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John Hamilton

Highest Rated: 100% Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Sea of Grass (1947)

Birthday: Jan 16, 1887

Birthplace: Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Born and educated in Pennsylvania, John Hamilton headed to New York in his twenties to launch a 25-year stage career. Ideally cast as businessmen and officials, the silver-haired Hamilton worked opposite such luminaries as George M. Cohan and Ann Harding. He toured in the original company of the long-running Frank Bacon vehicle Lightnin', and also figured prominently in the original New York productions of Seventh Heaven and Broadway. He made his film bow in 1930, costarring with Donald Meek in a series of 2-reel S.S.Van Dyne whodunits (The Skull Mystery, The Wall St. Mystery) filmed at Vitaphone's Brooklyn studios. Vitaphone's parent company, Warner Bros., brought Hamilton to Hollywood in 1936, where he spent the next twenty years playing bits and supporting roles as police chiefs, judges, senators, generals and other authority figures. Humphrey Bogart fans will remember Hamilton as the clipped-speech DA in The Maltese Falcon (1941), while Jimmy Cagney devotees will recall Hamilton as the recruiting officer who inspires George M. Cohan (Cagney) to compose "Over There" in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). Continuing to accept small roles in films until the mid '50s (he was the justice of the peace who marries Marlon Brando to Teresa Wright in 1950's The Men), Hamilton also supplemented his income with a group of advertisements for an eyeglasses firm. John Hamilton is best known to TV-addicted baby boomers for his six-year stint as blustering editor Perry "Great Caesar's Ghost!" White on the Adventures of Superman series.

Highest Rated Movies



67% Manson, My Name Is Evil Producer 2009
No Score Yet Code Name Jaguar Director 2000
No Score Yet Perpetrators of the Crime Director 2000
No Score Yet The Kid Director 1997
No Score Yet Outcasts of the City Col. White 1958
No Score Yet Chicago Confidential Morgan 1957
No Score Yet Sitting Bull President Ulysses S. Grant 1954
55% Donovan's Brain Mr. MacNish 1953
No Score Yet Jack McCall, Desperado Col. Cornish 1953
No Score Yet Marshal of Cedar Rock Prison Warden 1953
No Score Yet Iron Mountain Trail Circuit Judge 1953
No Score Yet The Pace That Thrills Sour Puss 1952
No Score Yet Adventures of Superman Actor 1952
No Score Yet The Great Caruso Foster DeWitt 1951
No Score Yet The Guy Who Came Back Admiral 1951
77% The Men Justice of the peace 1950
No Score Yet Bells of Coronado Linden 1950
No Score Yet Davy Crockett, Indian Scout Col. Pollard 1950
100% Annie Get Your Gun Ship captain 1950
80% The Magnificent Yankee Justice White 1950
No Score Yet Fighting Man of the Plains Currier 1949
No Score Yet Canadian Pacific Pere Lacomb 1949
No Score Yet The Judge Lt. Edwards 1949
No Score Yet Bandit King of Texas Marshal John Turner 1949
No Score Yet Walk a Crooked Mile G.W. Hunter 1948
No Score Yet Return of the Bad Men Doc Peters 1948
No Score Yet Desperadoes of Dodge City Stockton 1948
No Score Yet High Wall Police surgeon 1947
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Dr. Remington 1947
17% The Sea of Grass Forrest Cochran 1947
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue Harper 1947
No Score Yet Violence Dr. Chambers 1947
No Score Yet I'll Be Yours Board Chairman 1947
No Score Yet Song of My Heart Czar 1947
No Score Yet Magnificent Doll Mr. Witherspoon 1946
No Score Yet Wife Wanted (Shadow of Blackmail) Judge 1946
No Score Yet The Brute Man Professor Cushman 1946
No Score Yet Step by Step Capt. Edmunds 1946
No Score Yet Badman's Territory Commissioner 1946
No Score Yet The Madonna's Secret Lambert 1946
No Score Yet The Phantom Rider Senator Williams 1946
No Score Yet Johnny Angel Ship's Captain 1945
No Score Yet Northwest Trail John Owens 1945
No Score Yet First Yank Into Tokyo Dr. Stacey 1945
No Score Yet The Naughty Nineties Sheriff 1945
86% Strange Illusion People 1945
No Score Yet The Great Flamarion Coroner 1945
80% Up in Arms Couple 1944
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Businessman 1944
No Score Yet I'm from Arkansas Harry Cashin 1944
No Score Yet Action in Arabia Hamilton 1944
No Score Yet Port of 40 Thieves Mr. Fellows 1944
No Score Yet Standing Room Only General 1944
No Score Yet Lake Placid Serenade Hopkins 1944
No Score Yet My Gal Loves Music Doctor 1944
No Score Yet Man from Frisco Governor 1944
No Score Yet Spy Train Senior Conductor (uncredited) 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow American Newsman 1943
No Score Yet Larceny with Music Important Banker 1943
No Score Yet Adventures of a Rookie Colonel 1943
No Score Yet Escape From Crime Rafferty 1942
93% Yankee Doodle Dandy Recruiting officer 1942
No Score Yet In This Our Life Inspector 1942
No Score Yet Always in My Heart Warden 1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific Court-martial President 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Gen. Gordon 1942
No Score Yet Phantom Killer John G. Harrison 1942
No Score Yet The Great Man's Lady Senator Grant 1942
No Score Yet I Killed That Man District attorney 1941
100% The Maltese Falcon Bryan 1941
No Score Yet It Started with Eve Thomas 1941
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough Chief Turner 1941
No Score Yet Cheers for Miss Bishop President Watts 1941
91% Meet John Doe Jim, Governor's Associate 1941
No Score Yet Borrowed Hero William Brooks 1941
No Score Yet The Body Disappears Judge 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Colonel 1941
No Score Yet Flight Command Pensacola Commander 1940
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair Mr. Graham 1940
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie Sails Again Capt. Broad 1940
No Score Yet Murder in the Air Hargrave 1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo Judge 1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish Eddie 1940
No Score Yet The Fatal Hour Belden Sr. 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Hirsch 1940
No Score Yet Invisible Stripes Capt. Johnson 1939
No Score Yet Espionage Agent Code room instructor 1939
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny Prison Warden 1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music Detective 1939
No Score Yet Blind Alley Warden 1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square Judge 1939
No Score Yet Secret Service of the Air Warden Jackson 1939
No Score Yet Devil's Island Ship's Captain 1939
100% The Roaring Twenties Judge 1939
No Score Yet Daredevils of the Red Circle Senator Garfield 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Wong, Detective Dayton 1938
90% Boys Town Warden 1938
93% You Can't Take It With You Capt. Drake 1938
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Gamble Philip Benton 1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces Police Captain 1938
No Score Yet That Certain Woman American 1937
88% 100 Men and a Girl Manager 1937
No Score Yet It Could Happen to You Judge 1937
No Score Yet This Is My Affair Warden 1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven Gendarme 1937
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed Mr. Carlton 1937
No Score Yet Bad Guy Warden 1937
No Score Yet Fifty Roads to Town Captain Carroll 1937
No Score Yet The Singing Marine Colonel 1937
86% Three Smart Girls Sergeant 1936
No Score Yet Adventure in Manhattan (Manhattan Madness) Chief of G-Men 1936


No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
Perry White 2019
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman [INACTIVE]


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