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John McMartin

Highest Rated:   96% The Dish (2001)
Lowest Rated:   29% Who's That Girl? (1987)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
42% No Reservations
  • Mr. Peterson
$43.1M 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
84% Pennies From Heaven
  • Mr. Warner
1981
87% Blow Out
  • Lawrence Henry
1981
77% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Don Grayson Webber Larry Webber Mr. Hagaman
  • 2006
  • 1999
  • 1993
  • 1992
66% Spin City
1996-2002
  • Senator Joe Grady
  • 1999
94% Frasier
1993-2004
  • Fletcher Grey
  • 1994
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
  • Rev. Chambers
  • 1992
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
  • Judge Watkins R.J. Watkins
  • 1992
  • 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • Jason Bryan Winston Devermore Hudson Blackthorn
  • 1991
  • 1988
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • Dr. Lawrence Crandall
  • 1989
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Charles Chandler
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
  • Priest Frank Leahy
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
  • Bill Campbell Jason Bryan
  • 1986
  • 1984
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • Actor
  • 1982
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
  • Barry
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
  • Farrell
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
  • Rev. Dan Bradford
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
  • Larry Metcalf
  • 1970

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