James Craig

1912 - 1985

Tall, rugged James Craig's career as a contract player at MGM blossomed in the 1940's, mainly due to his resemblance to the 'King of Hollywood' 'Clark Gable' (who was then serving in the U.S. Army Air Force). The Rice Institute graduate had studied to be a physician until a sojourn in the movie capital persuaded him to try his luck as an actor. He was tutored by thespian Cyril Delevanti in 1934 and began in the industry as an extra. Having lived for some time in Texas, he had the perfect drawl to be made into a western hero. James Henry Meador consequently transformed himself into James Craig when it looked like he might be given a role in the melodrama Craig's Wife (1936). Instead, he appeared mainly in second feature oaters for the first two years of his career. His breakthrough arrived courtesy of a loan-out to RKO, where he was co-starred opposite Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle (1940). He had some critical success as farmer Jabez Stone in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) and had h

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