John Alexander

John Alexander

Highest Rated: 100% Winchester '73 (1950)

Lowest Rated: 20% Baby's Day Out (1994)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

Portly, penguin-shaped actor John Alexander was brought to Hollywood in 1941 to recreate the stage role of Teddy Brewster in Frank Capra's film version of Arsenic and Old Lace. Alexander entered the comedy-movie hall of fame in this role of a demented, middle-aged fellow who imagined himself to be Teddy Roosevelt, and who frequently disrupted his household by yelling "CHAAAARGE!" and rushing up "San Juan Hill" (aka the staircase). Alexander would repeat the Teddy Brewster role in later stage and TV revivals of Arsenic for the rest of his career; he also occasionally played the real Teddy Roosevelt in such films as Fancy Pants (1950). Outside of his Roosevelt impersonations, Alexander was memorable as one of Bette Davis' earnest suitor in Mrs. Skeffington (1947), and as minstrel impresario Lew Dockstader in The Jolson Story (1946). Before his retirement in the mid-1960s, John Alexander appeared in several Broadway plays and musicals, and was an occasional guest star on such Manhattan-filmed TV series as Car 54, Where Are You?

Highest Rated Movies



67% The Automatic Hate Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet A Werewolf in Slovenia Actor 2015
No Score Yet Small Island Director 2009
86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) Johann Kraus $75.8M 2008
No Score Yet The Shadow in the North Director 2007
No Score Yet Inspector Mom Executive Producer 2006
75% Zathura: A Space Adventure Robot $28.1M 2005
77% The Mudge Boy Juster (uncredited) 2003
39% Men in Black II Jarra/Family Dad Alien $190.5M 2002
44% Planet of the Apes Ape Dinner Guest/Old Man Servant/Old Ape No.1 $178.1M 2001
50% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Shopper $259.1M 2000
No Score Yet Nothing to Declare Executive Producer 1999
55% Mighty Joe Young Joe Young 1998
92% Men in Black Mikey 1997
53% Fierce Creatures Gorilla Performer - `Jambo' 1997
No Score Yet Saved by the Light Car Buyer 1995
20% Baby's Day Out Gorilla 1994
No Score Yet Biohazard: The Alien Force Actor 1994
83% Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey Mime Artist 1988
No Score Yet Alien Private Eye Actor 1987
25% The Bride Circus Performer 1985
52% Return to Oz Cowardly Lion 1985
71% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes White Eyes 1984
No Score Yet Roberto Devereux Actor 1975
No Score Yet Sexcula Actor 1974
No Score Yet One Foot in Hell Sam Giller 1960
No Score Yet The Man in the Net Mr. Carey 1959
67% The Marrying Kind Howard Shipley 1952
No Score Yet The Model and the Marriage Broker Mr. Perry 1951
No Score Yet The Sleeping City Inspector Gordon 1950
100% Winchester '73 Jack Rider 1950
80% Fancy Pants Teddy Roosevelt 1950
No Score Yet Night Has a Thousand Eyes Mr. Gilman 1948
57% Summer Holiday Mr. McComber 1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane Dr. Roy Drover 1947
No Score Yet Living in a Big Way Attorney Ambridge 1947
No Score Yet New Orleans Col. McArdle 1947
No Score Yet Where There's Life Herbert Jones 1947
No Score Yet The Jolson Story Lew Dockstader 1946
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight Doremus 1945
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Steve Edwards 1945
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Warren Buckley 1944
88% Arsenic and Old Lace `Teddy Roosevelt' Brewster 1944
57% Mr. Skeffington Jim Conderley 1944
No Score Yet Flowing Gold Sheriff 1940
No Score Yet Satan Met a Lady Porter 1936
100% The Petrified Forest Joseph the Chauffeur 1936
No Score Yet Special Agent Manager 1935
No Score Yet The Ghost Rider Sheriff Lane 1935
No Score Yet Baby Take a Bow Rag Picker 1934


No Score Yet Jamestown
Director 2019
79% Trust Me
Director 2017
83% Indian Summers
Director 2016
67% One Child
Director 2014
No Score Yet Rogue
Director 2014
42% White Heat
Director 2012
95% Zen
Director 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Director 2011
100% Life on Mars (UK)
Director 2006
No Score Yet Sense and Sensibility


Slim says: Hi, fellow brother!

Joseph the Chauffeur says: Good Evening!

D says: Do you know how many treaties you just violated?

Mikey says: One?

K says: One!

D says: Try seven.

Mikey says: Seven!

"Teddy Roosevelt" Brewster says: [Mr. Witherspoon has just met Teddy and Teddy pulls Mortimer aside] Is he trying to move into the White House before I've moved out?

Mortimer Brewster says: Who?

"Teddy Roosevelt" Brewster says: [points to Mr. Witherspoon] Taft!

"Teddy Roosevelt" Brewster says: Charge!