John Howard Payne


Actor
John Howard Payne

About

Also Known As
John Payne
Birth Place
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Born
May 23, 1912
Died
December 06, 1989
Cause of Death
Congestive Heart Failure

Biography

In 1930, John Payne left Salem, Virginia, where he had been studying at Roanoke College. He went to New York City to study drama at Columbia University and voice at Juilliard. To pay his way, he worked various jobs, among which was singing in vaudeville. In 1934, a talent scout from the Shubert theaters, which ran some of New York's most important theater venues, noticed him and offered ...

Photos & Videos

The Crooked Way - Movie Posters
Sun Valley Serenade - Movie Posters
Miracle on 34th Street - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Anne Shirley
Wife
Actor. Married in 1937; divorced in 1943.
Gloria DeHaven
Wife
Actor. Married in 1944; divorced in 1950.
Sandy Crowell Curtis
Wife
Married from c. 1952 until Payne's death.

Biography

In 1930, John Payne left Salem, Virginia, where he had been studying at Roanoke College. He went to New York City to study drama at Columbia University and voice at Juilliard. To pay his way, he worked various jobs, among which was singing in vaudeville. In 1934, a talent scout from the Shubert theaters, which ran some of New York's most important theater venues, noticed him and offered him work as a stock player. He toured with some of their shows and occasionally sang on radio programs. With his star on the rise, Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn offered him a contract, and he relocated to the West Coast. After working for various studios, he signed a contract with 20th Century Fox. With Fox he became a star in movie musicals, often playing the love interest of actresses like Betty Grable and Alice Faye in films like "Tin Pan Alley" (1940) and "Hello Frisco, Hello" (1943). In 1947, he landed in his best known role, starring as Fred Gailey, an attorney trying to prove Santa Claus is real, in the perennial Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street." In the 1950s, Payne's gentle image gave way to one of the tough guy, and he started appearing in Westerns and noir movies like "Silver Lode" in 1954 and "Hell's Island" in 1955. He took on a regular role on television from 1957 to 1959, when he starred as Vint Bonner, a gun-fighting cowboy, in the Western "The Restless Gun."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

They Ran for Their Lives (1968)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Jitters (1997)
George
Betrayal of Trust (1994)
Carl
The Savage Wild (1970)
John
They Ran for Their Lives (1968)
Bob Martin
The Risk (1961)
Iverson
Hidden Fear (1957)
Mike Brent
Bailout at 43,000 (1957)
Maj. Paul Peterson
Hold Back the Night (1956)
[Capt. Sam] MacKenzie
Rebel in Town (1956)
John Willoughby
The Boss (1956)
Matt Brady
Slightly Scarlet (1956)
Ben Grace
Hell's Island (1955)
Mike Cormack
The Road to Denver (1955)
Bill Mayhew , also known as Steve Webster
Santa Fe Passage (1955)
Kirby Randolph
Tennessee's Partner (1955)
Tennessee
Silver Lode (1954)
Dan Ballard
Rails into Laramie (1954)
Jefferson Harder
99 River Street (1953)
Ernie Driscoll
Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)
Barbarossa [also known as Redbeard]
The Vanquished (1953)
Rockwell Grayson
The Blazing Forest (1952)
Kelly Hanson
Caribbean (1952)
Dick Lindsay, also known as Robert MacAllister
Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Joe Rolfe
Passage West (1951)
Pete Black
Crosswinds (1951)
Steve Singleton
Captain China (1950)
Captain China [Charles S. Chinnough]
The Eagle and the Hawk (1950)
Todd Croyden
Tripoli (1950)
Lieutenant [Presley] O'Bannon
The Crooked Way (1949)
Eddie Rice, also known as Eddie Riccardi
El Paso (1949)
Clay Fletcher
The Saxon Charm (1948)
Eric Busch
Larceny (1948)
Rick Maxon
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Fred Gailey
The Razor's Edge (1946)
Gray Maturin
Sentimental Journey (1946)
William O. Weatherly
Wake Up and Dream (1946)
Jeff Cairns
The Dolly Sisters (1945)
Harry Fox
Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
Johnny Cornell
To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)
Chris Winters
Remember the Day (1942)
Dan Hopkins
Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
Dan Christy
Footlight Serenade (1942)
Bill Smith
Iceland (1942)
Corp. James Murfin
The Great American Broadcast (1941)
Rix Martin
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Ted Scott
Week-End in Havana (1941)
Jay Williams
Star Dust (1940)
Bud Borden
Tear Gas Squad (1940)
[Sergeant] Bill Morrissey
King of the Lumberjacks (1940)
Slim
Maryland (1940)
Lee Danfield
Tin Pan Alley (1940)
Skeets Harrigan
The Great Profile (1940)
Richard Lansing
Bad Lands (1939)
Indianapolis Speedway (1939)
Eddie Greer
Kid Nightingale (1939)
Steve Nelson
Wings of the Navy (1939)
Jerry Harrington
Garden of the Moon (1938)
Don Vincente
College Swing (1938)
Martin Bates
Fair Warning (1937)
Jim Preston
Love on Toast (1937)
Bill Adams
Dodsworth (1936)
Harry [McKee]
Hats Off (1936)
Jimmy Maxwell

Cinematography (Feature Film)

High, Wild and Free (1968)
Director of Photography

Music (Feature Film)

The King and I (1956)
Composer
A Date with Judy (1948)
Composer
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Composer
Home Sweet Homicide (1946)
Composer
Let Freedom Ring (1939)
Composer
First Love (1939)
Composer
Sweethearts (1938)
Composer
Steamboat Round the Bend (1935)
Composer
The Prodigal (1931)
Composer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Phoenix (1997)
Special Thanks To

Cast (Special)

O'Connor's Ocean (1960)
Torin O'Connor
The Restless Gun (1957)
The Philadelphia Story (1954)
Dexter Haven

Producer (Special)

O'Connor's Ocean (1960)
Producer

Cast (Short)

The Royal Rodeo (1939)

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Crooked Way - Movie Posters
The Crooked Way - Movie Posters
Sun Valley Serenade - Movie Posters
Sun Valley Serenade - Movie Posters
Miracle on 34th Street - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie posters from Miracle on 34th Street (1947), starring John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Edmund Gwynn, and Natalie Wood.
Star Dust - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters for Fox's Star Dust (1940), starring Linda Darnell.

Videos

Movie Clip

Sun Valley Serenade (1941) - That Must Be Her Chest Measurement At Ellis Island on a publicity stunt, big band pianist Ted (John Payne), manager Nifty (Milton Berle) and bandleader Phil (Glenn Miller, the bandleader), arrive to pick up their kid war orphan, who turns out to be Sonja Henie, in Twentieth Century-Fox's It Happened In Sun Valley, 1941.
99 River Street (1953) - -- Nothing But Television Ex-fighter New York cabbie Eddie (John Payne) with buddy Stan (Frank Faylen) discussing marriage, when actress pal Linda (Evelyn Keyes) arrives, early in Phil Karlson's 99 River Street, 1953.
99 River Street (1953) - I Could Have Been The Champion Ex-fighter Ernie Driscoll (John Payne) watching himself on TV, then with ex-showgirl wife Pauline (Peggie Castle), opening director Phil Karlson's 99 River Street, 1953.
99 River Street (1953) - I Killed A Man Big plot event as struggling actress Linda (Evelyn Keyes) asks Chuck the counter man (Gene Reynolds) where she can find our hero, ex-fighter turned cabbie Ernie (John Payne), who’s keeping cool after running into his wife on the town with another guy, because she had a problem at her audition, in Phil Karlson’s 99 River Street, 1953.
Razor's Edge, The (1946) - She Asked For Her Husband Having left our hero Tyrone Power on his spiritual quest in India, back to Chicago where Gray (John Payne) is summoned to a hospital where, we learn, Sophie (Anne Baxter), injured in a car crash, doesn’t know her husband and child were killed, Isabel (Gene Tierney) appearing briefly, in The Razor’s Edge, 1946.
Kansas City Confidential - You Are From Tijuana? Framed Joe (John Payne) arrives with new friend Helen (Coleen Gray, her first scene, whom we will learn is the daughter of the master criminal) at the resort where Kane (Neville Brand) and Romano (Lee Van Cleef) realize he's taken the identity of their fellow hood, Teresa (Dona Drake) greeting, in Phil Karlson's Kansas City Confidential, 1952.
Kansas City Confidential - Lurid Chapters Opening scenes from director Phil Karlson with grim prologue then ex-cop Foster (Preston Foster) casing a bank job, observing delivery man Joe (John Payne) at work, in Kansas City Confidential, 1952.
Kansas City Confidential - You Were Framed, Then? Not guilty of a bank job, delivery man Joe (John Payne) being grilled by investigator Martin (Carleton Young) and not backed by his boss (Phil Tead), early in Phil Karlson's Kansas City Confidential, 1952.
Springtime In The Rockies - It's A War Cry! McTavish (Edward Everett Horton) re-introduces himself to song and dance man Dan (John Payne) after a big night, while his partner Vicky (Betty Grable) performs with rival Victor (Cesar Romero), in Springtime In The Rockies, 1942.
Springtime In The Rockies - Run, Little Raindrop, Run Dan (John Payne) joins co-star and girlfriend Vicky (Betty Grable), with aide Phoebe (Charlotte Greenwood) backstage, then Run, Little Raindrop, Run, by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, in Springtime In The Rockies, 1942.
Springtime In The Rockies - Is That Harry James Solid? Harry James and his band, fine Helen Forrest vocal to I Had The Craziest Dream, and a nutty sign-off by Iron Eyes Cody and brother J.W., as the scene shifts west in 20th Century Fox's hit Springtime In The Rockies, 1942.
Wings Of The Navy -- (1939) - We Dedicate This Monument Henry O’Neill is a Navy higher-up dedicating a monument to the apparently just-deceased admiral father of serving officers Cass (George Brent) and Jerry (John Payne), with acknowledgements and impressive aerial footage at the top, opening Warner Bros.’ Wings Of The Navy, 1939.

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Family

George Washington Payne
Father
Farmer.
Ida Hope Schaeffer
Mother
Singer.
Julie Anne Payne
Daughter
Actor. Born in 1940; mother, Anne Shirley.
Kathleen Stephenson
Daughter
Thomas Payne
Son

Companions

Anne Shirley
Wife
Actor. Married in 1937; divorced in 1943.
Gloria DeHaven
Wife
Actor. Married in 1944; divorced in 1950.
Sandy Crowell Curtis
Wife
Married from c. 1952 until Payne's death.

Bibliography