John Steadman (actor)

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John Steadman
Born(1909-07-20)July 20, 1909
DiedJanuary 28, 1993(1993-01-28) (aged 83)
Years active1970–1987

John Steadman (July 20, 1909 – January 28, 1993) was an American actor.


Steadman was a former radio personality who became a character actor when he retired after 30 years in radio. He began his acting career in 1970 and his last role was in 1987, both on television where he appeared many times. He also appeared in film where he usually had bit parts. He is probably best remembered as "Pop" in The Longest Yard (1974) with Burt Reynolds and directed by Robert Aldrich. He appeared with Reynolds in White Lightning (1973) as "Skeeter" and in Gator (1976) as "Ned McKlusky", "Gator's" father (that role played by Dabbs Greer in "White Lightning"). He also appeared in Emperor of the North (1973) and The Frisco Kid (1979), both directed by Aldrich.

In addition to acting, John was a DOD employee. He worked at the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service Broadcast Center in Hollywood as a film editor.

He appeared in the cult horror film The Hills Have Eyes (1977) as Fred, the gas station owner and father of Papa Jupiter. His other film credits included appearances in Dirty O'Neil (1974), St. Ives (1976), Vigilante Force (1976), Poco... Little Dog Lost (1977), The Choirboys (1977), Fade to Black (1980), Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981) and Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981). He also had roles in two Cheech and Chong movies, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980) and Things Are Tough All Over (1982).

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