John Hoyt

Actor, Comic, Singer
Lean and gaunt with blue eyes and silver hair, Hoyt was a former history teacher and stand-up comedian who entered films after considerable stage work with Orson Welles's Mercury Theater in the late 1930s and early 40s ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1904 in Bronxville, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Alvin Goes Back To School 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Gimme a Break 1981 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Space Commander (Actor)

Forty Days of Musa Dagh 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nero Wolfe 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rhinemann Exchange 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Peyton Place 1971 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Flesh Gordon 1971 (Movie)

Professor Gordon (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

Panic in the City 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

Winchester '73 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Duel at Diablo 1965 (Movie)

Chata (Actor)

Profiles in Courage 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Two on a Guillotine 1965 (Movie)

Carl Vickers (Actor)

Operation C.I.A. 1964 (Movie)

Wells (Actor)

Young Dillinger 1964 (Movie)

Dr Wilson (Actor)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Cassius (Actor)

The Boston Terrier 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Cage 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Time Travelers 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

X 1962 (Movie)

Dr Willard Benson (Actor)

Operation Spark 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

Roman Officer (Actor)

Never So Few 1959 (Movie)

Colonel Reed (Actor)

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Riot in Juvenile Prison 1958 (Movie)

Colonel Walton (Actor)

Attack of the Puppet People 1957 (Movie)

Mr Franz (Actor)

Baby Face Nelson 1957 (Movie)

Parker--FBI Agent (Actor)

Crossroads 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

God Is My Partner 1957 (Movie)

Gordon Palmer (Actor)

Forever, Darling 1956 (Movie)

Bill Finlay (Actor)

Frontier 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Come On 1956 (Movie)

Harley Kendrick (Actor)

The Conqueror 1956 (Movie)

Shaman (Actor)

Blackboard Jungle 1955 (Movie)

Mr Warneke (Actor)

Moonfleet 1955 (Movie)

Magistrate Maskew (Actor)

The Big Combo 1955 (Movie)

Dreyer (Actor)

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing 1955 (Movie)

William Travers Jerome (Actor)

The Purple Mask 1955 (Movie)

Fouche (Actor)

Trial 1955 (Movie)

Ralph Castillo (Actor)

Wetbacks 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

Casanova's Big Night 1954 (Movie)

Maggiorin (Actor)

Desiree 1954 (Movie)

Talleyrand (Actor)

The Student Prince 1954 (Movie)

Prime Minister (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

Decius Brutus (Actor)

The Black Castle 1951 (Movie)

Count Steiken (Actor)

The Company She Keeps 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

When Worlds Collide 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

Spencer (Actor)

My Favorite Brunette 1947 (Movie)

Dr. Lundau (Actor)

O.S.S. 1946 (Movie)

Col. Paul Meister (Actor)

Androcles and the Lion (Movie)

Cato (Actor)

Everybody Does It (Movie)

Wilkins (Actor)

Inside Straight (Movie)

Flutey Johnson (Actor)

Merrill's Marauders (Movie)

Gen. Stilwell (Actor)

New Mexico (Movie)

Sgt. Harrison (Actor)

Run For Your Life (TV Show)

Actor

Sealed Verdict (Movie)

Gen. Otto Steigmann (Actor)

The Bribe (Movie)

Gibbs (Actor)

The Desert Fox (Movie)

Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel (Actor)

The Great Dan Patch (Movie)

Ben Lathrop (Actor)

The Intruders (TV Show)

Actor

The Lady Gambles (Movie)

Dr. Rojac (Actor)

The Lost Continent (Movie)

Michael Rostov (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

The Unfaithful (Movie)

Detective-Lieutenant Reynolds (Actor)

The Winds of Kitty Hawk (TV Show)

Actor

To the Ends of the Earth (Movie)

Bennett (Actor)

Winchester '73 (Movie)

Sunrider (Actor)

Winter Meeting (Movie)

Stacey Grant (Actor)

Biography

Lean and gaunt with blue eyes and silver hair, Hoyt was a former history teacher and stand-up comedian who entered films after considerable stage work with Orson Welles's Mercury Theater in the late 1930s and early 40s. A prolific character actor in over 75 movies, Hoyt often played scientists, aristocrats and assorted authority figures, as well as turning in his fair share of mad professors.

Relationships

Dorothy Hoysradt

Wife

David Hoyt

Son

Kurt L Haveman

Step-Son

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Milestones

1946

Film acting debut, "O.S.S."

1944

Left Mercury Theater to move to Hollywood

1944

Adopted stage name, John Hoyt

1937

Became a member of Orson Welles's Mercury Theater; appeared in "Julius Caesar", "Heartbreak House" and "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore"

1932

Worked as "ghost" pianist, playing offstage for Katharine Cornell who was portraying a concert artist in Sidney Howard's "Alien Corn"

1931

Made Broadway debut in William Boliho's "Overture"

Moved to Santa Cruz CA and signed a contract with NBC to play Grandpa Kanisky on "Gimme a Break"

Played Dr. Krevoy on the TV comedy, "Tom, Dick and Mary"

Worked as a standup comedian at such clubs as the Rainbow Room, often after theater performances

Appeared with several regional theater groups

Performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, sang and did impressions in NY nightclubs

Taught history at Groton School in Massachusetts for two years

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