Lester Dorr



Place of birth:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Lester Dorr (born Harry Lester Dorr; May 8, 1893-August 25, 1980) was an American actor who between 1917 and 1975 appeared in well over 500 productions on stage, in feature films and shorts, and in televised plays and weekly series. His extensive filmography attests to his versatility as a supporting actor and reliability as a bit player. Although Dorr's screen roles are at times credited, the great majority of his work is uncredited, consisting of characters who have limited dialogue or appear briefly as extras. Dorr was cast, often under contract as a "day player", in more than 250 films in just the 1930s alone, remarkably averaging a different role in a different film every two weeks for ten straight years. A very small sampling of those motion pictures include Riders of the Purple Sage, Union Depot, Central Airport, Helldorado, The Mighty Barnum, Murder in the Clouds, The Case of the Missing Man, Show Them No Mercy!, She Gets Her Man, Love Before Breakfast, Sinner Take All, Snowed Under, The Firefly, Expensive Husbands, Big City, Criminals of the Air, Dangerous Holiday, It's All Yours, Captains Courageous, Missing Witnesses, Pardon Our Nerve, The Cisco Kid and the Lady, Test Pilot, Penitentiary, The Main Event, The Crowd Roars, Coast Guard, Sued for Libel, Gone with the Wind, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He also performed in several installments of the 1939 serial Mandrake the Magician, portraying Gray, one of many criminals battling the title character. Dorr continued to appear regularly in studio productions throughout the 1940s, but with reduced frequency when compared to the preceding decade; nevertheless, he still added more than 140 Hollywood films to his résumé in that decade. His work on the "big screen" decreased even further in the 1950s as acting opportunities increased on television. He was, though, cast in at least 45 feature films and shorts during the 1950s, including small roles in some notable productions, such as Ace in the Hole, The Greatest Show in Earth, and East of Eden. By the late 1940s and early 1950s, programming in the rapidly expanding medium of television attracted the talents of many experienced personnel in the film industry, including Dorr. His earliest work on television was in two 1951 episodes of the televised crime drama Boston Blackie, starring Kent Taylor. As with his film career, Dorr’s 15 years of being cast in television series consisted predominantly of brief appearances on screen and portraying characters who had relatively few lines. Yet, his characterizations on television, like in films, were highly diverse and can be seen in at least 84 episodes of Westerns, crime and detective series, courtroom and hospital dramas, adventure programs, and sitcoms of the period.

Film Credits

Mary, Mary (1963)
as Husband in Elevator
Inherit the Wind (1960)
as Dr. John (uncredited)
Vice Raid (1959)
as Malone's Secretary
Hot Rod Gang (1958)
as Dryden Philpott
Missile Monsters (1958)
as Male Secretary (bit)
So Your Wife Wants to Work (1956)
as Harry
East of Eden (1955)
as City Official at Parade (uncredited)
Killers from Space (1954)
as Gas Station Attendant
Ace in the Hole (1951)
as Father Diego (uncredited)
Night Riders of Montana (1951)
as Drummer
Flying Disc Man from Mars (1950)
as Crane
Covered Wagon Raid (1950)
as Bartender Pete
Quicksand (1950)
as Baldy
The Great Rupert (1950)
as Eddie, the Bartender (uncredited)
Without Honor (1949)
as Neighbor
The Heiress (1949)
as Groom (uncredited)
The Vicious Circle (1948)
as Andreas Molnar
Robin Hood Of Texas (1947)
as Photographer
That Brennan Girl (1946)
as Apartment House Clerk (uncredited)
The Great American Mug (1945)
as Pete Ramson (uncredited)
Charlie Chan in The Jade Mask (1945)
as Michael Strong, chauffeur
The Masked Marvel (1943)
as Reporter #1
Wolves of the Range (1943)
as Bank Teller
Dixie Dugan (1943)
as Citizen (uncredited)
Gentleman Jim (1942)
as Reporter (uncredited)
The Secret Code (1942)
as Otto Stahl
Sabotage Squad (1942)
as Middle Barber [script name: Harry]
Don't Lie (1942)
as 1st Circus Attendant (uncredited)
Alias Boston Blackie (1942)
as Henry - Desk Clerk
Blue, White, and Perfect (1942)
as Porter
Remember the Day (1941)
as Photographer
Road to Happiness (1941)
as Rankin's Chauffeur
Three Girls About Town (1941)
as Reporter
South of Panama (1941)
as Joe
Roar of the Press (1941)
as Swithboard Operator
No, No, Nanette (1940)
as Travel Agent
Rodeo Dough (1940)
as Rodeo Official
Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)
as Harry
The Return of Frank James (1940)
as Reporter
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
as Photographer
Pop Always Pays (1940)
as Auto Salesman
The Saint Takes Over (1940)
as Welcoming Committee Man
I Take This Oath (1940)
as Cotton Club Doorman
Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
as Reporter
Danger Ahead (1940)
as Henchman Lefty
Mexican Spitfire (1940)
as Slippy - a Fugitive
The Shadow (1940)
as Henchman
Son of the Navy (1940)
as Patrolman at Altercation
Mandrake the Magician (1940)
as Gray, gas station thug [Chs. 8-9]
The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939)
as Army Telegraph Operator
Gone with the Wind (1939)
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Sued For Libel (1939)
as Pomeroy's Butler (uncredited)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
as Taylor's Stooge
Fast and Furious (1939)
as Day Clerk
The Day the Bookies Wept (1939)
as Horse Seller to Colonel March
Girl from Rio (1939)
as Second Hotel Desk clerk
Coast Guard (1939)
as Second Officer (uncredited)
Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)
as Reporter
Stronger Than Desire (1939)
as First Reporter on Telephone
Captain Fury (1939)
as Paymaster's Assistant
Mandrake the Magician (1939)
as Gray
Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939)
as Real Ambulance Intern
Money to Loan (1939)
as Frank Sidley, Loan Victim
Cafe Society (1939)
as Waiter
Star Reporter (1939)
as Wilkins
Fast and Loose (1939)
as Driver
Four Girls in White (1939)
as Ambulance Orderly
Ride 'em, Cowgirl (1939)
as Announcer
Convict's Code (1939)
as Bank Teller
Homicide Bureau (1939)
as Gangster Shot by Brown
Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (1938)
as Circus Usher (uncredited)
Sunset Murder Case (1938)
as Editor
Exposed (1938)
as Slim
Straight, Place and Show (1938)
as Photographer
Juvenile Court (1938)
as Druggist
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
as Reporter (uncredited)
The Main Event (1938)
as Buck
One Wild Night (1938)
as Bank Officer
Wide Open Faces (1938)
as News Photographer
I Met My Love Again (1938)
as Hotel Desk Clerk
The Spy Ring (1938)
as Firing Range Radio Operator
Wells Fargo (1937)
as Minor Role
Expensive Husbands (1937)
as Reporter
Hollywood Round-Up (1937)
as Louis Lawson
Love Takes Flight (1937)
as Talking Reporter
It Happened in Hollywood (1937)
as Reporter
The Californian (1937)
as Townsman
Captains Courageous (1937)
as Corridor Steward (uncredited)
Big Business (1937)
as Townsman Investor
Love Is News (1937)
as Salesman (uncredited)
Secret Valley (1937)
as Henchman Doc
The Mandarin Mystery (1936)
as Reporter at Dock
Sinner Take All (1936)
as Reporter
Ten Laps to Go (1936)
as Motor Vehicle Bureau Clerk
The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)
as Intern
Sing, Baby Sing (1936)
as Kansas City News Vendor
Jailbreak (1936)
as Hotel Clerk
Spendthrift (1936)
as Reporter
The Girl from Mandalay (1936)
as New Year's Party Participant
Brilliant Marriage (1936)
as Art Critic
Boulder Dam (1936)
as Job Applications Teller
Love on a Bet (1936)
as Reporter
The Preview Murder Mystery (1936)
as Reporter
I'll Name the Murderer (1936)
as Driver
Tell Your Children (1936)
as Joe the Bartender
Show Them No Mercy! (1935)
as Milkman (uncredited)
Here Comes the Band (1935)
as Audience Member
Shanghai (1935)
as Ship Steward
Front Page Woman (1935)
as Waiter (uncredited)
The Curtain Falls (1934)
as Seven Eleven Club Customer
The Personality Kid (1934)
as Ritzy's Trainer
Friends Of Mr. Sweeney (1934)
as Ladies' Table Dealer
Going Bye-Bye! (1934)
as Man in Courtroom
Journal of a Crime (1934)
as Cartier's Secretary
As the Earth Turns (1934)
as Villager at Dance
Goodbye Again (1933)
as Albany Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
The Little Giant (1933)
as Investment Clerk (uncredited)
Central Airport (1933)
as Hotel Desk Clerk #3 (uncredited)
Hard to Handle (1933)
as Ed - Photographer
The Death Kiss (1932)
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Riders of the Purple Sage (1931)
as Judkins