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Rod Cameron began life as Nathan Roderick Cox and grew up in Calgary. When he was 12-years-old his father died and the family moved to New York. Following school, Cameron worked in a variety of construction jobs during the Depression before heading to California. Working on the construction of a tunnel outside of Palm Springs, friends encouraged Cameron to try the film business. He tested for several studios and was picked up by Paramount in 1939 as a contract player. He started in the movies as a stand-in for Fred McMurray but in 1943, he moved to Republic Pictures and found himself the lead in 2 15-chapter low-budget serials, Secret Service in Darkest Africa and G-Men vs. The Black Dragon, now considered classics of the genre. In 1945 he appeared alongside fellow Canadian Yvonne De Carlo in Salome: Where She Danced for Universal. The film was an unexpected hit and made De Carlo a star in Hollywood. Cameron worked with Donald Woods in Heritage of the Desert and Lois Maxwell in 1955’s Passport to Treason. Although he was in a number of horror, war, action and sci-fi movies, he mostly appeared in low- to medium-budget Westerns and action pictures, and at one point there was even a Rod Cameron comic book. In all he would appear in 100 films and 400 television shows. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame can be found at 1720 Vine Street.
The photo of Rod Cameron above and the poster for Passport to Treason were scanned from originals in The Northernstars Collection.
Features & TV Movies: VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release
Rangers of Fortune (1940) The Quarterback (1940) Christmas in July (1940) North West Mounted Police (1940) Pacific Blackout (1941) Nothing But the Truth (1941) No Hands on the Clock (1941) The Night of January 16th (1941) The Monster and The Girl (1941) Life with Henry (1941) Henry Aldrich for President (1941) Buy Me That Town (1941) Among The Living (1941) I Wanted Wings (1941) Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) The Remarkable Andrew (1942) The Fleet’s In (1942) True to the Army (1942) Priorities on Parade (1942) Wake Island (1942) The Forest Rangers (1942) Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943, 15 episode serial) Riding High (1943) The Kansan (1943) Honeymoon Lodge (1943) Gung Ho! (1943) The Good Fellows (1943) Commandos Strike at Dawn (1943) G-men vs The Black Dragon (1943, 15 episode serial) No Time for Love (1943) Trigger Trail (1944) Riders of the Sante Fe (1944) The Old Texas Trail (1944) Mrs. Parkington (1944) Boss of Boomtown (1944) Swing Out, Sister (1945) Salome, Where She Danced (1945) Frontier Girl (1945) Beyond the Pecos (1945) Renegades of the Rio Grande (1945) The Runaround (1946) Pirates of Monterey (1947) Strike it Rich (1948) River Lady (1948) Panhandle (1948) Belle Starr’s Daughter (1948) The Plunderers (1948) Stampede (1949) Brimstone (1949)
Stage to Tucson (1950) Short Grass (1950) Dakota Lil (1950) The Sea Hornet (1951) Cavalry Scout (1951) Oh, Suzanna! (1951) Women of the North Country (1952) Fort Osage (1952) Wagons West (1952) The Jungle (1952) San Antoine (1953) Ride the Man Down (1953) The Steel Lady (1953) Hell’s Outpost (1954) Southwest Passage (1954) Santa Fe Passage (1955) Passport to Treason (1955) Headline Hunters (1955) The Fighting Chance (1955) Double Jeopardy (1955) Yaqui Drums (1956) Spoilers of the Forest (1957) The Man Who Died Twice (1958) Escapement (1958)
The Gun Hawk (1963) Requiem for a Gunfighter (1965) The Bounty Killer (1965) Thunder at the Border (1966) The Black Dragon of Manzaner TV-1966) The Baron’s African War (TV-1966)
The Last Movie (1971) Evel Knievel (1971) Psychic Killer (1975) Jessi’s Girls (1975) Love and the Midnight Auto Supply (1978) others…
TV Series – Cast: City Detective (1953-1954) State Trooper (1957-1959) Coronado 9 (1959)