John McMartin

Highest Rated: 96% The Dish (2001)
Lowest Rated: 29% Who's That Girl? (1987)
Birthday: Nov 18, 1929
Birthplace: Not Available
Born in Indiana and raised in Minnesota, John McMartin attended college in both Illinois and New York. McMartin initially wanted to be a print or radio journalist, but opted instead for acting. His first big break was as Corporal Billy Jester in the 1959 off-Broadway operetta spoof Little Mary Sunshine, which won him both a Theatre World award and a bride (he married Cynthia Baer, one of the show's producers). After appearing in two Bob Fosse-directed productions, he enjoyed a long run as Gwen Verdon's nervous boyfriend Oscar in Fosse's Sweet Charity (1965). He went westward to repeat the role of Oscar in the 1969 film version of Charity, but preferred New York to Hollywood and returned to the stage. In 1971, he was cast as Benjamin Stone in the Stephen Sondheim hit Follies (nine years earlier, he'd been cut from Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). He then spent several years playing classical-and non-musical-stage roles. Throughout his Broadway years, he made infrequent film and TV appearances; he played supporting roles in such movies as All the President's Men (1976) and Pennies from Heaven (1980), was briefly a regular on Falcon Crest, guested as Shelley Fabares' father on the sitcom Coach, and was seen in the made-for-TV features Separate but Equal (1991) and Citizen Cohn (1992). One of his most intriguing TV assignments was the 1965 pilot film for the never-sold lawyer series Higher and Higher, in which his co-stars were a couple of green kids named Sally Kellerman and Dustin Hoffman. In the 1990s, John McMartin scored a huge success as Captain Andy in producer Hal Prince's gargantuan revival of Show Boat.

Highest Rated Movies



42% No Reservations Mr. Peterson $43.2M 2007
90% Kinsey Huntington Hartford $10.3M 2004
96% The Dish U.S. Ambassador 2001
No Score Yet Citizen Cohn Doctor 1992
83% Separate But Equal Governor Byrnes 1991
No Score Yet Little Sweetheart Uncle David 1990
77% A Shock to the System George Brewster 1990
No Score Yet Day One Dr. Arthur Compton 1989
No Score Yet Roots: The Gift Parker 1988
No Score Yet Gore Vidal's 'Lincoln' Actor 1988
29% Who's That Girl? Simon Worthington 1987
56% Native Son Mr. Dalton 1986
47% Legal Eagles Forrester 1986
No Score Yet Dream Lover Martin 1986
No Score Yet Murrow Actor 1986
No Score Yet The Last Ninja Actor 1983
85% Pennies From Heaven Mr. Warner 1981
87% Blow Out Lawrence Henry 1981
75% Brubaker Senator Hite 1980
No Score Yet American Short Story Actor 1980
93% All the President's Men Foreign Editor 1976
83% Sweet Charity Oscar 1969
No Score Yet What's So Bad About Feeling Good? The Mayor 1968


No Score Yet Great Performances
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order
Don Grayson Webber Larry Webber Mr. Hagaman
  • 2006
  • 1999
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Armistead Maupin's 'Further Tales of the City'
Royal Reichenbach
  • 2001
66% Spin City
Senator Joe Grady
  • 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Earl Edward Greeley Edward
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
94% Frasier
Fletcher Grey
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Jason Bryan Winston Devermore Hudson Blackthorn
  • 1993
  • 1991
  • 1988
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Empty Nest
Rev. Chambers
  • 1992
No Score Yet Coach
Judge Watkins R.J. Watkins
  • 1992
  • 1990
No Score Yet Cheers
Guest Dr. Lawrence Crandall
  • 1989
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
Charles Chandler
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
Priest Frank Leahy
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Bill Campbell Jason Bryan
  • 1986
  • 1984
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1982
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
Rev. Dan Bradford
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Larry Metcalf
  • 1970


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