S. John Launer
|S. John Launer|
|Born||Saul John Launer
November 5, 1919
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||November 8, 2006
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Other names||John Launer, S. Jon Launer, S. J. Louner|
|Spouse(s)||Estelle Launer (2 children)|
Launer appeared in 89 films and television programs between 1943 and 1977 and most of his films list him as un-credited. His first acting role was in the television series Meet Corliss Archer (1954) and his career ended with the film Billionaire Boys Club (1987).
His television credits include Father Knows Best (1956), The Ford Television Theatre (1956–57), The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957), State Trooper (1958), Dr. Kildare (1963), The Twilight Zone (1959–63), Dragnet (1969-70), Harry O (1973–74).
His most famous role was his frequent service as a criminal court judge on Perry Mason. He was a no-nonsense judge who would often put District Attorney Hamilton Burger in his place when Burger would object to Perry's line of questioning. Launer's Judge would say, "I disagree Mr. Burger. I want to hear what the witness has to say."
- Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) - Capt. Dave Harris
- Uranium Boom (1956) - Mac
- The Werewolf (1956) - Dr. Emery Forrest
- Crime of Passion (1957) - Chief of Police (uncredited)
- I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) - Bill Logan
- Jailhouse Rock (1957) - Judge (uncredited)
- Zero Hour! (1957) - Vancouver Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
- Sing Boy Sing (1958) - Tailor / Manufacturer (uncredited)
- Ice Palace (1960) - Chairman (uncredited)
- The Crowded Sky (1960) - Police Officer (uncredited)
- Marnie (1964) - Sam Ward
- Apache Rifles (1964) - Gen. Nelson
- The Venetian Affair (1966) - Mr. Pennyman (uncredited)
- Speedway (1968) - Mayor Fiergol (uncredited)
- Pendulum (1969) - Judge Kinsella
- Gable and Lombard (1976) - The Judge
- Mommie Dearest (1981) - Pepsi Chairman
- "S. John Launer (Obit)". Variety. 12 September 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
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