Although best known to movie fans as an icon of '50 sci-fi/horror, Carlson actually appeared in only four--The Magnetic Monster (1953), Riders to the Stars (1954), It Came from Outer Space (1953), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), all of which were made in only a two-year period, 1953-1954.
Father of two sons-Richard Henry and Christopher Hugh.
Father, Henry Carlson, was of Danish descent.
Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6333 Hollywood Blvd.
He was active in television becoming nationally famous for "I Led 3 Lives" (1953), which was about an FBI agent infiltrating Communist cells in the United States.
He was the youngest of 4 children, the others were: Margaret Mabel, Ruth Elenore, and Henry Clay.
High School Valedictorian-Washburn High School, Minneapolis. Minnesota class of 1929. Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta kapa M.A. English Literature-University of Minnesota. Wrote short-stories and human interest articles which were published in various magazines.
His early ambition was to be a playwright, but his first paying job was as an English Instructor at the University of Minnesota.
Mother, Mabel Du Toit, was of French descent.
Served in WWII. After the war, it was hard for him to find a job.