John Lund (actor)
Lund in 1948
February 6, 1911|
Rochester, New York, USA
|Died||May 10, 1992
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Cremated, Ashes scattered|
(1942-1982; her death)
John Lund (February 6, 1911 – May 10, 1992) was an American film actor who is probably best remembered for his role in the film A Foreign Affair (1948), directed by Billy Wilder as well as a dual role in Mitchell Leisen's To Each His Own (1946). 
While working for an advertising agency, he was asked by a friend to appear in an industrial show for the 1939 World's Fair. Before moving to New York City he had appeared in several amateur productions in Rochester. He began acting professionally by appearing on Broadway in William Shakespeare's As You Like It. He wrote the book and lyrics for Broadway's New Faces of 1943. It was his appearance in the play The Hasty Heart (1945) that got him recognized by Hollywood and led to a long-term film contract with Paramount Pictures.
His first film was To Each His Own (1946) with Olivia de Havilland for Paramount, in which he played dual roles. A Foreign Affair (1948), in which Lund played romantic lead to both Marlene Dietrich and Jean Arthur, was highly acclaimed but failed to make him a major star. In 1949, in My Friend Irma, Lund is Al, boyfriend of Irma (Marie Wilson). My Friend Irma, was the film debut of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
In the 1950s he played insurance investigator Johnny Dollar in the popular radio series Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.
In 1951 he co-starred with Gene Tierney, Miriam Hopkins, and Thelma Ritter in Mitchell Leisen's comedy The Mating Season. The same year he appeared with Joan Fontaine in the 1951 comedy Darling How Could You!.
By the early 1960s, he appeared in minor films and secondary roles and then retired from the screen in 1963, becoming a successful Hollywood businessman. Lund retired to his house in Coldwater Canyon in the Hollywood Hills in 1963 and died of heart problems in 1992.
Partial film list
- 1946 - To Each His Own
- 1947 - The Perils of Pauline
- 1949 - Night Has a Thousand Eyes
- 1948 - A Foreign Affair
- 1948 - Miss Tatlock's Millions
- 1949 - My Friend Irma
- 1949 - Bride of Vengeance
- 1950 - No Man of Her Own
- 1950 - Duchess of Idaho
- 1950 - My Friend Irma Goes West
- 1951 - The Mating Season
- 1951 - Darling How Could You
- 1955 - White Feather
- 1955 - Chief Crazy Horse
- 1956 - High Society
- 1957 - Affair in Reno
- 1960 - The Wackiest Ship in the Army
- 1962 - If a Man Answers
- John Lund, 81; Radio, Stage and Film Actor (Los Angeles Times. May 12, 1992)
- New York Times May 13, 1992
- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper, March 6, 1946, also Rochester Times Union newspaper, March 8, 1946; both articles are archived in the 1944-1946 Scrapbook of the Rochester Community Players collection, Local History Department, Rochester Public Library
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 149.
- Kirby, Walter (April 13, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved May 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- John Lund at Find a Grave
- John Lund at the Internet Movie Database
- John Lund at the Internet Broadway Database
- John Lund Filmography