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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Russell McCaskill Simpson (June 17, 1880, Danville, California – December 12, 1959, Woodland Hills, California) was an American character actor who appeared in over 500 movies. He is best known for his "grizzled old man" appearances. Gaunt, lanky, and rustic-sounding, Simpson was a familiar character actor for almost forty-five years, particularly as a member of the John Ford Stock Company. At age 18 Simpson prospected for gold in Alaska. He began taking acting classes in Seattle, Washington. In 1910 he married Gertrude Alter from New York City. By 1909, he had gone into the theatre. He appeared in at least two plays on Broadway between 1909 and 1912, and made his motion picture debut in Cecil B. DeMille's 1914 original film version of The Virginian in a bit part. By 1923, when the film was remade, Simpson had progressed to playing the lead villain. Throughout his career, Simpson worked for 12 years in road shows, stock companies, and on Broadway. He didn't usually perform lead roles, but he did star in many movies throughout the silent movie era. He performed a lead role as the grandfather in Out of the Dust (1920). Simpson is best known for his work in the films of John Ford and, in particular, for his portrayal of Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). His final film was The Horse Soldiers, his tenth film for Ford. Simpson worked up to 1959, the year of his death. He was the president of the Overseas Phonograph Accessories Corporation.
June 17, 1880, Danville, California, USA
December 12, 1959
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonKenneth Allen (uncredited) 1939 Young Mr. LincolnWoolridge 1939 Drums Along the MohawkDr. Petry 1939 Dodge CityOrth 1940 The Grapes of WrathPa Joad 1941 Tobacco RoadChief of Police 1942 The SpoilersFlapjack Sims 1945 They Were Expendable'Dad' Knowland 1946 My Darling ClementineJohn Simpson 1948 Coroner CreekWalt Hardison 1950 Wagon MasterAdam Perkins 1951 Comin' Round the MountainJudge 1954 Seven Brides for Seven BrothersFred Bixby 1957 The Tin StarClem Hall 1959 The Horse SoldiersHenry GoodbodyLimited to the 15 most popular items