Roscoe Karns

About Roscoe Karns

Who is it?: Actor, Soundtrack, Writer
Birth Day: September 07, 1891
Birth Place:  San Bernardino, California, United States
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1915-1964
Spouse(s): Mary M. Fraso (m. 1920–1970)
Children: 2; including Todd Karns

Roscoe Karns

Roscoe Karns was born on September 07, 1891 in  San Bernardino, California, United States, is Actor, Soundtrack, Writer. On stage since age 15, Roscoe Karns parlayed his machine-gun delivery and street-wise demeanor (although many thought of him as a New Yorker, he was actually from San Bernardino, California) into character roles in dozens of films from the 1920s to the 1960s. His peak period, though, was in the 1930s, where he often played a wisecracking cab driver or a brash newspaper reporter (as in His Girl Friday (1940), usually the friend of the hero who helps him solve the murder/catch the bad guys/find the missing heiress, etc.
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As per our current Database, Roscoe Karns has been died on February 6, 1970(1970-02-06) (aged 78)\nLos Angeles, California, U.S..

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When Roscoe Karns die, Roscoe Karns was 78 years old.

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Occupation Actor
Age 78 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born September 07, 1891 ( San Bernardino, California, United States)
Birthday September 07
Town/City  San Bernardino, California, United States
Nationality United States

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Roscoe Karns’s zodiac sign is Libra. According to astrologers, People born under the sign of Libra are peaceful, fair, and they hate being alone. Partnership is very important for them, as their mirror and someone giving them the ability to be the mirror themselves. These individuals are fascinated by balance and symmetry, they are in a constant chase for justice and equality, realizing through life that the only thing that should be truly important to themselves in their own inner core of personality. This is someone ready to do nearly anything to avoid conflict, keeping the peace whenever possible

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Though he appeared in numerous silent films, such as Wings and Beggars of Life, his career didn't really take off until sound arrived. Arguably his best-known film role was the annoying bus Passenger Oscar Shapeley, who tries to pick up Claudette Colbert in the Oscar-winning comedy It Happened One Night (1934), quickly followed by one of his best performances as the boozy press agent Owen O'Malley in Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century. (Six years later, he co-starred as one of the reporters in another Hawks classic, His Girl Friday.) In 1937, Paramount teamed him with Lynne Overman as a pair of laconic private eyes in two B comedy-mysteries, Murder Goes to College and Partners in Crime. From 1950 to 1954, Karns played the title role in the popular DuMont Television Network series Rocky King, Inside Detective. His son, character actor Todd Karns, also appeared in that series.


From 1959 to 1962, Karns was cast as Admiral Walter Shafer in seventy-three of the ninety-five episodes of the CBS military sitcom/drama series, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper in the title role of a United States Navy physician, and Abby Dalton as nurse Martha Hale.


His final film was another Hawks comedy, Man's Favorite Sport?, in 1964.

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