John McGiver

John McGiver

Highest Rated: 96% The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Lowest Rated: 38% Mame (1974)

Birthday: Nov 5, 1913

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Portly, tight-jawed John McGiver had intended to become a professional actor upon graduating from Catholic University in Washington D.C., but he became an English teacher at New York's Christopher Columbus High School instead. One day in the mid-1950s, McGiver bumped into one of his old Catholic University classmates, who'd become an off-Broadway producer; the star of the producer's newest play had just walked out, and would McGiver be interested in taking his place? This little favor led to a 20-year career in TV and films for the balding, bookish McGiver. He was featured in such films as Love in the Afternoon (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Mame (1974). McGiver's funniest screen portrayal was the thick-eared landscaper in The Gazebo (1959), who insisted upon referring to the title object as a "GAZE-bow". In 1964, John McGiver starred as Walter Burnley, supervisor of a department store complaint department, on the weekly TV sitcom Many Happy Returns.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Adventures of Tom Sawyer Actor 2011
56% The Apple Dumpling Gang Leonard Sharpe 1975
38% Mame Mr. Babcock 1974
71% 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Actor 1974
No Score Yet Arnold Governor 1973
63% Lawman Mayor 1971
No Score Yet The Littlest Angel Actor 1969
91% Midnight Cowboy Mr. O'Daniel 1969
No Score Yet Fitzwilly Albert 1967
No Score Yet The Spirit Is Willing Uncle George 1967
57% The Glass Bottom Boat Goodwin 1966
No Score Yet Made in Paris Roger Barclay 1966
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks Shad Nathan 1965
No Score Yet A Global Affair Snifter 1964
64% Man's Favorite Sport? William Cadwalader 1964
40% Who's Minding the Store? Mr. Tuttle 1963
No Score Yet Take Her, She's Mine Hector G. Ivor 1963
No Score Yet Johnny Cool Oby Hinds 1963
No Score Yet Who's Got the Action? Fogel 1963
No Score Yet My Six Loves Actor 1963
67% Period of Adjustment Stewart P. McGill 1962
96% The Manchurian Candidate Sen. Thomas Jordon 1962
80% Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Mr. Martin Turner 1962
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise Austin Palfrey 1961
88% Breakfast at Tiffany's Tiffany's Clerk 1961
No Score Yet The Gazebo Sam Thorpe 1959
No Score Yet I Married a Woman Girard 1958
88% Love in the Afternoon Monsieur X 1957
No Score Yet Man in the Raincoat Actor 1957


No Score Yet Bewitched
Bobbins 1971
No Score Yet The High Chaparral
Ebenezer Binns 1968
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
Calamander 1967
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Mozart 1967
90% Gilligan's Island
Lord Beasley 1966
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
Wilfred 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Devlin 1966
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Ollie 1965
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
Justin Addison 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
Shannon Roswell G. Flemington 1964
No Score Yet Bonanza
Col. Bragg 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Arthur Motherwell Harold Goams 1959


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