Joel Crothers

Biography: In one of his Broadway "Playbill" listings, Joel Crothers' start as an actor was explained: "Joel's introduction to television came about as a practical joke. His father was supervising the program ‘Lamp Unto My Feet,' and without his knowing, his son auditioned under an assumed name and won a part."

"Variety" called "Lamp Unto My Feet," a "perennial showcase for experimental drama, often with remarkable results." The show featured stories with religious overtones, and ran on CBS, weekly, for 30 years. In 1953, 12-year-old Joel made his Broadway debut as Teddie in "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," starring Burgess ("Batman"'s Penguin) Meredith as his father. In the late 1950s and early ‘60s, Joel appeared in a number of TV series, including: "Goodyear Theatre," "Studio One," "Kraft Theatre," "Armstrong Circle Theatre," "Have Gun Will Travel," "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," and "The Defenders." Joel graduated Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard
In one of his Broadway "Playbill" listings, Joel Crothers' start as an actor was explained: "Joel's introduction to television came about as a practical joke. His father was supervising the program ‘Lamp Unto My Feet,' and without his knowing, his son auditioned under an assumed name and won a part."

"Variety" called "Lamp Unto My Feet," a "perennial showcase for experimental drama, often with remarkable results." The show featured stories with religious overtones, and ran on CBS, weekly, for 30 years.

In 1953, 12-year-old Joel made his Broadway debut as Teddie in "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," starring Burgess ("Batman"'s Penguin) Meredith as his father.

In the late 1950s and early ‘60s, Joel appeared in a number of TV series, including: "Goodyear Theatre," "Studio One," "Kraft Theatre," "Armstrong Circle Theatre," "Have Gun Will Travel," "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," and "The Defenders."

Joel graduated Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard in 1962.

Gathering great reviews, the handsome young actor toured as newlywed Paul Bratter in "Barefoot in the Park" in late 1965. Critic Sid Benjamin of "The Scranton Times" said Crothers "has learned his acting lessons well. He handles a big portion of the laugh lines with expert timing, in a long and demanding assignment." "The Dallas Sun-Times" critic wrote, "Joel Crothers is everything a young leading man should be." Crothers assumed the leading role on Broadway in August 1966. His leading lady was a very young Joan Van Ark, who years later would find soapy success as Valene Ewing in "Knotts Landing" from 1979 to '92.

For a while, Joel was pulling double duty: Earlier in 1966 he had joined the cast of the TV soap opera "Dark Shadows" as fisherman Joe Haskell. He remained on "Dark Shadows" until 1969, when he moved to "The Secret Storm," another soap opera, where he played Ken Stevens until 1971. From 1972 to 1976, he was Julian Cannell on "Somerset."

In the late 1970s, Joel Crothers' clean-cut look changed a bit—he grew a moustache and let his hair get longer and curly (or maybe he had a perm). His resemblance to another hunky TV star, Tom Selleck, was noticed by "Daily News" columnist Liz Smith. In her January 30, 1981, column, she ran side-by-side photos of Crothers and Selleck, noting that they looked so much alike they could be brothers. "I suggest somebody rustle up a story about two brothers, or two guys who look too much alike, as a feature movie for (them)," she wrote. The actors never appeared together.

From 1977 to 1984, he played Dr. Miles Cavanaugh on "The Edge of Night." His final soap role was on "Santa Barbara" in 1985.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Santa Barbara: Season 1 Jul 30, 1984 Jack Lee / Jerry Cooper tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 12 Jan 28, 1971 Joe Haskell; Nathan Forbes (1966-1969) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 11 Sep 25, 1970 Joe Haskell; Nathan Forbes (1966-1969) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 10 Jul 20, 1970 Joe Haskell; Nathan Forbes (1966-1969) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 9 Mar 30, 1970 Joe Haskell; Nathan Forbes (1966-1969) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 8 Nov 14, 1969 Joe Haskell; Nathan Forbes (1966-1969) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 7 Mar 3, 1969 Joe Haskell; Nathan Forbes (1966-1969) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 6 Apr 1, 1968 Nathan Forbes tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 5 Nov 20, 1967 Nathan Forbes / Joe Haskell; Nathan Forbes (1966-1969) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 4 Jul 17, 1967 Joe Haskell tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 3 Mar 21, 1967 Joe Haskell / Joe Haskell; Nathan Forbes (1966-1969) tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 2 Dec 20, 1966 Joe Haskell tbd
tbd Dark Shadows: Season 1 Jun 27, 1966 Joe Haskell tbd
tbd The Secret Storm: Season 1 Feb 1, 1954 Ken Stevens #2 (1969-1969-1971) tbd