John Lund (actor)

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John Lund
John Lund 1948.JPG
Lund in 1948
Born (1911-02-06)February 6, 1911
Rochester, New York, USA
Died May 10, 1992(1992-05-10) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Resting place
Cremated, Ashes scattered
Years active 1938-1962
Spouse(s) Marie Lund
(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). [1]


John Lund's father was a Norwegian immigrant and glassblower in Rochester, New York. Lund did not finish high school,[2] and he tried several businesses before settling on advertising in the 1930s.

Stage career[edit]

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.[3] 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.

Radio career[edit]

Lund had the title role in the serial Chaplain Jim on the Blue Network in the early 1940s.[4] On April 13, 1952, he co-starred in The Mating of Millie, an episode of Screen Guild Theatre.[5]

Film career[edit]

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!.

In 1956 he co-starred with Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in MGM's High Society, the musical remake of MGM's 1940 greatly successful The Philadelphia Story.

Later years[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ John Lund, 81; Radio, Stage and Film Actor (Los Angeles Times. May 12, 1992)
  2. ^ New York Times May 13, 1992
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. P. 149.
  5. ^ Kirby, Walter (April 13, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved May 11, 2015 – via  open access publication - free to read

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