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John Alvin

John Alvin, born John Alvin Hoffstadt was an American film, stage and television actor. Alvin was signed with Warner Brothers Studios for an exclusive four-year contract during the World War II era, although he was "borrowed" by 20th Century Fox to appear in 1944's Oscar-nominated The Fighting Sullivans. He appeared in more than 25 Warner Brothers films during this time, including Northern Pursuit (which starred Errol Flynn), The Beast with Five Fingers, The Very Thought of You, and Objective, Burma!. His pictures after the contract period included Irma la Douce, Inside Daisy Clover, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, and Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie. However, it was his role in the 1943 film Destination Tokyo, in which he co-starred with John Garfield and Cary Grant, that left the largest impression on Alvin. Years later, in a 2006 interview, Alvin credited Grant with having a major impact on his career path: "I learned more about show business from him than from anyone. He was very attentive and helpful." Alvin later enjoyed a separate television career, which spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s. His television credits included various roles on Leave It to Beaver, All in the Family, Lou Grant, Dragnet, General Hospital, Murder, She Wrote, Starsky and Hutch, The Incredible Hulk and I Spy. Alvin's also appeared in numerous television commercials advertising for such products as Mattel, H&R Block, McDonald's, Porsche and Audi. Alvin's theater repertoire included Send Me No Flowers, The Student Prince, The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and The Cradle Will Rock. He also appeared in a production of Rain, which was directed by Charlie Chaplin. He largely retired from acting in the 1990s; his final film appearance was in 1994's Milk Money. During his retirement, Alvin often showed his movies for audiences at the Conejo Valley Senior Concerns, an organization for senior citizens based in Thousand Oaks, California.

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Oct 24, 1917 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Destination Tokyo 1943-12-31
Latest Project:
Movie Milk Money 1994-08-31
Known For
Poster of Milk Money
Poster of Somewhere in Time
Poster of Perry Mason
Poster of Sheena, Queen of the Jungle
Movie Milk Money Rich Old Guy 1994-08-31
Movie Dennis the Menace Mr. Bonfigli 1987-09-18
Series Amazing Stories Unknown 1985-09-29
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie Passions Minister 1984-10-01
Movie Somewhere in Time Arthur's Father 1980-10-02
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Series Starsky & Hutch Unknown 1975-09-10
Series Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown 1974-09-13
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Movie Sweet, Sweet Rachel Surgeon 1971-10-01
Series Family Affair Unknown 1966-09-12
Series Occasional Wife Unknown 1966-09-13
Series Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
Series The Cara Williams Show Unknown 1964-09-23
Series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Doctor 1964-09-22
Series The Munsters Mr. Franklin 1964-09-24
Movie Irma la Douce Customer #2 1963-06-05
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Series Cain's Hundred Unknown 1961-09-19
Series 87th Precinct Unknown 1961-09-25
Series Bringing Up Buddy Unknown 1960-10-10
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Series One Step Beyond Unknown 1959-01-20
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Bronco Unknown 1958-09-23
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Leave It to Beaver Unknown 1957-10-04
Movie Kentucky Rifle Luke Thomas 1956-07-01
Series Wire Service Unknown 1956-10-04
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Navy Log Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series The Lone Wolf Unknown 1954-01-01
Series The Whistler Unknown 1954-07-13
Movie The Shanghai Story John Warren 1954-09-01
Movie Deep in My Heart Mr. Mulvaney (uncredited) 1954-12-09
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Carrie Stage Manager 1952-07-17
Series Dangerous Assignment Unknown 1952-01-01
Movie The Iron Mistress Impatient Man in Tailor's Shop 1952-11-19
Series Hopalong Cassidy Unknown 1952-09-19
Movie April in Paris Tracy 1952-12-24
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Missing Women Eddie Ennis 1951-02-23
Movie Come Fill The Cup Travis Ashbourne - Reporter 1951-10-24
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Movie Bright Leaf Poker Player (uncredited) 1950-06-16
Movie This Side of the Law Calder Taylor 1950-06-17
Movie The Breaking Point Reporter (uncredited) 1950-10-06
Movie Pretty Baby Danny (uncredited) 1950-09-16
Movie The Fountainhead Young Intellectual (uncredited) 1949-06-25
Movie The Bold Frontiersman Don Post 1948-04-15
Movie Open Secret Ralph 1948-02-14
Movie Romance on the High Seas Charles - Travel Agent (uncredited) 1948-06-25
Movie Train to Alcatraz Nick 1948-06-28
Movie Two Guys from Texas Jim Crocker 1948-08-27
Movie The Shanghai Chest Victor Armstrong 1948-07-11
Movie The Beast with Five Fingers Donald Arlington 1947-02-08
Movie Stallion Road Radio Broadcaster (uncredited) 1947-04-12
Movie Under Colorado Skies Jeff Collins 1947-12-15
Movie Deep Valley Convict 1947-07-30
Movie Three Strangers Junior Clerk 1946-01-28
Movie Shadow of a Woman Carl, Emma's Son 1946-09-14
Movie Objective, Burma! Hogan 1945-02-17
Movie San Antonio Pony Smith 1945-12-29
Movie The Very Thought of You Cal Wheeler 1944-10-20
Movie The Fighting Sullivans Madison Abel 'Matt' Sullivan 1944-02-03
Movie Destination Tokyo Sound Man 1943-12-31