John Archer

Actor
John Archer--father of actress Anne Archer--is best known as the radio announcer for the weekly crime series "The Shadow", sinisterly intoning before every episode, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1915 in Osceola, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

How to Frame a Figg 1971 (Movie)

Gerard (Actor)

Lassie 1964 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Actor

McHale's Navy 1962 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Apache Rifles 1964 (Movie)

Colonel Perry (Actor)

I Saw What You Did 1964 (Movie)

John Austin (Actor)

Blue Hawaii 1961 (Movie)

Jack Kelman (Actor)

City of Fear 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant Mark Richards (Actor)

Rock Around the Clock 1956 (Movie)

Mike Dennis (Actor)

Ten Thousand Bedrooms 1956 (Movie)

Bob Dudley (Actor)

Three Brave Men 1956 (Movie)

Pryor (Actor)

Sound Off 1952 (Movie)

Maj. Paul Whiteside (Actor)

My Favorite Spy 1951 (Movie)

Henderson (Actor)

The Big Trees 1951 (Movie)

Frenchy LeCroix (Actor)

Destination Moon 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

White Heat 1949 (Movie)

Phillip Evans (Actor)

Roger Touhy, Gangster 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Guadalcanal Diary 1942 (Movie)

Lt. Thurmond (Actor)

Hello, Frisco, Hello 1942 (Movie)

Ned Clark (Actor)

Amelia Earhart (TV Show)

Actor

Best of the Badmen (Movie)

Curley Ringo (Actor)

Bowery at Midnight (Movie)

Richard Dennison (Actor)

Cheers for Miss Bishop (Movie)

Richard Clark (Actor)

City of Missing Girls (Movie)

James Horton (Actor)

Colorado Territory (Movie)

Reno Blake (Actor)

Crash Dive (Movie)

Curly (Actor)

Guest in the House (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

King of the Zombies (Movie)

Bill Summers (Actor)

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (Movie)

Dr. Robert Redmond (Actor)

Rodeo (TV Show)

Actor

Scattergood Baines (Movie)

Johnny Bones (Actor)

Sherlock Holmes in Washington (Movie)

Lt. Peter Merriam (Actor)

Thursday's Game (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

John Archer--father of actress Anne Archer--is best known as the radio announcer for the weekly crime series "The Shadow", sinisterly intoning before every episode, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows. " He was already a radio veteran by the time he worked on "The Shadow" in the mid-1940s, switching regularly between that medium and movies, but fans of Poverty Row B movies will also remember him from his starring roles in the cheapie Monogram pictures "King of the Zombies" and "Bowery at Midnight", the latter co-starring Bela Lugosi and Tom Neal. When not acting in B movies, he landed smaller supporting roles in major studio productions like the war drama "Guadalcanal Diary" and the gangster picture "White Heat". In 1950, he starred in one of the first real Hollywood science fiction movies, "Destination Moon", co-scripted by novelist Robert A. Heinlein". The movie, which at the time featured groundbreaking special effects in an effort to show what a moon landing would actually be like, won an Academy Award for visual effects and remains a historic milestone for the genre. Archer died in 1999 of lung cancer.

Relationships

Ann Archer

Wife
survived him

Anne Archer Actor

Child

Lisa Archer

Daughter

Gregg Archer

Son

Marjorie Lord Actor

Wife
Divorced

Milestones

1938

Film acting debut

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