Big John Hamilton (actor)

Big John Hamilton (October 29, 1916 - December 5, 1984) was an American restaurateur and actor known for various small roles in American films, especially western films. He had roles in several John Wayne films.

Hamilton, who was born in Asheville, North Carolina, was 6-ft 4-in tall and owned a steak house in San Antonio where he met Wayne and was offered a small, uncredited role in The Alamo. He continued to have roles in other Wayne films and a few other films and guest appearances on several television series.[1]

He died of an apparent heart attack at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on December 5, 1984.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1956 Gunsmoke Big John Episode: "Poor Pearl"
1957 Blondie Wildcat Episode: "Howdy Neighbor"
1958 Mackenzie's Raiders Lane Episode: "Hostage"
1960 The Alamo Bowie's Man Uncredited
1961 Two Rode Together Settler Uncredited
1961 The Deadly Companions Gambler Uncredited
1963 Bonanza Miner Episode: "Calamity Over the Comstock"
1963 McLintock! Fauntleroy Sage
1966 The Rounders Big John Episode: "Some Things Are Not for Sale"
1968 Bandolero! Bank customer
1968 Hellfighters Lipman
1969 The Undefeated Mudlow
1974 The Sugarland Express Big John
1974 Ride in a Pink Car Big John
1978 Flying High Big John Episode: "South by Southwest"
1983 Tough Enough Big John (final film role)



  1. ^ Allen, Paula. "Paula Allen: A star businessman, Big John also an actor". MySA. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Actor John Hamilton, who appeared with John Wayne in..." UPI. December 5, 1984. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Big John Hamilton". TV Guide. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

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