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|Born||John Austin Lormer
May 7, 1906
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||March 19, 1986
Burbank, California, U.S.
John Austin "Jon" Lormer (May 7, 1906 – March 19, 1986) was an American actor, known for his guest and supporting roles in television series, such as the 1960s' Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, and Peyton Place.
Lormer made guest appearances on dozens of television series, often appearing multiple times on the same series but as different characters. He appeared in three separate roles in Star Trek: The Original Series: as Dr. Theodore Haskins, in "The Cage" (and "The Menagerie"); as Tamar in "The Return of the Archons"; and as the unnamed old man who speaks the title line in "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky". He also played a reoccurring role as the postman Silas Huff in several episodes in the 1953-1954 seasons (the Timmy and Lassie years) of the TV series Lassie.
From 1959-1963 he made 12 appearances on Perry Mason as a medical examiner/autopsy surgeon. In 1959 he appeared in Lawman as Harry Tate a newspaper editor, in "The Big Hat". In 1960 he played Harry Gillespie in the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Last Chance". Between 1960 and 1963 he was in four episodes of The Twilight Zone. In 1960 he played The Reverend in "Execution". In 1961 he played "Man" in "Dust" (credited as "John Lormer"). In 1962 he played Strauss in "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank" and in 1963 he played the Minister in "Jess-Belle".
He also appeared twice on The Andy Griffith Show, in 1962 as Fletch Dilbeck (episode: The Cow Thief) and in 1964 he played the part of Parnell Rigsby, a farmer who lost his wallet. He also played Reverend Jimson's father in "The Renegade" and Tuscarora tribesman Yellow Knife in "The Flaming Rocks" which were episodes of Daniel Boone.
From 1966 to 1968 he made numerous appearances as Judge Chester on the series Peyton Place.
In 1967 he played George Ramsey, a building caretaker with a mischievous kitten bent on destruction, for the TV series Lassie episode "The Eighth Life of Henry IV". That same year he appeared as Dr. Pierre Blanchard in the 4th season of the science-fiction television show Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea in the episode named "Fatal Cargo".
In 1981 he appeared as Barker, the bumbling butler, on the Magnum PI episode "Ghost Writer".
He appeared in many films, often uncredited. His credited film appearances include One Man's Way (1963), Zebra in the Kitchen (1965), A Fine Madness (1966), The Learning Tree (1969), Getting Straight (1970), The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975), Rooster Cogburn (1975) and The Boogens (1981). He also appeared as Nathan Grantham in the 1982 horror-comedy film Creepshow.
His last television appearance was in a May 1985 episode of Highway to Heaven.
- "Jon Lormer, 80; Played Dozens of Roles on TV". Los Angeles Times. April 1, 1986.