John Abbott

John Abbott

Highest Rated: 100% The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

Lowest Rated: 20% They Got Me Covered (1943)

Birthday: Jun 5, 1905

Birthplace: Not Available

While studying art in his native London, John Abbott relaxed between classes by watching rehearsals of a student play. When one of the actors fell ill, Abbott was invited to replace him, and at that point he switched majors. He became a professional actor in 1934, joined the Old Vic in 1936, and made his first film, Mademoiselle Docteur, in 1937; later that same year he made his first BBC television appearance. Turned down for military service during World War II, Abbott joined the Foreign Office, working as a decoder in the British Embassy in Stockholm and working in similar capacities in Russia and Canada. In 1941, he took a vacation in New York, leaving his resumé and photo with various producers, just in case something turned up. On the very last day of his vacation, he was hired for a small role in Josef von Sternberg's The Shanghai Gesture (1941), thus launching the Hollywood phase of his career. Generally cast as a fussy eccentric, Abbott was seen at his very best as whining hypochondriac Frederick Fairlie in Warner Bros.' The Woman in White (1948). He also received at least one bona fide starring role in the 1943 quickie London Blackout Murders. In the late '40s, Abbott began amassing some impressive Broadway credits in such productions as He Who Gets Slapped, Monserrat, and Waltz of the Toreadors. He also appeared in 1950's Auto da Fe, which was specifically written for him by Tennessee Williams. Though still active in films and TV into the 1980s (he played Dr. Frankenstein in the ill-fated 1984 cinemadaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slapstick), John Abbott spent most of his twilight years as an acting teacher. Abbott died in a Los Angeles hospital on May 24, 1996, after a prolonged illness.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Bad Mother's Handbook Chairman 2007
86% The Young Poisoner's Handbook Chairman 1995
96% Four Weddings and a Funeral Polite Verger (4th Wedding) 1994
No Score Yet Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure) Joyce 1990
No Score Yet A Hazard of Hearts 2nd Gambler 1987
50% Lady Jane Manservant 1986
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind Dr. Frankenstein 1982
77% Used Cars Clem 1980
No Score Yet Measure for Measure Second Gentleman 1979
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in New York Actor 1976
25% The Black Bird DuQuai 1975
No Score Yet Gambit Emile Fournier 1965
38% The Greatest Story Ever Told Aben 1965
40% Who's Minding the Store? Roberts 1963
79% Gigi Manuel 1958
No Score Yet Omar Khayyam Yusuf 1957
No Score Yet The Hour of Stars: The Miracle on 34th Street Dr. Sawyer 1955
No Score Yet The Merry Widow Marshovian Ambassador 1952
No Score Yet Thunder in the East Nitra Puta 1952
No Score Yet Thunder on the Hill Abel Harmer 1951
No Score Yet Madame Bovary Mayor Tuvache 1949
No Score Yet Dream Girl Professor Meely 1948
No Score Yet The Woman in White Frederick Fairlie 1948
No Score Yet Adventure Island Mr. Hulsh 1947
No Score Yet The Web Charles Murdoch 1947
No Score Yet Time Out Of Mind Max Lieberman 1947
No Score Yet If Winter Comes Mr. Twyning 1947
60% Humoresque Rozner 1946
No Score Yet Deception Bertram Gribble 1946
88% Anna and the King of Siam Phya Phrom 1946
No Score Yet One More Tomorrow Joseph Baronova 1946
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest Will Scarlett 1946
No Score Yet The Notorious Lone Wolf Lal Bara 1946
No Score Yet Saratoga Trunk Roscoe Bean 1946
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit to Algiers Jodri 1945
No Score Yet Crime Doctor's Warning, (Doctor's Warning) Jimmy Gordon 1945
No Score Yet A Thousand and One Nights Ali, the Tailor 1945
No Score Yet The Power of the Whistler Kaspar Andropolos 1945
No Score Yet The Vampire's Ghost Webb Fallon 1945
No Score Yet The Falcon in Hollywood Martin S. Dwyer 1944
No Score Yet Cry of the Werewolf Peter Althius 1944
No Score Yet Summer Storm Lunin 1944
100% The Mask of Dimitrios Mr. Pappas 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Reporter 1944
No Score Yet Abroad with Two Yanks Salesman 1944
100% Jane Eyre Mason 1944
No Score Yet U-Boat Prisoner Alfonse Lamont 1944
No Score Yet Dangerous Blondes Roland Smith 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Grinko 1943
20% They Got Me Covered Gregory Vanescu 1943
No Score Yet Get Hep to Love Prof. Radowsky 1942
93% Mrs. Miniver Fred, the Porter 1942
No Score Yet This Above All Joe 1942
100% The Shanghai Gesture Escort 1942
No Score Yet The Saint in London Count Duni 1939
No Score Yet Conquest of Air De Rozier 1936
No Score Yet Sideshow Actor


68% Doctor Who
Vince Vince Hawkins 1977
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
Dr. Liebig 1968
No Score Yet Bewitched
Leonardo da Vinci 1967
80% Star Trek
No Score Yet Lost in Space
Sesmar 1967
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Swan 1967
No Score Yet Get Smart
Mondo 1966
83% The Munsters
Frankenstein 1966
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Tobey Muntz 1965
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
Sir Trevor Gielgud Burton-Guiness 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Munro 1962
No Score Yet Bonanza
Zachariah 1961
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Vanderman Bone 1960


Frederick Fairlie says: You have no idea the tortures I should suffer, Mr. Hartwright, if Louis should drop that portfolio.