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John Payne



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Girl on The Train
  • Carl Pruitt
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
20% Duets
  • Sales Guy
2000
No Score Yet Kitchen Party
  • Actor
1997
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
82% 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
  • Actor
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 To the Shores of Tripoli
  • Chris Winters
1942
No Score Yet Footlight Serenade
  • Bill Smith
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
88% Dodsworth
  • Harry Howard
1936

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