Actors You Should Know: Grady Sutton

Actor Grady Sutton (1906-1995) was never a household name, but he appeared in so many movies and TV shows between 1925 and 1979 that you’ve probably seen him in something without knowing who he was. He was often, if not usually, uncredited, his roles merely bit parts that gave him only seconds of screen time. He was easily recognizable anywhere; for example, as “Man afraid of mice” (uncredited) in Movie Crazy (1932). Sutton also had credited roles in well-known movies like Alice Adams (1935), Pigskin Parade (1936), Stage Door (1937), The Bank Dick (1940) and Anchors Aweigh (1945).

Student who goes to dean (uncredited) in The Freshman (1925) – Sutton began his long career playing – if I’m not mistaken – a tattletale, ratting on Harold Lloyd for some supposed collegiate infraction.

Claude Neselrode in Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935) – Sutton worked with W.C. Fields on a few occasions, perhaps most famously as prospective son-in-law Og Oggilby (“sounds like a bubble in the bathtub”) in The Bank Dick (1940). Trapeze has Sutton playing Fields’ stepson, another tattletale type who, as you might expect, doesn’t hesitate to steal Fields’ tickets to the upcoming wrestling match.

Diner counterman (uncredited) in The More the Merrier (1943) – While serving Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea some food, he gets quite upset while listening to Arthur’s sad story. It’s a moment of great comic timing and editing.

Sutton’s career came to a close with roles big and small in such varied films as My Fair Lady (1964), Tickle Me (1965). Myra Breckinridge (1970) and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979). From silent slapstick to Elvis to the Ramones, Grady Sutton was there for it all.

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