John Litel (1892–1972)

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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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They Died with Their Boots On Gen. Phil Sheridan
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 1967 The Road West (TV Series)
- No Sanctuary (1967) ... Judge
 1966 Nevada Smith
 1965 The Sons of Katie Elder
 1963-1965 The Virginian (TV Series)
Wade Hammill / Lawyer / Finley
- Legend for a Lawman (1965) ... Wade Hammill
- No Tears for Savannah (1963) ... Lawyer (uncredited)
- The Judgment (1963) ... Finley
 1965 Branded (TV Series)
Gen. James Reed
- The Vindicators (1965) ... Gen. James Reed
 1964 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Albert P. Leviathan
- Hooray for Hollywood (1964) ... Albert P. Leviathan
 1964 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Dr. Phineas Burke
- The Whipping (1964) ... Dr. Phineas Burke
 1963 The Gun Hawk
Drunk - Madden's father
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Mr. School
 1962-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Smith / Floyd Maxwell
- The Honorable Albert Higgins (1963) ... Smith
- No Strings Attached (1962) ... Floyd Maxwell
 1961-1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
James Whitcomb / Jim Rye
- Incident at Sugar Creek (1962) ... James Whitcomb
- Incident of the Running Iron (1961) ... Jim Rye
 1962 Wide Country (TV Series)
Fred Winkler
- Our Ernie Kills People (1962) ... Fred Winkler
 1959-1962 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Mike Ainley / Vincent Claiborn
- The Quick and the Deadly (1962) ... Mike Ainley
- Blind Spot (1959) ... Vincent Claiborn
 1958-1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Distinguished Visitor / Cyrus Blanton / Colonel Richard Gaunt
- The Disappearance (1962) ... Distinguished Visitor
- Mr. Paradise (1959) ... Cyrus Blanton
- The Court Martial of Johnny Murdo (1958) ... Colonel Richard Gaunt
 1962 Hazel (TV Series)
Mr. Wheeler
- Hazel Quits (1962) ... Mr. Wheeler
 1962 Perry Mason (TV Series)
- The Case of the Poison Pen-Pal (1962) ... Judge
 1961 Lover Come Back
Williams, Ad Council Board Member (uncredited)
 1961 Pocketful of Miracles
Police Inspector McCrary
 1959-1961 Bonanza (TV Series)
Mayor George Goshen / Judge Jeremy Clarence Billington
- The Tin Badge (1961) ... Mayor George Goshen
- Enter Mark Twain (1959) ... Judge Jeremy Clarence Billington
 1961 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Sheriff John Armstedder
- Ben Jalisco (1961) ... Sheriff John Armstedder
 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford
 1960-1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Dan Murchison
- The Swindler (1961) ... Dan Murchison
- A Place of Still Waters (1961) ... Dan Murchison
- Songs My Mother Told Me (1961) ... Dan Murchison
- The Brass Lily (1961) ... Dan Murchison
- Come Home Again (1961) ... Dan Murchison
 1954-1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Frank Hobbs / Phillip Saunders
- The Money Driver (1960) ... Frank Hobbs
- The Crime of Daphne Rutledge (1954) ... Phillip Saunders
 1960 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
- Woman from Wyoming (1960) ... Sheriff
 1960 Lock Up (TV Series)
Harvey Calder
- Number Please (1960) ... Harvey Calder
 1960 Bronco (TV Series)
Marshal Matt Sample
- Winter Kill (1960) ... Marshal Matt Sample
 1958-1960 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Clint Davis / Asa Morgan / Judge George Healy
- The Inheritance (1960) ... Clint Davis
- The Corner (1959) ... Asa Morgan
- Sheriff of Red Rock (1958) ... Judge George Healy
 1960 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Capt. David Rowland
- Behan's Double Game (1960) ... Capt. David Rowland
- Don't Get Tough with a Sailor (1960) ... Capt. David Rowland
 1957-1960 Maverick (TV Series)
Ellsworth Greeley / Judge Somervell / Judge Joshua Thayer
- The People's Friend (1960) ... Ellsworth Greeley
- The Thirty-Ninth Star (1958) ... Judge Somervell
- War of the Silver Kings (1957) ... Judge Joshua Thayer
 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Edward DeLong
- Stamped for Danger (1960) ... Edward DeLong
 1958-1959 Zorro (TV Series)
The Governor
- Long Live the Governor (1959) ... The Governor
- Masquerade for Murder (1959) ... The Governor
- The Captain Regrets (1959) ... The Governor
- Invitation to Death (1959) ... The Governor
- Amnesty for Zorro (1959) ... The Governor
 1958-1959 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Tom Cauter / Father Luke / McClelland Burke
- Incident at Bluefield (1959) ... Tom Cauter
- A Bell for Santo Domingo (1958) ... Father Luke
- Gratitude (1958) ... McClelland Burke
 1957-1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Archie Crenshaw / Hank Tatum
- The Giant Killer (1959) ... Archie Crenshaw
- Quicksilver (1957) ... Hank Tatum
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Sheriff Martin Calder
- Day of the Killing (1959) ... Sheriff Martin Calder
 1958 Hey, Jeannie! (TV Series)
Mr. Mears
- The Jam (1958) ... Mr. Mears
 1958 Cimarron City (TV Series)
Judge Platt
- Kid on a Calico Horse (1958) ... Judge Platt
 1958 Houseboat
Mr. William Farnsworth
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
- Time of the Hanging (1958) ... Judge
 1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Judge Henry
- The Jailbreak (1958) ... Judge Henry
- The Judge (1958) ... Judge Henry
 1958 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Hosea Tillery
- Ghost Town (1958) ... Hosea Tillery
 1957 Decision at Sundown
Charles Summerton
 1957 The Hired Gun
Mace Beldon
 1957 Date with the Angels (TV Series)
Mr. Taylor
- The Gorilla (1957) ... Mr. Taylor
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Floyd Schaeffer
- Apache Gold (1957) ... Floyd Schaeffer
 1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
- So Short a Season (1957) ... Sheriff
 1956 Runaway Daughters
George Barton
 1956 Stage 7 (TV Series)
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
- The Man Who Came Over the Mountain (1956) ... Dunthorpe
 1956 Comanche
Gen. Nelson A. Miles
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- The Secret Place (1956)
 1956 The Wild Dakotas
Morgan Wheeler
 1955 Texas Lady
Meade Moore
 1952-1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Dr. Silkworth
- One Day at a Time (1955) ... Dr. Silkworth
 1955 The Kentuckian
Pleasant Tuesday Babson
 1955 The Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
Postal Investigator Pauling
- The Case of the Red Letter Day (1955) ... Postal Investigator Pauling
 1955 Double Jeopardy
Emmett Devery
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Emery Summers
- Her Crowning Glory (1955) ... Emery Summers
 1954-1955 Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson (TV Series)
- The Best Years (1955)
 1954 City Detective (TV Series)
- Shadow of a Man (1954) ... Jeff
 1954 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Harvey Cromwell
- Mr. and Mrs. T.V. Show (1954) ... Harvey Cromwell (uncredited)
 1954 Sitting Bull
Gen. Wilford Howell
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Robbins
- I'll Never Love Again (1954) ... Dr. Robbins
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Mayor / Van Alten
- The Girl on the Park Bench (1953) ... Mayor
- Finale (1953) ... Van Alten
 1953 Jack Slade
Judge Davidson
 1952-1953 My Hero (TV Series)
Mr. Willis Thackery / Willis Thackery / Mr. Thackery
- Surprise Party (1953) ... Mr. Willis Thackery
- The Duel (1953) ... Mr. Willis Thackery
- Cinderella's Revenge (1953) ... Mr. Willis Thackery
- Beauty Queen (1953) ... Mr. Willis Thackery
- Salt Water Daffy (1953) ... Willis Thackery
 1952 Montana Belle
Matt Towner
 1952 Scaramouche
Dr. Dubuque
 1952 Jet Job
Sam Bentley
 1952 Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series)
- My Other Love (1952)
 1951 Flight to Mars
Dr. Lane
 1951 Two Dollar Bettor
John Hewitt
 1951 Little Egypt
 1951 Take Care of My Little Girl
John Erickson (uncredited)
 1951 The Texas Rangers
Texas Ranger 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 The Sundowners
John Gall
 1950 Woman in Hiding
John Chandler
 1949 Mary Ryan, Detective
Police Captain Billings
 1949 Rusty's Birthday
Hugh Mitchell
 1949 The Gal Who Took the West
Colonel Logan
 1949 Outpost in Morocco
Col. Pascal
 1949 Shamrock Hill
Ralph Judson
 1949 Rusty Saves a Life
Hugh Mitchell
 1948 The Valiant Hombre
Lon Lansdell
 1948 Rusty Leads the Way
Hugh Mitchell
 1948 Triple Threat
Coach Snyder
 1948 Pitfall
District Attorney
 1948 Key Largo
Dispatcher (uncredited)
 1948 I, Jane Doe
 1948 Smart Woman
 1948 My Dog Rusty
Hugh Mitchell
 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 The Return of Rusty
Hugh Mitchell
 1946 She Wrote the Book
Dean Fowler
 1946 Night in Paradise
 1946 Smooth as Silk
Stephen Elliott
 1946 The Madonna's Secret
Police Lt. Roberts
 1945 San Antonio
Charlie Bell
 1945 The Enchanted Forest
Ed Henderson
 1945 The Daltons Ride Again
Mitchael J. 'Mike' Bohannon
 1945 Northwest Trail
Sergeant Means
 1945 The Crimson Canary
Roger Quinn
 1945 The Crime Doctor's Warning
Inspector Dawes
 1945 Salome, Where She Danced
Gen. Lee
 1945 Brewster's Millions
Swearengen Jones
 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's Little Secret
Mr. Sam Aldrich
 1944 Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid
Mr. Sam Aldrich
 1944 Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout
Mr. Sam Aldrich
 1943 Where Are Your Children?
Judge Edmonds
 1943 Henry Aldrich Haunts a House
Mr. Sam Aldrich
 1943 So Proudly We Hail!
Dr. Harrison
 1943 Submarine Base
James Xavier 'Jim' Taggart
 1943 Henry Aldrich Swings It
Mr. Sam Aldrich
 1943 Crime Doctor
Emilio Caspari
 1943 Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour
Mr. Sam Aldrich
 1943 Murder in Times Square
Dr. Blaine
 1942 Madame Spy
Peter Rolf
 1942 The Boss of Big Town
Michael Lynn
 1942 Henry Aldrich, Editor
Mr. Sam Aldrich
 1942 Invisible Agent
John Gardiner
 1942 Men of Texas
Colonel Colbert Scott
 1942 For the Common Defense! (Short)
Subprefect Santiago Castillo
 1942 Henry and Dizzy
Mr. Aldrich
 1942 Mystery of Marie Roget
 1942 Kid Glove Killer
 1942 Mississippi Gambler
Jim Hadley aka Francis Carvel
 1942 Soldiers in White (Short)
Maj. Charles Anthony
 1942 Don Winslow of the Navy
Spencer Merlin
 1942 Sealed Lips
Fred M. Morton / Mike Rofano
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
Gen. Phil Sheridan
 1941 Henry Aldrich for President
Mr. Aldrich
 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
 1941 Father's Son
William Emory
 1940 March On, Marines (Short)
Colonel Myers
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
 1940 Lady with Red Hair
Charles Bryant
 1940 Father Is a Prince
Dr. Mark Stone
 1940 Knute Rockne All American
Committee Chairman
 1940 Money and the Woman
Jerremy 'Jerry ' Helm, Bank Manager
 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 Murder in the Air
 1940 Men Without Souls
Reverend Thomas Storm
 1940 Flight Angels
Dr. Barclay
 1940 An Angel from Texas
 1940 It All Came True
Mr. Roberts
 1940 Virginia City
U.S. Marshal
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
 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
 1939 Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter
Carson Drew
 1939 Dodge City
Matt Cole
 1939 On Trial
Robert Strickland
 1939 You Can't Get Away with Murder
Attorney Carey
 1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter
Carson Drew
 1939 Wings of the Navy
Commander Clark
 1938 Comet Over Broadway
Bill Appleton
 1938 The Declaration of Independence (Short)
Thomas Jefferson
 1938 Nancy Drew: Detective
Carson Drew
 1938 Broadway Musketeers
Stanley 'Stan' Dowling
 1938 Valley of the Giants
 1938 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
Prosecuting Attorney
 1938 My Bill
John Rudlin
 1938 Little Miss Thoroughbred
Nelson 'Nails' Morgan
 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 Robert L. Lane
 1937 The Man Without a Country (Short)
Lt. Philip Nolan
 1937 Alcatraz Island
Garrett Sloane aka 'Gat' Brady
 1937 Back in Circulation
Dr. Eugene Forde
 1937 The Life of Emile Zola
 1937 Slim
Wyatt Ranstead
 1937 Marked Woman
 1937 Midnight Court
Victor Shanley
 1937 Black Legion
Tommy Smith
 1936 Give Me Liberty (Short)
Patrick Henry
 1936 Fugitive in the Sky
Mike Phelan - aka Roger Johnson
 1932 Wayward
Robert 'Bob' Daniels
 1930 On the Border
Dave (as John B. Litel)
 1930 Oh Darling! (Short)
 1930 Don't Believe It (Short)
 1929 Always Faithful (Short)
Wayne (as John B. Litel)
 1929 Finders Keepers (Short) (as John B. Litel)
 1929 The Flattering Word (Short)
Dr. Loring Wrigley
 1929 The Sleeping Porch (Short)
 1929 Kisses (Short)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Lawrence Hadley"; billed as "John B. Litel"; Broadway debut) in "Irene" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music by Harry Tierney. Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy (billed as "Joe McCarthy"). Based on a play by James Montgomery. Musical Director: Gus Salzer. Costume Design by Lucile and Finchley. Scenic Design by H. Robert Law... See more »

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