John Randolph

Actor
A balding, sturdy character actor with likably average looks and an approachable if sometimes stern or pompous demeanor, Randolph has played many businessmen, judges (as in "Frances" 1982), officials (the Mayor in ... Read more »
Born: 05/31/1915 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (99)

The Dogwalker 2002 (Movie)

Ike (Actor)

Sunset Strip 2000 (Movie)

Mr Niederhaus (Actor)

A Price Above Rubies 1998 (Movie)

Rebbe (Actor)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Schuyler Fox (Actor)

The Hotel Manor Inn 1997 (Movie)

Gus Griswall (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jackie Collins' "Lady Boss" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1993 (Tv Show)

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Married... With Children 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grand 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Maze 1991 (Movie)

Mayor Peluso (Actor)

Homesick 1990 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

Sibling Rivalry 1990 (Movie)

Mr Turner (Actor)

Annie McGuire 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 1989 (Movie)

Clark, Sr (Actor)

Roseanne 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Blessings of Liberty 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wizard of Loneliness 1988 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

My Dissident Mom 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Means and Ends 1986 (Movie)

Bill Henderson (Actor)

Vital Signs 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Prizzi's Honor 1985 (Movie)

Angelo "Pop" Partanna (Actor)

The Execution 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Emerald Point, N.A.S. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Old Friends 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Sheriff and the Astronaut 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Frances 1982 (Movie)

Kindly Judge (Actor)

In Security 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Lovely But Deadly 1982 (Movie)

Franklin Van Dyke (Actor)

The Adventures of Pollyanna 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Angie 1978 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Nero Wolfe 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Doctors' Private Lives 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

Former Team Owner (Actor)

Nowhere to Run 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Richie Brockelman, Private Eye 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Gathering 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Executive Suite 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Lucan 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Nowhere to Hide 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Narrator

Secrets 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Beyond the Horizon 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Collision Course 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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King Kong 1976 (Movie)

Captain Ross (Actor)

With All Deliberate Speed 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence 1975 (Movie)

Samual Adams (Actor)

The Runaways 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Earthquake 1974 (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

Serpico 1974 (Movie)

Sidney Green (Actor)

Partners in Crime 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Topper Returns 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 (Movie)

Commission Chairman (Actor)

The Cable Car Murder 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From the Planet of the Apes 1971 (Movie)

Chairman (Actor)

Little Murders 1971 (Movie)

Mr Chamberlain (Actor)

There Was a Crooked Man 1970 (Movie)

Cyrus McNutt (Actor)

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

Father Harvey (Actor)

Number One 1969 (Movie)

Coach Jim Southerd (Actor)

Smith 1969 (Movie)

Mr Edwards (Actor)

Pretty Poison 1968 (Movie)

Azenauer (Actor)

Inherit the Wind 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Seconds 1966 (Movie)

Arthur Hamilton (Actor)

Fourteen Hours 1951 (Movie)

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A Death of Innocence (TV Show)

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A Foreign Field (TV Show)

Actor

A Step Out of Line (TV Show)

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Adventures of the Queen (TV Show)

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As Summers Die (TV Show)

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Blind Ambition (TV Show)

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Kentucky Woman (TV Show)

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Kill Me If You Can (TV Show)

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Killing at Hell's Gate (TV Show)

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Lucan (TV Show)

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Lucas Tanner (TV Show)

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Murder by Proxy (Movie)

(Actor)

Pueblo (TV Show)

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Sandburg's Lincoln (TV Show)

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Shooting Stars (TV Show)

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Tail Gunner Joe (TV Show)

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Tell Me Where It Hurts (TV Show)

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The Borgia Stick (TV Show)

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The Family Rico (TV Show)

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The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Show)

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The Missiles of October (TV Show)

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The Right of the People (TV Show)

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The Senator (TV Show)

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The Winds of Kitty Hawk (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Sam 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer
Other (1)

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

(Craft Service)

Biography

A balding, sturdy character actor with likably average looks and an approachable if sometimes stern or pompous demeanor, Randolph has played many businessmen, judges (as in "Frances" 1982), officials (the Mayor in "Earthquake" 1974), police chiefs (as in "Serpico" 1973) and authority figures (memorably as Jack Nicholson's father in "Prizzi's Honor" 1985). Prolific on the stage, Randolph started out in one of the Federal Theatre Project's famous "Living Newspapers" which were prevalent during the Depression. He appeared on early TV in the late 1940s and made his feature debut in "The Naked City" (1948), but his career hit a snag in 1951 when he was blacklisted amid the rampant McCarthyist paranoia of the day. It would take almost 15 years for Randolph's career to recover fully.

Although over the course of his career Randolph appeared in the original stage productions of "The Sound of Music", "Paint Your Wagon", "The Visit", "Come Back, Little Sheba" and "Command Decision", it took John Frankenheimer's casting of him in the intriguing science-fiction film "Seconds" (1966) to rejuvenate his career. Cast as a middle-aged man who undergoes a special surgical process and emerges looking decades younger (the role was then played by Rock Hudson), Randolph gave a very moving performance and found his own professional second wind. Supporting roles in features thereafter typically cast him as alternately kindly, tense or crusty types, including Beau Bridges' father in "Gaily, Gaily" (1969), Samuel Adams in the Revolutionary War drama short "Independence" (1976) and another mayor in "Iron Maze" (1991). He also supplied the voice of John Mitchell for the acclaimed "All the President's Men" (1976).

Stage work continued to offer the veteran actor good opportunities, and Randolph won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for his work on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" (1987). A talented actor whose name eludes many but whose face is usually recognized as that of an old pro, Randolph was ideal for TV, and he kept busy on many TV-movies and in the short-lived series "Lucas Tanner" (1975), "Angie" (1978-80), "Annie McGuire" (1988-89) and "Grand" (1990). Although he only played the role in a few episodes, Randolph certainly received wide visibility as the title heroine's father on the popular sitcom "Roseanne" in 1989. Randolph's subsequent feature credits have included "The Wizard of Loneliness" (1988) and "Sibling Rivalry" (1990).

Relationships

Dorothy Cohen

Mother

Martha Eoline Randolph

Daughter

Harrison Henry Randolph

Son

Louis Cohen

Father

Sarah Cunningham

Wife
married January 3, 1942 met when they were both students of Stella Adler married between the afternoon and evening performances of a play they were appearing in died c. late 1980s

Joseph Lippman

Step-Father
changed stepson's name to Mortimer Lippman when the boy was 12

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

1990

Played Harris Weldon, owner of a piano factory, on the TV sitcom, "Grand"

1989

Played Roseanne Arnold's father on several episodes of the popular sitcom, "Roseanne"

1983

Appeared with wife Sarah Cunningham in leading roles in "Eulogy", a play written especially for them, at New York's Ensemble Studio Theater

1978

Played Richie's dad on the short-lived comic adventure series, "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye"

1975

Played the principal on the TV drama series, "Lucas Tanner", starring David Hartman as a schoolteacher

1966

Credited film debut at age 50 in John Frankenheimer's "Seconds"

1962

Co-adapted (with Frederic Ewen and Phoebe Brand) an off-Broadway version of James Joyce's novel, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

1948

Feature film debut, "The Naked City"; played bit part as a policeman

1941

Served in the US Army Air Forces during WWII; achieved the rank of corporal

1940

Legally changed name to John Randolph

1938

Made Broadway debut in "Medicine Show", a Federal Theatre "Living Newspaper" production helmed by director Jules Dassin

1927

Name was changed to Mortimer Lippman when he was 12 by his stepfather, Joseph Lippman (date approximate)

Career interrupted by blacklisting

Served a five-year term as chair of the Screen Actors Guild's Hollywood Conservatory Committee in the late 1980s

Played Randall Benson on the TV sitcom, "Angie", starring Donna Pescow and Robert Hays

Played Dr. Dan Hoagland, educator of the "wild boy" protagonist of the ABC adventure fantasy, "Lucan"

Made TV debut on the series, "Captain Video" in the late 1940s

Played Mary Tyler Moore's father on the short-lived TV sitcom, "Annie McGuire"

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