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Jonathan Hale

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jonathan Hale (born Jonathan Hatley, March 21, 1891 – February 28, 1966) was a Canadian-born film and television actor. Hale was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Before his acting career, Hale worked in the Diplomatic Corps. Hale is most well known as Dagwood Bumstead's boss, Julius Caesar Dithers, in the Blondie film series in the 1940s. He is also notable for playing Inspector Fernack in various The Saint films by RKO Pictures. In 1950 he made two appearances in The Cisco Kid as Barry Owens. He also appeared in two different episodes of Adventures of Superman: "The Evil Three", in which he played a murderous "Southern Colonel"-type character, and "Panic in the Sky", one of the most famous episodes, in which he played the lead astronomer at the Metropolis Observatory, actually a California observatory. Among the relatively few television programs on which Hale appeared are the religion anthology series Crossroads, The Loretta Young Show, Brave Eagle, Schlitz Playhouse, The Joey Bishop Show, and Walt Disney Presents: "A Tribute to Joel Chandler Harris". Hale committed suicide on February 28, 1966. He was found dead that evening in his room at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Hale had taken his own life with a .38 caliber pistol, which was found near his body. He was 74. Hale was interred at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California. Sadly, Hale's grave went unmarked for more than four decades, until a proper headstone was erected by donations from the "Dearly Departed" fan-based group in 2013; he is now honored with the inscription, "We Remembered You".

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Mar 21, 1891 In Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Housewife 1934-08-11
Latest Project:
Series City Detective 2022
Known For
Poster of Lassie
Poster of Cavalcade of America
Poster of Wives Under Suspicion
Poster of A Night at the Opera
Series City Detective Unknown 2022
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Movie Jaguar Dr. Powell 1956-01-19
Movie The Three Outlaws Pinkerton 1956-05-13
Movie The Night Holds Terror Bob Henderson 1955-07-13
Movie She Couldn't Say No John Bentley 1954-02-15
Movie Duffy of San Quentin Boyd 1954-03-16
Series The Whistler Unknown 1954-07-13
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Kansas Pacific Sherman Johnson 1953-02-22
Movie The Flaming Urge Unknown 1953-09-27
Movie Young Man with Ideas Stanley Rickson (uncredited) 1952-05-02
Movie Scandal Sheet Frank Madison 1952-01-16
Series Adventures of Superman Unknown 1952-09-19
Movie Son of Paleface Governor Freeman (uncredited) 1952-07-14
Series Mr. & Mrs. North Unknown 1952-10-03
Movie The Steel Trap Tom Bowers 1952-11-12
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Strangers on a Train Mr. Antony 1951-06-27
Movie Insurance Investigator Russell James 1951-03-23
Movie Three Husbands Edward Wurdeman - Attorney at Law 1951-03-08
Movie Rodeo King and the Senorita Dr. Sands 1951-07-15
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie Let's Go Navy! Captain 1951-07-29
Movie Sunny Side of the Street Cyrus Pelley 1951-09-01
Movie The Tall Target Passenger from Carolina (uncredited) 1951-08-17
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Federal Agent at Large James Goodwin 1950-03-12
Movie The Baron of Arizona Governor 1950-03-04
Movie Short Grass Charlie Bissel 1950-12-24
Movie The Judge Judge Allan J. Brooks 1949-01-31
Movie State Department: File 649 Director-General 1949-02-11
Movie The Fountainhead Guy Francon (uncredited) 1949-06-25
Movie Stampede Varick 1949-05-01
Movie Silver River Major Spencer 1948-05-20
Movie Call Northside 777 Governor's Aide Robert Winston (uncredited) 1948-02-13
Movie Tap Roots Unknown 1948-08-25
Movie Johnny Belinda Dr. Horace M. Gray (uncredited) 1948-09-14
Movie The Beginning or the End Dr. Vannevar Bush 1947-02-19
Movie The Ghost Goes Wild Max Atterbury 1947-08-08
Movie The Vigilantes Return Judge Holden 1947-05-31
Movie Black Gold Senator Watkins 1947-09-16
Movie High Wall Emory Garrison 1947-12-17
Movie Her Husband's Affairs Gov. Fox 1947-11-12
Movie The Cat Creeps Walter Elliott 1946-05-17
Movie Blondie's Lucky Day J.C. Dithers 1946-04-04
Movie The Walls Came Tumbling Down Captain Griffin 1946-06-07
Movie Gay Blades Whittlesey 1946-01-25
Movie Riverboat Rhythm Col. Edward Beeler 1946-02-16
Movie Easy to Wed Hector Boswell 1946-07-25
Movie Wife Wanted Philip Conway 1946-11-02
Movie Blondie Knows Best J.C. Dithers 1946-10-17
Movie Rolling Home Henry Kane 1946-11-01
Movie Angel on My Shoulder Citizens for Better Government Chairman (uncredited) 1946-09-20
Movie Watchtower Over Tomorrow (uncredited) 1945-03-29
Movie Leave It to Blondie J.C. Dithers 1945-02-22
Movie The Strange Mr. Gregory Defense Attorney Blair 1945-01-12
Movie The Phantom Speaks Owen McAllister 1945-05-10
Movie G.I. Honeymoon Colonel Hammerhead Smith 1945-04-06
Movie Divorce Judge 1945-08-18
Movie Life with Blondie J.C. Dithers 1945-12-13
Movie Man Alive Osborne 1945-11-16
Movie Dakota Col. Wordin 1945-12-15
Movie Allotment Wives Brig. Gen. H.N. Gilbert 1945-11-08
Movie This Is the Life Dr. Plum 1944-06-01
Movie The Black Parachute King Stephen 1944-05-04
Movie My Buddy Senator Henry 1944-10-12
Movie Dead Man's Eyes Dr. Sam Welles 1944-11-10
Movie End of the Road Gregory McCune 1944-11-10
Movie Hollywood Canteen Mr. Brodel (uncredited) 1944-12-15
Movie The Rear Gunner Commanding Officer 1943-04-10
Movie Hangmen Also Die! Dedic 1943-04-15
Movie It's a Great Life J.C. Dithers 1943-05-27
Movie There's Something About a Soldier Gen. Sommerton 1943-11-30
Movie Jack London Kerwin Maxwell 1943-12-24
Movie Footlight Glamour J.C. Dithers 1943-09-30
Movie Lone Star Ranger Judge Longstreth 1942-03-20
Movie Joe Smith, American Blake McKettrick 1942-02-01
Movie The Bugle Sounds Brigadier-General 1942-01-30
Movie Blondie's Blessed Event J.C. Dithers 1942-04-09
Movie Blondie Goes to College J.C. Dithers 1942-01-15
Movie Miss Annie Rooney Mr. Martin White 1942-05-29
Movie Calling Dr. Gillespie Frank M. Todwell 1942-08-01
Movie Blondie for Victory J.C. Dithers 1942-08-06
Movie Flight Lieutenant Joseph Sanford 1942-07-09
Movie Blondie Goes Latin J.C. Dithers 1941-02-27
Movie Flight from Destiny Dist. Atty. Johnson 1941-02-08
Movie The Saint In Palm Springs Insp. Henry Fernack 1941-01-24
Movie Strange Alibi Police Chief Sprague 1941-04-19
Movie Her First Beau Mr. Harris 1941-05-08
Movie Blondie in Society J.C. Dithers 1941-07-17
Movie The Pittsburgh Kid Max Ellison 1941-08-29
Movie Ringside Maisie Dr. Kramer 1941-08-01
Movie The Saint Takes Over Inspector Henry Fernack 1940-06-07
Movie Private Affairs George Gilkin 1940-07-05
Movie The Saint's Double Trouble Inspector Henry Fernack 1940-01-26
Movie Johnny Apollo Dr. Brown 1940-04-19
Movie Dulcy Homer Patterson 1940-10-04
Movie Blondie Plays Cupid J.C. Dithers 1940-10-31
Movie Melody and Moonlight Otis Barnett 1940-10-10
Movie We Who Are Young Braddock 1940-07-19
Movie Blondie Has Servant Trouble J.C. Dithers 1940-07-25
Movie The Saint Strikes Back Inspector Henry Fernack 1939-03-08
Movie The Story of Alexander Graham Bell President of Western Union 1939-04-04
Movie Tail Spin Racing Official Starter (Uncredited) 1939-02-19
Movie Wings of the Navy Commandant 1939-02-11
Movie In Old Monterey Stevenson 1939-08-14
Movie Stand Up and Fight Colonel Webb 1939-01-06
Movie Blondie Meets the Boss J.C. Dithars 1939-03-08
Movie The Big Guy Jack Lane 1939-12-22
Movie In Name Only Dr. Gateson 1939-08-18
Movie Barricade Assistant Secretary of State 1939-12-08
Movie The Amazing Mr. Williams Mayor 1939-11-22
Movie Blondie Brings Up Baby J.C. Dithers 1939-11-08
Movie Thunder Afloat Admiral Girard 1939-09-15
Movie Yellow Jack Major General Leonard Wood 1938-05-19
Movie Gangs of New York Warden 1938-05-23
Movie The Saint in New York Inspector Henry Fernack 1938-05-25
Movie Her Jungle Love J.C. Martin 1938-04-15
Movie Arsène Lupin Returns F.B.I. Special Agent 1938-02-25
Movie Wives Under Suspicion Allison 1938-06-03
Movie The First Hundred Years Judge Parker 1938-03-12
Movie Judge Hardy's Children John Lee 1938-03-26
Movie Over the Wall Governor James McDonald 1938-04-02
Movie Fugitives for a Night Police Captain 1938-09-23
Movie Blondie Mr. Dithers 1938-11-30
Movie Crime Ring Bank President 1938-07-08
Movie The Duke of West Point Steven's Father 1938-12-29
Movie Tarnished Angel Detective Sgt. Cramer 1938-10-28
Movie There's That Woman Again Rolfe Davis 1938-12-24
Movie Men with Wings Long 1938-07-16
Movie Boys Town John Hargraves 1938-09-08
Movie Letter of Introduction Lou Woodstock 1938-08-05
Movie Breaking the Ice Mr. Kane 1938-09-22
Movie The Man Who Found Himself Dr. Tom Smythe 1937-04-02
Movie A Star Is Born Judge George J. Parris (uncredited) 1937-04-27
Movie Racketeers in Exile Alden Parker 1937-03-30
Movie She's Dangerous Charles Fitzgerald 1937-01-24
Movie You Only Live Once District Attorney (uncredited) 1937-01-23
Movie Wings Over Honolulu Judge Advocate 1937-05-16
Movie Man Of The People Carter Spetner 1937-01-27
Movie John Meade's Woman Mr. Melton 1937-02-26
Movie You Can't Buy Luck Prosecutor 1937-04-30
Movie Madame X Hugh Fariman Sr. 1937-10-01
Movie Big Town Girl Hershell 1937-12-03
Movie Charlie Chan at the Olympics Mr. Hopkins 1937-05-21
Movie Danger - Love at Work Parsons, an attorney 1937-09-30
Movie Exiled to Shanghai J.B. Willet 1937-12-20
Movie The League of Frightened Men Alexander Drummond 1937-05-25
Movie Saratoga Frank Clayton 1937-07-23
Movie This Is My Affair Judge 1937-05-28
Movie Midnight Madonna Stuart Kirkland 1937-07-01
Movie Too Many Parents Judge 1936-03-19
Movie The Case Against Mrs. Ames First trial judge 1936-05-08
Movie Panic on the Air Johnson 1936-04-10
Movie The Singing Kid Dr. Brown (uncredited) 1936-04-10
Movie You May Be Next Army Officer (uncredited) 1936-02-05
Movie Educating Father Fred Humphrey 1936-05-23
Movie Charlie Chan's Secret Warren T. Phelps 1936-01-10
Movie Three Live Ghosts Detective Bolton 1936-01-10
Movie The Voice of Bugle Ann District Attorney 1936-02-15
Movie Sutter's Gold Prosecuting Attorney 1936-03-01
Movie The Accusing Finger Special Prosecutor 1936-11-17
Movie Flying Hostess Kendall 1936-12-01
Movie Sinner Take All Dr. Harrison 1936-12-18
Movie Fury Defense Attorney 1936-06-05
Movie The Devil Is a Sissy Judge Holmes 1936-09-18
Movie Happy Go Lucky J. Lansing Bennett 1936-12-13
Movie Spendthrift Attorney 1936-07-22
Movie China Clipper State Department Official (uncredited) 1936-08-11
Movie 36 Hours to Kill Mac - Train Conductor 1936-07-24
Movie Charlie Chan at the Race Track Warren Fenton 1936-08-07
Movie The Raven Bedside Dr. at Jerry's Right (uncredited) 1935-07-08
Movie Public Hero Number 1 Prison Board Member (uncredited) 1935-05-31
Movie Let 'em Have It Microscopic Expert 1935-05-15
Movie A Night at the Ritz Director 1935-03-23
Movie Alice Adams Mr. Palmer 1935-08-23
Movie One New York Night Mr. Stokes 1935-03-08
Movie 'G' Men Congressman (uncredited) 1935-05-04
Movie A Night at the Opera The Stage Manager (uncredited) 1935-11-15
Movie Page Miss Glory Husband at Train Station (uncredited) 1935-09-07
Movie If You Could Only Cook Henry Brown - Member of Board of Directors (uncredited) 1935-12-30
Movie Too Tough to Kill Chairman of the Board 1935-12-20
Movie Hit-and-Run Driver Captain James (uncredited) 1935-12-28
Movie The Calling of Dan Matthews Club Owner (uncredited) 1935-12-10
Movie Navy Wife Norton 1935-09-17
Movie 3 Kids and a Queen Gangster 1935-10-21
Movie Housewife Doctor 1934-08-11
Movie The Case of the Howling Dog Courtroom Spectator (uncredited) 1934-09-22
Movie Lightning Strikes Twice Capt. Nelson 1934-12-07
Movie Gentlemen Are Born Second Broker 1934-11-17
Movie A Lost Lady (uncredited) 1934-09-29