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Harold Goodwin
Still of Goodwin from Suds (1920)
Born(1902-12-01)December 1, 1902
DiedJuly 12, 1987(1987-07-12) (aged 84)
Years active1915–1973

Harold Goodwin (December 1, 1902 – July 12, 1987) was an American actor who performed in over 225 films.


Born in Peoria, Illinois,[citation needed] Goodwin began his film career at age 12[1] in the 1915 film short Mike's Elopement.[citation needed]

Goodwin's first starring role came in Oliver Twist, Jr..[2] He also appeared as Jeff Brown in the 1927 Buster Keaton comedy College. He followed up with a role in another Keaton film The Cameraman in 1928, opposite Keaton and actress Marceline Day. Goodwin worked steadily through the silent film era and transitioned into the talkie era as a character actor, often as a "tough guy" because of his athletic stature.[3][unreliable source?] He was seen in the role of Detering in the 1930 Lewis Milestone-directed World War I drama All Quiet on the Western Front. His subsequent film roles were mostly small and uncredited.

In his later years Goodwin mainly acted in the Western film genre and often worked as a stuntman for film studios. In the 1960s, he made many guest appearances on the NBC television series Daniel Boone, starring Fess Parker and Ed Ames. Goodwin made his last film appearance in the low-budget horror film The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) before retiring from the film industry.

Goodwin died in Woodland Hills, California, in 1987.[citation needed]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "18-Year-Old Goodwin Comes From Ranks". The Winnipeg Tribune. Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba. March 26, 1921. p. 35. Retrieved March 25, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Among the Movie Stars". The Salina Evening Journal. Kansas, Salina. March 12, 1921. p. 16. Retrieved March 25, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ The New York Times Movies


  • John Holmstrom, The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 20.
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