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Also Known As: James Alexander Bleidung Died: April 26, 1997
Born: August 13, 1909 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Joplin, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, voice actor, director, artist

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A boyishly handsome American leading man of the 1930s, most memorably in the title role opposite Katharine Hepburn in "The Little Minister" (1934), John Beal also has the distinction of having starred in "The Necklace" (NBC, 1949), the very first dramatic program to win an Emmy Award. His long journeyman career took him from 1930 into the 90s, and included appearances on "Studio One", in the original TV version of "12 Angry Men", and portraying the original Jim Matthews on NBC's daytime soap "Another World" (1964).

A boyishly handsome American leading man of the 1930s, most memorably in the title role opposite Katharine Hepburn in "The Little Minister" (1934), John Beal also has the distinction of having starred in "The Necklace" (NBC, 1949), the very first dramatic program to win an Emmy Award. His long journeyman career took him from 1930 into the 90s, and included appearances on "Studio One", in the original TV version of "12 Angry Men", and portraying the original Jim Matthews on NBC's daytime soap "Another World" (1964).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  New Faces (1954) Sketch dir

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Firm, The (1993) Nathan Locke
2.
 Amityville 3: The Demon (1983) Harold Caswell
3.
 Jennifer: A Woman's Story (1979) Professor Eric Wohlstrom
5.
 Legend of Lizzie Borden, The (1975) Dr Bowen
6.
 Bride, The (1973) Father
8.
 Ten Who Dared (1960) Maj. John Wesley Powell
9.
 The Sound and the Fury (1959) Howard Compson
10.
 That Night! (1957) Commuter [Christopher J. Bowden]
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1930:
Made New York stage debut in "John Faust, Ph.D." at Metropolitan Opera House
1933:
Made film debut in "Another Language" (MGM)
:
Wrote and directed training films while serving in the US Air Force
1948:
Was master of ceremonies on NBC's "Darts for Dough"
1948:
Was regular on radio's "University Theatre of the Air"
1955:
Played Captain Fishby in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" on Broadway
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Was regular on soap opera "The Road to Reality" (ABC)
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Played Dr. Henden on "The Nurses" (CBS)
1964:
Played Jim Matthews on "Another World" (NBC)
1966:
Was member of the ensemble cast of "Thornton's Wilder's Triple Bill" on Broadway
1975:
Made TV-movie debut in "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (ABC)
1976:
Played Charles Adams II in "The Adams Chronicles"
1987:
Narrated "Tandy Beal's Nutcracker" and "Listening to the Earth" for TV
1992:
Played Head Porter in "A Little Hotel on the Side" on stage in NY
1993:
Had small role in "The Firm"; final screen appearance
1995:
Made final stage appearanc in the Broadway revival of "Three Men on a Horse"
1995:
Suffered a stroke
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Education

Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1930
Chouinard Art Institute: Pasadena , California - 1935 - 1936

Notes

Not to be confused with the composer of the same name

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wife:
Helen Craig. Actor. Born May 13, 1912; married 1934 until her death in 1986.

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father:
Edmund Albert Bliedung. Businessperson.
mother:
Agnes Josephine Bliedung. Pianist.
daughter:
Tita Beal. Actor. Survived him.
daughter:
Tandy Beal. Producer. Survived him.
grandson:
Paul Kruger. Survived him.
grandson:
Justin Kruger. Survived him.
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