John Craven

Actor, Stage manager, Director
John Craven never intended to follow his father, actor Frank Craven, into show business, but became a respected stage and screen actor almost despite himself. Craven worked as a junior stage manager and landed his first ... Read more »
Born: 06/21/1916 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (13)

The Damned United 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Let's Make Love 1960 (Movie)

Comstock (Actor)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

Cashier (Actor)

Friendly Persuasion 1956 (Movie)

Leader (Actor)

Security Risk 1954 (Movie)

Dr Lanson (Actor)

Count the Hours 1953 (Movie)

George Braden (Actor)

Blind Man's Bluff (TV Show)

Actor

Flight to Nowhere (Movie)

(Actor)

Meet the People (Movie)

John Swanson (Actor)

Over the Goal (Movie)

King (Actor)

The Human Comedy (Movie)

Tobey George (Actor)

The Purple Heart (Movie)

Sgt. Martin Stoner (Actor)

Biography

John Craven never intended to follow his father, actor Frank Craven, into show business, but became a respected stage and screen actor almost despite himself. Craven worked as a junior stage manager and landed his first major role on Broadway in 1938, when he was cast in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" as the sensitive George Gibbs. He appeared alongside his father for nearly two years before leaving to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. While stationed in Italy, he served as a theater director for the USO and organized morale-boosting plays and performances for the war-weary troops. Upon his return from the war, Craven--whose only film credit so far had been a small role in the 1937 football comedy "Over the Goal"--portrayed a soldier longing for the comforts of family in the small-town drama "The Human Comedy", and appeared as a conflicted Army sergeant in the patriotic "The Purple Heart". He took over the role of the convicted and potentially insane serial killer Roy Todwell in 1944's "Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case", and returned to war-time dramas with "Swell Guy", about a duplicitous con man who poses as a war hero to exploit his hometown's generous nature. Craven transitioned to television in the '50s and enjoyed a steady string of supporting roles on anthology and comedy shows like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Jack Benny Program" before moving to Spain and becoming a drama coach and theater director.

Relationships

Dorothy Craven

Wife

Patricia Craven

Daughter

Michael Craven

Son

Frank Craven

Father

Milestones

1940

Shared the stage again with his father in the production "Village Green"

1940

Entertained troops for the U.S.O. while stationed in Naples, Italy

1938

Made Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production "Our Town" acting alongside his father, Frank Craven

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