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      John Payne

      John Payne

      Highest Rated: 100% 99 River Street (1953)

      Lowest Rated: 60% The Razor's Edge (1946)

      Birthday: May 23, 1912

      Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia, USA

      In 1930, John Payne left Salem, Virginia, where he had been studying at Roanoke College. He went to New York City to study drama at Columbia University and voice at Juilliard. To pay his way, he worked various jobs, among which was singing in vaudeville. In 1934, a talent scout from the Shubert theaters, which ran some of New York's most important theater venues, noticed him and offered him work as a stock player. He toured with some of their shows and occasionally sang on radio programs. With his star on the rise, Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn offered him a contract, and he relocated to the West Coast. After working for various studios, he signed a contract with 20th Century Fox. With Fox he became a star in movie musicals, often playing the love interest of actresses like Betty Grable and Alice Faye in films like "Tin Pan Alley" (1940) and "Hello Frisco, Hello" (1943). In 1947, he landed in his best known role, starring as Fred Gailey, an attorney trying to prove Santa Claus is real, in the perennial Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street." In the 1950s, Payne's gentle image gave way to one of the tough guy, and he started appearing in Westerns and noir movies like "Silver Lode" in 1954 and "Hell's Island" in 1955. He took on a regular role on television from 1957 to 1959, when he starred as Vint Bonner, a gun-fighting cowboy, in the Western "The Restless Gun."

      Highest rated movies

      99 River Street poster
      99 River Street
      Miracle on 34th Street poster
      Miracle on 34th Street
      Dodsworth poster
      Dodsworth
      Kansas City Confidential poster
      Kansas City Confidential
      The Razor's Edge poster
      The Razor's Edge

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet They Ran for Their Lives Bob Martin (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hidden Fear Mike Brent (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bailout at 43,000 Major Paul Peterson (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boss Matt Brady (Character),
      Producer
      - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rebel in Town John Willoughby (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 27% Slightly Scarlet Ben Grace (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hold Back the Night Capt. Sam McKenzie (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 38% Tennessee's Partner Tennessee (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell's Island Mike Cormack (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road to Denver Bill Mayhew (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 40% Santa Fe Passage Kirby Randolph (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 43% Silver Lode Dan Ballard (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rails Into Laramie Jefferson Harder (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Raiders of the Seven Seas Barbarossa (Character) - 1953
      100% 80% 99 River Street Ernie Driscoll (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vanquished Rockwell "Rock" Grayson (Character) - 1953
      80% 76% Kansas City Confidential Joe Rolfe/Peter Harris (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blazing Forest Kelly Hansen (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caribbean Dick Lindsay/Robert MacAllister (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crosswinds Steve Singleton (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Passage West Pete Black (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eagle and the Hawk Capt. Todd Croyden (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tripoli Lt. O'Bannion (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain China Charles S. Chinnough/Capt. China (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 42% The Crooked Way Eddie Rice/Eddie Riccardi (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El Paso Clay Fletcher (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saxon Charm Eric Busch (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 0% Larceny Rick Mason (Character) - 1948
      96% 87% Miracle on 34th Street Fred Gailey (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wake Up and Dream Jeff Cairn (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 53% The Dolly Sisters Harry Fox (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 38% Sentimental Journey William O. Weatherly (Character) - 1946
      60% 71% The Razor's Edge Gray Maturin (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 60% Hello, Frisco, Hello Johnny Cornell (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Footlight Serenade William J. "Bill" Smith (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Iceland Capt. James Murfin (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 62% Springtime in the Rockies Dan Christy (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 56% To the Shores of Tripoli Chris Winters (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 85% Sun Valley Serenade Ted Scott (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 56% Remember the Day Dan Hopkins (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 60% The Great American Broadcast Rix Martin (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 59% Weekend in Havana Jay Williams (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maryland Lee Danfield (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 73% Star Dust Ambrose Fillmore/Bud Borden (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Profile Richard Lansing (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tear Gas Squad Bill Morrissey (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King of the Lumberjacks James "Jim" "Slim" Abbott (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 43% Tin Pan Alley Francis Aloysius "Skeets" Harrigan (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 0% Wings of the Navy Jerry Harrington (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Indianapolis Speedway Eddie Greer (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Royal Rodeo Bill Stevens (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kid Nightingale Steve `'Kid Nightingale'` Nelson (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Garden of the Moon Don Vincente (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fair Warning Jim Preston (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love on Toast Bill Adams (Character) - 1937
      90% 86% Dodsworth Harry McKee (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hats Off Jimmy Maxwell (Character) - 1936

      TV

      Credit
      50% 73% Spider-Man Unlimited Unknown (Voice) 2001
      No Score Yet 75% Columbo Ned Diamond (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Amos Gentry (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Vint Bonner (Character),
      Writer
      1957-1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1951