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John Randolph

Highest Rated:   100% There Was a Crooked Man (1970)
Lowest Rated:   22% Sibling Rivalry (1990)
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CCNY and Columbia University alumnus John Randolph was first seen on Broadway in the 1937 opus Revolt of the Beavers. Randolph served in the Air Force in World War II, then resumed what seemed at the time to be an increasingly successful, near-unstoppable acting career. But in 1951, Randolph found himself on a specious "Commie sympathizers" list. After appearing as a hostile witness before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, Randolph was effectively blacklisted from movies, TV and radio commercials for the next twelve years. Fortunately, he could always rely upon the theatre to provide him an income, though it was touch-and-go for a while when a Broadway show in which he was appearing was picketed by anti-Red zealots. Throughout the 1950s, Randolph was featured in such major stage productions as Come Back Little Sheba, The Visit, Sound of Music and Case of Libel. In 1963, he was at long last permitted to guest-star on a network TV program, The Defenders. Appropriately, it was in an episode titled "Blacklist," which condemned the knee-jerk policy of banning artists because of their political views; ironically, Randolph was very nearly denied the part when the network complained that he hadn't been "cleared." Though he'd played a small part in 1948's The Naked City, Randolph's movie career began in earnest in 1965. In John Frankenheimer's Seconds, he was cast as aging businessman Arthur Hamilton, who through the magic of plastic surgery is given a fresh new identity (he emerges from the bandages as Rock Hudson)! Since his career renaissance, Hamilton hasn't stopped working before the cameras. He has been featured in films like Gaily Gaily (1969), Little Murders (1971), King Kong (1976), Heaven Can Wait (1978) Prizzi's Honor (1985; as Pop Prizzi); in TV movies like Wings of Kitty Hawk (1978; as Alexander Graham Bell) and The American Clock (1993); and as a regular in the TV series Angie (1979) Annie McGuire (1988) and Grand (1990). Though he'd probably rather you not mention it, Randolph is a dead ringer for former attorney general John Mitchell; accordingly, he played Mitchell in the TV miniseries Blind Ambition, and was heard but not seen in the same role in the 1976 theatrical feature All the President's Men. Despite the upsurge in his film and TV activities, Randolph has never abandoned the theatre: in 1986, he won a Tony Award for his work in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. As if to slap the faces of those self-styled patriots who denied him work in the 1950s, Randolph has in recent years accepted the German Democratic Republic's Paul Robeson Award, and has served on the National Council for US-Soviet friendship. John Randolph has also served on the board of directors of all three major performing guilds: SAG, AFTRA and Equity. After taking on a variety of grandfatherly roles, including Jack Nicholson's father in Prizzi's Honor and Tom Hanks' grandfather in You've Got Mail), Randloph passed away at 88-years-old in April of 2004.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
50% The Dogwalker
  • Ike
2002
No Score Yet Sunset Strip
  • Mr. Niederhaus
2000
69% You've Got Mail
  • Schuyler Fox
1998
57% A Price Above Rubies
  • Rebbe
1998
No Score Yet A Foreign Field
  • Waldo
1994
No Score Yet Iron Maze
  • Mayor Peluso
1991
22% Sibling Rivalry
  • Charles Turner Sr.
1990
64% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Clark Griswold Sr.
1989
No Score Yet The Wizard of Loneliness
  • Doc
1988
No Score Yet As Summers Die
  • Augustus Tompkins
1986
88% Prizzi's Honor
  • Angelo Partanna
1985
No Score Yet Shooting Stars
  • Actor
1983
68% Frances
  • Judge
1982
No Score Yet Lovely but Deadly
  • Franklin Van Dyke
1982
No Score Yet The Adventures of Nellie Bly
  • Joseph Pulitzer
1981
No Score Yet Killing at Hell's Gate
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Winds Of Kitty Hawk
  • Alexander Graham Bell
1978
89% Heaven Can Wait
  • Former Owner
1978
No Score Yet Wilbur and Orville: The First to Fly
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Kill Me If You Can
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet The Gathering
  • Dr. John Hodges
1977
50% King Kong
  • Capt. Ross
1976
93% All the President's Men
  • Voice of Bob Haldeman
1976
No Score Yet Independence
  • Samuel Adams
1976
No Score Yet Beyond the Horizon
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Runaways
  • Actor
1975
35% Earthquake
  • Mayor
1974
No Score Yet Tell Me Where It Hurts
  • Actor
1974
90% Serpico
  • Chief Sidney Green
1973
44% Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Commission Chairman
1972
78% Escape from the Planet of the Apes
  • Chairman
1971
57% Little Murders
  • Mr. Chamberlain
1971
100% There Was a Crooked Man
  • Cyrus McNutt
1970
No Score Yet Smith!
  • Mr. Edwards
1969
60% Gaily, Gaily
  • Actor
1969
100% Pretty Poison
  • Morton Azenauer
1968
No Score Yet Sweet Love, Bitter
  • Actor
1967
90% Seconds
  • Arthur Hamilton
1966
86% The Naked City
  • Policeman
1948

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mr. Franks
  • 1994
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Frank Costanza
  • 1993
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Roseanne's Dad Al
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Ward Beaumont
  • 1984

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