John Alexander (I) (1897–1982)

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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 'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
Winchester '73 Jack Riker
Summer Holiday Mr. Dave McComber
Cass Timberlane Dr. Roy Drover


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 1961-1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Commissioner / C.F. Cartwright / Judge
- Occupancy, August 1st (1962) ... Commissioner
- Put It in the Bank (1961) ... C.F. Cartwright
- Thirty Days Notice (1961) ... Judge
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
Judd Forrest
- The Iron Man (1962) ... Judd Forrest
 1960 The Right Man (TV Movie)
Wendell Mike
 1960 One Foot in Hell
Sam Giller - Storekeeper
 1959 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
 1959 The Man in the Net
Mr. Carey
 1955-1959 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Lt. General Wheeler / Lt. General Alexander / The General / ...
- Warrant Officer Papparelli (1959) ... Lt. General Wheeler
- Bilko's Ape Man (1959) ... Lt. General Alexander
- Keep in Step (1959) ... The General
- The Horse (1955) ... General Strait
 1959 Keep in Step (TV Movie)
The General
 1958 Adventures of the Sea Hawk (TV Series)
- Episode #1.21 (1958) ... Crannington
 1958 The Mugger
Chief of Police
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Charlie Wickes
- Beloved Stranger (1955) ... Charlie Wickes
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
- Days of Grace (1955) ... Doctor
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1955) ... 'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Police Captain
- One for the Road (1954) ... Police Captain
 1954 Inner Sanctum (TV Series)
- The Face of Fear (1954) ... Crawford
 1953 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
 1952 Untamed Frontier
Max Wickersham
 1952 The Marrying Kind
Howard Shipley
 1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- Dead on the Vine (1951)
 1950 Fancy Pants
Teddy Roosevelt
 1950 The Sleeping City
Police Insp. Gordon
 1950 Winchester '73
Jack Riker
 1948 Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Mr. Gilman
 1948 Summer Holiday
Mr. Dave McComber
 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 Arsenic and Old Lace
'Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster
 1944 The Doughgirls
Warren Buckley
 1944 Mr. Skeffington
Jim Conderley
 1940 The Flag of Humanity (Short)
Robert Todd Lincoln (uncredited)
 1940 Calling All Husbands
Sheriff Ben Barnes
 1940 Flowing Gold
 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
 1934 Baby, Take a Bow
Ragpicker (uncredited)
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Died at a board meeting of the Actors Fund of America in New York on 13-7-1982.

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