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      John Archer

      John Archer

      Highest Rated: 100% Decision at Sundown (1957)

      Lowest Rated: 22% Blue Hawaii (1961)

      Birthday: May 8, 1915

      Birthplace: Osceola, Nebraska, USA

      John Archer--father of actress Anne Archer--is best known as the radio announcer for the weekly crime series "The Shadow," sinisterly intoning before every episode, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows." He was already a radio veteran by the time he worked on "The Shadow" in the mid-1940s, switching regularly between that medium and movies, but fans of Poverty Row B movies will also remember him from his starring roles in the cheapie Monogram pictures "King of the Zombies" and "Bowery at Midnight," the latter co-starring Bela Lugosi and Tom Neal. When not acting in B movies, he landed smaller supporting roles in major studio productions like the war drama "Guadalcanal Diary" and the gangster picture "White Heat." In 1950, he starred in one of the first real Hollywood science fiction movies, "Destination Moon," co-scripted by novelist Robert A. Heinlein." The movie, which at the time featured groundbreaking special effects in an effort to show what a moon landing would actually be like, won an Academy Award for visual effects and remains a historic milestone for the genre. Archer died in 1999 of lung cancer.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Decision at Sundown
      94% White Heat
      67% Destination Moon
      22% Blue Hawaii

      Photos

      DESTINATION MOON, John Archer, 1950 THE STARS ARE SINGING, John Archer, Rosemary Clooney, 1953 KING OF THE ZOMBIES, Dick Purcell, John Archer, Mantan Moreland, 1941 KING OF THE ZOMBIES, Joan Woodbury, John Archer, Mantan Moreland, Marguerite Whitten, 1941 THE STARS ARE SINGING, Rosemary Clooney, John Archer, 1953 DESTINATION MOON, Dick Wesson, John Archer, Warner Anderson, 1950 BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT, John Archer, Bela Lugosi, 1942 THE STARS ARE SINGING, Rosemary Clooney, John Archer, 1953 SHANTYTOWN, Marjorie Lord, John Archer, Mary Lee, 1943 SOUND OFF, John Archer, Helen Ford, Mickey Rooney, Anne James, 1952 DESTINATION MOON, John Archer, Dick Wesson, Tom Powers, Warner Anderson, 1950 DESTINATION MOON, Tom Powers, John Archer, 1950 KING OF THE ZOMBIES, Henry Victor, John Archer, Dick Purcell, Mantan Moreland, 1941 CITY OF MISSING GIRLS, Astrid Allwyn, John Archer, 1941 DESTINATION MOON, Warner Anderson, John Archer, 1950 SCATTERGOOD SURVIVES A MURDER, from left, George Chandler, Margaret Hayes, John Archer, Wallace Ford, Spencer Charters, 1942 SCATTERGOOD BAINES, from left, John Archer, Carol Hughes, 1941 DESTINATION MOON, John Archer, Dick Wesson, Tom Powers, Warner Anderson, 1950 SCATTERGOOD SURVIVES A MURDER, from left, Guy Kibbee, (as Scattergood Baines), Willie Best, John Archer, 1942 DESTINATION MOON, John Archer, Warner Anderson, 1950

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Amelia Earhart Dr. Paterson (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 70% Thursday's Game Mr. Wood (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hanford's Point Dr. Ed Bryce (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Voyager Dr. Ed Bryce (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 45% I Saw What You Did John Austin (Character) - 1965
      22% 67% Blue Hawaii Jack Kelman (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 38% City of Fear Lt. Mark Richards (Character) - 1959
      100% 76% Decision at Sundown Dr. John Storrow (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 14% Ten Thousand Bedrooms Bob Dudley (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Affair in Reno Tony Lamarr (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 20% No Man's Woman Harlow Grant (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stars Are Singing Dave Parish (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragon's Gold Mack Rossiter (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 32% The Big Trees Frenchy LeCroix (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sea Tiger Ben McGrun (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rodeo Slim Martin (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Yank in Indo-China Mulvaney (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sound Off Maj. Paul Whiteside (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 60% My Favorite Spy Henderson (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 23% Best of the Badmen Curley Ringo (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 22% Santa Fe Clint Canfield (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Lonesome Pat Farrell (Character) - 1950
      67% 48% Destination Moon Jim Barnes (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Jewel Robber Police Detective Lou Sampter (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 70% Colorado Territory Reno Blake (Character) - 1949
      94% 93% White Heat Philip Evans (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 51% Sherlock Holmes in Washington Naval Lt. Pete Merriam (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 60% Hello, Frisco, Hello Ned Clark (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 61% Guadalcanal Diary Lt. Thurmond (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Purple V Jimmy Thorne (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shantytown Bill Allen (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 17% Bowery at Midnight Richard Dennison (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Bullets Prof. J. Thomas Quincy (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hi, Neighbor Dr. Hall (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scattergood Survives a Murder Dunker Gilson (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Dr. Robert Redmond (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet City of Missing Girls James Horton (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 41% King of the Zombies Bill Summers (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gangs, Inc. Bob Elliott (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scattergood Baines Johnny Bones (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sucker List William Allen (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Always Tomorrow Jim Westlake (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 38% Overland Stage Raiders Bob Whitney (Character) - 1938

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 80% Columbo Paul (Character) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Judge Y. Franklin Leigh (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1962-1963 1965-1966 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Dr. Ed Bryce (Guest Star) 1961 1966-1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason J. R. Bradbury (Guest Star) 1957-1960 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Thayer (Guest Star) 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Dean Chase (Guest Star) 1960-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Timmy & Lassie Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Trooper Bill Padgett (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Ben Webster (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1957 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Arnold DeWalt (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Jim (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Unknown (Character) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Martin Baxter (Character) 1952