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|Also Known As:||Died:||May 23, 1986|
|Born:||March 26, 1916||Cause of Death:||prostate cancer|
|Birth Place:||Montclair, New Jersey, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Raised in New England and the Washington, DC, area
At age 17, ran away from home and became a ship's mate, seaman and fireman on various vessels
Signed to a film contract by Paramount Pictures; billed as "The Most Beautiful Man in Movies"
Film acting debut in "Virginia"
Left performing to join the Marines; used pseudonym John Hamilton
During WWII, assisted Yugoslavian partisans by running guns through a German blockade; briefly flirted with joining the Communist Party
Returned to film acting in "Variety Girl" and "Blaze of Noon"
Co-starred in "The Asphalt Jungle"
During 1950s "Red Scare", cooperated with House UnAmerican Activities Committee
Acted in "Johnny Guitar"
Co-starred in "The Killing"
Played title role in CBS adaptation of "Ethan Frome"
Cast by Stanley Kubrick as General Ripper in "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
Portrayed the brutal, corrupt police captain in "The Godfather"
Appeared in "The Long Goodbye"
Co-starred in "1900"
Had featured role as one of the monarchs in "King of the Gypsies"
Played the chairman of the board in a cameo appearance in "9 to 5"
Final film, "Venom"
Last TV acting role as John Brown in the Civil War drama "The Blue and the Gray"
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