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John Merton

Highest Rated:   100% The Big Heat (1953)
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Birthplace:   Washington, USA
Born John Myrtland LaVarre, John Merton has appeared on Broadway as "Myrtland LaVarre" in the Theatre Guild's hit production of Karel Capek's R.U.R. (1922). More theater work followed and he was spotted in the background of several silent films, including as a fireman in W.C. Fields' It's the Old Army Game (1926). But the handsome, slightly frosty-looking actor found his rightful place in B-Westerns and serials. He would appear in a total of 170 films, turning up as an assortment of blackguards. Usually a bit more sophisticated than the average "dog heavy," Merton could nevertheless rough it with the best of 'em, a talent he passed on to his equally tough-looking son, Lane Bradford. Father and son appeared in six films together, including 1947's Jack Armstrong. (Another son played supporting roles on television in the '50s under the moniker of Robert La Varre.) Retiring after a bit in Cecil B. DeMille's gigantic The Ten Commandments (1956), Merton died of a heart attack at the age of 58.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
94% The Ten Commandments
  • Architect's Assistant
1956
No Score Yet Son of Sinbad
  • Guard
1955
100% The Big Heat
  • Man
1953
44% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Chuck
1952
No Score Yet Trail Guide
  • Dale
1952
No Score Yet The Old West
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Gold Raiders
  • Clete
1951
No Score Yet I Shot Billy the Kid
  • Ollinger
1950
57% Samson and Delilah
  • Assistant tax collector
1949
No Score Yet Outlaw Country
  • Marshal Clark
1949
100% Thieves' Highway
  • State Highway Policeman
1949
No Score Yet Radar Patrol vs. Spy King
  • Baroda
1949
No Score Yet A Southern Yankee
  • Horseman
1948
No Score Yet Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy
  • Gregory Pierce
1947
No Score Yet Cheyenne Takes Over
  • McCord
1947
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Corporal
1947
No Score Yet I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
  • President Theodore Roosevelt
1947
No Score Yet Border Bandits
  • Henchman Spike
1946
97% Gilda
  • Policeman
1946
No Score Yet Along Came Jones
  • Card Player
1945
No Score Yet Gentle Annie
  • Engineer
1945
No Score Yet Brenda Starr, Reporter
  • Schultz
1945
No Score Yet Zorro's Black Whip
  • Harris
1944
No Score Yet Wild Horse Phantom
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Girl Rush
  • Scully
1944
No Score Yet Kismet
  • Mansur's Aide
1944
No Score Yet Mystery Man
  • Bill
1944
No Score Yet Texas Masquerade
  • Jeff
1944
No Score Yet Devil Riders
  • Jim Higgins
1943
No Score Yet Destroyer
  • Chief Quartermaster
1943
No Score Yet The Law Rides Again
  • Henchman Spike
1943
No Score Yet Sagebrush Law
  • Burl Mason
1943
No Score Yet Land of Hunted Men
  • Pelham
1943
No Score Yet The Kid Rides Again
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Hitler's Children
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Black Market Rustlers
  • Parry
1943
No Score Yet Boothill Bandits
  • Brand Bolton
1942
No Score Yet Prairie Pals
  • Ed Blair
1942
No Score Yet Invisible Agent
  • German Soldier
1942
No Score Yet Law and Order
  • Turtle
1942
No Score Yet Along the Sundown Trail
  • Jake Phillips
1942
No Score Yet The Gunman from Bodie
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Under Fiesta Stars
  • Henchman Tommick
1941
No Score Yet White Eagle
  • Romino
1941
No Score Yet Billy the Kid in Texas
  • Flash
1940
No Score Yet The Dark Command
  • Cantrell Man
1940
No Score Yet Drums of Fu Manchu
  • Loki
1940
100% Northwest Passage
  • Lt. Dunbar
1940
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
  • Kester
1940
No Score Yet Billy the Kid's Gun Justice
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Melody Ranch
  • Wildhack Warner
1940
No Score Yet The Great Commandment
  • Under officer
1939
No Score Yet Renegade Trail
  • Traynor
1939
No Score Yet Three Texas Steers
  • Mike Abbott
1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific
  • Laborer
1939
No Score Yet Rough Riders' Round-up
  • Border Patrolman Messenger
1939
No Score Yet In Old Montana
  • Ed Brandt
1939
No Score Yet Code of the Fearless
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Flaming Lead
  • Chicago Club Manager (uncredited)
1939
No Score Yet Zorro's Fighting Legion
  • Manuel
1939
No Score Yet Gang Bullets
  • Red
1938
No Score Yet Phantom Ranger
  • Bud
1938
No Score Yet Gunsmoke Trail
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Female Fugitive
  • Mort
1938
No Score Yet Shopworn Angel
  • Speaker
1938
No Score Yet Colorado Kid
  • Court Clerk
1938
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Returns
  • Champ
1938
No Score Yet Roaring Six Guns
  • 'Mileaway' Roberts
1937
No Score Yet Slaves in Bondage
  • Nick Costello
1937
No Score Yet Galloping Dynamite
  • Reed
1937
No Score Yet The Law Commands
  • Clark
1937
No Score Yet Gunsmoke Ranch
  • Clem Jurgins
1937
No Score Yet Headline Crasher
  • Scarlotti
1937
No Score Yet Valley of Terror
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet The Firefly
  • French Officer
1937
No Score Yet Arizona Gunfighter
  • Farley
1937
No Score Yet Two Gun Troubadour
  • Bill Barton
1937
No Score Yet The Rangers Step In
  • Martin
1937
No Score Yet The Gun Ranger
  • Kemper
1937
No Score Yet Fury Below
  • Emil
1936
No Score Yet The Three Mesquiteers
  • Bull
1936
No Score Yet Aces and Eights
  • Gambler
1936
No Score Yet Bar 20 Rides Again
  • Carp
1936
No Score Yet Crooked Trail
  • Harve Tarlton
1936
No Score Yet The Lion's Den
  • Single-Shot Smith
1936
No Score Yet Call of the Prairie
  • Arizona
1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Enters
  • Party Guest
1935
100% Sons of the Desert
  • Sons of the Desert Coterie
1933
No Score Yet Running Wild
  • Cop
1927
No Score Yet It's the Old Army Game
  • Fireman
1926

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