John Payne

Actor, Director, Professional wrestler
In 1930, John Payne left Salem, Virginia, where he had been studying at Roanoke College. He went to New York City to study drama at Columbia University and voice at Juilliard. To pay his way, he worked various jobs ... Read more »
Born: 05/23/1912 in Roanoke, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

O'Connor's Ocean 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Risk 1960 (Movie)

Iverson (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Restless Gun 1957 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Restless Gun 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Tennessee's Partner 1955 (Movie)

Tennessee (Actor)

The Philadelphia Story 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Denver 1955 (Movie)

Bill Mayhew (Actor)

The Nash Airflyte Theater 1950 - 1951 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle on 34th Street 1947 (Movie)

Fred Gailey (Actor)

Hello, Frisco, Hello 1942 (Movie)

Johnny Cornell (Actor)

Springtime in the Rockies 1941 (Movie)

Dan Christy (Actor)

Sun Valley Serenade 1940 (Movie)

Ted Scott (Actor)

College Swing 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dodsworth 1935 (Movie)

Harry McKee (Actor)

Call of the West (TV Show)

Actor

Fair Warning (Movie)

Jim Preston (Actor)

Footlight Serenade (Movie)

Bill Smith (Actor)

Iceland (Movie)

Capt. James Murfin (Actor)

Indianapolis Speedway (Movie)

Eddie Greer (Actor)

Kansas City Confidential (Movie)

Joe Rolfe (Actor)

King of the Lumberjacks (Movie)

Slim (Actor)

Larceny (Movie)

Rick Mason (Actor)

Maryland (Movie)

Lee Danfield (Actor)

Remember the Day (Movie)

Dan Hopkins (Actor)

Sentimental Journey (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Slightly Scarlet (Movie)

Ben Grace (Actor)

Star Dust (Movie)

Bud (Actor)

Tear Gas Squad (Movie)

Bill Morrissey (Actor)

The Crooked Way (Movie)

Eddie Rice (Actor)

The Dolly Sisters (Movie)

Harry Fox (Actor)

The Great American Broadcast (Movie)

Rix Martin (Actor)

The Great Profile (Movie)

Richard Lansing (Actor)

The Saxon Charm (Movie)

Eric Busch (Actor)

Tin Pan Alley (Movie)

Skeets Harrigan (Actor)

To the Shores of Tripoli (Movie)

Chris Winters (Actor)

Tripoli (Movie)

Lieutenant O'Bannion (Actor)

Wake up and Dream (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

Weekend in Havana (Movie)

Jay Williams (Actor)

Wings of the Navy (Movie)

Jerry Harrington (Actor)

Biography

In 1930, John Payne left Salem, Virginia, where he had been studying at Roanoke College. He went to New York City to study drama at Columbia University and voice at Juilliard. To pay his way, he worked various jobs, among which was singing in vaudeville. In 1934, a talent scout from the Shubert theaters, which ran some of New York's most important theater venues, noticed him and offered him work as a stock player. He toured with some of their shows and occasionally sang on radio programs. With his star on the rise, Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn offered him a contract, and he relocated to the West Coast. After working for various studios, he signed a contract with 20th Century Fox. With Fox he became a star in movie musicals, often playing the love interest of actresses like Betty Grable and Alice Faye in films like "Tin Pan Alley" (1940) and "Hello Frisco, Hello" (1943). In 1947, he landed in his best known role, starring as Fred Gailey, an attorney trying to prove Santa Claus is real, in the perennial Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street." In the 1950s, Payne's gentle image gave way to one of the tough guy, and he started appearing in Westerns and noir movies like "Silver Lode" in 1954 and "Hell's Island" in 1955. He took on a regular role on television from 1957 to 1959, when he starred as Vint Bonner, a gun-fighting cowboy, in the Western "The Restless Gun."

Relationships

Kathleen Stephenson

Daughter

Thomas Payne

Son

Sandy Curtis

Wife
married from c. 1952 until Payne's death

Gloria DeHaven Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 28, 1944 Divorced Sept. 21, 1951

Gloria DeHaven

Wife
married in 1944 divorced in 1950

George Payne

Father

Julie Payne

Daughter
born in 1940 mother, Anne Shirley

Ida Schaeffer

Mother

Anne Shirley

Wife
married in 1937 divorced in 1943

EDUCATION

Roanoke College

Salem, Virginia
graduated

The Juilliard School

New York, New York

Columbia University

New York, New York

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