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John Sylvester White Jr. (October 31, 1919 – September 11, 1988) was an American actor.[1]

John Sylvester White
John Sylvester White Jr.

(1919-10-31)October 31, 1919
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedSeptember 11, 1988(1988-09-11) (aged 68)
Waikiki, Hawaii, United States
Years active1951–1952; 1970–1983
Spouse(s)Joan Alexander


Early lifeEdit

John Sylvester White was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but grew up in the new town of Colmar Manor, Maryland, a bedroom community suburb of northeast Washington, D.C., where his father, an attorney also of the same name, was elected the first mayor of the community in July 1927.[2]

Acting careerEdit

Before becoming known in the 1970s as the assistant principal (and later head principal) Mr. Woodman on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, White had been best known for his starring role as Keith Barron, the first husband of Mary Stuart's character Joanne Gardner on the television soap opera Search for Tomorrow from 1951 to 1952. Starting in 1970, he had guest appearances on various television shows before landing a recurring role on the Kotter show.[1] In 1983, he appeared as Mr. Vogelman, the proprietor of the Raytown Travel Agency in the episode titled "Mama Gets a Job" (Season 1 - Episode 7) on Mama's Family.

White married Joan Stanton, known as Joan Alexander in the 1940s when she was the voice of Lois Lane on the radio version of "The Adventures of Superman", in 1944. They later divorced.[3]


He died on September 11, 1988, from pancreatic cancer in Waikiki, Hawaii at the age of 68.


  1. ^ a b The New York Times
  2. ^ History of Colmar Manor Maryland
  3. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-time Radio. US: Oxford University Press. pp. 14, 17. ISBN 0-19-507678-8.

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