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FactDaughter Doris Bickford (b. 1919).

Jeremiah Collins was born on October 1, 1824, in Salem, Massachusetts. His parents were both of Irish descent. Jeremiah was the oldest of seven children. His early education took place in Salem public schools. Jeremiah’s father died when he was just sixteen, and he was forced to leave school to help support his family.

Jeremiah began his career working as a clerk in a Salem shipping firm. He later went into business for himself, opening a successful shipping company. Jeremiah’s business acumen made him a wealthy man. He was also an active philanthropist, donating money to various causes.

In 1849, Jeremiah married Elizabeth Proctor, the daughter of a Salem merchant. The couple had four children together. Elizabeth died in 1855.

In 1856, Jeremiah married again, this time to Abigail Williams, the daughter of a wealthy Boston family. The couple had two children together.

Jeremiah’s first wife, Elizabeth, died in 1855. His second wife, Abigail, died in 1882. Jeremiah never remarried.

Jeremiah Collins died on January 3, 1904, at the age of 79.


ParentsNaomi Collins

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1[About not seeing his own films] Perhaps it's because I'm too critical that I don't usually see my own stuff. Very often it's a weird experience, and sometimes it's a little nauseating.
2It's appropriate that I should have come in on the wings of a blizzard. I've been blowing up a storm ever since.


1He was billed as Charles A. Bickford early in his career. The "A" stood for Ambrose.
2While rehearsing a scene for Universal's East of Java (1935), he was mauled by a 400-pound lion on his neck and shoulders, very close to his jugular vein. it required nearly a year for him to recover from the injuries.
3Amomg his outside interests were painting and a gold mine in San Bernadino.
4Served during WWI as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers.
5Bickford never placed all his eggs in one basket when it came to his financial security. At one time he owned a gas station and garage, a half interest in a pearling schooner, a pair of whaling boats, a hog farm, a chicken ranch, a lingerie shop, and purchased an island off the coast of the Indonesian island of Java where coconuts were harvested.
6Is one of 8 actors who have received an Oscar nomination for their performance as a priest. The others, in chronological order, are: Spencer Tracy for San Francisco (1936) and Boys Town (1938); Bing Crosby for Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945); Barry Fitzgerald for Going My Way (1944); Gregory Peck for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944); Karl Malden for On the Waterfront (1954); Jason Miller for The Exorcist (1973); and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008). Tracy, Crosby and Fitzgerald all won Oscars for their performances.
7Every time he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, one of his co-stars won the Oscar for Best Actress (Jennifer Jones for The Song of Bernadette (1943), Loretta Young for The Farmer's Daughter (1947) and Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda (1948)).
8Interred at Woodlawn Cemetary, Santa Monica, California.
9Son Rex Bickford (b. 1924, d. 1960).
10Daughter Doris Bickford (b. 1919).




Days of Wine and Roses1962Ellis Arnesen
Theatre '621962TV SeriesButler
The Farmer's Daughter1962TV MovieClancy
Dr. Kildare1961TV SeriesDr. Charles Dubro
General Electric Theater1961TV SeriesChief Peter Farrel
The Americans1961TV SeriesPeterson
The Islanders1960TV SeriesAdam Smith
The Barbara Stanwyck Show1960TV SeriesIsiah B. Richardson
Checkmate1960TV SeriesWhitney P. Thorne
Buick-Electra Playhouse1960TV SeriesMr. Frazer
The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio1960TV MovieMr. Frazer
The Unforgiven1960Zeb Rawlins
Playhouse 901956-1960TV SeriesPa Fentry / Old Man Grant / Marvin / ...
Winterset1959TV MovieJudge Gaunt
Woman on the Run1959TV Movie
The Big Country1958Maj. Henry Terrill
Wagon Train1958TV SeriesDaniel Barrister
Undercurrent1957TV SeriesStanley Hunter
Climax!1957TV SeriesMartin Seaford
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1957TV SeriesJohn Macready
Mister Cory1957Jeremiah Des Plains 'Biloxi' Caldwell
The Ford Television Theatre1952-1956TV SeriesStanley Hunter / Sam Callahan / Norman Forrester
You Can't Run Away from It1956A.A. Andrews
Schlitz Playhouse1953-1956TV SeriesEnoch Prentiss / Dr. Gunther
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell1955Gen. Jimmy Guthrie
Screen Directors Playhouse1955TV SeriesDr. Stone
Celebrity Playhouse1955TV SeriesFather O'Neil
Not as a Stranger1955Dr. Dave Runkleman
Prince of Players1955Dave Prescott
A Star Is Born1954Oliver Niles
The Revlon Mirror Theater1953TV Series
The Last Posse1953Sampson Drune
Elopement1951Tom Reagan
The Raging Tide1951Hamil Linder
Jim Thorpe -- All-American1951Glenn S. 'Pop' Warner
Branded1950Mr. Lavery
Riding High1950J.L. Higgins
Guilty of Treason1950Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty
Whirlpool1950Lt. James Colton
Roseanna McCoy1949Devil Anse Hatfield
Command Decision1948Elmer Brockhurst
Johnny Belinda1948Black MacDonald
Four Faces West1948Pat Garrett
The Babe Ruth Story1948Brother Matthias
Brute Force1947Gallagher
The Woman on the Beach1947Tod
The Farmer's Daughter1947Joseph Clancy
Duel in the Sun1946Sam Pierce
Fallen Angel1945Mark Judd
Captain Eddie1945William Rickenbacker
Wing and a Prayer1944Capt. Waddell
The Song of Bernadette1943Father Peyramale
Mr. Lucky1943Hard Swede
Tarzan's New York Adventure1942Buck Rand
Reap the Wild Wind1942Master of the 'Tyfib'
Burma Convoy1941Cliff Weldon
Riders of Death Valley1941Wolf Reade
Queen of the Yukon1940Ace Rincon
South to Karanga1940Jeff Worthing
Girl from God's Country1940Bill Bogler
Thou Shalt Not Kill1939Rev. Chris Saunders
Of Mice and Men1939Slim
One Hour to Live1939Insp. Sid Brady
Mutiny in the Big House1939Father Joe Collins
Our Leading Citizen1939Shep Muir
Street of Missing Men1939Cash Darwin
Romance of the Redwoods1939Steve Blake
Stand Up and Fight1939Arnold
The Storm1938Bob 'Sparks' Roberts
Valley of the Giants1938Howard Fallon
Gangs of New York1938'Rocky' Thorpe / John Franklyn
Daughter of Shanghai1937Otto Hartman
Night Club Scandal1937Det. Capt. McKinley
Thunder Trail1937Lee Tate
High, Wide, and Handsome1937Red Scanlon
The Plainsman1936John Lattimer
Pride of the Marines1936Steve Riley
Rose of the Rancho1936Joe Kincaid
East of Java1935Red McGovern aka Harvey Bowers
The Farmer Takes a Wife1935Jotham Klore
Under Pressure1935Nipper Moran
A Notorious Gentleman1935Kirk Arlen
A Wicked Woman1934Naylor
Little Miss Marker1934Big Steve Halloway
Red Wagon1933Joe Prince
White Woman1933Ballister
This Day and Age1933Louis Garrett
Song of the Eagle1933Joe (Nails) Anderson
No Other Woman1933Jim Stanley
Vanity Street1932Brian Murphy
The Last Man1932Bannister
Thunder Below1932Walt
Scandal for Sale1932Jerry Strong
Panama Flo1932Dan McTeague
Men in Her Life1931Flashy Madden
The Pagan Lady1931Dingo Mike
The Squaw Man1931Cash Hawkins
East of Borneo1931Dr. Allan Randolph
Passion Flower1930Dan Wallace
River's End1930John Keith / Conniston
The Sea Bat1930John Dennis aka Reverend Sims
Anna Christie1930/IMatt
Hell's Heroes1929Bob Sangster
Dynamite1929Hagon Derk
South Sea Rose1929Capt. Briggs
The Virginian1962-1968TV SeriesJohn Grainger / Tucker McCallum
A Big Hand for the Little Lady1966Benson Tropp
Della1964Hugh Stafford
Suspense1964TV SeriesChristopher Bell
The Eleventh Hour1963TV SeriesHoward Ellendale
The Dick Powell Theatre1961-1963TV SeriesBig Jake Hollander / Emmet Peabody
Alcoa Premiere1963TV SeriesDr. Barry Logan


He Died with a Felafel in His Hand2001writer: "German Girl"
A Wicked Woman1934performer: "In the Hash" copyright 1935 - uncredited
Panama Flo1932performer: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" 1917 - uncredited


The Linkletter Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Now Is Tomorrow1958TV MovieHimself - Host
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesHimself - Announcing Next Week's Show
The Dark Wave1956Documentary short
The Man Behind the Badge1955TV SeriesHimself - Host
Hollywood on Parade No. B-61934ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots1932/IIDocumentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 201930ShortHimself

Archive Footage

A Star Is Born: Special Features2010Video
Garbo2005DocumentaryMatt Burke (uncredited)
Complicated Women2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hustle1975Actor in Film Clip from 'Branded' (uncredited)
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
The Devil's Children1962Tucker McCallum
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesMatt Burke
The Ed Sullivan Show1954TV SeriesHimself
Rose Hobart1936ShortMan (from East of Borneo (1931) (uncredited)


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6780 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded February 8, 1960 at 1620 Vine Street
1955NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActorNot as a Stranger (1955)

Nominated Awards

1949OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleJohnny Belinda (1948)
1948OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Farmer's Daughter (1947)
1944OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Song of Bernadette (1943)

3rd Place Awards

1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Supporting PerformanceDays of Wine and Roses (1962)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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