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John Alexander

Highest Rated:   100% Winchester '73 (1950)
Lowest Rated:   21% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
67% The Automatic Hate
  • Executive Producer
2016
No Score Yet A Werewolf in Slovenia
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Small Island
  • Director
2009
85% 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 Sally Lockhart Mysteries - 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
$190.4M 2002
45% Planet of the Apes
  • Ape Dinner Guest/Old Man Servant/Old Ape No.1
$178.1M 2001
53% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Shopper
$259.1M 2000
No Score Yet Nothing to Declare
  • Executive Producer
1999
52% 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
21% 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
22% The Bride
  • Circus Performer
1985
55% 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
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
83% Indian Summers
2015-2016
  • Director
  • 2016
  • 216
67% One Child
2014
  • Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet Rogue
2013
  • Director
  • 2014
50% White Heat
2012
  • Director
  • 2012
94% Zen
2011
  • Director
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
No Score Yet Trust Me
2017
  • Director

Quotes from John Alexander's Characters