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

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
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 Robot $28.1M 2005
77% The Mudge Boy Juster (uncredited) 2003
39% Men in Black II Jarra/Family Dad Alien $190.5M 2002
45% Planet of the Apes Ape Dinner Guest/Old Man Servant/Old Ape No.1 $178.1M 2001
51% 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
69% 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
No Score Yet Fancy Pants Teddy Roosevelt 1950
No Score Yet Night Has a Thousand Eyes Mr. Gilman 1948
No Score Yet 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
50% 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

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jamestown
2017
Director
  • 2019
  • 2018
79% Trust Me
2017
Director
  • 2017
83% Indian Summers
2015-2016
Director
  • 2016
  • 216
67% One Child
2014
Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet Rogue
2013-2017
Director
  • 2014
42% White Heat
2012
Director
  • 2012
95% Zen
2011
Director
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
100% Life on Mars (UK)
2006-2007
Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet Sense and Sensibility
2008
Director

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