Victor Kilian Biography

Place of Birth: Jersey City, New Jersey
Height: 6' 1½" (1.87 m)
Wiki Biography: American character actor of gruff demeanor who played in dozens of films through the Thirties and Forties. A native of New Jersey, he was a wagon driver for his father's laundry business before joining a vaudeville company. He played in stock and touring companies, then was cast in the Walter Huston production of 'Desire Under the Elms' on Broadway. While working on the New York stage, he made a few appearances in films shot on Long Island. In 1935 he came to Hollywood and appeared with great frequency in supporting roles over the next decade and a half. In the early 1950s, he was blacklisted for his political beliefs during the Communist witchhunts, and returned to the stage almost exclusively thereafter. In 1976, he gained perhaps his greatest fame, as the title character's libidinous grandfather on the "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (1976) TV series. But three years later, he was beaten to death by robbers burglarizing his apartment.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Forever Fernwood Raymond Larkin 1977 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Riffraff 1936 Crime, Drama
Tovarich 1937 Comedy
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1938 Family, Adventure
Only Angels Have Wings 1939 Drama, Adventure, Romance
Virginia City Abraham Lincoln 1940 0
Torrid Zone 1940 0, Biography
Dr. Cyclops Steve Baker 1940 Adventure, Sci Fi, Horror
The Return of Frank James 1940
Western Union 1941 History
This Gun for Hire 1942 Comedy, 0
Reap the Wild Wind 1942 Action, Adventure
The Ox-Bow Incident 1943 Crime, Drama
The Spanish Main 1945
Little Giant 1946 Comedy
I Shot Jesse James 1949 Drama, History, Romance
The Flame and the Arrow 1950 0