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      John Litel

      John Litel

      Highest Rated: 100% Black Legion (1937)

      Lowest Rated: 14% The Kentuckian (1955)

      Birthday: Dec 30, 1892

      Birthplace: Albany, Wisconsin, USA

      John Litel was never one to sit idly by when the going got tough. When World War I broke out in Europe, he joined the French army because the United States was slow to enter the conflict. He was subsequently twice awarded medals for his service. Upon returning home after the war, he studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began doing theater, touring the country with stock companies, before relocating to Hollywood. In the early 1930s, he worked for Warner Bros., co-starring in hardboiled dramas like "Black Legion" with Humphrey Bogart, and in "Alcatraz Island." His most notable early work, though, was not in feature films but starring in the historical short films "Give Me Liberty" and "Declaration of Independence," as Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Both films were honored with Academy Awards. In 1940, Litel reteamed with Bogart in the hard-hitting noir "They Drive By Night," a classic of its genre. Although he played his fair share of soldiers, criminals, cops, and all-around tough guys, like many actors working during the heyday of the classic American Western, he saddled up as a cowboy more than once, in "Dodge City," "They Died with Their Boots On" (both starring Errol Flynn), and "The Sons of Katie Elder" with John Wayne. Serial fans, however, will probably remember him best from his role in the "Don Winslow of the Navy" episodes. After over 200 screen appearances, Litel died at age 79.

      Highest rated movies

      The Sons of Katie Elder
      Decision at Sundown
      Pitfall
      So Proudly We Hail
      Dodge City
      Marked Woman
      Black Legion
      They Drive by Night

      Photos

      HENRY AND DIZZY, from left, John Litel, Jimmy Lydon, (as Henry Aldrich), 1942 HENRY ALDRICH FOR PRESIDENT, John Litel, 1941 ALCATRAZ ISLAND, John Litel, Mary Maguire, Ann Sheridan, 1937 THE RETURN OF RUSTY, John Litel, 1946 SONS OF KATIE ELDER, THE, Dean Martin, Earl Holliman, Michael Anderson Jr., John Litel, 1965 HENRY AND DIZZY, from left, Jimmy Lydon, (as Henry Aldrich), Olive Blakeney, John Litel, 1942 BOSS OF BIG TOWN, John Litel (l.), Florence Rice (r.), 1942 WHERE ARE YOUR CHILDREN?, from left, Jackie Cooper, John Litel, 1943 THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, Pedro Regas, John Litel, 1940 BOSS OF BIG TOWN, John Litel (center), Paul Dubov, 1942 BOSS OF BIG TOWN, John Litel (center), Paul Dubov, 1942 BOSS OF BIG TOWN, Frank Ferguson, Patricia Prest, John Litel, 1942 BOSS OF BIG TOWN, Frank Ferguson, John Litel, Florence Rice, 1942 NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE, from left: Frankie Thomas, Bonita Granville, John Litel, Frank Orth, 1939 THE CRIME DOCTOR'S WARNING, from left, Warner Baxter, John Litel, 1945 ALCATRAZ ISLAND, Ann Sheridan, John Litel, 1937 NANCY DREW--DETECTIVE, Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas, John Litel, 1938 BOSS OF BIG TOWN, John Litel (top right), Florence Rice (bottom right), 1942 KID GLOVE KILLER, Lee Bowman, John Litel, 1942 NANCY DREW... TROUBLE SHOOTER, Charlotte Wynters, John Litel, Bonita Granville, 1939

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% 82% The Sons of Katie Elder Minister (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gun Hawk Drunk (Character) - 1963
      50% 72% Pocketful of Miracles Police Inspector McCrary (Character) - 1961
      72% 39% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford (Character) - 1961
      100% 76% Decision at Sundown Charles Summerton (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hired Gun Mace Beldon (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 45% Comanche Gen. Nelson Miles (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Daughters George Barton (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 11% Texas Lady Meade Moore (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Dakotas Morgan Wheeler (Character) - 1956
      14% 42% The Kentuckian Pleasant Tuesday Babson (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 26% Sitting Bull Gen. Wilford Howell (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack Slade Judge Davidson (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 83% Scaramouche Dr. Dubuque (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 38% Montana Belle Matt Towner (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 22% Flight to Mars Dr. Lane (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Dollar Bettor John Hewitt (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 20% The Groom Wore Spurs Uncle George (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Egypt Shuster (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 50% The Texas Rangers Maj. John B. Jones (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 72% Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Police Chief Tolgate (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 75% Woman in Hiding John Chandler (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 10% Outpost in Morocco Col. Pascal (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Ryan, Detective Capt. Billings (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rusty's Birthday Hugh Mitchell (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Triple Threat Coach Snyder (Character) - 1948
      100% 68% Pitfall District Attorney (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rusty Leads the Way Hugh Mitchell (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Dog Rusty Hugh Mitchell (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Valiant Hombre Lon Lansdell (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 57% Cass Timberlane Webb Wargate (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lighthouse Hank Armitage (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 29% The Guilty Alex Tremholt (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heaven Only Knows The Reverend (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Easy Come, Easy Go Tom Clancy (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smooth as Silk Stephen Elliott (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 72% Sister Kenny Medical Director (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 50% The Enchanted Forest Ed Henderson (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 48% Brewster's Millions Swearengen Jones (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 65% San Antonio Charlie Bell (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Trail Sergeant Means (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daltons Ride Again Micthael J. "Mike" Bohannon (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 40% Crime Doctor's Warning Inspector Dawes (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in the Blue Room Frank Baldrich (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid Mr. Aldrich (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lake Placid Serenade Walter Benda (Character) - 1944
      100% 82% So Proudly We Hail Dr. Harrison (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Submarine Base James Xavier "Jim" Taggart (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Henry Aldrich Haunts a House Sam Aldrich (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Henry Aldrich Swings It Mr. Aldrich (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 33% Crime Doctor Emilio Caspari (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Times Square Dr. Blaine (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour Mr. Sam Aldrich (Character) - 1943
      86% 56% Kid Glove Killer Matty (Character) - 1942
      67% 34% Invisible Agent John Gardiner (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boss of Big Town Michael Lynn (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For the Common Defense! Castillo (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Henry Aldrich, Editor Mr. Samuel W. Aldrich (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen Norman Hadley (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father's Son William Emory (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Fall Out Tim Gordon (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trial of Mary Dugan Mr. West (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Mr. Nobody John Wade (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Boss Bob Dugan (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 63% It All Came True Mr. Roberts (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 75% Castle on the Hudson Prison Chaplain (Character) - 1940
      71% 57% The Fighting 69th Capt. Mangan (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet March On, Marines Colonel Myers (Character) - 1940
      88% 60% Knute Rockne, All American Committee Chairman (Character) - 1940
      92% 70% They Drive by Night Harry McNamara (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 56% Virginia City Marshall (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Money and the Woman Jerremy `'Jerry'` Helm (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gambling on the High Seas U.S. District Attorney Homer Sears (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Without Souls Reverend Thomas Storm (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Talked Too Much District Attorney Dickson (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Angel From Texas Gordon Quigley (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 50% Lady With Red Hair Charles Bryant (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Child Is Born Dr. Brett (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 17% Murder in the Air Mr. William Saxby (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Is a Prince Dr. Mark Stone (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 0% Wings of the Navy Commander Clark (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 65% Dust Be My Destiny Prosecutor (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Get Away With Murder Attorney Carey (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 44% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Carson Drew (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 19% The Return of Doctor X Dr. Francis Flegg (Character) - 1939
      100% 75% Dodge City Matt Cole (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 69% Nancy Drew -- Reporter Carson Drew (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On Trial Robert Strickland (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On Dress Parade Col. Michael `'Mike'` Riker (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 33% Secret Service of the Air Unknown (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 55% Nancy Drew, Trouble Shooter Carson Drew (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 23% Gold Is Where You Find It Ralph Edward Ferris (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 62% The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Prosecuting Attorney (Character) - 1938
      67% 77% A Slight Case of Murder Post (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Comet Over Broadway William `'Bill'` Appleton (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, Honor and Behave Jim Blake (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Valley of the Giants Hendricks (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 46% My Bill John Rudlin (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Over the Wall Father Neil Connor (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Miss Thoroughbred Nelson 'Nails' Morgan (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadway Musketeers Stan Dowling (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 68% Nancy Drew, Detective Carson Drew (Character) - 1938
      100% 70% Marked Woman Gordon (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 50% Slim Wyatt Ranstead (Character) - 1937
      92% 74% The Life of Emile Zola Charpentier (Character) - 1937
      100% 58% Black Legion Tommy Smith (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Back in Circulation Dr. Eugene Forde (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Missing Witnesses Inspector Lane (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Without a Country Lt. Philip Nolan (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alcatraz Island "Gat" Brady (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Midnight Court Victor Shanley (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Give Me Liberty Patrick Henry (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fugitive in the Sky Mike Phelan/Roger Johnson (Character) - 1936

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Mr. School (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Colonel Richard Gaunt (Guest Star) 1958-1959 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stagecoach West Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Capt. David Rowland (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro Unknown (Guest Star) 1958-1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun McClelland Burke (Guest Star) 1958-1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1957 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Judge Henry (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Floyd Schaeffer (Guest Star) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Star and the Story Unknown (Character) 1955
      No Score Yet 97% I Love Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Hero: A Bob Cummings Show Willis Thackery (Character) 1952-1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cavalcade of America Unknown (Character) 1952