John Merton

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Heat (1953)
Birthday: Feb 18, 1901
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

CREDIT
97% The Ten Commandments Architect's Assistant 1956
No Score Yet Son of Sinbad Guard 1955
100% The Big Heat Man 1953
45% 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
80% 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 Under Fiesta Stars Henchman Tommick 1941
No Score Yet The Gunman from Bodie Actor 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 Zorro's Fighting Legion Manuel 1939
No Score Yet Flaming Lead Chicago Club Manager (uncredited) 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 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 Arizona Gunfighter Farley 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 Crooked Trail Harve Tarlton 1936
No Score Yet Call of the Prairie Arizona 1936
No Score Yet The Lion's Den Single-Shot Smith 1936
No Score Yet Bar 20 Rides Again Carp 1936
No Score Yet The Eagle's Brood Ed 1935
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

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Foley
  • 1953
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
1934-1959
  • 1953

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