J. D. Cannon

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J. D. Cannon
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Born John Donovan Cannon
(1922-04-24)April 24, 1922
Salmon, Lemhi County
Idaho, U.S.
Died May 20, 2005(2005-05-20) (aged 83)
Hudson, Columbia County
New York, U.S.
Alma mater American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1960–1991
Spouse(s) Alice McCamley (?-2005, his death)

John Donovan Cannon, known as J. D. Cannon (April 24, 1922 – May 20, 2005), was an American actor. An alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, he is known for his co-starring role of Chief Peter B. Clifford in the NBC television series, McCloud with Dennis Weaver from 1970 until 1977, for his role as a prisoner in the film Cool Hand Luke (1967), and for his part as the witness who cleared Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen) in "The Judgment", the series finale of ABC's The Fugitive (TV series). Cannon also played General Hampton on Call to Glory (1984) and had roles in films like Lawman and Raise the Titanic.

Cannon served in the United States Army during World War II. Cannon first appeared on television as Master Sgt. Sherman in the original CBS sitcom, The Phil Silvers Show, also known as You'll Never Get Rich.

He played a recurring character - a lawman named Harry Briscoe working for the Bannerman Detective Agency - in the 1971 to 1973 western series, Alias Smith and Jones. He guest starred in many series over the years, including Wagon Train, The Untouchables, East Side/West Side, Combat!, and Stoney Burke. He was cast in several episodes of CBS's Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury. His last television acting appearance was on NBC's Law & Order in 1991.

He wore a toupee in most of his later roles. The exception was the Remington Steele episode "Steele in the News" (4 March 1983), in which Cannon played a TV news anchor who only wore his toupee while broadcasting. In the second season of Twelve O'Clock High (1965–1966) he played Brig. Gen. Dave Creighton, who worked for Allied intelligence and helped to foil a plot by Nazi saboteurs in the 34th episode of the series, "RX For A Sick Bird".

Cannon was a founding member of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, starring in their productions of The Taming of the Shrew (1956) and Much Ado About Nothing (1961).[1]

His wife, Alice Cannon, appeared on Broadway in several productions including Company and Johnny Johnson. She also wrote Great Day In The Morning, which ran between March 28 and April 7, 1962.

Cannon died at his Hudson, New York home on May 20, 2005.[2] He was survived by his wife and two brothers.

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