John Randolph


Actor
John Randolph

About

Also Known As
Emanuel Hirsch Cohen, Mortimer Lippman
Birth Place
Bronx, New York, USA
Born
June 01, 1915
Died
February 24, 2004

Biography

Actor John Randolph has played many businessmen, judges (as in "Frances" 1982), officials (the Mayor in "Earthquake" 1974), police chiefs (as in "Serpico" 1973) and authority figures (memorably as Jack Nicholson's father in "Prizzi's Honor" 1985). Prolific on the stage, Randolph started out in one of the Federal Theatre Project's famous "Living Newspapers" which were prevalent during the...

Family & Companions

Sarah Cunningham
Wife
Actor. Married January 3, 1942; met when they were both students of Stella Adler; married between the afternoon and evening performances of a play they were appearing in; died c. late 1980s.

Biography

Actor John Randolph has played many businessmen, judges (as in "Frances" 1982), officials (the Mayor in "Earthquake" 1974), police chiefs (as in "Serpico" 1973) and authority figures (memorably as Jack Nicholson's father in "Prizzi's Honor" 1985). Prolific on the stage, Randolph started out in one of the Federal Theatre Project's famous "Living Newspapers" which were prevalent during the Depression. He appeared on early TV in the late 1940s and made his feature debut in "The Naked City" (1948), but his career hit a snag in 1951 when he was blacklisted amid the rampant McCarthyist paranoia of the day. It would take almost 15 years for Randolph's career to recover fully. Although over the course of his career Randolph appeared in the original stage productions of "The Sound of Music," "Paint Your Wagon," "The Visit," "Come Back, Little Sheba" and "Command Decision," it took John Frankenheimer's casting of him in the intriguing science-fiction film "Seconds" (1966) to rejuvenate his career. Cast as a middle-aged man who undergoes a special surgical process and emerges looking decades younger (the role was then played by Rock Hudson), Randolph gave a very moving performance and found his own professional second wind. Supporting roles in features thereafter typically cast him as alternately kindly, tense or crusty types, including Beau Bridges' father in "Gaily, Gaily" (1969), Samuel Adams in the Revolutionary War drama short "Independence" (1976) and another mayor in "Iron Maze" (1991). He also supplied the voice of John Mitchell for the acclaimed "All the President's Men" (1976). Stage work continued to offer the veteran actor good opportunities, and Randolph won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for his work on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" (1987). A talented actor whose name eludes many but whose face is usually recognized as that of an old pro, Randolph was ideal for TV, and he kept busy on many TV-movies and in the short-lived series "Lucas Tanner" (1975), "Angie" (1978-80), "Annie McGuire" (1988-89) and "Grand" (1990). Although he only played the role in a few episodes, Randolph certainly received wide visibility as the title heroine's father on the popular sitcom "Roseanne" in 1989. Randolph's subsequent feature credits have included "The Wizard of Loneliness" (1988) and "Sibling Rivalry" (1990).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Dogwalker (2000)
Ike
Sunset Strip (2000)
Mr Niederhaus
You've Got Mail (1998)
A Price Above Rubies (1998)
Rebbe
The Hotel Manor Inn (1994)
Gus Griswall
A Foreign Field (1994)
Arthur Miller's American Clock (1993)
Iron Maze (1991)
Sibling Rivalry (1990)
Mr Turner
Homesick (1990)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
The Wizard Of Loneliness (1988)
Doc
Means and Ends (1987)
Bill Henderson
Vital Signs (1986)
As Summers Die (1986)
Right of the People (1986)
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
The Execution (1985)
Lovely But Deadly (1983)
Franklin Van Dyke
Kentucky Woman (1983)
Reverend Palkstater
Shooting Stars (1983)
Killing At Hell's Gate (1981)
Nero Wolfe (1979)
Lou Cohen
The Adventures of Nellie Bly (1979)
The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978)
Alexander Graham Bell
Doctors' Private Lives (1978)
Irv
Nowhere to Run (1978)
Lucan (1977)
Dr Hoagland
Tail Gunner Joe (1977)
Kill Me If You Can (1977)
Secrets (1977)
Editor Warner
Nowhere to Hide (1977)
Narrator
The Gathering (1977)
Collision Course (1976)
Charlie Ross
King Kong (1976)
Independence (1976)
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (1976)
The Runaways (1975)
George Collingwood
Adventures of the Queen (1975)
John Howe
The New, Original Wonder Woman (1975)
General Blankenship
The Missiles of October (1974)
Serpico (1974)
Tell Me Where It Hurts (1974)
Partners in Crime (1973)
Pueblo (1973)
Lieutenant General S J Mckee
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Commission chairman
The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972)
Family Rico (1972)
Malakas; Mario Felici
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Chairman
Little Murders (1971)
Mr. Chamberlain
A Death of Innocence (1971)
Charles Cameron
Crosscurrent (1971)
Frederick D Cooper
There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970)
Cyrus McNutt
Gaily, Gaily (1969)
Father Harvey
Smith! (1969)
Mr. Edwards
Number One (1969)
Coach Jim Southerd
Pretty Poison (1968)
Azenauer
Seconds (1966)
Arthur Hamilton
Fourteen Hours (1951)
Fireman

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

The Salton Sea (2002)
Craft Service
The Majestic (2001)
Craft Service

Cast (Special)

Superman's 50th Anniversary: A Celebration of the Man of Steel (1988)
The Blessings of Liberty (1987)
My Dissident Mom (1987)
Old Friends (1984)
Phil Forbes
The Sheriff and the Astronaut (1984)
Hank Bashaw
In Security (1982)
Eldon Radford
The Adventures of Pollyanna (1982)
Mr Muller
Beyond the Horizon (1976)
James Mayo
With All Deliberate Speed (1976)
Topper Returns (1973)
Of Mice and Men (1968)
Inherit the Wind (1965)
Reverand Brown

Writer (Special)

Sam (1977)
Writer

Special Thanks (Special)

Sam (1977)
Writer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Jackie Collins' "Lady Boss" (1992)
Backstairs at the White House (1979)
Blind Ambition (1979)
Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)

Life Events

1927

Name was changed to Mortimer Lippman when he was 12 by his stepfather, Joseph Lippman (date approximate)

1938

Made Broadway debut in "Medicine Show", a Federal Theatre "Living Newspaper" production helmed by director Jules Dassin

1940

Legally changed name to John Randolph

1942

Served in the US Army Air Forces during WWII; achieved the rank of corporal

1948

Feature film debut, "The Naked City"; played bit part as a policeman

1962

Co-adapted (with Frederic Ewen and Phoebe Brand) an off-Broadway version of James Joyce's novel, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

1966

Credited film debut at age 50 in John Frankenheimer's "Seconds"

1975

Played the principal on the TV drama series, "Lucas Tanner", starring David Hartman as a schoolteacher

1978

Played Richie's dad on the short-lived comic adventure series, "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye"

1983

Appeared with wife Sarah Cunningham in leading roles in "Eulogy", a play written especially for them, at New York's Ensemble Studio Theater

1989

Played Roseanne Arnold's father on several episodes of the popular sitcom, "Roseanne"

1990

Played Harris Weldon, owner of a piano factory, on the TV sitcom, "Grand"

Videos

Movie Clip

Pretty Poison (1968) - No Place At All For Fantasies Anthony Perkins as Dennis seems a lot like Norman Bates, as he's lectured and released by counselor Azenauer (John Randolph), then goes on to observe co-star Tuesday Weld, as drill-teamer Sue-Anne, opening director Noel Black's Pretty Poison, 1968.
Serpico (1973) - Guess Who Got Shot Opening sequence which ends with a flashback, Al Pacino (title character) first in an ambulance then back in the police academy, from Sidney Lumet's film based on the real-life story, Serpico, 1973.
Serpico (1973) -- Don't Be So Fussy In director Sidney Lumet's montage from the graduation ceremony, new cop Frank (Al Pacino) with partner Sidney Green (John Randolph), first day on the job, in Serpico, 1973.
Seconds (1966) - Got A Question Feeling his way into his newly-purchased identity, "Wilson" (Rock Hudson) meets the similarly untethered Nora (Salome Jens) on a Malibu beach, in John Frankenheimer's Seconds, 1966.
Seconds (1966) - Very Liberal Settlements Ruby (Jeff Corey) consults with the not quite sold Hamilton/Wilson (John Randolph) about purchasing an identity change, revealing a trump card, Will Geer eavesdropping, in John Frankenheimer's Seconds, 1966.
Seconds (1966) - Something Of A Milestone Director John Frankenheimer helped photographer James Wong Howe with some hand-held shooting, for the new-identity surgery from which Rock Hudson emerges, as the new "Mr. Wilson," in Seconds, 1966.
Heaven Can Wait (1978) - Opening, Lookin' Good! Opening sequence from Heaven Can Wait, 1978, the hit romantic comedy starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, directed by Beatty and Buck Henry, written by Henry and Elaine May.

Trailer

Family

Louis Cohen
Father
Hat manufacturer.
Dorothy Cohen
Mother
Joseph Lippman
Step-Father
Changed stepson's name to Mortimer Lippman when the boy was 12.
Harrison Henry Randolph
Son
Martha Eoline Randolph
Daughter

Companions

Sarah Cunningham
Wife
Actor. Married January 3, 1942; met when they were both students of Stella Adler; married between the afternoon and evening performances of a play they were appearing in; died c. late 1980s.

Bibliography