John Hubbard (actor)

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John Hubbard
John Hubbard Turnabout.jpg
in Turnabout (1940)
Born (1914-04-14)April 14, 1914
East Chicago, Indiana, U.S.
Died November 6, 1988(1988-11-06) (aged 74)
Camarillo, California, U.S.
Other names Anthony Allan
Jack Hubbard
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937-1980
Spouse(s) Lois Hubbard (3 children)

John Hubbard (April 14, 1914 – November 6, 1988) was an American television and film actor.

Career[edit]

Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Hubbard took acting lessons as a teen at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where he attracted attention and movie offers. He was signed by Paramount in 1937 as "Jack" Hubbard, but his contract was sold to MGM a year later. MGM changed his professional name to "Anthony Allan," and cast him in modest feature films and short subjects for one year.

In 1939 producer Hal Roach signed John Hubbard (under his given name) as one of five promising young actors with "star" potential (the other four were Lon Chaney, Jr., Victor Mature, Carole Landis, and William Bendix). Roach saw something in Hubbard, whose handsome features lent themselves to romantic roles while his dialogue skills allowed him to play farce comedy. Hubbard was showcased in The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939) and Turnabout (1940), but when Roach abandoned full-length features for shorter featurettes, Hubbard found roles elsewhere.

During World War II Hubbard was busily engaged as a "male lead for hire" at several studios, substituting for established male stars who had joined the armed forces. With no single studio guiding his career, Hubbard never advanced to important roles in major productions, and settled for routine juvenile roles in romances, mysteries, and musical comedies.[1] Hubbard himself joined the military in 1944, and resumed his movie career in 1947 at smaller, independent studios.

Television[edit]

Hubbard found additional opportunities in the new field of television, as a supporting actor. He played "Brown" in The Mickey Rooney Show (12 episodes), "Bill Bronson" in My Little Margie (four episodes), "Col. U. Charles Barker" in the military comedy Don't Call Me Charlie (18 episodes) and "Ted Gaynor" in Family Affair (eight episodes), but most of his television assignments were single appearances in popular network series like Perry Mason, The Green Hornet, and Adam-12. He was frequently cast by Warner Bros. for its roster of series (Maverick, Hawaiian Eye, 77 Sunset Strip, Lawman, Cheyenne, and Surfside 6).

Other media[edit]

In 1951 Hubbard starred on stage with Mary Brian in a comedy, "Mary Had a Little", in Melbourne, Australia. Hubbard also worked in network radio, replacing Robert North as Alice Faye's brother Willy starting in the 1953-54 season of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show.

Between acting roles, Hubbard worked as an automobile salesman and the manager of a restaurant. He retired from acting in 1974 after a character role in Herbie Rides Again, although he made one more appearance in a television movie in 1980.

Personal life and death[edit]

Hubbard was married to his high school sweetheart, Lois, for nearly 50 years. The couple had three children together, Lois, Jane, and John. On November 6, 1988, Hubbard died at the age of 74 in a convalescent home in Camarillo, California.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1937 Hold 'Em Navy Midshipman Hopkins Alternative title: That Navy Spirit
1938 The Buccaneer Charles
1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938 Officer Uncredited
1938 College Swing Student Uncredited
1938 Cocoanut Grove Radio Station Attendant Uncredited
1938 You and Me Salesman Uncredited
1938 Prison Farm Guard Uncredited
1938 Men with Wings Attendant Uncredited
1938 Give Me a Sailor Rodney Weatherwax Uncredited
1938 Andy Hardy, Cowboy Cliff Thomas
1938 Dramatic School Fleury
1939 Fast and Loose Phil Sergeant
1939 The Kid from Texas Bertie Thomas credited as Anthony Allan
1939 Maisie Richard "Ray" Raymond credited as Anthony Allan
1939 The Housekeeper's Daughter Robert Randall leading role
1940 One Million B.C. Ohtao
1940 Turnabout Tim Willows leading role
1940 Who Killed Aunt Maggie? Kirk Pierce
1941 Road Show Drogo Gaines
1941 Murder Among Friends Dr. Thomas Wilson
1941 You'll Never Get Rich Randy Bradford
1941 Our Wife Tom Drake
1941 You'll Never Get Rich Captain Tom Barton
1942 Canal Zone Harley Ames
1942 The Mummy's Tomb Dr. John Banning
1942 Youth on Parade Prof. Gerald Payne
1942 Secrets of the Underground P. Cadwallader Jones
1943 Chatterbox Sebastian Smart
1943 What's Buzzin', Cousin? Jimmy Ross
1943 Dangerous Blondes Kirk Fenley
1943 There's Something About a Soldier Michael Crocker
1943 Whispering Footsteps Marcus Aureus 'Mark' Borne
1944 Beautiful But Broke Bill Drake
1944 Up in Mabel's Room Jimmy Larchmont
1944 Cowboy and the Senorita Craig Allen
1947 Linda Be Good Roger Prentiss
1948 Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad Charles Kennedy
1948 Mexican Hayride David Winthrop, American Embassy
1949 An Old-Fashioned Girl Mr. Sydney
1949 And Baby Makes Three Harold York Uncredited
1950 Second Chance Ed Dean
1951 Bullfighter and the Lady Barney Flood Alternative title: Torero
1951 The Cimarron Kid George Weber
1952 Big Jim McLain Lt. Cmdr. Clint Grey
1952 Horizons West Sam Hunter
1953 Walking My Baby Back Home Rodney Millard
1957 The Tall T Willard Mims
1957 Pal Joey Stanley Uncredited
1958 Escort West Lt. Weeks
1958 The Buccaneer Dragoon Capt. Wilkes
1963 Gunfight at Comanche Creek Marshal Dan Shearer
1963 Soldier in the Rain Battalion Major
1964 Fate Is the Hunter Al Robbins Uncredited
1965 The Satan Bug Guard Uncredited
1966 The Family Jewels Second Pilot
1966 Duel at Diablo Major Novak - CO, Fort Creel
1969 The Love God? Craig Frazier Uncredited
1972 Justin Morgan Had a Horse Wellington
1974 Herbie Rides Again Announcer at Chicken Run
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Magnavox Theatre Athos 1 episode
1953 The Ford Television Theatre Peter Blakely 1 episode
1954 Four Star Playhouse Haskell Beecher 1 episode
1955 The Lone Ranger Major Trask 1 episode
The Danny Thomas Show 1st Baseball Coach 1 episode
1956 The Bob Cummings Show Wally Seawell 1 episode
Circus Boy Arthur 1 episode
1957 Whirlybirds Ben Davis 1 episode
How to Marry a Millionaire Quinby 1 episode
Navy Log Skipper 1 episode
1958 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Tim Maxwell 1 episode
Bronco Aaron Lake 1 episode
Frontier Doctor Ralph Courtwright 1 episode
1959 Five Fingers Major Kane 1 episode
1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson Bill 1 episode
Rescue 8 Randolph 1 episode
Hawaiian Eye Gordon McLaren 1 episode
Lock-Up John Van Der Berg 1 episode
1961 Cheyenne John Mercer 1 episode
Lassie Dr. Hank Simms 1 episode
Pete and Gladys Dr. Bill 1 episode
1962 Shannon Dr. Fiske 1 episode
1963 Petticoat Junction Max Thornton 1 episode
1964 Mister Ed Major Collins 1 episode
Rawhide Smitty 1 episode
Karen Tolliver 1 episode
The Munsters Duke Ramsey 1 episode
Wendy and Me Maitre D' 2 episodes
1965 McHale's Navy Dr. Halifert 1 episode
The Virginian Dr. Wagner 1 episode
Burke's Law Mr. Farrell the Manicurist 1 episode
Kraft Suspense Theatre Dwight Hardy 1 episode
Hank Kingston 1 episode
1967 The Wild Wild West Clive Finsbury 1 episode
1968 Green Acres Mr. Carter 1 episode
1969 Then Came Bronson Walt 1 episode
1970 Adam-12 Dr. Vince Packard 1 episode
That Girl Passenger 1 episode

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ MacGillivray, Scott and Jan (2005). Gloria Jean: A Little Bit of Heaven. iUniverse. ISBN 978-0595370801.
  2. ^ Feramisco, Thomas M.; Moran Foster, Peggy (2002). The Mummy Unwrapped: Scenes Left on Universal's Cutting Room Floor. McFarland. p. 141. ISBN 0-7864-1368-9. 

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