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Fred Kohler (I) (1887–1938)

Prolific "heavy" in American films of the silent and early talkie eras. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Kohler left home as a teenager, working various jobs while trying to establish a career in vaudeville. During this time, according to his son, actor Fred Kohler Jr., Kohler worked in a mine and lost part of his right hand in a dynamite ... See full bio »

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Known For

Carnival Boat Hack Logan
The River of Romance Captain Blackie
The Dummy Joe Cooper
Goin' to Town Buck Gonzales


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 1939 Boy Slaves
Drift Boss (uncredited)
 1938 Lawless Valley
Tom Marsh (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
 1938 Billy the Kid Returns
Matson (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
 1938 Painted Desert
Hugh Fawcett (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
 1938 Blockade
Pietro (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
 1938 Gangs of New York
 1938 Forbidden Valley
Matt Rogan
 1938 The Buccaneer
Gramby (as Fred Hohler Sr.)
 1937 Daughter of Shanghai
Captain Gulner
 1936 Arizona Mahoney
Gil Blair
 1936 The Accusing Finger
 1936 The Plainsman
Jake - A Teamster (as Fred Kohler Sr. in End Credit)
 1936 The Vigilantes Are Coming
General Jason Burr
 1936 The Texas Rangers
Jess Higgins (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
 1936 For the Service
Bruce Howard
 1936 Heart of the West
 1936 It's Up to You
 1936 Dangerous Intrigue
 1935 Frisco Kid
Shanghai Duck
 1935 Stormy
Deem Dorn
 1935 Trails End
Wild Bill Holman
 1935 Lightning Triggers
Bull Thompson
 1935 Men of Action
 1935 Hard Rock Harrigan
Black Jack Riley
 1935 Border Brigands
Captain Conyda
 1935 Goin' to Town
Buck Gonzales
 1935 Mississippi
Captain Blackie (as Captain Blackie Jr.)
 1935 Wilderness Mail
Lobo McBain - aka Landau
 1935 Times Square Lady
'Dutch' Meyers
 1935 Horses' Collars (Short)
Double Deal Decker
 1934 West of the Pecos
 1934 The Man from Hell
Mayor Anse McCloud
 1934 Little Man, What Now?
Karl Goebbler
 1934 Half a Sinner
 1934 Honor of the Range
 1934 The Last Round-Up
Sam Gulden
 1933 Queen Christina
Member of the Court at Abdication (uncredited)
 1933 The Wolf Dog
Joe Stevens
 1933 Ship of Wanted Men
Chuck Young
 1933 Deluge
 1933 The Fiddlin' Buckaroo
Wolf Morgan
 1933 Under the Tonto Rim
 1933 The Constant Woman
Speakeasy Bouncer
 1932 Wild Horse Mesa
 1932 Call Her Savage
Silas Jennings
 1932 The Fourth Horseman
Honest Ben Jones
 1932 The Texas Bad Man
Gore Hampton
 1932 The Rider of Death Valley
Lew Grant
 1932 Carnival Boat
Hack Logan
 1931 X Marks the Spot
Edward P. Riggs
 1931 Corsair
Big John
 1931 Woman Hungry
 1931 The Right of Way
Joseph Portugais
 1931 Fighting Caravans
Lee Murdock
 1931 Other Men's Women
 1930 Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 5 (Short)
Fred Kohler
 1930 The Lash
Peter Harkness
 1930 A Soldier's Plaything
 1930 The Light of Western Stars
H.W. Stack
 1930 Under a Texas Moon
Bad Man
 1930 Roadhouse Nights
Sam Horner
 1929 Hell's Heroes
Wild Bill Kearney
 1929 Say It with Songs
Fred, Joe's Cellmate
 1929 Broadway Babies
Perc Gessant
 1929 The River of Romance
Captain Blackie
 1929 Thunderbolt
'Bad Al' Frieberg
 1929 Stairs of Sand
Boss Stone
 1929 The Quitter
Duffy Thompson
 1929 Tide of Empire
 1929 The Dummy
Joe Cooper
 1929 The Leatherneck
 1929 The Case of Lena Smith
 1928 The Spieler
Red Moon
 1928 Sal of Singapore
Captain Sunday
 1928 Forgotten Faces
Spider (Convict Number 1309)
 1928 The Vanishing Pioneer
Sheriff Murdock
 1928 The Dragnet
'Gabby' Steve
 1928 Chinatown Charlie
 1928 The Showdown
 1927 The Gay Defender
Jake Hamby
 1927 The City Gone Wild
Gunner Gallagher
 1927 Open Range
Sam Hardman
 1927 Shootin' Irons
Dick Hardman
 1927 The Rough Riders
Sergeant Stanton
 1927 The Loves of Carmen
Gypsy Chief
 1927 Underworld
'Buck' Mulligan
 1927 The Blood Ship
First Mate Fitz
 1927 The Way of All Flesh
The Tough
 1927 The Devil's Masterpiece
Reckless Jim Regan
 1926 Old Ironsides
Second Mate (uncredited)
 1926 The Country Beyond
Joe Leseur
 1926 The Ice Flood
'Cougar' Kid
 1926 Danger Quest
Otto Shugars
 1925 The Prairie Pirate
Aguilar - the Bandit
 1925 Winds of Chance
Joe McCaskey
 1925 Riders of the Purple Sage
Henchman Tom Metzger (uncredited)
 1925 The Thundering Herd
 1925 Dick Turpin
Ring Announcer (uncredited)
 1924 The Burglar (Short)
The Burglar
 1924 The Iron Horse
 1924 Fighting Fury
'Two-finger' Larkin
 1924 The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln
Slave Auctioneer
 1923 The Red Warning
Tom Jeffries
 1923 Anna Christie
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1923 North of Hudson Bay
Armand LeMoir
 1923 Hell's Hole
 1923 Shadows of the North
Ray Brent
 1923 The Eleventh Hour
Barbara's Uncle
 1923 Thru the Flames
'Red' Burke
 1923 The Flame of Life
 1923 Three Who Paid
Jim Quade
 1922 Without Compromise
Cass Blake
 1922 Perils of the Yukon
Capt. Whipple
 1922 Trimmed
Young Bill Young
 1922 The Son of the Wolf
Malemute Kid
 1922 His Back Against the Wall
Arizona Pete
 1922 Yellow Men and Gold
 1922 The Milky Way
 1922 The Scrapper
 1921 A Daughter of the Law
George Stacey
 1921/II The Stampede
Steve Norton
 1921 Conflict
Jevons' foreman (uncredited)
 1921 Thunder Island
Barney the Mate
 1921 Partners of the Tide
First Mate
 1921 Cyclone Bliss
Jack Hall
 1920 A Thousand to One
 1920 The Kentucky Colonel
Jim Britsides
 1920 The Honor of the Range (Short)
The Villain
 1920 The Lone Ranger (Short)
Black Akin
 1920 The Great Round-Up (Short)
 1920 Red Hot Trail (Short)
 1919 Behind the Door
Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1919 Soldiers of Fortune
 1919 The Tiger's Trail
'Bull' Shotwell (as Frederick L. Kohler)
 1916 Joan the Woman
L'Oiseleur's henchman (uncredited)
 1915 A Woman of Nerve (Short)
Three-Fingered Michael 'Mike' Brennan (as John Kohler)
 1913 Baby's New Pin (Short) (as Jack Kohler)
 1912 His First Skate (Short)
Jack Cole (as Jack Kohler)
 1911 The Code of Honor (Short)
Show Show Self (2 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", Willis Wood Theatre, Kansas City, MO.

Publicity Listings:

3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Captain Blackie Jr. | Fred Kohler Sr. in End Credit | Fred Hohler Sr. | Fred Kohler Sr. | Frederick L. Kohler | Jack Kohler | John Kohler


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Although he forged a successful Hollywood career playing brutal thugs, in person Kohler was known as a passive, mild-mannered gent. He took a stab at directing in the 1920s but gave it up because he couldn't bear telling people what to do. Having suffered countless violent deaths in his films, Kohler's real passing came peacefully, in his sleep, from apparent heart failure. See more »

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