Actor Thomas A. Curran

Thomas A. Curran (May 29, 1879 – January 24, 1941), was an Australian-born American actor on the stage and in motion pictures. Between 1915 and 1941 he appeared in 60 films, the last of which was Citizen Kane, in which he played the uncredited role of Theodore Roosevelt in the “News on the March” newsreel sequence.


Thomas A. Curran was born on May 29, 1879, in Sydney, Australia. He studied acting in the United States, where he made his stage debut in 1897. After returning to Australia for a few years, he returned to the U.S. in 1912 or 1913 and worked in vaudeville and repertory theatre. He acted in the original productions of Excuse Me written by Rupert Hughes (later adapted twice for the screen) and Oh! Oh! Delphine.

Curran was signed to a three-year contract by the Thanhouser Company in 1915 and made 22 films, including The World and the Woman with Jeanne Eagels and Inspiration, the first non-pornographic American film to show full female nudity. In his later years he moved to California and made his living playing bit parts and small roles in studio films. His last film appearance was as Teddy Roosevelt in the “News on the March” sequence in Citizen Kane. The film had not yet been released when Curran, aged 61, died in Hollywood January 24, 1941.


Year Title Role Notes
1915 From the River’s Depths
1915 The Price of Her Silence The Artist
1915 The Earl of Pawtucket Fordyce
1915 Greater Love Hath No Man Dr. Merton
1915 The Commuted Sentence Governor
1915 In Baby’s Garden Jack
1915 Inspiration The Artist Reissued as The Perfect Model (1918)
1915 Her Confession Emerald Vinton
1915 The Necklace of Pearls The Banker
1916 The Bubbles in the Glass
1916 Silas Marner Godfrey
1916 The Cruise of Fate
1916 The Sailor’s Smiling Spirit
1916 The Weakling
1916 The Nymph
1916 Brothers Equal
1916 The Black Terror
1916 The World and the Woman James Palmer
1917 A Modern Monte Cristo William Deane
1917 The Vicar of Wakefield Geoffrey; Mr. Burchell
1917 When Love Was Blind John Grayson
1917 The Candy Girl
1917 An Amateur Orphan
1917 The Heart of Ezra Greer Denbeigh’s guardian
1918 The Girl and the Judge Frank Lorimer
1928 Ships of the Night Police chief
1928 The Black Pearl Silas Lathrop
1929 Object: Alimony Philip Stone
1929 Two Sisters Judge Rhodes
1929 Anne Against the World Emmett
1929 The Phantom in the House Judge Thompson
1930 The Kibitzer Briggs
1930 Worldly Goods Secretary
1930 Morocco
1931 Mother and Son Broker
1932 Ghost City
1934 David Harum Banker
1935 The Cowboy Millionaire Hotel clerk
1935 Annapolis Farewell Officer on Congress
1936 The Milky Way
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
1936 The White Angel Officer in barracks
1936 Yours for the Asking
1936 Wanted! Jane Turner
1936 Swing Time
1936 Parole! Board chairman
1937 Champagne Waltz
1937 Wells Fargo
1939 Our Leading Citizen Member
1941 Citizen Kane Theodore Roosevelt

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Actor Thomas A. Curran – Wikipedia

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