John Dornin Eldredge (August 30, 1904 – September 23, 1961) was an American film and television actor. He was the younger brother of character actor George Eldredge (1898–1977).[1]

John Eldredge
Eldredge in Meet Corliss Archer, 1954
John Dornin Eldredge

(1904-08-30)August 30, 1904
DiedSeptember 23, 1961(1961-09-23) (aged 57)
Resting placePacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, California
Years active1934–1960
RelativesGeorge Eldredge (brother)

Early life Edit

Eldredge was born August 30, 1904, in San Francisco.[2] He was the son of a clergyman who made a speciality of dramatics at university. When he confessed to his father that he wanted to be an actor, his father grinned and said: "That's all right son so long as you are a good one."[2] His eldest brother, George Eldredge, also became an actor.[1]

Career Edit

Eldredge in Dangerous (1935)

He began his theatrical career in repertory and then in comic opera and later played small parts in New York City till he made a hit on Broadway and it was a role opposite Lillian Gish that won him a Warners film contract.[3]

Eldredge's Broadway credits include Three-Cornered Moon (1932), The Good Fairy (1932), Katerina (1928), The Cherry Orchard (1928), and The Would-be Gentleman (1928).[4]

Eldredge with Ann Baker and Robert Ellis in Meet Corliss Archer, 1955

On 05/28/1959, he played Mr Preston on episode of Leave It to Beaver In 1954–1955, Eldredge played Harry Archer, father of the title character, in the CBS Television situation comedy Meet Corliss Archer.[5]

Death Edit

He died September 23, 1961, at his home in Treasure Island Trailer Park in Laguna Beach, California, where he was recovering from a heart attack.[6][7] His remains are interred at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, California.[8]

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1934 The Man With Two Faces Horace Barry Jones
1934 Flirtation Walk Lieut. Biddle
1935 The White Cockatoo Francis Talley
1935 The Woman in Red Eugene 'Gene' Fairchild
1935 The Girl from 10th Avenue Hugh Brown
1934 Oil for the Lamps of China Don
1935 The Goose and the Gander Lawrence
1935 Dr. Socrates Dr. Burton
1935 Man of Iron Ed Tanahill
1935 Dangerous Gordon Heath
1936 The Murder of Dr. Harrigan Dr. Harrigan
1936 Snowed Under McBride
1936 Murder by an Aristocrat John Tweed
1936 His Brother's Wife Tom Claybourne
1936 Follow Your Heart Harrison Beecher
1936 Adventure in Manhattan Tommy – Actor in Play (uncredited)
1936 Mysterious Crossing Paul Briand
1937 The Holy Terror Lt. Comdr. R.E. Wallace
1937 Fair Warning Dr. Galt
1937 Charlie Chan at the Olympics Cartwright
1937 The Go Getter Lloyd Skinner
1937 Mr Dodd Takes the Air Jim Lidin
1937 One Mile from Heaven Jerry Harrison
1937 Sh! The Octopus Paul Morgan
1938 Women Are Like That Charles Braden
1939 King of the Underworld Niles Nelson
1939 Persons in Hiding Chief Agent Gordon Kingsley
1939 Blind Alley Dick Holbrook
1939 Undercover Doctor Gordon Kingsley
1939 Television Spy Boris
1939 Private Detective Millard Lannon
1940 The Marines Fly High John Henderson / El Vengador
1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Henry Adams, Amnesia Patient
1940 Son of Roaring Dan Thorndyke
1940 The Devil's Pipeline George Butler
1940 Always a Bride Marshall Winkler
1941 High Sierra Lon Preiser
1941 Flight from Destiny Peterson
1941 Horror Island Cousin George
1941 The Black Cat Stanley Borden
1941 Blossoms in the Dust Damon
1941 Life Begins for Andy Hardy Paul McWilliams
1941 It Started with Eve Hotel Desk Manager (uncredited)
1941 Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case Andrew Belmont
1942 The Mad Doctor of Market Street Dwight, Ship's Officer
1942 Saboteur Footman (uncredited)
1942 Tough as They Come Rogers
1942 Madame Spy Carl Gordon
1944 Beautiful But Broke Waldo Main
1944 Bermuda Mystery Lyman Brooks
1944 Song of Nevada Rollo Bingham
1944 Dangerous Passage Vaughn
1944 Swing Out the Blues Gregg Talbot
1945 Eve Knew Her Apples Walter W. Walter, II
1945 Circumstantial Evidence Judge White
1945 The Master Key Walter Stark, Council Member M-6 Serial [Chs.1–5]
1945 Bad Men of the Border Bart Breslow
1945 Dangerous Partners Farrel
1946 Live Wires Herbert L. Sayers
1946 Up Goes Maisie Benson
1946 I Ring Doorbells Ransome
1946 Swing Parade of 1946 Bascomb
1946 Lost City of the Jungle Dr. Elmore Serial
1946 Passkey to Danger Alexander Cardovsky
1946 The French Key John Holterman
1946 Dark Alibi Anthony R. Morgan
1946 Little Miss Big Sanford Baxter
1946 Temptation Don Gibbs
1947 Backlash John Morland
1947 Seven Were Saved Rollin Hartley
1947 Second Chance Conrad Martyn
1947 The Fabulous Joe Charlie
1947 The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival Charlie in The Fabulous Joe Archive footage
1948 Angels' Alley Asst. Dist. Atty. John Willis
1948 Smart Woman Lester Flynn, Reporter
1948 Jinx Money Lullaby Kane
1948 Sealed Verdict Col. Macklin
1948 Whispering Smith George McCloud
1949 Sky Dragon William E. French
1949 Stampede Cox
1949 The Sickle or the Cross Rev. Dodge
1949 Top o' the Morning E. L. Larkin
1949 Square Dance Jubilee Jed Stratton
1950 Unmasked Johnny Rocco
1950 Champagne for Caesar Executive No. 1
1950 Lonely Heart Bandits Tony Morell / Wade Antrim
1950 Rustlers on Horseback George Parradine
1951 The Groom Wore Spurs J.N. Bergen
1951 Insurance Investigator John Hammond
1951 Night Into Morning Professor (uncredited)
1951 No Questions Asked Mr. Perkin
1951 The Law and the Lady Asst. Manager – Monte Carlo Hotel (uncredited)
1951 An American in Paris Jack Jansen
1951 Angels in the Outfield Dr. Eustace Danforth
1951 All That I Have Justice Webster
1951 Street Bandits L.T. Mitchell
1952 For Men Only Mr. St. Claire – Regents Board Member
1952 Just This Once Commander Denham
1952 Scaramouche Assembly Clerk (uncredited)
1952 The Sniper Mr. Stonecroft
1952 Fearless Fagan Producer
1952 No Holds Barred Doctor Howard
1953 The Mississippi Gambler Galbreath
1953 Girls in the Night Judge
1953 Invaders from Mars Mr. Turner
1953 Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Masterson
1954 Racing Blood 'Mitch' Mitchell
1954 Loophole Frank Temple
1954 The Desperado Mr. Cameron
1955 Soldier of Fortune Man Slapped in Lobby (uncredited)
1955 'Toughest Man Alive Ingo Widner
1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas Sands Co-Owner
1956 The Toy Tiger Executive
1956 Somebody Up There Likes Me Reformatory Warden George Niles
1956 Francis in the Haunted House Criminologist
1956 The First Traveling Saleslady Greavy – Prosecuting Attorney
1957 God Is My Partner Jess Northrop
1957 Raintree County Cousin Sam
1958 I Married a Monster from Outer Space Police Capt. H.B. Collins
1960 Freckles Mr. Cooper
1960 Five Guns to Tombstone Endicott final film role

Television Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1950–1956 The Lone Ranger Jack Burke / Rocky Carson / Applegate aka Denton 4 episodes
1953–1958 Adventures of Superman Mr. X / Jonas Rockwell / Burt Burnside / Walter Canby 4 episodes
1953–1959 Death Valley Days Ray Trumbull / Governor McDougal 2 episodes
1954–1955 Meet Corliss Archer Harry Archer Main role
1959–1962 Wanted Dead or Alive Matthew Wilson / Phineos Porter

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Louie The Movie Buff: GEORGE ELDREDGE".
  2. ^ a b "John Eldredge". BFI. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Hal Erickson. "John Eldredge – Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos – AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "("John Eldredge" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on August 19, 2017. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 677. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  6. ^ "John Eldredge, Movie and TV Actor, Dies". Los Angeles Times. September 24, 1961 – via
  7. ^ "Final Rites Pending for Actor John D. Eldredge". Oakland Tribune. September 25, 1961 – via
  8. ^ Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14000 Famous Persons by Scott Wilson

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