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John Payne (I) (1912–1989)

Perhaps not so surprisingly, John Payne maintained that his favorite movie of all time was one of his own -- Miracle on 34th Street (1947) -- simply because it reflected his own strong and spiritual belief system. Today, of course, the film, which co-stars beautiful Maureen O'Hara, Oscar-winning Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle and little ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Restless Gun
The Restless Gun Vint Bonner / Britt Ponset / Gene Baroda / Jebediah Bonner
Miracle on 34th Street
Kansas City Confidential
The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge Gray Maturin


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 1975 Columbo (TV Series)
Ned Diamond
- Forgotten Lady (1975) ... Ned Diamond
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Clement Stark
- Requiem for Miss Madrid (1971) ... Clement Stark
 1970 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Amos Gentry
- Gentry's Law (1970) ... Amos Gentry
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Russ (FBI Agent)
- Fear of High Places (1968) ... Russ (FBI Agent)
 1968 They Ran for Their Lives
Bob Martin
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
James J. Fitts
- Borderline (1962) ... James J. Fitts
 1955-1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Father Gerringer / Jingles
- The Little Hours (1962) ... Father Gerringer
- Lash of Fear (1955) ... Jingles
 1960 O'Conner's Ocean (TV Movie)
Tom O'Conner
 1957-1959 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Vint Bonner / Gene Baroda / Jebediah Bonner / ...
- The Cavis Boy (1959) ... Vint Bonner
 1957 Hidden Fear
Mike Brent
 1957 Bailout at 43,000
Major Paul Peterson
 1951-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Britt Ponset / Robert Holmi
- The Restless Gun (1957) ... Britt Ponset
- Exit (1951) ... Robert Holmi
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Clint Belmet
- Until the Man Dies (1957) ... Clint Belmet
 1956 The Boss
Matt Brady
 1956 Rebel in Town
John Willoughby
 1956 Hold Back the Night
Capt. Sam McKenzie
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Mike Conner
- Deadline (1956) ... Mike Conner
 1956 Slightly Scarlet
Ben Grace
 1955 The Road to Denver
Bill Mayhew
 1955 Santa Fe Passage
Kirby Randolph
 1955 Hell's Island
Mike Cormack
 1954 Rails Into Laramie
Jefferson Harder
 1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Lt. Alec Austen
- The Deep Six (1953) ... Lt. Alec Austen
 1953 99 River Street
Ernie Driscoll
 1953 The Vanquished
Rockwell Grayson
 1953 Raiders of the Seven Seas
 1952 The Blazing Forest
Kelly Hansen
 1952 Caribbean
Dick Lindsay / Robert MacAllister
 1952 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Actor
- Episode #2.37 (1952) ... Guest Actor (uncredited)
 1951 Crosswinds
Steve Singleton
 1951 Passage West
Pete Black
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
- A Double-Dyed Deceiver (1950) ... Thacker
 1950 Captain China
Charles S. Chinnough aka Captain China
 1949 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- School for Love (1949)
 1948 The Saxon Charm
Eric Busch
 1948 Larceny
Rick Mason
 1942 Springtime in the Rockies
Dan Christy
 1942/I Iceland
Capt. James Murfin
 1942 Footlight Serenade
William J. 'Bill' Smith
 1941 Remember the Day
Dan Hopkins
 1941 Week-End in Havana
Jay Williams
 1941 The Great American Broadcast
Rix Martin
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
Skeets Harrigan
 1940 The Great Profile
Richard Lansing
 1940 Tear Gas Squad
Bill Morrissey
 1940 King of the Lumberjacks
James 'Jim' 'Slim' Abbott
 1940 Star Dust
Ambrose Fillmore / Bud Borden
 1939 The Royal Rodeo (Short)
Bill Stevens
 1939 Indianapolis Speedway
Eddie Greer
 1939 Wings of the Navy
Jerry Harrington
 1938 Garden of the Moon
Don Vincente
 1938 College Swing
Martin Bates
 1937 Fair Warning
Jim Preston (as John Howard Payne)
 1936 Hats Off
Jimmy Maxwell
 1936 Dodsworth
Harry McKee (as John Howard Payne)
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Other Works:

He acted in Edwin Richfield's play, "Calculated Risk," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. Howard Erskine was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Howard Payne


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Personal Quote:

Back in 1937 while I was under contract to Paramount, I sang on a five-minute radio program with another contract player from Paramount. A girl who's done rather well since -- Betty Grable. Betty and I didn't do so well then, though. We couldn't find a sponsor and finally gave up the program. I sang low tenor -- or, should I say, high baritone.


According to his daughter Julie Payne, John was actually born on May 28, 1912, and not May 23. Somewhere along the line, she said, the "8" in "28" was accidentally transformed into a "3". See more »

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