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John Davidson

Highest Rated:   100% Daisy Kenyon (1947)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
56% Ned Kelly
  • Glenrowan Policeman
2003
89% 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
No Score Yet 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
55% 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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