John Beal (actor)
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Beal in the trailer for Madame X
James Alexander Bliedung
August 13, 1909
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||April 26, 1997 (aged 87)|
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film, stage and television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Helen Craig (1934–1986) (her death) 2 children|
John Beal (born James Alexander Bliedung, August 13, 1909 – April 26, 1997) was an American actor.
Beal was born in Joplin, Missouri. His father had a department store and Beal went to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania "mapped for a commercial career." While at Wharton, Beal (who enrolled under his real name, James Alexander Bliedung) spent time drawing cartoons for the school's humor magazine and singing in productions of the Mask and Wig club.
Soon after graduating from college in 1930, Beal began acting with the Hedgerow Theatre. Beal originally went to New York to study art but a chance to understudy in a play made him change his mind. He went on to appear in Russet Mantle and She Loves Me.
Beal began acting in the 1930s, opposite Katharine Hepburn (in the 1934 RKO film The Little Minister), among others; one of his notable screen appearances was as Marius Pontmercy in Les Misérables (1935). He continued appearing in films during the war years while serving in Special Services and the First Motion Picture Unit as actor and director of Army Air Forces camp shows and training films.
He was hired to play the role of Jim Matthews in the television soap opera Another World when the show went on the air in 1964, but was fired by creator and headwriter Irna Phillips after only one episode.
He appeared in The Waltons, season 3, episode 13, "The Visitor", first aired in December, 1974. His character was a former neighbor, Mason Beardsley, an elderly man who returned to Waltons Mountain to live with his wife who he was expecting in a few days. The Walton family were excited for him and helped to fix up his home, only to learn that his wife had died a year earlier and, unable to accept this fact, he continued to look for her.
He continued to work in films and television, notably as Judge Vail in the supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows (for 9 episodes), and also the theater up until the 1980s. Beal died at age 87 in Santa Cruz, California, two years after suffering a stroke.
|1933||Another Language||Jerry Hallam|
|1934||Hat, Coat and Glove||Jerry Hutchins|
|1934||The Little Minister||Gavin|
|1935||Break of Hearts||Johnny Lawrence|
|1937||We Who Are About to Die||John E. 'Johnny' Thompson|
|1937||The Man Who Found Himself||Dr. James Stanton Jr.|
|1937||Border Cafe||Keith Whitney|
|1937||Madame X||Raymond Fleuriot|
|1937||Double Wedding||Waldo Beaver|
|1937||Danger Patrol||Dan Loring|
|1937||Beg, Borrow or Steal||Count Bill Cherau|
|1938||Port of Seven Seas||Marius|
|1938||I Am the Law||Paul Ferguson|
|1938||The Arkansas Traveler||John 'Johnnie' Daniels|
|1939||The Great Commandment||Joel|
|1939||The Cat and the Canary||Fred Blythe|
|1941||Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime||Walter Matthews|
|1941||Doctors Don't Tell||Dr. Ralph Sawyer|
|1942||One Thrilling Night||Horace Jason|
|1942||Atlantic Convoy||Carl Hansen|
|1942||Stand By All Networks||Ben Fallon|
|1943||Let's Have Fun||Richard Gilbert|
|1943||Edge of Darkness||Johann Stensgard|
|1947||Key Witness||Milton Higby|
|1947||Messenger of Peace||Pastor Armin Ritter|
|1948||So Dear to My Heart||Jeremiah as an Adult - Narrator||Voice|
|1949||Song of Surrender||Dubois|
|1949||Chicago Deadline||Paul Jean d'Ur|
|1952||My Six Convicts||Dr. Wilson aka Doc|
|1953||Remains to Be Seen||Dr. Glenson|
|1954||New Faces||director of sketches|
|1957||The Vampire||Dr. Paul Beecher|
|1957||That Night!||Commuter Christopher J. Bowden|
|1959||The Sound and the Fury||Howard Compson|
|1959||Bonanza||Philip Diedesheimer||Episode: "The Phillip Diedesheimer Story"|
|1960||Ten Who Dared||Maj. John Wesley Powell|
|1975||The Legend of Lizzie Borden||Dr. Bowen||TV movie|
|1976||The Adams Chronicles||Charles Francis Adams||3 episodes|
|1983||Amityville 3-D||Harold Caswell|
|1993||The Firm||Nathan Locke||(final film role)|
- Francis, Robert (February 17, 1946). "Candid Close-ups". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 25. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "John Beal, 87, Actor In Films and Theater". The New York Times. May 1, 1997. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- "The Deidesheimer Story", Bonanza Booomers
- "Serial Shakedown". Gettysburg Times. May 12, 1964. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- Varcados, Marybeth (May 7, 1987). "On stage with 'daddy'". Santa Cruz Sentinel. California, Santa Cruz. p. 21. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
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