John Abbott

John Abbott

  • Born on
    • June 5th, 1905
  • Died on
    • May 24th, 1996
John Albert Chamberlain Kefford was an English character actor professionally known as John Abbott. His memorable roles include the invalid Frederick Fairlie in the 1948 film The Woman in White and the pacifist Ayelborne in the Star Trek episode "Errand of Mercy". as well as a Shakespearean actor. In 1934, he began his career in show business when he made his professional stage debut in a revival of Dryden's Aureng-zebe with Sybil Thorndike. He then joined the Old Vic Company and appeared in Shakespearean roles, including Claudius in a production of Hamlet at Elsinore Castle in Denmark with Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Alec Guinness. His first Broadway role was that of Count Mancini in He Who Gets Slapped in 1946. He also appeared on Broadway in Monserrat and The Waltz of the Toreadors. He made his film debut in Mademoiselle Docteur in 1937 and went on to act in scores of films in the next 30 years. Among his film credits are Mission to Moscow, Jane Eyre, A Thousand and One Nights, Humoresque, and The Greatest Story Ever Told. His television appearances in that time were even more numerous, beginning with pioneering broadcasts by the BBC before the Second World War. In the early days of the Second World War, Abbott worked at the British Embassy in Stockholm. When the time came to leave, he had to by way of the United States. While in the U.S., he was offered a part in Hollywood in 1941 and ended up living there for the rest of his life. On American television between the 1950s and 1970s, Abbott had roles on a wide variety of series such as Kraft Television Theatre, Studio 57, Gunsmoke, Matinee Theatre, Bonanza, Thriller, Star Trek, Mannix, Iron Horse, and Bewitched. Although he was blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1950s, a producer who wanted to hire him eventually succeeded in getting the actor removed from the list.In his final years, Abbott taught acting to students free of charge. Abbott died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from natural causes on 24 May 1996 at the age of 90.

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Acting (40 Credits)

1995The Young Poisoner's Handbook as Chairman
1994Four Weddings and a Funeral as Polite Verger - Wedding Four
1987A Hazard of Hearts as 2nd Gambler
1983Cracking Up as Surgeon
1982Slapstick of Another Kind as Dr. Frankenstein
1976Sherlock Holmes in New York as Heller
1975The Black Bird as Duquai
1967The Jungle Book as Wolf (voice) (uncredited)
1966Gambit as Emile Fournier
1965The Greatest Story Ever Told as Aben
1963Who's Minding the Store? as Mr. Orlandos
1958Gigi as Manuel
1952The Merry Widow as Ambassador
1951Thunder on the Hill as Abel Harmer
1949Madame Bovary as Mayor Tuvache
1948The Woman in White as Frederick Fairlie
1947The Web as Charles Murdock
1947If Winter Comes as Mr. Twyning
1946Deception as Bertram Gribble
1946Anna and the King of Siam as Phya Phrom
1946Humoresque as Rozner
1945The Power of the Whistler as Kaspar Andropolous
1945Saratoga Trunk as Roscoe Bean
1945Pursuit to Algiers as Jodri
1945A Thousand and One Nights as Ali
1944The Falcon in Hollywood as Martin S. Dwyer
1944Once Upon a Time as Reporter
1944Cry of the Werewolf as Peter Althius
1944Summer Storm as Lunin
1944The Mask of Dimitrios as Mr. Pappas
1943The Cross of Lorraine as Baker
1943They Got Me Covered as Gregory Vanesou
1943Jane Eyre as Mason
1943Mission to Moscow as Grinko (uncredited)
1943Hangmen Also Die! as Hostage (scenes deleted)
1942Joan of Paris as English Spy
1942This Above All as Joe
1942Mrs. Miniver as Fred
1941The Shanghai Gesture as Poppy's Escort
1939The Saint in London as Count Stephen Duni

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