Jonathan Hale

Jonathan Hale

  • Highest Rated: 100% Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% The Opposite Sex (1956)
  • Birthday: Mar 21, 1891
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Once Canadian-born actor Jonathan Hale became well known for his portrayal of well-to-do businessmen, he was fond of telling the story of how he'd almost been a man of wealth in real life--except for an improvident financial decision by his father. A minor diplomat before he turned to acting, Hale began appearing in minor film roles in 1934, showing up fleetingly in such well-remembered films as the Karloff/Lugosi film The Raven (1935), the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera (1935) and the first version of A Star is Born (1937). In 1938, Hale was cast as construction executive J. C. Dithers in Blondie, the first of 28 "B"-pictures based on Chic Young's popular comic strip. Though taller and more distinguished-looking than the gnomelike Dithers of the comics, Hale became instantly synonymous with the role, continuing to portray the character until 1946's Blondie's Lucky Day (his voice was heard in the final film of the series, Beware of Blondie, though that film's on-camera Dithers was Edward Earle). During this same period, Hale also appeared regularly as Irish-brogued Inspector Fernack in RKO's "The Saint" series. After 1946, Hale alternated between supporting roles and bits, frequently unbilled (e.g. Angel on My Shoulder, Call Northside 777 and Son of Paleface); he had a pivotal role as Robert Walker's hated father in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951), though the part was confined to a smidgen of dialogue and a single long-shot. Hale worked prolifically in television in the '50s, with substantial guest roles in such series as Disneyland and The Adventures of Superman. In 1966, after a long illness, Jonathan Hale committed suicide at the age of 75, just months before the TV release of the Blondie films that had won him prominence in the '30s and '40s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (The Modern Miracle) President of Western Union 2000
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me Nightclub Manager 1957
No Score Yet Top Secret Affair Mr. Jones 1957
20% The Opposite Sex Phelps Potter 1956
No Score Yet Illegal Doctor 1955
No Score Yet The Night Holds Terror Bob Henderson 1955
No Score Yet Men of the Fighting Lady (Panther Squadron) Announcer 1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11 Russell 1954
No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No Mr. Bentley 1954
No Score Yet A Blueprint for Murder Dr. Stevenson 1953
No Score Yet Kansas Pacific Gen. Scott 1953
No Score Yet The Glory Brigade Col. Peterson 1953
No Score Yet The Steel Trap Tom Bowers 1952
100% Scandal Sheet Frank Madison 1952
89% Son of Paleface Governor 1952
No Score Yet My Pal Gus Judge 1952
98% Strangers on a Train Mr. Antony 1951
No Score Yet Three Husbands Mr. Wurdeman 1951
No Score Yet A Dangerous Profession Lennert 1949
83% The Fountainhead Guy Franchon 1949
No Score Yet The Judge Lt. Edwards 1949
No Score Yet State Department---File 649 Director General of Foreign Service 1948
89% Johnny Belinda Dr. Gray 1948
No Score Yet Tap Roots Gen. Johnston 1948
73% Call Northside 777 Robert Winston 1948
No Score Yet Silver River Maj. Spencer 1948
No Score Yet High Wall Emory Garrison 1947
No Score Yet Her Husband's Affairs Gov. Fox 1947
No Score Yet The Ghost Goes Wild Actor 1947
No Score Yet Wife Wanted (Shadow of Blackmail) Philip Conway 1946
No Score Yet Blondie Knows Best J.C. Dithers 1946
No Score Yet Easy to Wed Hector Boswell 1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder Chairman 1946
No Score Yet Blondie's Lucky Day J.C. Dithers 1946
No Score Yet Riverboat Rhythm Edward Beeler 1946
No Score Yet Life with Blondie Dithers 1945
No Score Yet Dakota Col. Wordin 1945
No Score Yet Man Alive Osborne 1945
No Score Yet Allotment Wives (Woman in the Case) Gen. Gilbert 1945
No Score Yet Leave It to Blondie J.C. Dithers 1945
No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow Dr. Sloane 1944
No Score Yet Dead Man's Eyes Dr. Welles 1944
83% Since You Went Away Conductor 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Mr. Brodel 1944
No Score Yet There's Something About a Soldier Gen. Sommerton 1943
No Score Yet Jack London Kerwin Maxwell 1943
No Score Yet It's a Great Life J.C. Dithers 1943
85% Hangmen Also Die Dedic 1943
No Score Yet The Amazing Mrs. Holliday Ferguson 1943
No Score Yet Footlight Glamour J.C. Dithers 1943
No Score Yet Blondie for Victory J.C. Dithers 1942
No Score Yet Miss Annie Rooney Mr. White 1942
No Score Yet Joe Smith, American Blake McKettrick 1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College J.C. Dithers 1942
No Score Yet Blondie's Blessed Event J.C. Dithers 1942
No Score Yet Ringside Maisie (Cash and Carry Maisie) Dr. Kramer 1941
No Score Yet Blondie in Society Dithers 1941
No Score Yet Blondie Goes Latin J.C. Dithers 1941
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny District Attorney 1941
No Score Yet The Saint in Palm Springs Insp. Henry Fernack 1941
No Score Yet Blondie Plays Cupid J.C. Dithers 1940
No Score Yet Blondie Has Servant Trouble J.C. Dithers 1940
No Score Yet The Saint Takes Over Inspector Henry Fernack 1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo Dr. Brown 1940
No Score Yet The Saint's Double Trouble Inspector Henry Fernack 1940
No Score Yet Melody and Moonlight Otis Barnett 1940
No Score Yet Blondie J.C. Dithers 1939
No Score Yet In Name Only Dr. Edward `Ned' Gateson 1939
No Score Yet There's That Woman Again Rolfe Davis 1939
No Score Yet The Saint Strikes Back Inspector Henry Fernack 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Meets the Boss D.C. Dithers 1939
No Score Yet Wings of the Navy Commandant 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
90% Boys Town John Hargraves 1938
No Score Yet Breaking the Ice Kane 1938
No Score Yet Letter of Introduction Lou Woodstock 1938
No Score Yet Wives Under Suspicion Dan Allison 1938
No Score Yet The Saint in New York Insp. Henry Fernack 1938
No Score Yet Judge Hardy's Children John Lee 1938
No Score Yet The First Hundred Years Judge Parker 1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns Chief of DCI 1938
93% Bringing Up Baby Actor 1938
No Score Yet Yellow Jack Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood 1938
No Score Yet The Duke of West Point Col. Early 1938
No Score Yet Her Jungle Love J.C. Martin 1938
No Score Yet Exiled to Shanghai J.B. Willet 1937
No Score Yet Big Town Girl Actor 1937
No Score Yet Saratoga Frank Clayton 1937
No Score Yet This Is My Affair Judge 1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics Hopkins 1937
100% A Star Is Born Night Court Judge 1937
No Score Yet The Man Who Found Himself Dr. Tom Smythe 1937
100% You Only Live Once District Attorney 1937
No Score Yet Madame X Hugh Fariman Sr. 1937
No Score Yet Outcast Judge (uncredited) 1937
No Score Yet Happy Go Lucky Bennett 1936
No Score Yet Born to Dance Hector, the Columnist 1936
No Score Yet The Devil Is a Sissy Judge Holmes 1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Race Track Warren Fenton 1936
100% Fury Defense Attorney 1936
No Score Yet The Singing Kid Dr. Brown 1936
No Score Yet Too Many Parents Judge 1936
No Score Yet The Voice of Bugle Ann District Attorney 1936
97% A Night at the Opera Stage Manager 1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Man in Railroad Station 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Congressman 1935
94% Alice Adams Mr. Palmer 1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan's Secret Warren T. Phelps 1935
No Score Yet A Lost Lady Actor 1934
No Score Yet Housewife Doctor 1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice Capt. Nelson 1934

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

93% Batman
1966-1968
Museum Attendant Jewelery Store Clerk
  • 1966
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Van Wesson
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Col. Brand Professor Roberts
  • 1953

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