othello, and the two conspire to bring Othello ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Micheál MacLiammóir  •  Robert Coote  •  Suzanne Cloutier

When a secret marriage is planned between Othello, a Moorish general, and Desdemona, the daughter of Senator Brabantio, her old suitor Roderigo takes it hard. He allies himself with Iago, who has his own grudge against Othello, and the two conspire to bring Othello ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Micheál MacLiammóir  •  Robert Coote  •  Suzanne Cloutier

Petulia (1968)

An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Lester
CAST:  Julie Christie  •  Richard Chamberlain  •  George C. Scott  •  Arthur Hill

An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Lester
CAST:  Julie Christie  •  Richard Chamberlain  •  George C. Scott  •  Arthur Hill

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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A bored teen living in Santa Rosa, California, Charlotte "Charlie" Newton, is frustrated because nothing seems to be happening in her life and that of her family. Then, she receives wonderful news: her uncle (for whom she was named), Charlie Oakley, is arriving for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Teresa Wright  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Macdonald Carey  •  Henry Travers

A bored teen living in Santa Rosa, California, Charlotte "Charlie" Newton, is frustrated because nothing seems to be happening in her life and that of her family. Then, she receives wonderful news: her uncle (for whom she was named), Charlie Oakley, is arriving for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Teresa Wright  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Macdonald Carey  •  Henry Travers

Soylent Green (1973)

In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Leigh Taylor-Young  •  Chuck Connors

In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Edward G. Robinson  •  Leigh Taylor-Young  •  Chuck Connors

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

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Famous organist Anton Phibes is horribly disfigured in an automobile accident while rushing to the side of his sick wife and presumed to be dead. Once Phibes learns that his wife died on the operating table, he is convinced the doctors are responsible and begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Fuest
CAST:  Vincent Price  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Virginia North  •  Terry-Thomas

Famous organist Anton Phibes is horribly disfigured in an automobile accident while rushing to the side of his sick wife and presumed to be dead. Once Phibes learns that his wife died on the operating table, he is convinced the doctors are responsible and begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Fuest
CAST:  Vincent Price  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Virginia North  •  Terry-Thomas

The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

After leaving her family's farm to study nursing in the city, a young woman finds herself on an unexpected path towards politics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. C. Potter
CAST:  Loretta Young  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Ethel Barrymore  •  Charles Bickford

After leaving her family's farm to study nursing in the city, a young woman finds herself on an unexpected path towards politics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. C. Potter
CAST:  Loretta Young  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Ethel Barrymore  •  Charles Bickford

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Dolores Costello  •  Anne Baxter  •  Tim Holt

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Dolores Costello  •  Anne Baxter  •  Tim Holt

The Third Man (1949)

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Alida Valli  •  Orson Welles  •  Trevor Howard

In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Alida Valli  •  Orson Welles  •  Trevor Howard

Too Much Johnson (2013)

This film was not intended to stand by itself, but was designed as the cinematic aspect of Welles' Mercury Theatre stage presentation of William Gillette's 1894 comedy about a New York playboy who flees from the violent husband of his mistress and borrows the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Virginia Nicholson  •  Arlene Francis  •  Mary Wickes

This film was not intended to stand by itself, but was designed as the cinematic aspect of Welles' Mercury Theatre stage presentation of William Gillette's 1894 comedy about a New York playboy who flees from the violent husband of his mistress and borrows the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Virginia Nicholson  •  Arlene Francis  •  Mary Wickes

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer  •  Toshio Masuda  •  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Martin Balsam  •  Sō Yamamura  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Tatsuya Mihashi

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer  •  Toshio Masuda  •  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Martin Balsam  •  Sō Yamamura  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Tatsuya Mihashi

Touch of Evil (1958)

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Janet Leigh  •  Orson Welles  •  Joseph Calleia

When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan. When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Janet Leigh  •  Orson Welles  •  Joseph Calleia
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