Joseph Crehan

Joseph A. Creaghan (July 15, 1883 – April 15, 1966) was an American film actor. He appeared in more than 300 films between 1916 and 1965, and notably played Ulysses S. Grant nine times between 1939 and 1958, most memorably in Union Pacific and They Died with Their Boots On.

Joseph Crehan
Joseph Crehan (1920).jpg
Crehan in 1920
Joseph A. Creaghan

(1883-07-15)July 15, 1883
DiedApril 15, 1966(1966-04-15) (aged 82)
Resting placeSan Fernando Mission Cemetery
Years active1916–1965
Dorothy R. Lord
(m. 1933)

Early lifeEdit

Born in Baltimore, Maryland. he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Crehan. He attended Calvert Hall College and Kent College of Law but left the latter because of his stronger interest in drama.[1] Early in his career, Crehan worked in light comedy. He was in his late 30s when he began doing character roles.[1]


Crehan in Dangerous Money (1933)

Crehan's Broadway credits include Twentieth Century (1932), Lilly Turner (1932), Angels Don't Kiss (1932), Those We Love (1930), Sweet Land of Liberty (1929), Merry Andrew (1929), Ringside (1928), and Yosemite (1914).[2] Crehan often played alongside Charles C. Wilson with whom he is sometimes confused.[3]

In 1961, credited as "Joe Crehan", he appeared as "Thomas Boland" in the TV Western series Bat Masterson (S3E18 "The Prescott Campaign").


On April 15, 1966, Crehan died of a stroke in Hollywood, California.[4] He was buried on San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles.[5]

Selected filmographyEdit

Crehan in Colorado (1940)
Crehan in Nevada City (1941)


  1. ^ a b Boultinghouse, Vivian (July 18, 1954). "Fifty Years A Trouper". The Baltimore Sun. Maryland, Baltimore. p. 128. Retrieved October 28, 2018 – via  
  2. ^ "Joseph Crehan". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on October 29, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Clarke, Joseph F. (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 44.
  4. ^ "Joseph Crehan Funeral Will Be Held Tuesday". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. April 17, 1966. p. C 11. Retrieved October 28, 2018 – via  
  5. ^ "Joseph Crehan (1883 - 1966) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.

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