John Hoyt

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John Hoyt
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John Hoyt in The Big Combo
Born John McArthur Hoysradt
(1905-10-05)October 5, 1905
Bronxville, New York, U.S.
Died September 15, 1991(1991-09-15) (aged 85)
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
Years active 1946–1987
Spouse(s) Dorothy Oltman Haveman (1961–1991, his death) 1 child

John Hoyt (October 5, 1905 – September 15, 1991) was an American film, stage, and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Hoyt was born John McArthur Hoysradt in Bronxville, New York,[1] the son of Warren J. Hoysradt, an investment banker, and his wife, Ethel Hoysradt, née Wolf. He attended the Hotchkiss School and Yale University, where he served on the editorial board of campus humor magazine The Yale Record.[2] He obtained a bachelor's and a master's degree from Yale.[3] He worked as a history instructor at the Groton School for two years.[3]

Stage[edit]

Hoyt made his Broadway debut in 1931 in William Bolitho's play Overture. Some of his other Broadway credits in the early 1930s include Miracle at Verdun (1930), Lean Harvest (1931), and Clear All Wires (1932). He also performed with several regional theater groups, before joining Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre in 1933; and he would remain a member of the latter until he moved to Hollywood in 1945.[3][4] Hoyt would continue to perform regularly in more Broadway productions throughout the remainder of the 1930s and into the 1940s. In that period he was cast in a broad range of plays, such as Valley Forge (1934), Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (1935), The Masque of Kings (1936), Storm Over Patsy (1936) and Caesar (1937).[5][6] He also worked as a standup nightclub comedian, sometimes both acting and doing comedy on the same day.[3][4] His impersonation of Noël Coward was so remarkable[citation needed] that he was hired for the original cast of the Broadway comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939), in which he played Beverley Carlton.[5]

Film[edit]

Hoyt shortened his surname in 1945, the year before his film debut in O.S.S.[7] He played the strict Principal Warneke in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle, starring Glenn Ford. He played an industrialist in the 1951 film When Worlds Collide. Hoyt appeared in one Shakespearean film, MGM's Julius Caesar, reprising the role of Decius Brutus (a.k.a. Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus), whom he had played in the 1937 Mercury Theatre production. In 1953, he portrayed Elijah in the biblical film Sins of Jezebel.

Television[edit]

Regular cast roles[edit]

Hoyt played Colonel Barker in The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin,[8] Grandpa Stanley Kanisky, Dolph Sweet's onscreen father, in Gimme a Break!,[8]:393 J.L. Patterson in Hey, Mulligan.[8]:456 Martin Peyton in Return to Peyton Place,[8]:890 and Dr. Kievoy in Tom, Dick and Mary.[8]:1092

Guest appearances[edit]

On the western television series Gunsmoke, in a 1957 episode titled "Bureaucrat", Hoyt played the part of Rex Propter, a government agent sent to Dodge City, Kansas, to determine why the town had such a bad reputation for gun violence. Hoyt also made five guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, including in the role of defendant Joseph Harrison in the 1958 episode "The Case of the Prodigal Parent", as the title character and defendant William Harper Caine in the 1961 episode "The Case of the Resolute Reformer," and as Darwin Norland in the 1963 episode "The Case of the Libelous Locket." He guest-starred as well on the religion anthology series Crossroads.

Hoyt in 1958 was cast as a rancher, Clete Barron, in the episode "Trouble in Paradise Valley" of the syndicated western series Frontier Doctor. In 1958 and 1959 he performed in two episodes of the CBS crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective, appearing as Burnison in "The George Dale Case" and as Harding, Sr., in "Murder at the Mansion". Later in 1959, on NBC's Laramie western series, Hoyt portrayed a mentally troubled military officer, Colonel Brandon, in "The General Must Die". That same year he was cast as Antoine Rigaud in the episode "About Roger Mowbray" on another NBC western series, Riverboat.

In 1959, Hoyt was cast as John Cavanagh in "The Mourning Cloak", an episode of the ABC/Warner Brothers crime drama Bourbon Street Beat. About this time, he guest-starred too on the ABC/WB western series The Alaskans and in Grant Sullivan's syndicated western series Pony Express. Also in 1959, Hoyt was cast in an episode ("Three Legged Terror") of The Rifleman, playing the character Gus Fremont, the cruel uncle of Johnny Clover (Dennis Hopper). In 1960 and 1961, he then appeared in the episodes "Burnett's Woman" and "The Salvation of Killer McFadden" of another ABC-WB dramatic series, The Roaring 20s. Hoyt also appeared on The Untouchables in the 1960 episode "The Big Squeeze".

Hoyt guest-starred on at least three CBS sitcoms, Bringing Up Buddy, Hogan's Heroes, and Petticoat Junction. He was cast as Dr. Philip Boyce in the pilot episode of NBC's Star Trek ("The Cage"); and he appeared twice during the second season of The Twilight Zone, in the episodes "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" and "The Lateness of the Hour." He also performed as the KAOS agent Conrad Bunny in the Get Smart episode "Our Man in Toyland", as General Beeker in ABC's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode "Hail to the Chief," and as Dr. Mendoza on NBC's The Monkees, in the series' episode "I Was a Teenage Monster." He guest-starred as Colonel Hollis in the 1965 episode "Military School" on The Beverly Hillbillies.

In early 1966, Hoyt appeared in an episode of The Outer Limits, "The Bellero Shield". He played the role of an extraterrestrial with large eyes who says, "In all the universes, in all the unities beyond the universes, all who have eyes have eyes that speak." Less than two weeks after that episode's broadcast, alleged alien abductees Betty and Barney Hill provided a description of their alien abductors. Skeptic Martin Kottmeyer notes that the description is notably similar to Hoyt's appearance as the extraterrestrial on the show.[9]

He was also a guest player in an episode of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on CBS. Because of his stern demeanor, the writers had him play opposite to the befuddled way strangers usually reacted to Gracie Allen's convoluted behavior. In the teleplay, Hoyt simply would not tolerate Gracie's antics and immediately removed himself from the room—twice.

Personal life and death[edit]

Hoyt was married to Dorothy Oltman Haveman for 30 years, until 1991, when he died of lung cancer at the age of 85 in Santa Cruz, California.[7] He was survived by his wife, a son, a stepson, and ten grandchildren.[3][10]

Complete filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 357. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Yale Banner and Pot Pourri. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1926. p. 236.
  3. ^ a b c d e "John Hoyt Is Dead; Actor, 86, Played In Films and on TV". The New York Times. September 21, 1991. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "John Hoyt". Orlando Sentinel. September 22, 1991. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b John Hoyt at the Internet Broadway Database
  6. ^ ""John Hoyt" search results". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Burt A. Folkart (September 21, 1991). "John Hoyt; Versatile Actor of Stage, Films". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  9. ^ Kottmeyer, Martin. "Entirely Unpredisposed". www.debunker.com. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  10. ^ Willis, John (1993). Screen World 1992. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 258. ISBN 9781557831354. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 

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