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John Hamilton

Highest Rated:   100% The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
11% And Now A Word From Our Sponsor
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Abducted
  • Producer
2013
44% A Shine of Rainbows
  • Executive Producer
2010
57% Manson, My Name Is Evil
  • Producer
2009
70% Heading South
  • Producer
2006
20% Deeply
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Code Name Jaguar
  • Director
2000
34% A Rumor of Angels
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet Perpetrators of the Crime
  • Director
2000
68% Night of the Living Dead
  • Crowbar Zombie
2000
No Score Yet The Kid
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet No Place to Hide
  • John the Host
1993
No Score Yet Malenka (Fangs of the Living Dead)
  • Actor
1973
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 Iron Mountain Trail
  • Circuit Judge
1953
No Score Yet Marshal of Cedar Rock
  • Prison Warden
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 Bells of Coronado
  • Linden
1950
No Score Yet Davy Crockett, Indian Scout
  • Col. Pollard
1950
No Score Yet 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 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 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
No Score Yet Up in Arms
  • Couple
1944
No Score Yet I'm from Arkansas
  • Harry Cashin
1944
No Score Yet Port of 40 Thieves
  • Mr. Fellows
1944
No Score Yet Spy Train
  • Senior Conductor (uncredited)
1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow
  • American Newsman
1943
No Score Yet Escape From Crime
  • Rafferty
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 Nine Lives Are Not Enough
  • Chief Turner
1941
No Score Yet Cheers for Miss Bishop
  • President Watts
1941
89% Meet John Doe
  • Jim, Governor's Associate
1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On
  • Colonel
1941
No Score Yet The Body Disappears
  • Judge
1941
No Score Yet Borrowed Hero
  • William Brooks
1941
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 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 Mr. Wong, Detective
  • Dayton
1938
89% Boys Town
  • Warden
1938
91% 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
83% 100 Men and a Girl
  • Manager
1937
No Score Yet It Could Happen to You
  • Judge
1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven
  • Gendarme
1937
No Score Yet Bad Guy
  • Warden
1937
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed
  • Mr. Carlton
1937
86% Three Smart Girls
  • Sergeant
1936
No Score Yet Adventure in Manhattan (Manhattan Madness)
  • Chief of G-Men
1936
No Score Yet Circumstantial Evidence
  • Gov Hanlon
1935
No Score Yet Mountain Eagle
  • Edward Pettigrew
1926

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
  • Actor

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