John Steadman (actor)
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July 20, 1909|
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
|Died||January 28, 1993
Montrose, California, United States
Steadman was a former radio personality who became a character actor when he retired after 30 years in radio. He began his acting career in 1970 and his last role was in 1990, both on television where he appeared many times. He also appeared in film where he usually had bit parts. He is probably best remembered as "Pop" in The Longest Yard (1974) with Burt Reynolds and directed by Robert Aldrich. He appeared with Reynolds in White Lightning (1973) as "Skeeter" and in Gator (1976) as "Ned McKlusky", "Gator's" father (that role played by Dabbs Greer in "White Lightning"). He also appeared in Emperor of the North (1973) and The Frisco Kid (1979), both directed by Aldrich.
He appeared in the cult horror film The Hills Have Eyes (1977) as Fred, the gas station owner and father of Papa Jupiter. His other film credits included appearances in Dirty O'Neil (1974), St. Ives (1976), Vigilante Force (1976), The Choirboys (1977), Fade to Black (1980) and Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981). He also had roles in two Cheech and Chong movies, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980) and Things Are Tough All Over (1982).