"Counsellor-at-Law" (revival). Written and directed by Elmer Rice
. Plymouth Theatre (moved to The 46th Street Theatre from 15 May 1933-close); 120 performances. Cast included John Qualen
as "Johann Breitstein".
John M. Qualen | John T. Qualen
5' 7" (1.7 m)
Did You Know?
Though some reference works list his birth name as Oleson or Olson, in actuality Qualen's grandfather changed the family name from Olson to Kvalen long before Qualen's birth. Qualen's father subsequently changed the name from Kvalen to Qualen, after Qualen's birth. Originally pronounced identically to the previous spelling ("Kvah-len"), John Qualen himself changed the pronunciation to "Kway-len."
Exaggerated Scandinavian accent (although he himself was born and raised in Canada)