John Alderson (actor)

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For the similar sounding English actor, see John Alderton
John Alderson
Born John Bramwell Alderson
(1916-04-10)10 April 1916
Horden, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
Died 4 August 2006(2006-08-04) (aged 90)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1951-1990
Television Boots and Saddles
L-R: John Alderson, Errol Flynn and Phil Tully in Against All Flags (1952)

John Alderson (10 April 1916 – 4 August 2006) was an English actor noted for playing the lead in the 1957-58 syndicated western television series, Boots and Saddles, which ran for thirty-eight episodes in a single season, and many supporting roles in films in a career spanning almost forty years, from 1951 to 1990, including Don't Go Near the Water (1957), No Name on the Bullet (1959), Romanoff and Juliet (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The War Lord (1965), I Deal in Danger (1966), Double Trouble (1967), Hellfighters (1968), The Molly Maguires (1970), Top of the Heap (1972), The Klansman (1974), The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976), Candleshoe (1977), The Cat from Outer Space (1978), The Wild Geese (1978) and The American Way (1986). He also appeared uncredited as the gum-chewing bandit shot by antagonist Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles (1974).

Alderson was cast as the rugged trail guide Hugh Glass, an historical figure, in the 1966 episode "Hugh Glass Meets the Bear" of the syndicated series, Death Valley Days. Others in the episode were Morgan Woodward as Thomas Fitzpatrick, Victor French as Louis Baptiste and Tris Coffin.[1]

Selected television appearances[edit]

In 1966, the first four episodes of Blue Light were edited together to create the theatrical film I Deal in Danger. Alderson's Blue Light appearance was included in the film.


  1. ^ "Hugh Glass Meets the Bear on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. March 24, 1966. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 

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