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Also Known As: Ralph Bowman,Ralph Bowman Died: December 5, 1999
Born: May 8, 1915 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Osceola, Nebraska, USA Profession: Cast ... actor


John Archer--father of actress Anne Archer--is best known as the radio announcer for the weekly crime series "The Shadow," sinisterly intoning before every episode, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows." He was already a radio veteran by the time he worked on "The Shadow" in the mid-1940s, switching regularly between that medium and movies, but fans of Poverty Row B movies will also remember him from his starring roles in the cheapie Monogram pictures "King of the Zombies" and "Bowery at Midnight," the latter co-starring Bela Lugosi and Tom Neal. When not acting in B movies, he landed smaller supporting roles in major studio productions like the war drama "Guadalcanal Diary" and the gangster picture "White Heat." In 1950, he starred in one of the first real Hollywood science fiction movies, "Destination Moon," co-scripted by novelist Robert A. Heinlein." The movie, which at the time featured groundbreaking special effects in an effort to show what a moon landing would actually be like, won an Academy Award for visual effects and remains a historic milestone for the genre. Archer died in 1999 of lung cancer.


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John Archer (May 8, 1915 - December 3, 1999) was an American movie and television actor. Born Ralph Bowman in Osceola, Nebraska, Archer moved to California at the age of five. He attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California. He drifted into acting, appearing on Broadway in The Day Before Spring, and in film in a number of movie serials for Universal and Republic under his birth name. In a radio contest sponsored by Jesse L. Lasky, he won the top prize, an RKO contract in the name of "John Archer." His screen credits include Hello, Frisco, Hello, Guadalcanal Diary, White Heat, Destination Moon, Rock Around the Clock, Ten Thousand Bedrooms, and Blue Hawaii. Archer appeared in dozens of television series, including Armstrong Circle Theatre, The Millionaire, The Loretta Young Show, Private Secretary, The Bob Cummings Show, Zane Grey Theater, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Sea Hunt, Maverick, The Twilight Zone, Surfside 6, 77 Sunset Strip, Wagon Train, Hawaiian Eye, McHale's Navy, Perry Mason, Bonanza, Mannix, and The Name of the Game. Archer was married twice. His marriage to first wife, actress Marjorie Lord, lasted from 1941 - 1955; they had two children, including daughter Anne. He had two children with second wife Ann Leddy, as well, to whom he was married from 1956 until his death from lung cancer in Redmond, Washington.

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