John Litel

Actor
John Litel was never one to sit idly by when the going got tough. When World War I broke out in Europe, he joined the French army because the United States was slow to enter the conflict. He was subsequently twice ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1892 in Albany, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

The Sons of Katie Elder 1965 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

Police Inspector McCrary (Actor)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 (Movie)

Admiral Crawford (Actor)

Lover Come Back 1960 (Movie)

Board Member (Actor)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

Mr Farnsworth (Actor)

Decision at Sundown 1957 (Movie)

Charles Summerton (Actor)

The Hired Gun 1957 (Movie)

Mace Beldon (Actor)

The Wild Dakotas 1956 (Movie)

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Comanche 1955 (Movie)

General Miles (Actor)

Texas Lady 1955 (Movie)

Mead Moore (Actor)

The Kentuckian 1955 (Movie)

Babson (Actor)

Sitting Bull 1954 (Movie)

General Howell (Actor)

Scaramouche 1952 (Movie)

Dr. Dubuque (Actor)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 1950 (Movie)

Police Chief Sam Tolgate (Actor)

Brewster's Millions 1945 (Movie)

Swearengen Jones (Actor)

They Died With Their Boots On 1940 (Movie)

General Phil Sheridan (Actor)

Thieves Fall Out 1940 (Movie)

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An Angel From Texas 1939 (Movie)

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It All Came True 1939 (Movie)

Mr. Roberts (Actor)

Murder in the Air 1939 (Movie)

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Secret Service of the Air 1939 (Movie)

Saxby (Actor)

The Santa Fe Trail 1939 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

They Drive By Night 1939 (Movie)

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Virginia City 1939 (Movie)

Marshall (Actor)

Dodge City 1938 (Movie)

Matt Cole (Actor)

Nancy Drew - Reporter 1938 (Movie)

Carson Drew (Actor)

The Return of Dr. X 1938 (Movie)

Dr. Francis Flegg (Actor)

You Can't Get Away With Murder 1938 (Movie)

Attorney Carey (Actor)

Jezebel 1937 (Movie)

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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 1937 (Movie)

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Marked Woman 1936 (Movie)

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The Life of Emile Zola 1936 (Movie)

Charpentier (Actor)

Black Legion 1935 (Movie)

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Biography

John Litel was never one to sit idly by when the going got tough. When World War I broke out in Europe, he joined the French army because the United States was slow to enter the conflict. He was subsequently twice awarded medals for his service. Upon returning home after the war, he studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began doing theater, touring the country with stock companies, before relocating to Hollywood. In the early 1930s, he worked for Warner Bros., co-starring in hardboiled dramas like "Black Legion" with Humphrey Bogart, and in "Alcatraz Island". His most notable early work, though, was not in feature films but starring in the historical short films "Give Me Liberty" and "Declaration of Independence", as Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Both films were honored with Academy Awards. In 1940, Litel reteamed with Bogart in the hard-hitting noir "They Drive By Night", a classic of its genre. Although he played his fair share of soldiers, criminals, cops, and all-around tough guys, like many actors working during the heyday of the classic American Western, he saddled up as a cowboy more than once, in "Dodge City", "They Died with Their Boots On" (both starring Errol Flynn), and "The Sons of Katie Elder" with John Wayne. Serial fans, however, will probably remember him best from his role in the "Don Winslow of the Navy" episodes. After over 200 screen appearances, Litel died at age 79.

Relationships

Ruth Pitchens

Ex-Wife
Married until her death in 1955.

Beatrice West

Ex-Wife
Married until his death in 1972.

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

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