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      John Alvin

      John Alvin

      Highest Rated: 100% The Fighting Sullivans (1944)

      Lowest Rated: 52% Somewhere in Time (1980)

      Birthday: Oct 24, 1917

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      John Alvin is one of the foremost artists of movie poster art, creating illustrated artwork that anchored the advertising campaigns of many hit films for over 30 years. A 1971 graduate of Art Center College of Design, Alvin was invited by a friend to submit a movie poster for Mel Brooks' '74 comedy "Blazing Saddles." Alvin's poster would be used for the film's ad campaign, and he would go on to design the posters for 135 films, including most of Mel Brooks' hits, many of Disney's animated features, and films of every genre, his illustrating style lending itself most memorably to fantasy and sci-fi films of the '80s. Among his most recognizable work is the image of the human and alien fingers touching for the "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" poster (based on Michelangelo's painting "The Creation of Adam") and the image of a sweaty Harrison Ford amongst the luminescent cityscape depicted in the poster for "Blade Runner." In the '90s, he would work extensively for Disney Studios, designing posters for animated films like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" and live action features like their '93 version of "The Three Musketeers." In later years, Alvin began creating and selling exclusive art based on film images. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack in '08 and is remembered, along with Richard Amsel and Bob Peak, as one of the foremost talents in his craft.

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Fighting Sullivans
      89% The Beast With Five Fingers
      83% The Fountainhead
      67% Destination Tokyo
      52% Somewhere in Time

      Photos

      THE SULLIVANS, (aka THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS), from left, John Alvin, John Campbell, Edward Ryan, George Offerman, Jr., James Cardwell, 1944 ©20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright THE SULLIVANS, (aka THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS), from left, front, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle, Trudy Marshall; back, John Alvin, George Offerman, Jr., Edward Ryan, John Campbell, James Cardwell, 1944 ©20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS, Robert Alda, John Alvin, Peter Lorre, Charles Dingle, 1946 THE SULLIVANS, (aka THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS), from left: James Cardwell, John Campbell, John Alvin, George Offerman Jr., Edward Ryan, 1944. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright THE SULLIVANS, (aka THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS), from left, Edward Ryan, George Offerman, Jr., James Cardwell, John Alvin, John Campbell, 1944 ©20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS, THE, Peter Lorre, J. Carrol Naish, John Alvin, Charles Dingle, Robert Alda, Andrea King, 1946 THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS, Charles Dingle, John Alvin, J. Carroll Naish, Robert Alda, 1946

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 44% Dennis the Menace Mr. Bonfigli (Character) - 1987
      52% 88% Somewhere in Time Arthur's Father (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 84% The Legend of Lizzie Borden Dr. Draper (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet, Sweet Rachel Surgeon (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 0% Kentucky Rifle Luke Thomas (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 47% April in Paris Tracy (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Torpedo Alley Professor (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 73% Close to My Heart Prospective Adoptive Father (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 62% Come Fill the Cup Travis Ashbourne (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Side of the Law Calder Taylor (Character) - 1950
      83% 74% The Fountainhead Young intellectual (uncredited) (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Guys From Texas Jim Crocker (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shanghai Chest Victor Armstrong (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bold Frontiersman Don Post (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 67% Cheyenne Single Jack (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Learn William (Character) - 1947
      89% 60% The Beast With Five Fingers Donald Arlington (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 51% Three Strangers Junior Clerk (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow of a Woman Carl (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 64% Roughly Speaking Lawton MacKall (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 65% San Antonio Pony Smith (Character) - 1945
      100% 87% The Fighting Sullivans Madison Abel "Matt" Sullivan (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 78% The Very Thought of You Cal Wheeler (Character) - 1944
      67% 65% Destination Tokyo Sound Man (Character) - 1943

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1980-1981
      No Score Yet 76% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Will Hazen (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet 87% M*A*S*H Bowman (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1968 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 79% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Dob Robertson (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      83% 91% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Attorney Harper (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Asst. Bank Manager (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Joe Rivers (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Unknown (Guest Star) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Scotty Dixon (Guest Star) 1949-1952