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John Litel (1892–1972)


John Litel's tough, no-nonsense demeanor on screen was not entirely due to his skill as an actor--when World War I broke out he enlisted in the French army, not wanting to wait until the US entered, and was twice decorated for bravery. Returning to the US after the war, he enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and toured with various ... See full bio »

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Known For

Jezebel
Jezebel Jean La Cour
(1938)
The Life of Emile Zola
(1937)
The Sons of Katie Elder
(1965)
My Hero
My Hero Mr. Willis Thackery / Willis Thackery / Mr. Thackery
(1952-1953)

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 1966 Nevada Smith
Doctor
 1965 The Sons of Katie Elder
Minister
 1963 The Gun Hawk
Drunk - Madden's father
 1961 Lover Come Back
Williams, Ad Council Board Member (uncredited)
 1961 Pocketful of Miracles
Police Inspector McCrary
 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford
 1958 Houseboat
Mr. William Farnsworth
 1957 Decision at Sundown
Charles Summerton
 1957 The Hired Gun
Mace Beldon
 1956 Runaway Daughters
George Barton
 1956 The Wild Dakotas
Morgan Wheeler
 1955 Texas Lady
Meade Moore
 1955 The Kentuckian
Pleasant Tuesday Babson
 1955 Double Jeopardy
Emmett Devery
 1954 Sitting Bull
Gen. Wilford Howell
 1953 Jack Slade
Judge Davidson
 1952 Montana Belle
Matt Towner
 1952 Scaramouche
Dr. Dubuque
 1952 Jet Job
Sam Bentley
 1951 Flight to Mars
Dr. Lane
 1951 Two Dollar Bettor
John Hewitt
 1951 Little Egypt
Shuster
 1951 Take Care of My Little Girl
John Erickson (uncredited)
 1951 The Texas Rangers
Maj. John B. Jones
 1951 The Groom Wore Spurs
Uncle George
 1951 Cuban Fireball
Pomeroy Sr.
 1950 The Fuller Brush Girl
Mr. Watkins
 1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Police Chief Sam Tolgate
 1950 Woman in Hiding
John Chandler
 1950 The Sundowners
John Gall
 1949 Mary Ryan, Detective
Police Captain Billings
 1949 The Gal Who Took the West
Colonel Logan
 1949 Outpost in Morocco
Col. Pascal
 1949 Shamrock Hill
Ralph Judson
 1948 Triple Threat
Coach Snyder
 1948 Pitfall
District Attorney
 1948 Key Largo
Dispatcher (uncredited)
 1948 I, Jane Doe
Horton
 1948 Smart Woman
Clark
 1947 Cass Timberlane
Webb Wargate
 1947 Christmas Eve
Joe Bland, FBI Agent
 1947 Heaven Only Knows
Reverend Wainwright
 1947 The Guilty
Alex Tremholt
 1947 The Beginning or the End
K.T. Keller
 1947 Easy Come, Easy Go
Tom Clancy
 1947 Lighthouse
Hank Armitage
 1946 Swell Guy
Arthur Tyler
 1946 Sister Kenny
Medical Director
 1946 She Wrote the Book
Dean Fowler
 1946 Night in Paradise
Archon
 1946 The Madonna's Secret
Police Lt. Roberts
 1946 Smooth as Silk
Stephen Elliott
 1945 San Antonio
Charlie Bell
 1945 The Enchanted Forest
Ed Henderson
 1945 Northwest Trail
Sergeant Means
 1945 The Daltons Ride Again
Mitchael J. 'Mike' Bohannon
 1945 The Crimson Canary
Roger Quinn
 1945 The Crime Doctor's Warning
Inspector Dawes
 1944 Lake Placid Serenade
Walter Benda
 1944 Faces in the Fog
Dr. Mason
 1944 Murder in the Blue Room
Frank Baldrich
 1944 My Buddy
Father Jim Donnelly
 1944 Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout
Mr. Sam Aldrich
 1943 Where Are Your Children?
Judge Edmonds
 1943 So Proudly We Hail!
Dr. Harrison
 1943 Crime Doctor
Emilio Caspari
 1943 Murder in Times Square
Dr. Blaine
 1942 Madame Spy
Peter Rolf
 1942 Invisible Agent
John Gardiner
 1942 Men of Texas
Colonel Colbert Scott
 1942 Mystery of Marie Roget
M. Henri Beauvais
 1942 Kid Glove Killer
Matty
 1942 Mississippi Gambler
Jim Hadley aka Francis Carvel
 1942 Don Winslow of the Navy
Spencer Merlin
 1942 Sealed Lips
Fred M. Morton / Mike Rofano
 1941 Thieves Fall Out
Tim Gordon
 1941 The Big Boss
Bob Dugan
 1941 The Great Mr. Nobody
John Wade
 1941 The Trial of Mary Dugan
Mr. West
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
Martin
 1940 Lady with Red Hair
Charles Bryant
 1940 Father Is a Prince
Dr. Mark Stone
 1940 Knute Rockne All American
Committee Chairman
 1940 They Drive by Night
Harry McNamara
 1940 The Man Who Talked Too Much
District Attorney Dickson
 1940 Gambling on the High Seas
U.S. District Attorney
 1940 Men Without Souls
Reverend Thomas Storm
 1940 Flight Angels
Dr. Barclay
 1940 An Angel from Texas
Quigley
 1940 It All Came True
Mr. Roberts
 1940 Virginia City
Marshall
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
Chaplain
 1940 The Fighting 69th
Capt. Mangan
 1939 A Child Is Born
Dr. Brett
 1939 The Return of Doctor X
Dr. Francis Flegg
 1939 One Hour to Live
Rudolph Spain
 1939 On Dress Parade
Col. Michael Riker
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
Prosecutor
 1939 Dodge City
Matt Cole
 1939 You Can't Get Away with Murder
Attorney Carey
 1939 Wings of the Navy
Commander Clark
 1938 Comet Over Broadway
Bill Appleton
 1938 Broadway Musketeers
Stanley 'Stan' Dowling
 1938 Valley of the Giants
Hendricks
 1938 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
Prosecuting Attorney
 1938 My Bill
John Rudlin
 1938 Over the Wall
Father Neil Connor
 1938 Love, Honor and Behave
Jim Blake
 1938 Jezebel
Jean La Cour
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Ralph Ferris
 1937 Missing Witnesses
Inspector Robedrt L. Lane
 1937 Alcatraz Island
Garrett Sloane aka 'Gat' Brady
 1937 The Life of Emile Zola
Charpentier
 1937 Slim
Wyatt Ranstead
 1937 Marked Woman
Gordon
 1937 Midnight Court
Victor Shanley
 1937 Black Legion
Tommy Smith
 1936 Fugitive in the Sky
Mike Phelan - aka Roger Johnson
 1932 Wayward
Robert 'Bob' Daniels
 1930 On the Border
Dave (as John B. Litel)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Gladys B. Unger's play, "Ladies of Creation," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Chrystal Herne in the cast. See more »

Alternate Names:

John B. Litel

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Trivia:

Retired in 1967 due to ill health. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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