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Also Known As: John Hoysradt Died: September 15, 1991
Born: October 5, 1904 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Bronxville, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, comic, impressionist, pianist, teacher

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Lean and gaunt with blue eyes and silver hair, Hoyt was a former history teacher and stand-up comedian who entered films after considerable stage work with Orson Welles's Mercury Theater in the late 1930s and early 40s. A prolific character actor in over 75 movies, Hoyt often played scientists, aristocrats and assorted authority figures, as well as turning in his fair share of mad professors.

Lean and gaunt with blue eyes and silver hair, Hoyt was a former history teacher and stand-up comedian who entered films after considerable stage work with Orson Welles's Mercury Theater in the late 1930s and early 40s. A prolific character actor in over 75 movies, Hoyt often played scientists, aristocrats and assorted authority figures, as well as turning in his fair share of mad professors.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Funeral, The (1996) Big John
2.
 Basketball Diaries, The (1995) Billy The Bartendar
3.
 Carlito's Way (1993) Club Bouncer
5.
 Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) Space Commander
6.
 Nero Wolfe (1979) Hewitt
7.
 Winds of Kitty Hawk, The (1978) Professor Samuel Langley
8.
 Turning Point of Jim Malloy, The (1975) Harry Longden
9.
 Flesh Gordon (1972) Professor Gordon
10.
 Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (1972) Minister
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Milestones close milestones

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Taught history at Groton School in Massachusetts for two years
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Appeared with several regional theater groups
1931:
Made Broadway debut in William Boliho's "Overture"
1932:
Worked as "ghost" pianist, playing offstage for Katharine Cornell who was portraying a concert artist in Sidney Howard's "Alien Corn"
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Performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, sang and did impressions in NY nightclubs
1937:
Became a member of Orson Welles's Mercury Theater; appeared in "Julius Caesar", "Heartbreak House" and "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore"
:
Worked as a standup comedian at such clubs as the Rainbow Room, often after theater performances
1945:
Adopted stage name, John Hoyt
1945:
Left Mercury Theater to move to Hollywood
1946:
Film acting debut, "O.S.S."
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Played Dr. Krevoy on the TV comedy, "Tom, Dick and Mary"
:
Moved to Santa Cruz CA and signed a contract with NBC to play Grandpa Kanisky on "Gimme a Break"
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

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wife:
Dorothy Hoysradt.

Family close complete family listing

son:
David Hoyt.
step-son:
Kurt L Haveman.

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