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John Davidson

  • Highest Rated: 100% Daisy Kenyon (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
  • Birthday: Dec 25, 1886
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Character actor John Davidson entered films in 1914. Though a native New Yorker, Davidson seemed most at home playing sinister Middle Easterners or Europeans; he was, for example, cast as the sheik in Priscilla Dean's 1922 version of Under Two Flags and as Cardinal Richelieu in the 1924 Rudolph Valentino vehicle Monsieur Beaucaire. In talkies, he was seen in roles ranging from bit-part concierges to criminal masterminds. Busiest in serials, Davidson menaced his way through such chapter plays as The Perils of Pauline (1934), Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. (1941), The Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941), Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1942), The Perils of Nyoka (1942), and The Purple Monster Strikes (1945). Even in his fleeting A-picture appearances, he remained an unsavory presence (e.g., Benedict Arnold in Where Do We Go From Here?). Once in a while, he'd spoof his established screen image, notably as the capricious sidewalk hypnotist in the 1939 Our Gang one-reeler Duel Personalities. He retired from films sometime in the early '50s. John Davidson is no relation to the singer of the same name.

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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 Thunder in the East Hotel Clerk 1952
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 Smooth as Silk Sam 1946
No Score Yet Shock Mr. Edwards 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 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 Confession Actor Friend 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
87% 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
63% Viva Villa! Statesman 1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice Phillips 1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Mystery Actor 1934
95% Dinner at Eight Mr. Hatfield, the Assistant Manager 1933
86% 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
No Score Yet Saturday Night The Count Demitry Scardoff 1922


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