John Eldredge (actor)

John D. Eldredge (August 30, 1904 – September 23, 1961) was an American actor from San Francisco.[1] He was the younger brother of character actor George Eldredge (1898–1977).[2]

John Eldredge
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Eldredge in 1938
John D. Eldredge

(1904-08-30)August 30, 1904
DiedSeptember 23, 1961(1961-09-23) (aged 57)
Years active1934–1960
RelativesGeorge Eldredge (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Born August 30, 1904, John Eldredge 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."[citation needed]


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]

In 1954–1955, Eldredge played Harry Archer, father of the title character, in the CBS Television situation comedy Meet Corliss Archer.[5]


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]

Selected filmographyEdit

Selected TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Lone Ranger (TV Series) Jack Burke Episode "Outlaw Town"
1950 The Lone Ranger (TV Series) Rocky Carson Episode "The Black Hat"
1950 The Lone Ranger (TV Series) Applegate aka Denton Episode "One Jump Ahead"
1953 Death Valley Days Ray Trumbull Season 2, Episode 2, "Little Washington"
1959 Death Valley Days Governor McDougal Episode "The Blonde King"
1959 Wanted Dead or Alive Matthew Wilson Episode "The Conquerors"
1962 Wanted Dead or Alive Phineos Porter Episode "The Looters"


  1. ^ "John Eldredge". BFI. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Louie The Movie Buff: GEORGE ELDREDGE".
  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
  • Film Stars Who's Who on the Screen 1938
  • Film Star Who's Who 1948

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