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Larch, playing the Chief of Police in the film Dirty Harry, 1971
|Born||October 4, 1914|
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||October 16, 2005 (aged 91)|
|Resting place||Mount Sinai Memorial Park|
|Other names||Harry Larch|
(m. 19??; d. 1988)
The Massachusetts-born Larch served four years in the United States Army during World War II, an experience that left him troubled for years thereafter. In a 1965 interview with The Berkshire Eagle, a newspaper in his home state, he shared his views on how military service had affected him personally, especially his difficulties in readjusting to "civilian life":
What was my hangup then? Just about everything. I was looking for the four years I had lost in service. I was also looking for a rhyme or reason to the mass murders that took place. I was looking for the ideals I had once had. I was disgusted with the world — a world in which civilians acted as though there hadn't been a worldwide holocaust.
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He usually appeared in Westerns (How The West Was Won, 1962) and action films, including Miracle of the White Stallions as General George S. Patton Jr. (1963), the television film Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur as General Omar Bradley (1976), replacing James Gregory as Mac in the Matt Helm movie The Wrecking Crew (1969) starring Dean Martin, Sharon Tate and Elke Sommer. Larch appeared in two Clint Eastwood films, including Dirty Harry and Play Misty for Me (both 1971).
He guest-starred in Jefferson Drum, Johnny Ringo, Riverboat, Naked City (three episodes), Stoney Burke, Route 66 (three episodes), The Fugitive (two episodes), The Invaders, The Restless Gun (four episodes), Gunsmoke (seven episodes), The Virginian (four episodes), Bonanza, Hawaii Five-0, Mission Impossible (two episodes), The Troubleshooters, Bus Stop, The Law and Mr. Jones, The Rifleman, The Feather and Father Gang, The Millionaire, and three episodes of The Twilight Zone "It's a Good Life", "Perchance to Dream". and "Dust". Rawhide Incident At Sugar Creek (1962) as Sam Garrett He appeared in Vegas$ Season 3, in the episode "Deadly Blessing".
Appearances with wife
With his wife, Vivi Janiss, who was formerly married to Bob Cummings, Larch appeared on October 3, 1961, in the premiere episode "No Fat Cops" of Leslie Nielson's The New Breed on ABC. The two played a couple, John and Mary Clark. Earlier the two had co-starred on November 23, 1959, as Johnny and Elsie in the episode "End of an Era" of NBC's western series Tales of Wells Fargo, starring Dale Robertson; and on May 23, 1960, as Isaiah and Rebecca Macabee in the episode "The Proud Earth" of the half-hour NBC anthology series Goodyear Theatre. On November 9, 1960, Larch and Janiss appeared as Ben and Sarah Harness in the episode "The Cathy Eckhart Story" of NBC's Wagon Train, with Susan Oliver in the starring role. Then on December 19, 1968, the couple appeared again together in the tenth episode "Yesterday Died and Tomorrow Won't Be Born" of Jack Lord's CBS crime drama Hawaii Five-O.
- Bitter Creek (1954) - Hired Gunman
- This Is My Love (1954) - Police Detective (uncredited)
- Tight Spot (1955) - First Detective (uncredited)
- Seven Angry Men (1955) - Truce Flag-Bearing Sergeant (uncredited)
- 5 Against the House (1955) - Police Detective (uncredited)
- The Phenix City Story (1955) - Clem Wilson
- The Naked Street (1955) - Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
- The McConnell Story (1955) - Cy (uncredited)
- Illegal (1955) - District Attorney's Man (uncredited)
- The Killer Is Loose (1956) - Otto Flanders
- Behind the High Wall (1956) - William Kiley
- Seven Men from Now (1956) - Payte Bodeen
- Written on the Wind (1956) - Roy Carter
- Man from Del Rio (1956) - Bill Dawson
- Gun for a Coward (1957) - Stringer
- The Careless Years (1957) - Sam Vernon
- Quantez (1957) - Heller
- Man in the Shadow (1957) - Ed Yates
- From Hell to Texas (1958) - Hal Carmody
- The Saga of Hemp Brown (1958) - Jed Givens
- The Walter Winchell File (1958, "Portrait of A Cop") - LT. Janiss
- Hell to Eternity (1960) - Capt. Schwabe
- How the West Was Won (1962) - Grimes (uncredited)
- Miracle of the White Stallions (1963) - Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
- The Wrecking Crew (1969) - MacDonald
- The Great Bank Robbery (1969) - Sheriff of Friendly
- Hail, Hero! (1969) - Mr. Conklin
- Move (1970) - Mounted Patrolman
- Cannon for Cordoba (1970) - Warner
- Play Misty for Me (1971) - Sgt. McCallum
- Dirty Harry (1971) - Chief
- Women in Chains (1972) - Barney
- Santee (1973) - Banner
- Winter Kill (1974, TV Movie) - Dr. Bill Hammond
- Bad Ronald (1974, TV Movie) - Sgt. Lynch
- Framed (1975) - Bundy
- The Amityville Horror (1979) - Father Nuncio
- Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) - Prosecuting Attorney
- "John Larch", Notable Names Database (NNDB), 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
- "John Larch Finds Success At End of the 'Road Back'". The Berkshire Eagle. Massachusetts, Pittsfield. September 18, 1965. p. 28. Retrieved April 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Dionne, Jerome M. Curley, Dorothy V. Malcolm, and Nelson L. (2013). Legendary Locals of Salem. Arcadia Publishing. p. 103. ISBN 9781467100809. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.