May 1, 1917
|Died||May 19, 1996 (aged 79)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Occupation||Actor, baseball player|
|Known for||Steve Hardy (General Hospital)|
Jeanette Nadine Barritt
(m. 1941; div. 1955)
Charissa Hughes (née Veronica Contos Patton)
(m. 1961; death 1963)
|Second baseman / Shortstop|
|April 22, 1939, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 19, 1952, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Runs batted in||387|
John Beradino (born Giovanni Berardino, May 1, 1917 – May 19, 1996) was an American infielder in Major League Baseball and an actor. Known as Johnny Berardino during his baseball career, he was also credited during his acting career as John Berardino, John Baradino, John Barardino or John Barradino.
Early life and education
Beradino was born in Los Angeles. He grew up near Hollywood. Beradino attended Belmont High School, located in downtown Los Angeles. Beradino won a football scholarship to the University of Southern California in 1936. He soon switched to baseball.
After attending the University of Southern California, where he played baseball under coach Sam Barry and was member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, Beradino was a major league player from 1939 to 1952, except for three years of military service in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He played for the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the World Series with the Indians in 1948. While primarily a middle-infielder, playing second baseman or shortstop, he also played first and third base.
After injuring his leg and being released by Pittsburgh in 1952, he retired from baseball and returned to acting, having appeared in his first film in 1948.
Beradino appeared briefly in an uncredited role as a state trooper in the 1954 thriller Suddenly, starring Frank Sinatra and Sterling Hayden, and later performed as a policeman who allows Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) to make a phone call to his mother in the 1959 Hitchcock thriller, North by Northwest.
Beradino had a cameo role in the 1954 sci-fi thriller Them!. He also had a guest role in a 1956 episode of the television series, Adventures of Superman titled "The Unlucky Number". He played a small-time criminal who struggled with his life-style and wanted to reform. At that point he was still being billed as "John Berardino".
Beradino appeared twice on the Western series Annie Oakley, with Gail Davis—as Gorman in "Annie Rides the Navajo Trail" and as Roscoe Barnes in "Amateur Outlaw" (both 1956). He appeared as one of the outlaws in the opening scenes of Budd Boetticher's "Seven Men From Now," with Randolph Scott, in 1956. He guest starred as well on John Bromfield's syndicated crime drama with a modern Western setting, Sheriff of Cochise, and Bromfield's successor series, U.S. Marshal. He was also cast in an episode of David Janssen's crime drama series Richard Diamond, Private Detective.
Beradino played a minor gangster in The Untouchables pilot that originally aired in Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse. He then played a major recurring gangster, Augie Viale, in two episodes from the first season of The Untouchables series itself, "The Jake Lingle Killing" and "One Armed Bandits".
On December 2, 1959, Beradino was cast as Al, a professional baseball player, in the episode, "The Third Strike" of the syndicated adventure series, Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries. In the story line, the player loses consciousness when struck by a wild pitch and soon awakes with short-term amnesia.
After appearing in more than a dozen B-movies, as well as supporting roles, as FBI agent Steve Daniels in the espionage series I Led Three Lives and as LAPD Sergeant Vince Cavelli in Leslie Nielsen's The New Breed, he was offered the role of Dr. Steve Hardy on the soap opera General Hospital. Beradino also played a version of his General Hospital character on an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
For his contribution to the television industry, Beradino has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. He has also been inducted into the University of Southern California Athletic Hall of Fame.
In tribute to the actor, General Hospital left Beradino's image with that of Rachel Ames in its opening sequence for a year-and-a-half after his death, through several updates. Though that image was finally removed in early 1998 (leaving Ames with a new solo image), an "action" clip of Beradino's Steve Hardy in the hospital remained in the sequence until the sequence's 2004 retirement.
Personal life and death
Beradino married Jeanette Nadine Barritt in 1941 and divorced in 1955. Together they had 2 children: Toni and Cindy. He married Marjorie Binder in 1971. Together they had two children: Katherine Ann and John Anthony. He played Hardy from General Hospital's inception in 1963 until becoming ill from pancreatic cancer in 1996. Beradino died on Sunday, May 19, 1996 in Los Angeles in his home.
|1948||The Winner's Circle||Trainer|
|1949||The Kid from Cleveland||Mac|
|1951||Francis Goes to the Races||S. C. White||Uncredited|
|1952||The Winning Team||Sherdel||Uncredited|
|The Kid from Left Field||Hank Dreiser|
|1954||The Command||Sergeant Major||Uncredited|
|The Raid||Yankee Soldier Buying Cigars||Uncredited|
|Shield for Murder||Gambler Being Booked||Uncredited|
|The Bamboo Prison||Progressive||Uncredited|
|1955||East of Eden||Coalman at Lettuce Field||Uncredited|
|Marty||Man in Bar||Uncredited|
|The McConnell Story||Engineer||Uncredited|
|1956||The Killer Is Loose||Mac|
|Behind the High Wall||Carl Burkhardt|
|Seven Men from Now||Clint|
|Emergency Hospital||Policeman at Accident||Uncredited|
|1958||The World Was His Jury||Tony Armand|
|The Naked and the Dead||Capt. Mantelli|
|1959||North by Northwest||Sergeant Emile Klinger|
|1960||Seven Thieves||Chief of Detectives|
|1961||The Right Approach||Rod|
|1982||Young Doctors in Love||Soap Cameos||Comedy film spoofing soap operas and directed by Garry Marshall.|
|1954||I Led Three Lives||Special Agent Steven Daniels||Recurring from 1954–56|
|1956||Sheriff of Cochise||Walt Harris||Episode: "Deputy's Wife" (S 2:Ep 6)|
|Annie Oakley||Gorman||Episode: "Annie Rides the Navajo Trail"(S 3:Ep 25)|
|Adventures of Superman||Dexter Brown||Episode: "The Unlucky Number" (S 4:Ep 2)|
|Annie Oakley||Henchman Roscoe Barnes||Episode: "Amateur Outlaw" (S 3:Ep 28)|
|1957||Richard Diamond, Private Detective||Marty Stopka||Episode: "The Torch Carriers" (S 1:Ep 9)|
|1958||Tombstone Territory||Frank Leslie||Episode: "Shoot Out at Dark" (S 1, Ep 13)|
|Tales of Wells Fargo||Kendall||Episode: "The Counterfeiters" (S 3"Ep 13|
|"Sea Hunt"||Athlete Father Dave Crane||Episode: "The Lost Ones", S 1, Episode 28|
|1959||Rescue 8||Al||Episode: "The Third Strike" ( S 2:Ep 11)|
|Bronco||Turk Hansen||Episode: "The Belles of Silver Flat" (S 1:Ep 14)|
|The Untouchables||Johnny Giannini, Augie Viale||Episode 1: pilot, Episodes 3 and 17|
|1960||U.S. Marshal||Carl Tabor||Episode: "Backfire" (S 2:Ep 25)|
|Lawman||Walt Carmody||Episode: "Dilemma" (S 3:Ep 7)|
|Checkmate||Floyd Venner||Episode: "The Dark Divide" (S 1:Ep 9)|
|1961||Tales of Wells Fargo||Virgil McCready||Episode: "Border Renegades" (S 5:Ep 15)|
|Route 66||Police Lieutenant Fielding||Episode: "Sleep on Four Pillows: (S 1:Ep 18)|
|Dante||Phil Diamond||Episode: "Not as a Canary" (S 1:Ep 20)|
|Coronado 9||Andre Machado||Episode: "Caribbean Chase" ( S 1:Ep 24)|
|Michael Shayne||Danny Fleck||Episode: "The Body Beautiful" (S 1:Ep 25)|
|Coronado 9||Will||Episode: "Excursion to Algiers" (S 1:Ep 26)|
|Miami Undercover||Tom Dane||Episode: "The Tom Dane Story" (S 1:Ep 11)|
|Surfside 6||Granger||Episode: "Circumstantial Evidence" (S 1:Ep 29)|
|The Brothers Brannagan||Don Girard||Episode: "Treasure Hunt" (S 1:Ep 33)|
|Whispering Smith||Claude Denton|
|The New Breed||Sgt. Vince Cavelli||Contract role from 1961–62|
|Cain's Hundred||Al Krajac||Episode: "Crime and Commitment: Part 1" (S 1:Ep 1–Pilot)|
|Bronco||Ross Kinkaid||Episode: "The Cousin from Atlanta" (S 4:Ep 1)|
|1963||General Hospital||Steve Hardy||Contract role from 1963–96, (final appearance)|
|1968||Batman||Doctor||Episode: "Penguin's Clean Sweep" (S 3:Ep 20)|
|1971||Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate||Det. Hallum||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Ted Post and the screenplay adapted by John D. F. Black from a novel of the same name by Doris Miles Disney.|
|1972||Moon of the Wolf||Dr. Druten||Gothic horror Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Daniel Petrie.|
|1978||A Guide for the Married Woman||Doctor||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Hy Averback.|
|1981||The Love Boat||Dr. Cotts||Episode: "Black Sheep/Hometown Doc/Clothes Make the Girl" (S 4:Ep 21)|
|Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige||Jake Wells||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Richard A. Colla and based on Leroy's autobiography, Don't Look Back : Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball.|
|1992||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Dr. Harding||Episode: "Ill Will" (S 2:Ep 18)|
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