Joseph Cheshire Cotten (May 15, 1905 – February 6, 1994) was an American actor. He was known for his roles in Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Duel in the Sunand, Journey into Fear (1943), Love Letters (1945), Portrait of Jennie (1948) and The Third Man (1949).
Cotten was born in Petersburg, Virginia on May 15, 1905. He was married to Lenore Kipp from 1931 until her death in 1960. Then he was married to Patricia Medina from 1960 until his death in 1994. Cotten died on February 6, 1994 from pneumonia caused by throat cancer in Los Angeles, California, aged 88.