John Alexander (actor)
November 29, 1897|
Newport, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||July 13, 1982
New York City, New York, U.S.
John Alexander (November 29, 1897 – July 13, 1982) was an American stage and film actor.
He was born on November 29, 1897 in Newport, Kentucky. His father owned steamboats and his mother was a telegraph operator.
He had career spanning more than 55 years on Broadway with his first role as the title character in Elmer Brown, the Only Boy in Town in 1908/1909.
Perhaps his most memorable performance was as Teddy Brewster, a lunatic who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt, in the 1944 classic film Arsenic and Old Lace opposite Cary Grant. He had previously portrayed that role in the 1941 Broadway play of the same name on which the film was based. He went on to play the "real" Roosevelt in the 1950 Bob Hope comedy Fancy Pants.
Among his other notable film roles, Alexander played Steve Edwards in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in 1945, Mr. McComber in Summer Holiday in 1948, Jack Riker in Winchester '73 in 1950 and Howard Shipley in The Marrying Kind in 1952.
Alexander's last performance was as Mayor Crane in the Broadway comedy Never Too Late, a role he had played since 1962.
John Alexander died on July 13, 1982 in New York City.
- Baby Take a Bow (1934) (uncredited)
- Flowing Gold (1940)
- Mr. Skeffington (1944)
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
- The Doughgirls (1944)
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
- The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
- Junior Miss (1945)
- The Jolson Story (1946)
- It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog (1946)
- New Orleans (1947)
- Living in a Big Way (1947)
- Cass Timberlane (1947)
- Where There's Life (1947)
- Summer Holiday (1948)
- Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
- Fancy Pants (1950)
- Winchester '73 (1950)
- The Sleeping City (1950)
- The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)
- The Marrying Kind (1952)
- The Man in the Net (1959)
- One Foot in Hell (1960)