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John Abbott

Highest Rated:   100% Jane Eyre (1944)
Lowest Rated:   20% They Got Me Covered (1943)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Bad Mother's Handbook
  • Chairman
2007
86% The Young Poisoner's Handbook
  • Chairman
1995
95% 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
57% Lady Jane
  • Manservant
1986
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind
  • Dr. Frankenstein
1982
75% 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
86% The Jungle Book
  • Wolf
1967
No Score Yet Gambit
  • Emile Fournier
1965
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Aben
1965
40% Who's Minding the Store?
  • Roberts
1963
77% Gigi
  • Manuel
1958
No Score Yet Omar Khayyam
  • Yusuf
1957
No Score Yet Hour of Stars
  • Dr. Sawyer
1955
No Score Yet The Merry Widow
  • Marshovian Ambassador
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 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
No Score Yet 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
92% Mrs. Miniver
  • Fred, the Porter
1942
No Score Yet This Above All
  • Joe
1942
No Score Yet The Shanghai Gesture
  • Escort
1942
No Score Yet Joan of Paris
  • English Spy
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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Actor
  • 1967

Quotes from John Abbott's Characters