Jeff Corey's career began in Shakespearean repertory in New York. In 1937 He played Rosencrantz in Leslie Howard's Hamlet. Subsequent N.Y. productions included Life and Death of an American, and Transit.
Corey came to Hollywood in 1940 and helped establish the Actors Lab, under whose aegis he performed in Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Declaration, Miss Julie, To The Living, Prometheus, and also produced Juno and the Paycock. He toured with Ann Sothern in God Bless Our Bank, and played Alfieri in the La Jolla production of A View From the Bridge. Mr. Corey also performed in a production of In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, at the Mark Taper Forum, and played Polonius in the Taper's production of Hamlet. In describing Mr. Corey's performance as King Lear at the North Shore Playhouse in Massachusetts, Pulitzer Prize winning critic William Henry III wrote, "In the part Charles Lamb called unplayable, he is magnificent."
Corey has appeared in over a hundred features, including Home of the Brave, The Devil and Daniel Webster, My Friend Flicka, Bright Leaf with Gary Cooper, Joan of Arc with Ingrid Bergman, The Killers, Brute Force, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Seconds, Mickey One, Getting Straight, The Cincinnati Kid, In Cold Blood, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Bird on a Wire, Color of Night, and Surviving the Game. He has also performed in True Grit and Wake of the Red Witch, with John Wayne, as well as delivering a memorable characterization of Wild Bill Hickock opposite Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man.
On television Jeff Corey was a regular on NBC's Helltown, and the CBS series Morning Star/Evening Star. He has made guest star appearances in Star Trek, Roseanne, Barney Miller, Knott's Landing, Baba, Gunsmoke, Archie Bunker's Place, Outer Limits, The A-Team, Rawhide, Night Gallery, Hawaii Five-0, Jake and the Fatman, Kojak, One Day at a Time, Babylon Five, and Lou Grant. In 1976 he played Andrew Jackson in the bicentennial Land of the Free.
As a director, Corey has amassed such credits as The Psychiatrist, Night Gallery, Sixth Sense, Alias Smith and Jones, Sons and Daughters, Meeting of the Minds for PBS, as well as Anna and the King, with Yul Brynner.
Mr. Corey's Professional Actors Workshop, attended for many years by Hollywood's most talented actors, directors, and screenwriters, has been described by Washington's The National Observer as, "A major influence in the motion picture industry." He was appointed Professor of Theater Arts at California State University in Northridge, and was artist in residence at Ball State, in Indiana, The University of Illinois in Bloomington, Chapman College's World Campus Afloat, the University of Texas in Austin, and the Graduate School of Creative Writing at N.Y.U. He has conducted seminars at Emory University in Atlanta, and for the Canadian Film Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jeff Corey was also awarded three citations for his work as a motion picture combat photographer in World War II. In October 1945 he received a citation from Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and Captain Edward Steichen with the following commendation, "His sequence of a Kamikaze attempt on the Carrier Yorktown, done in the face of grave danger, is one of the great picture sequences of the war in the Pacific, and reflects the highest credit upon Corey and the U.S. Navy Photographic Service."… Expand
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