John Payne

John Payne

Highest Rated: 100% 99 River Street (1953)

Lowest Rated: 21% Duets (2000)

Birthday: May 23, 1912

Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia, USA

The son of an opera soprana, he studied drama at Columbia and voice at Juilliard. He began his career as a singer, then did some acting in stock. He moved to Hollywood in 1935, playing leads in a number of Fox musicals by the '40s, often opposite Alice Faye or Betty Grable. Frequently appearing bare-chested, he was very popular with female fans, and for a time he was the top male pin-up. In the '50s, still muscular but no longer boyish, he switched to medium-budget Westerns and action movies. In 1957 he retired from the screen to star in the TV series The Restless Gun and appeared in only two more films. He directed one of his last films, They Ran for Their Lives (1968). He finished his career in a 1973 Broadway revival of the musical Good News, appearing opposite Alice Faye. He became wealthy with shrewd real estate investments in southern California. From 1937-43 he was married to actress Anne Shirley; their daughter is actress Julie Payne. From 1944-50 he was married to actress Gloria DeHaven.


Highest Rated Movies



94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor John O. Harris 2017
No Score Yet The Girl on The Train Carl Pruitt $3.4K 2014
No Score Yet Asia: The Anthology Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Work of Director Chris Cunningham Producer 2003
No Score Yet G.I.Joe: Spy Troops the Movie Actor 2003
No Score Yet AcceleRacers Actor 2003
No Score Yet Treasure Island Actor 2002
21% Duets Sales Guy $4.3M 2000
No Score Yet Bye Bye Birdie Shriner #1 1995
No Score Yet Gunfighter's Moon Bartender Tom 1995
No Score Yet The Christmas Star Mr. Jerome 1986
No Score Yet The Eagle And The Hawk Actor 1962
No Score Yet Rebel in Town John Willoughby 1956
No Score Yet Slightly Scarlet Ben Grace 1956
No Score Yet Tennessee's Partner "Tennessee" 1955
No Score Yet Santa Fe Passage Kirby Randolph 1955
No Score Yet Hell's Island Mike Cormack 1955
No Score Yet Silver Lode Dan Ballard 1954
No Score Yet Raiders Of The Seven Seas Actor 1953
100% 99 River Street Ernie Driscoll 1953
83% Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) Joe Rolfe 1952
No Score Yet Passage West Pete Black 1951
No Score Yet The Eagle and the Hawk (Spread Eagle) Actor 1950
No Score Yet El Paso Clay Fletcher 1949
No Score Yet The Crooked Way Eddie Rice / Eddie Riccardi 1949
96% Miracle on 34th Street Fred Gailey 1947
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey Bill 1946
83% The Razor's Edge Gray Maturin 1946
No Score Yet The Dolly Sisters Harry Fox 1945
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello Johnny Cornell 1943
No Score Yet Springtime in the Rockies Dan Christy 1942
No Score Yet Iceland (Katina) Capt. James Murfin 1942
No Score Yet Footlight Serenade Bill Smith 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Chris Winters 1942
No Score Yet Remember the Day Dan Hopkins 1941
No Score Yet Week-End in Havana Jay Williams 1941
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade Ted Scott 1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast Rix Martin 1941
No Score Yet Tin Pan Alley Skeets 1940
No Score Yet Maryland Lee Danfield 1940
No Score Yet Star Dust Ambrose Fillmore / Bud Borden 1940
No Score Yet Wings of the Navy Jerry Harrington 1939
No Score Yet College Swing Martin Bates 1938
No Score Yet Hats Off Jimmy Maxwell 1936
89% Dodsworth Harry Howard 1936


No Score Yet The Commish
Marc Murray 1994
100% Exosquad
Voice 1994
No Score Yet Columbo
Ned Diamond 1975


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