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Joel McCrea Height, Weight, Age, Death, Family, Biography

Joel McCrea Quick Info
Height 6 ft 2½ in
Weight 82 kg
Date of Birth November 5, 1905
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Date of Death October 20, 1990

Joel McCrea was an American actor and producer best known for his work in Western films. His career spanned almost 5 decades and his film credits include The More the Merrier, Reaching for the Sun, The Most Dangerous Game, Wichita, These Three, Bed of RosesSullivan’s Travels, Bird of Paradise, Foreign CorrespondentThe Palm Beach Story, Barbary Coast, Dead End, Banjo on My Knee, The Great Man’s Lady, Come and Get ItRide the High CountryThe Gunfight at Dodge CityThe Tall StrangerThe Richest Girl in the WorldInternes Can’t Take MoneyThey Shall Have Music, Chance at Heaven, and Three Blind Mice. Joel McCrea was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Blvd. for his contribution to the motion picture industry and another star at 6241 Hollywood Blvd. for his contribution to radio.

Born Name

Joel Albert McCrea

Nick Name


Joel McCrea as seen in a publicity photo for the western film 'Four Faces West' (1948)
Joel McCrea as seen in a publicity photo for the western film ‘Four Faces West’ (1948) (United Artists Studio Photographer / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on November 5, 1905.


On October 20, 1990, Joel McCrea died of pneumonia at the age of 84 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Sun Sign


Born Place

South Pasadena, California, United States


He resided in California, United States.





Joel McCrea studied at Hollywood High School and then graduated from Pomona College (class of 1928).


Actor, Producer


  • Father – Thomas McCrea (An executive with the L.A. Gas & Electric Company)
  • Mother – Louise “Lou” Whipple
  • Others – Francis “Frank” Marion Dee (Father-In-Law), Frances Marion Dee (Mother-In-Law), Wyatt McCrea (Grandosn) (Producer, Actor)



Joel McCrea and Fay Wray in a screenshot from 'The Most Dangerous Game' (1932)
Joel McCrea and Fay Wray in a screenshot from ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ (1932) (Before My Ken / English Wikipedia / Public Domain)


6 ft 2½ in or 189 cm


82 kg or 180.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Joel McCrea had dated –

  1. Margaret Early
  2. Jean Harlow – Joel McCrea once dated actor Jean Harlow.
  3. Marion Davies – He was romantically involved with actor, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist Marion Davies.
  4. Dolores del Rio – He hooked up with Mexican actor Dolores del Rio and they also worked together in the 1932 pre-Code romantic adventure drama film Bird of Paradise.
  5. Constance Bennett (1929-1930) – Joel started going out with actor, stage artist, radio personality, and producer Constance Bennett in the year 1929. The duo parted ways the following year.
  6. Katharine Hepburn (1932) – He had an affair with actor Katharine Hepburn in 1932.
  7. Frances Dee (1933-1990) – Joel McCrea met actor Frances Dee while filming the 1933 pre-Code film The Silver Cord and they got married in Rye, New York on October 20, 1933. The duo was blessed with 3 sons named Jody McCrea (September 6, 1934 – April 4, 2009), Peter McCrea, and David McCrea. Joel and Frances remained together until his death in 1990.
  8. Claudette Colbert (1943) – He was linked with actor Claudette Colbert in 1943.

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color


Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Deep-set eyes

Joel McCrea as seen with Veronica Lake in a screenshot from Preston Sturges' 'Sullivan's Travels' (1941)
Joel McCrea as seen with Veronica Lake in a screenshot from Preston Sturges’ ‘Sullivan’s Travels’ (1941) (Trailer Screenshot / ‘Sullivan’s Travels’ Trailer / Public Domain)

Joel McCrea Favorite Things

  • One Of His Personal Favorite Films – Stars in My Crown (1950)


Joel McCrea Facts

  1. Ever since his younger years, he developed a love and understanding of horses and was later considered one of the best riders in Western films.
  2. When he was in high school, Joel McCrea used to work as a stunt double and held horses for Hollywood cowboy stars like William S. Hart and Tom Mix.
  3. Along with Jean Arthur and Charles Coburn, Joel McCrea co-starred as Joe Carter in the 1943 comedy film The More the Merrier. It received 6 nominations at the 16th Academy Awards.
  4. He supported Thomas Dewey in the 1944 United States presidential election, Barry Goldwater in the 1964 United States presidential election, and Ronald Reagan in the 1966 California gubernatorial election.
  5. Joel McCrea received a career achievement award from the L.A. Film Critics Association in 1968.
  6. He was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1969.

Featured Image by United Artists Studio Photographer / eBay / Public Domain

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