Vaughan Glaser

Vaughan Glaser (November 17, 1872 – November 23, 1958) was an American stage and film actor. His stage career started a long time before the First World War;[1] he often appeared opposite Fay Courteney in the 1910s.[2] He appeared in numerous Broadway productions between 1902 and 1945.[3] Glaser made his film debut in 1939 as the high-school principal Bradley in What a Life (1939), a role which he had already played in the Broadway play of the same name.

Vaughan Glaser
Vaughan Glaser in Meet John Doe.jpg
Glaser in Meet John Doe (1941)
Born(1872-11-17)17 November 1872
Died23 November 1958(1958-11-23) (aged 86)
Years active1939-1944 (film)
Lois Landon
(m. 1927; died 1958)

Glaser continued his role during the 1940s as Mr. Bradley in the Henry Aldrich film series, which was based on What a Life.[4] The character actor is also notable for his appearance as the blind and wise uncle of Priscilla Lane in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Saboteur. He also portrayed supporting roles in the Frank Capra movies Meet John Doe and Arsenic and Old Lace. Glaser retired from film business after 21 films in five years.


Year Title Role Notes
1939 What a Life J.C. Bradley
1939 Rulers of the Sea Junius Smith
1940 Those Were the Days! Judge Malachi Scroggs
1940 Girl from Avenue A Bishop Phelps
1941 Meet John Doe Governor
1941 Thieves Fall Out Charles Matthews
1941 Adventure in Washington Bundy
1941 Henry Aldrich for President Mr. Bradley
1942 Saboteur Philip Martin aka Mr. Miller
1942 My Favorite Spy Colonel Moffett
1942 Henry and Dizzy Mr. Bradley
1942 I Married an Angel Fr. Andreas Uncredited
1942 The Pride of the Yankees Doctor in Gehrig Home Uncredited
1942 Henry Aldrich, Editor Mr. Bradley
1943 Shadow of a Doubt Dr. Phillips Uncredited
1943 Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour Mr. Bradley
1943 Henry Aldrich Swings It
1943 Henry Aldrich Haunts a House
1944 Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid
1944 Once Upon a Time Professor Draper - Lepidopterist Uncredited
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace Judge Cullman (final film role)


  1. ^ Vaughan Glaser at Allmovie
  2. ^ "Fay Courteney's Death Stirs Memories". Detroit Free Press. 1943-07-25. p. 43. Retrieved 2020-11-07 – via
  3. ^ Vaughan Glaser at the Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ Vaughan Glaser at Allmovie

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