John Archer


Actor
John Archer

About

Also Known As
Ralph Bowman
Birth Place
Osceola, Nebraska, USA
Born
May 08, 1915
Died
December 05, 1999
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Biography

John Archer--father of actress Anne Archer--is best known as the radio announcer for the weekly crime series "The Shadow," sinisterly intoning before every episode, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows." He was already a radio veteran by the time he worked on "The Shadow" in the mid-1940s, switching regularly between that medium and movies, but fans of Povert...

Family & Companions

Marjorie Lord
Wife
Actor. Divorced.
Ann Archer
Wife
Survived him.

Biography

John Archer--father of actress Anne Archer--is best known as the radio announcer for the weekly crime series "The Shadow," sinisterly intoning before every episode, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows." He was already a radio veteran by the time he worked on "The Shadow" in the mid-1940s, switching regularly between that medium and movies, but fans of Poverty Row B movies will also remember him from his starring roles in the cheapie Monogram pictures "King of the Zombies" and "Bowery at Midnight," the latter co-starring Bela Lugosi and Tom Neal. When not acting in B movies, he landed smaller supporting roles in major studio productions like the war drama "Guadalcanal Diary" and the gangster picture "White Heat." In 1950, he starred in one of the first real Hollywood science fiction movies, "Destination Moon," co-scripted by novelist Robert A. Heinlein." The movie, which at the time featured groundbreaking special effects in an effort to show what a moon landing would actually be like, won an Academy Award for visual effects and remains a historic milestone for the genre. Archer died in 1999 of lung cancer.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Amelia Earhart (1976)
Dr Paterson
Thursday's Game (1974)
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
Gerard
I Saw What You Did (1965)
John Austin
Apache Rifles (1964)
Colonel Perry
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Jack Kelman
City of Fear (1959)
Lt. Mark Richards
She Devil (1957)
Barton Kendall
Decision at Sundown (1957)
Dr. Storrow
Affair in Reno (1957)
Tony Lamarr
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
Bob Dudley
Rock Around the Clock (1956)
Mike Dodd
Emergency Hospital (1956)
Dr. Ellis
No Man's Woman (1955)
Harlow Grant
Dragon's Gold (1953)
Mack Rossiter
The Stars Are Singing (1953)
Dave Parish
Sound Off (1952)
Maj. Paul Whiteside
The Big Trees (1952)
Frenchy LeCroix
Rodeo (1952)
Tex Martin
Sea Tiger (1952)
Capt. Benjamin McGrun
A Yank in Indo-China (1952)
Mulvaney
Santa Fe (1951)
Clint Canfield
Best of the Badmen (1951)
Curley Ringo
My Favorite Spy (1951)
Henderson
The Great Jewel Robber (1950)
Det. Sampter
Destination Moon (1950)
Jim Barnes
High Lonesome (1950)
Pat Farrell
White Heat (1949)
Philip Evans
Colorado Territory (1949)
Reno Blake
The Lost Moment (1947)
Charles Russell
Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944)
F.B.I. agent Kerrigan
The Eve of St. Mark (1944)
Pvt. Carter
Crash Dive (1943)
Curly
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Lt. Thurmond
Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
Ned Clark
Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)
Lt. Peter Merriam
Shantytown (1943)
William Allen
The Purple V (1943)
Jimmy Thorn
Scattergood Survives a Murder (1942)
Dunker Gillson
Bowery at Midnight (1942)
Richard Dennison
Hi, Neighbor (1942)
Dr. Hall
Police Bullets (1942)
Professor J. Thomas Quincy
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1942)
Dr. Robert Redmond
Scattergood Baines (1941)
Johnny Bones
Mountain Moonlight (1941)
Dr. Editor
City of Missing Girls (1941)
James Horton
Paper Bullets (1941)
Bob Elliot
King of the Zombies (1941)
Bill Summers
The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941)
Intern
Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)
Richard Clark
Curtain Call (1940)
Ted Palmer
Barnyard Follies (1940)
Jeff
Career (1939)
Ray Cruthers
Overland Stage Raiders (1938)
Bob Whitney
Spring Madness (1938)
Dartmouth college boy

Producer (Feature Film)

Steadying the Boat (1996)
Producer
Mairi Mhor: Her Life And Songs (1994)
Executive Producer
Kyoto, My Mother's Place (1991)
Executive Producer

Cast (Short)

SUCKER LIST (1941)

Life Events

1938

Film acting debut

Videos

Movie Clip

Colorado Territory (1949) - Details Of Execution As instructed by his ex-boss who had him busted out of jail, McQueen (Joel McCrea) arrives at the hideout where the next job is being planned, Colorado (Virginia Mayo) the unexpected companion of Harris (James Mitchell) and Blake (John Archer), in Raoul Walsh’s Colorado Territory , 1949.
Destination Moon (1950) - Only American Industry Ending the Walter Lantz-Woody Woodpecker cartoon they've cleverly had made to support their case for a privately-funded moon mission, industrialist Barnes (John Archer) lets General Thayer (Tom Powers) bring home the point to a gathering of investors, in George Pal's Destination Moon, 1950.
Destination Moon (1950) - Weightless In Free Orbit In a well conceived sequence from Robert Heinlein's novel, Barnes, Cargraves, General Thayer and wiseguy Joe (John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, Dick Wesson) feel some serious G's in the launch of the first manned moon mission, in producer George Pal's ground-breaking Destination Moon, 1950.
Big Trees, The (1952) - They Want Their Money Wisconsin circa 1900, crafty lumber operator Fallon (Kirk Douglas), placating landowner Murdock (Duke Watson) with help from his girlfriend (Patrice Wymore), convinces his angry crew, and bystander Yukon (Edgar Buchanan), to come west with him, early in The Big Trees, 1952.
I Saw What You Did - Shaking Like a Leaf! Spectacular detail in the radio newscast as Kit (Sarah Lane) gets nervous while Dad (John Archer) puzzles, after a night of mischief on the phone in William Castle's I Saw What You Did, 1965.
Decision at Sundown - We Ain't Interested Skeptical Dr. Storrow (John Archer) and merchant Abe (Guy Wilkerson) receive out-of-towners Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) and Sam (Noah Beery) in Budd Boetticher's Western Decision at Sundown, 1957.

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Family

Anne Archer
Daughter
Actor.
Gregg Archer
Son
John Archer
Son
Lisa Archer
Daughter

Companions

Marjorie Lord
Wife
Actor. Divorced.
Ann Archer
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography