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John Alexander (I) (1897–1982)


Making his stage debut at age 16, John Alexander joined a Shakespearean repertory company and in 1917 appeared on Broadway in "The Merchant of Venice." Although he played many parts on both stage and in films, his best known role was that of the crazed Teddy Brewster--the son who thinks he's Theodore Roosevelt - in Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), a ... See full bio »

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Known For

Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace 'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
(1944)
Winchester '73
Winchester '73 Jack Riker
(1950)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Steve Edwards
(1945)
Mr. Skeffington
Mr. Skeffington Jim Conderley
(1944)

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 1960 One Foot in Hell
Sam Giller - Storekeeper
 1959 The Man in the Net
Mr. Carey, Brad's Father
 1958 The Mugger
Chief of Police
 1952 Untamed Frontier
Max Wickersham
 1952 The Marrying Kind
Howard Shipley
 1950 The Sleeping City
Police Insp. Gordon
 1948 Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Mr. Gilman
 1947 Where There's Life
Mr. Herbert Jones
 1947 Cass Timberlane
Dr. Roy Drover
 1947 Living in a Big Way
Attorney Ambridge
 1947 New Orleans
Colonel McArdle
 1946 The Jolson Story
Lew Dockstader
 1946 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog
Joe Parelli
 1945 Junior Miss
J. B. Curtis
 1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight
First Trumpeter / Doremus
 1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Steve Edwards
 1944 The Doughgirls
Warren Buckley
 1944 Mr. Skeffington
Jim Conderley
 1940 Calling All Husbands
Sheriff Ben Barnes
 1940 Flowing Gold
Sheriff
 1937 On Such a Night
District Attorney
 1936 Polo Joe
William the Waiter (uncredited)
 1935 Special Agent
Arcade Manager (uncredited)
 1935 The Arizonian
Billy (uncredited)
 1935 The Ghost Rider
Sheriff
 1934 Baby, Take a Bow
Ragpicker (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: All the Living. Drama. See more »

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Trivia:

Died at a board meeting of the Actors Fund of America in New York on 13-7-1982.

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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