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John the Baptist (Character)
from The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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The Greatest Story Ever Told -- Director George Stevens disavowed gimmicks and, in his epic retelling of the Four Gospels of the New Testament, set this dramatization in a panoramic framework of splendidly evocative backgrounds, including the astonishing buttes of Utah. Jesus is portrayed by Max von Sydow in a difficult and highly praised performance. A huge all-star cast (including Charlton Heston as John the Baptist) animate the vast landscape of the film. Based on The Bible, Fulton Oursler's "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and radio scripts by Henry Denker. Carl Sandburg was a creative associate.

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John the Baptist (Hebrew: , Yoanan ha-mmabil, Arabic: Yuhanna Al-Ma'madan... See more »
Alternate Names:
El Bautista / Giovanni Battista / Giovanni il Battista / Hazreti Yahya 'John the Baptist' / Iokanaan / Jean Le Baptiste / Jean-Baptiste / Jochanaan / Johanan / John The Baptist / John the baptist / Jokaanan / Jokanaan / Joo Batista / Juan 12 aos / Juan 8 aos / Juan Bautista / Le prophte dans le dsert / Profeta / Saint John The Baptist / Saint John the Baptist / San Juan / San Juan Bautista / The Babtist / The Baptist / Yohanan the Baptist / Yokanaan / Young John the Baptist


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  1. 40 Nights (2016) Played by Terry Jernigan / Nicolas Dana (as Young John the Baptist)
  2. Figli di Maam (2014) Played by Luca Lionello (as Saint John The Baptist)
  3. The New Testament (2013) Played by Beatriz Simonsohn

  4. Gospel Adventures (2016) Played by Evan T Hall
  5. Killing Jesus (2015) (TV) Played by Abhin Galeya
  6. "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery."
        - John the Baptist (2015) TV episode, Played by Francesco Scianna
  7. The Gospel of Luke (2015) Played by Goutou Hicham
  8. The Gospel of Mark (2015) Played by Hicham Gouton
  9. I Am Jesus (2014) Played by Paul Buckland
  10. Don Peyote (2014) Played by Joe Coleman
    ... aka "Aardvark" - USA (cable TV title)
  11. The Jesus Mysteries (2014) (TV) Played by Curran McKay
  12. Son of God (2014) Played by Daniel Percival
  13. The Gospel of Matthew (2014) Played by Hicham Gouton / Goutou Hicham
  14. Salomé (2013) Played by Kevin Anderson
  15. "The Bible"
        - Hope (2013) TV episode, Played by Daniel Percival
  16. "The S&M Experience"
        - Djesus Uncrossed (2013) TV episode, Played by Aaron Austin
  17. Salome (2013) Played by Eitan Pitigilinani
  18. YtF (2012) Played by Brady Goodwin
  19. "Mr. Deity"
        - Mr. Deity and the Latter-Days (2012) TV episode, Played by Tom Vilot
        - Mr. Deity and the Baptist (2010) TV episode, Played by Tom Vilot
  20. Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption (2012) Played by Melissa Caulfield
  21. 12+1, una comedia metafísica (2012) Played by Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa (as El Bautista)
  22. Mary of Nazareth (2012) (TV) Played by Marco Foschi
    ... aka "Maria di Nazaret" - Germany (original title)
  23. Salome (2012) Played by Greer Grimsley (as Jokanaan)
  24. Wilde Salomé (2011) Played by Kevin Anderson / Mousa Kraish
  25. Jesus, the Total Douchebag (2011) Played by Jimmy Dylan
  26. The Awakening (2010/V) Played by Kai Cofer (as John The Baptist)
  27. "Big Lake"
        - Josh Comes Home (2010) TV episode, Played by Scott Adsit
  28. Dead Meadow Three Kings (2010) Played by Dave Koenig (as John The Baptist)
  29. Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Presents: Salome (2010) (TV) Played by Mark Schnaible (as Jochanaan)
  30. Salomé (2010) Played by Felipe Cataldo (as Iokanaan)
  31. Project Purgatory (2010) Played by Saladin Florence (as John The Baptist)

  32. Salome (2009) Played by Ryan Tiderington (as Jokanaan)
  33. "The Steve and Kathy Show"
        - Daytime TV (2009) TV episode, Played by Bill Behrendt
  34. The Gospel of Mark for Little Children (2009) Played by Neil Fowler
    ... aka "The Gospel of Mark for Little Children by the Third Grade of the Jesus Loves You School" - USA (alternative title)
  35. I Am Jesus Christ (2008) Played by Brian Grey (as John The Baptist)
  36. Alexia Anastasio's Salomé (2008) (V) Played by Veronica Heffron (as Iokanaan)
  37. "The Metropolitan Opera HD Live"
    ... aka "Great Performances at the Met" - USA (alternative title)
        - Richard Strauss: Salome (2008) TV episode, Played by Juha Uusitalo (as Jochanaan)
  38. Salome (2008) (TV) Played by Michael Volle (as Jokanaan)
  39. Chaotic Ana (2007) Played by Angel Facio (as San Juan)
    ... aka "Caótica Ana" - Spain (original title)
  40. Opiated: Life Beneath the Eyelids (2007) Played by Anthony Mair
  41. Passion Play (2007) Played by Adam Boyer (as John The Baptist)
  42. Chiamami Salomè (2006) Played by Elio Germano (as Profeta)
    ... aka "Call Me Salome" - USA (DVD title)
  43. "Saved"
        - A Day in the Life (2006) TV episode, Played by Christopher Heyerdahl
  44. Mars Needs Bibles (2006) Played by Carlos Pina (as El Bautista)
  45. Secret History of Religion: Doomsday - Book of Revelation (2006) (TV) Played by Mark Kulka
  46. "Unlocking Ancient Secrets of the Bible" (2006) TV series Played by Slim Khezri (as John The Baptist)
  47. "The Saints Speak" (2005) TV series Played by John Farrell (as Saint John the Baptist)
  48. Haven (2004/I) Played by Ky-Mani Marley
  49. Messiah (2004) (V) Played by Raymond Schmoll
  50. Judas (2004) (TV) Played by Aidan McArdle (as John The Baptist)
  51. The Copper Scroll of Mary Magdalene (2004) Played by Jean Fadal
  52. Mary, Mother of the Son of God (2003) Played by Paulo Vespúcio (as Joo Batista)
    ... aka "Maria, Mãe do Filho de Deus" - Brazil (original title)
  53. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003) Played by Scott Handy
    ... aka "The Gospel of John" - USA (short title)
  54. Salomé (2002) Played by Javier Toca (as San Juan)
  55. Salome (2001) Played by Sherri Dietrich (as The Baptist)
  56. "Get Real TV" (2001) TV series Played by Isaac Stambaugh
  57. The Cross (2001) Played by George Ghali
  58. "Xena: Warrior Princess"
        - Motherhood (2000) TV episode, Played by Jon Brazier
  59. Mary Magdalene (2000) (TV) Played by Benjamin Sadler (as Giovanni il Battista)
    ... aka "Gli amici di Gesù - Maria Maddalena" - Italy (original title)
    ... aka "Close to Jesus" - USA (video box title)
    ... aka "The Friends of Jesus: Mary Magdalene" - USA
  60. The Miracle Maker (2000) Played by Richard E. Grant
  61. Secondo Giovanni (2000) Played by Enrico Casagrande (as Giovanni Battista)
  62. The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd (2000) Played by Jongiorgi Enos (as John The Baptist)
    ... aka "The Testaments" - USA (short title)
  63. The Apocalypse (2000) (TV) Played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (as Johanan)
    ... aka "San Giovanni - L'apocalisse" - Italy (original title)

  64. Jesus (1999) (TV) Played by David O'Hara (as John The Baptist)
  65. Messiah (1999) Played by Nick Savalas (as Le prophte dans le dsert)
  66. Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999) (TV) Played by Christopher Routh
  67. "Independent Lens"
        - Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small Town Gang (1999) TV episode, Played by Simon Jones (as John the baptist)
  68. Jésus (1999) (TV) Played by François Négret (as Jean-Baptiste)
  69. Extraordinary Visitor (1998) Played by Raoul Bhaneja
  70. The Grace of God (1998) Played by Lawrence King (as Jean-Baptiste)
  71. Salomé (1997) (TV) Played by Bryn Terfel (as Jokanaan)
  72. Kristo (1996) Played by Gabby Concepcion
  73. The Revolutionary (1995) (V) Played by David Tysall
    ... aka "The Life of Jesus: The Revolutionary" - USA (video box title)
  74. Marie de Nazareth (1995) Played by Thierry Maillot (as Jean Le Baptiste)
    ... aka "Mary of Nazareth" - USA (informal literal English title)
  75. The Gospel According to Matthew (1993) Played by Marcel van Heerden
    ... aka "The Visual Bible: Matthew" - South Africa (original title)
    ... aka "Jesus the Christ" - USA (video title)
  76. Salome (1992) (TV) Played by Michael Devlin
  77. John the Baptist (1990) (V) Played by Gregory Snegoff
    ... aka "Animated Stories from the New Testament: John the Baptist" - USA (series title)

  78. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Played by Andre Gregory (as John The Baptist)
  79. Salome's Last Dance (1988) Played by Douglas Hodge
  80. Jézus az ember fia (1986) (TV) Played by János Kiss (as The Babtist)
  81. The Holy City (1986) (TV) Played by Alan Tall
  82. Salome (1986) Played by Fabrizio Bentivoglio (as Yokanaan)
  83. "The Flying House"
    ... aka "Time kyôshitsu: Tondera house no daibôken" - Japan (original title)
    ... aka "Time Classroom: Adventures of the Flying House" - Japan (English title) (literal title)
        - Voice in the Wilderness (1982) TV episode, Played by Hal Studer
  84. "SuperBook"
    ... aka "Anime oyako gekijô" - Japan (original title)
    ... aka "Personal Computer Travel Detectives" - Japan (English title) (literal English title)
    ... aka "Superbook" - USA
        - Miracles of Love: The Life and Ministry of Jesus (1982) TV episode, Played by George Gonneau
  85. "Angels"
        - Episode #6.11 (1980) TV episode, Played by Frank Singuineau
  86. La vida de nuestro señor Jesucristo (1980) Played by Narciso Busquets
    ... aka "The Life of Jesus Christ" - USA (video title)
    ... aka "The Nativity: The Life of Jesus Christ" - USA (DVD title)

  87. The Jesus Film (1979) Played by Eli Cohen
    ... aka "Jesus" - USA (original title)
    ... aka "The Jesus Movie" - USA (video title)
    ... aka "Word-for-Word, the Bible on Video: Gospel of Luke" - USA (video box title)
  88. In Search of Historic Jesus (1979) Played by Michael Ruud
  89. Scott Joplin (1977) (TV) Played by Otis Day (as John The Baptist)
  90. "Jesus of Nazareth"
        - Part 2 (1977) TV episode, Played by Michael York
        - Part 1 (1977) TV episode, Played by Michael York
  91. "Lletres catalanes"
        - Salomé (1977) TV episode, Played by Enric Majó (as Iokanaan)
  92. The Passover Plot (1976) Played by Harry Andrews (as Yohanan the Baptist)
  93. Il messia (1975) Played by Carlos de Carvalho
  94. Salome (1975) (TV) Played by Bernd Weikl (as Jokanaan)
  95. La vérité sur l'imaginaire passion d'un inconnu (1974) Played by Ferruccio Malandrini (as Jean-Baptiste)
  96. Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus (1973) Played by Larry Lee
    ... aka "Gospel Road" - USA (short title)
  97. Salomé (1973) (TV) Played by Jean-Paul Zehnacker (as Jean-Baptiste)
  98. Salomè (1972) Played by Giovanni Davoli (as Iokanaan)
  99. Jesús, María y José (1972) Played by Guillermo Vázquez (as Juan 8 aos) / Mario Trujillo B. (as Juan 12 aos)
    ... aka "Jesus, Mary and Joseph" - International (English title) (informal title)
  100. "Au théâtre ce soir"
        - Herminie (1971) TV episode, Played by Michel Modo (as Jean-Baptiste)
  101. Salome (1971) (TV) Played by Thomas von Keyserling (as Jochanaan)
  102. Jesús, nuestro Señor (1971) Played by Narciso Busquets (as Juan Bautista)
  103. A Vida de Jesus Cristo (1971) Played by Jan Koudela
  104. The Thorn (1971) Played by John Greenberg
    ... aka "The Divine Mr. J" - USA (reissue title)

  105. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Played by Charlton Heston
    ... aka "George Stevens Presents The Greatest Story Ever Told" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
  106. Yahya Peygamber (1965) Played by Yusuf Sezgin (as Hazreti Yahya 'John the Baptist')
  107. Hak yolunda Hazreti Yahya (1965) Played by Tanju Gürsu (as Hazreti Yahya 'John the Baptist')
  108. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) Played by Mario Socrate
    ... aka "Il vangelo secondo Matteo" - Italy (original title)
  109. King of Kings (1961) Played by Robert Ryan (as John The Baptist)
    ... aka "Samuel Bronston's Production King of Kings" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)

  110. The Big Fisherman (1959) Played by Jay Barney
  111. La redenzione (1958) Played by Livio Lorenzon (as Giovanni Battista)
  112. "Grande Teatro Tupi"
        - Salomé (1956) TV episode, Played by Jorge Fischer Júnior (as Joo Batista)
  113. "Jesus of Nazareth"
        - Episode #1.2 (1956) TV episode, Played by Peter Wyngarde
  114. "Omnibus"
        - Salome (1955) TV episode, Played by Martin Landau (as Jokanaan)
  115. Day of Triumph (1954) Played by John Stephenson
  116. Salome (1953) Played by Alan Badel
    ... aka "Salome: The Dance of the Seven Veils" - USA (alternative title)
  117. "The Living Bible" Played by Frederic Berest (as John The Baptist)
        - Ministry of John the Baptist (????) TV episode, Played by Frederic Berest
        - The Birth of John the Baptist (????) TV episode, Played by Frederic Berest
        - First Disciples (????) TV episode, Played by Frederic Berest
        - Woman at the Well (????) TV episode, Played by Frederic Berest
  118. "The Living Christ Series" Played by Lawrence Dobkin
    ... aka "Greatest Bible Stories" - USA (cable TV title)
    ... aka "The Life of Christ" - USA (DVD title)
    ... aka "The Story of Jesus" - USA (video title)
        - Challenge of Faith (????) TV episode, Played by Lawrence Dobkin (as John The Baptist)
        - Men of the Wilderness (????) TV episode, Played by Lawrence Dobkin (as John The Baptist)
        - Boyhood and Baptism (????) TV episode, Played by Lawrence Dobkin (as John The Baptist)
        - Fate of John the Baptist (????) TV episode, Played by Lawrence Dobkin (as John The Baptist)

  119. The Pilgrimage Play (1949) Played by John Parrish
  120. María Magdalena, pecadora de Magdala (1946) Played by Rafael Banquells (as San Juan)
    ... aka "Jesucristo y María Magdalena" - USA (video box title)
    ... aka "Mary Magdalene, Sinner of Magdala" - International (English title) (literal English title)
  121. George White's Scandals (1945) Played by Edward O'Neil
    ... aka "George White's Scandals of 1945" - USA (poster title)
  122. Jesus of Nazareth (1942) Played by Miguel Manzano (as San Juan Bautista)
    ... aka "Jesús de Nazareth" - Mexico (original title)

  123. Le berceau de dieu (1926) Played by Eric Barclay (as Jean-Baptiste)
  124. Salomé (1922) Played by Nigel De Brulier (as Jokaanan)

  125. Salome (1918) Played by Alan Roscoe
  126. From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (1912) Played by James D. Ainsley
    ... aka "Jesus of Nazareth" - USA (recut version)
  127. Herodias (1910) Played by Jean-Marie de l'Isle (as Jean-Baptiste)
    ... aka "Hérodiade" - France (original title)
Archive Footage:
  1. "The Naked Archaeologist"
        - John the Baptist (2005) TV episode, Played by Robert Ryan
  2. Before Stonewall (1984) Played by Nigel De Brulier (as Jokaanan)

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From "Xena: Warrior Princess: Motherhood (#5.22)" (2000)
Eve: [as the baptist stares at her] What are you looking at?
John the Baptist: Suffering. Horrible suffering!
Eve: [the baptist holds out his hand and Eve moves to him. He puts his hand on her shoulder and moves her to the ocean. They both kneel] I should die for my deeds!
John the Baptist: You're right.
John the Baptist: You must die to the things of the flesh...
[he puts water on her head]
John the Baptist: ... and be reborn to the way of love.
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