John Davidson

Highest Rated: 100% Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Birthday: Dec 25, 1886
Birthplace: Not Available
Best known as the host of ABC's That's Incredible! (1980-1984) -- a mondo-styled documentary series that showcased the world's most outrageous human feats -- entertainer John Davidson actually sustained a long and impressive career before that program first bowed. Raised in Philadelphia as the son of a homemaker and Baptist pastor, Davidson attended Denison University and earned his bachelor's in theater arts. He commenced dramatic work as a stage performer, opposite Bert Lahr in a 1964 Broadway production of Foxy, but decided to enter film and television at the behest of manager-cum-producer Bob Banner, who helped Davidson land emceeing assignments on the variety programs The Entertainers (1964-1965), Kraft Summer Music Hall (1966), and his own John Davidson Show (1969), as well as plum roles in two big-screen Disney musicals -- The Happiest Millionaire (1967) and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968). Following lead and supporting roles in such films as Coffee, Tea or Me? (1970), Shell Game (1975), and Roger and Harry (1977), Davidson landed That's Incredible! The program -- which featured extreme and bizarre stunts that ranged from a man catching a bullet in his teeth to a thrill-seeker diving from an airplane in a straitjacket and handcuffs -- courted not only high ratings, but extreme controversy for the injuries and deaths it reportedly caused among hopeful participants; nonetheless, it enjoyed a four-year run, during which Davidson's co-hosts included Cathy Lee Crosby and footballer Fran Tarkenton. Following Incredible!, Davidson himself became somewhat synonymous with variety and game show-themed material, hosting programs such as Hollywood Squares and The $100,000 Pyramid, while tackling scattered movie roles in features including The Squeeze (1987) and Edward Scissorhands (1990).

Highest Rated Movies



56% Ned Kelly Glenrowan Policeman 2003
90% Edward Scissorhands TV Host 1990
No Score Yet Search for Haunted Hollywood Actor 1989
17% The Squeeze Honest Tom T. Murray 1987
14% The Concorde... Airport '79 Robert Palmer 1979
No Score Yet Shell Game Actor 1975
No Score Yet The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Joe Carder 1968
50% The Happiest Millionaire Angie Duke 1967
No Score Yet A Gathering of Eagles Hadley 1963
No Score Yet Prince Valiant Patriarch 1954
No Score Yet Half Angel Best Man 1951
No Score Yet The Sword of Monte Cristo Artist 1951
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark Board Member 1949
No Score Yet Slattery's Hurricane Maitre D' 1949
94% A Letter to Three Wives Waiter 1949
No Score Yet That Wonderful Urge Actor 1948
No Score Yet The Luck of the Irish Reporter 1948
No Score Yet The Iron Curtain Secretary 1948
100% Daisy Kenyon Mervyn 1947
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey Floorwalker 1946
No Score Yet Shock Mr. Edwards 1946
No Score Yet Smooth as Silk Sam 1946
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here? Benedict Arnold 1945
No Score Yet The Purple Monster Strikes Emperor of Mars 1945
No Score Yet Call of the Jungle Harley 1944
No Score Yet The Chinese Cat Carl/Kurt 1944
No Score Yet Captain America Gruber 1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Captain Marvel Tal Chotali 1941
58% The Devil Bat Prof. Raines 1940
No Score Yet King of the Royal Mounted Dr. Shelton 1940
No Score Yet Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation Prince Suleid 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Last Warning Hakim 1939
No Score Yet Arrest Bulldog Drummond Gumba 1939
No Score Yet Live, Love and Learn Wingate 1937
No Score Yet Last Days of Pompeii Phoebus 1935
No Score Yet Death from a Distance Ahmad Haidru 1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Egypt Daoud Atrash, the Chemist 1935
100% A Tale of Two Cities Morveau 1935
No Score Yet A Shot in the Dark Prof. Brand 1935
No Score Yet Reckless Sid 1935
90% The Scarlet Empress Marquis De La Chetardie 1934
No Score Yet The Moonstone Yandoo, Blake's Hindu Servant 1934
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer Sour Radio Announcer 1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice Phillips 1934
80% Viva Villa! Statesman 1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Mystery Actor 1934
100% Dinner at Eight Mr. Hatfield, the Assistant Manager 1933
92% Gabriel over the White House Foreign Diplomat 1933
No Score Yet Perils of Pauline Doctor Bashan 1933
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Butler 1932
86% Grand Hotel Hotel Manager 1932
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Chair Edward Wales 1929
No Score Yet The Rescue Hassim 1929
No Score Yet Monsieur Beaucaire Cardinal Richelieu 1924


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