John Abbott


Actor
John Abbott

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
June 05, 1905
Died
May 24, 1996

Biography

John Abbott was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1949, he appeared on Broadway in "Montserrat." In 1934, he joined the Old Vic Company. In 1957, he co-starred in "The Waltz of the Toreadors" on Broadway. Abbott started his acting career landing roles in such films as the spy thriller "Nightmare" (1942) with Diana Barrymore, the Michèle Morgan drama "Joan of Paris" (19...

Notes

While with the Old Vic Company he played Claudius in "Hamlet" with Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, and Alec Guinness

Biography

John Abbott was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1949, he appeared on Broadway in "Montserrat." In 1934, he joined the Old Vic Company. In 1957, he co-starred in "The Waltz of the Toreadors" on Broadway. Abbott started his acting career landing roles in such films as the spy thriller "Nightmare" (1942) with Diana Barrymore, the Michèle Morgan drama "Joan of Paris" (1942) and "Mission to Moscow" (1943) with Walter Huston. He also appeared in "They Got Me Covered" (1943), "Dangerous Blondes" (1943) with Allyn Joslyn and the Tom Conway mystery "The Falcon in Hollywood" (1944). He continued to act in productions like "The Notorious Lone Wolf" (1946) with Gerald Mohr, the adventure "The Bandit of Sherwood Forest" (1946) with Cornel Wilde and "Time Out of Mind" (1947). He also appeared in the Ella Raines thriller "The Web" (1947). Abbott was most recently credited in "Touching Evil II" (PBS, 1999-2000). Abbott had a number of different projects under his belt in the sixties through the nineties, including "The Jungle Book" (1967) starring Phil Harris, "Used Cars" (1980) and "Slapstick of Another Kind" (1984) starring Jerry Lewis. His credits also expanded to "Revenge of Billy the Kid" with Michael Balfour (1991) and "Four Weddings and A Funeral" (1994). Abbott passed away in May 1996 at the age of 91.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)
Chairman
Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994)
Polite Verger (4th Wedding)
Treasure Island (1990)
Joyce
Lady Jane (1986)
Manservant
Slapstick Of Another Kind (1984)
Used Cars (1980)
Outside Chance (1978)
Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)
Heller
The Black Bird (1975)
Chevalier Du Quai
The Cat Creature (1973)
Dr Reinhart
2000 Years Later (1969)
Gregorius
Three Guns for Texas (1968)
The Jungle Book (1967)
Wolf
Gambit (1966)
Emile
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Aben
Who's Minding the Store? (1963)
Roberts
Gigi (1958)
Manuel
Omar Khayyam (1957)
Yusuf
Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957)
Dipso Dave Rutherford
Sombrero (1953)
Don Daniel
Rogue's March (1953)
Herbert Bielensen
The Steel Lady (1953)
Mustapha El Melek
Thunder in the East (1953)
Nitra Puta
The Merry Widow (1952)
Marshovian ambassador
Crosswinds (1951)
Algernon "Mousey" Sykes
Thunder on the Hill (1951)
Abel Harmer
Navy Bound (1951)
Pappa Cerrano
Sideshow (1950)
Pierre
Madame Bovary (1949)
Mayor Tuvache
If Winter Comes (1948)
Mr. Twyning
The Woman in White (1948)
Frederick Fairlie
Humoresque (1947)
Rozner
Time Out of Mind (1947)
Max Lieberman
The Web (1947)
Charles Murdock
Adventure Island (1947)
Huish
One More Tomorrow (1946)
Joseph Baronova
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Phya Phrom
Saratoga Trunk (1946)
Roscoe Bean
The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946)
Will Scarlet
The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946)
Lal Bara
Deception (1946)
Bertram Gribble
A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
Ali the tailor
Pursuit to Algiers (1945)
Jodri
Honeymoon Ahead (1945)
Vincent Welles
The Crime Doctor's Warning (1945)
Jimmy Gordon
The Power of the Whistler (1945)
Kasper Andropolos
The Vampire's Ghost (1945)
Webb Fallon
The Cross of Lorraine (1944)
Baker
Abroad with Two Yanks (1944)
Salesman
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
Pappas
Summer Storm (1944)
Lunin
Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
Peter Althius
Secrets of Scotland Yard (1944)
Mortimer Cope
End of the Road (1944)
Chris Martin
U-Boat Prisoner (1944)
Alfonse Lamont
The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)
Martin Dwyer
Jane Eyre (1944)
Mason
Once Upon a Time (1944)
Reporter
The Gorilla Man (1943)
Dr. Ferris
London Blackout Murders (1943)
Jack Rawlings, previously known as Dr. Vernon
Dangerous Blondes (1943)
Roland Smith
They Got Me Covered (1943)
[Gregory] Vanescu
Mission to Moscow (1943)
Grinko
Joan of Paris (1942)
English spy
Get Hep to Love (1942)
Prof. Radowsky
Nightmare (1942)
Carl
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Fred
Rubber Racketeers (1942)
Dumbo
This Above All (1942)
Joe
Conquest Of The Air (1940)
Derozier
The Saint in London (1939)
Count Stephen Duni

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Beyond Bedlam (1994)
Minibus Driver

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Beyond Bedlam (1994)
General Assistant
Revenge of Billy the Kid (1991)
Production Runner

Cast (Special)

The Plymouth Express (1992)
Detective
Stella Adler: Awake and Dream (1989)

Cinematography (Special)

Cirque du Soleil: Alegria (2001)
Camera Operator

Life Events

1934

Joined the Old Vic Company

1934

Professional debut in "Aureng-Zebe," with Sybil Thorndike

1937

Film debut in "Mademoiselle Docteur"

1946

Appeared in "Anna and the King of Siam" and "Humoresque"

1946

Broadway debut in the role of Count Mancini in "He Who Gets Slapped"

1949

Appeared on Broadway in "Montserrat"

1952

Featured in "The Merry Widow"

1957

Co-starred in "The Waltz of the Toreadors" on Broadway

1958

Appeared in "Gigi"

1964

Appeared in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

Videos

Movie Clip

Gambit (1966) - Will She Cooperate? In the opening we followed Michael Caine, as English Harry, into a Hong Kong club where Shirley MacLaine performs in the revue, and now after the show he reveals to friend Emile (John Abbott) the scheme, and we meet Roger C. Carmel as obsequious Ram, in director Ronald Neame’s Gambit, 1966.
Gambit (1967) - I Had To Have Her We don’t know at this point that we’re seeing the caper only as it plays out in the imagination of thief Harry (Michael Caine), in which Arab potentate Shabandar (Herbert Lom) is wholly entranced by the resemblance of Shirley MacLaine, as taxi-dancer Nicole, to his late wife, in Gambit, 1966.
Gambit (1966) - You Weren't Being Tricky Enough Thief Harry (Michael Caine), now in the dicier real-life version of his imagined heist, in fictional Dammuz with troublesome Nicole (Shirley MacLaine, whom he recruited because she’s a dead-ringer for a rich Arab’s deceased wife), trying to find find another accomplice, and forced to evade goons, in director Ronald Neame’s Gambit, 1966.
Merry Widow, The (1952) - What Charity Do You Represent? 1900, New York, diplomats from impoverished Marshovia (John Abbott, Dave Willock) have been turned away (by secretary Una Merkel) at the home of Crystal Radek (Lana Turner), new widow of the late emigrant industrialist, who arrives in time for their pitch, in MGM’s The Merry Widow, 1952.
Woman in White, The (1948) - Indescribable Torture Drawing teacher Hartright (Gig Young) meets the fussy, widowed master of the house Frederick Fairlie (John Abbott), in an early scene from director Peter Godfrey's The Woman in White, 1948.
Mask Of Dimitrios, The (1944) - That Stout Gentleman First appearance of Sydney Greenstreet (who'll play "Peters"), at the Istanbul hotel where novelist Leyden (Peter Lorree) is arranging to visit Athens to learn more about the elusive title character, a Greek librarian (John Abbott) helping, in Jean Negulesco's The Mask Of Dimitrios, 1944.
Cry Of The Werewolf (1944) - Perhaps The Most Horrible At the Latour Museum in New Orleans, guide Peter (John Abbott) walks customers through vampires, voodoo and what he calls "werewolf-ism," winding up with a portrait of the as-yet unseen star, Nina Foch, early in Cry Of The Werewolf, 1944.
Shanghai Gesture, The - He's Not Your Brother "Mother" Gin Sling (Ona Munson) at her club, introduces herself to new customers Poppy, a.k.a. Victoria (Gene Tierney), and her escort (John Abbott), early in Josef von Sternberg's The Shanghai Gesture, 1942.

Family

Ivy Skeates
Sister
Survived him.

Bibliography

Notes

While with the Old Vic Company he played Claudius in "Hamlet" with Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, and Alec Guinness