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John Archer ACTOR


John Archer was born on may 8th, 1915 in Osceola, Nebraska with the birth name Ralph Bowman, born to Eunice M. (née Crawford) and Joseph E. Bowman.  At the age of five, his family relocated to California and after graduating from Hollywood High School he went on to study at the University of Southern California.
His career in entertainment first began working on the other side of the industry studying cinematography at USC, however, he was unable to find employment in this filed so he changed his career direction to focus on acting.
Archer began with finding work as a stage actor appearing at the Ben Bard Playhouse.  After gaining some more stage experience he appeared on Broadway in, "The Day Before Spring" and then found work as a film actor working with such studio's as Universal and Republic Pictures.
Archer was awarded a contract with RKO after entering a radio contest for aspiring actors.  Some of his early film roles included appearances on, "Flaming Frontiers" (1938) starring Johnny Mack Brown, Eleanor Hansen, Ralph Bowman, Charles Middleton, John Rutherford and Charles Stevens, "Career" (1939) starring Anne Shirley, Leon Errol, Raymond Hatton, Samuel S. Hinds, Charles Drake, Rowena Cook and Edward Ellis, "Curtain Call" (1940) with Barbara Read, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Forbes, Frank Faylen and Helen Vinson and "Scattergood Baines" (1941) starring Guy Kibbee, Carol Hughes, Dink Trout, Emma Dunn and Willie Best.

As his career in the industry progressed he appeared on more prominent features such as, "Guadalcanal Diary" (1943) starring Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, William Bendix, Richard Conte, Anthony Quinn, Richard Jaeckel, Ralph Byrd, Minor Watson, Roy Roberts, Lionel Stander and Reed Hadley, "White Heat" (1949) film noir starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly, Wally Cassell, Ford Rainey, Fred Clark, Paul Guilfoyle and Steve Cochran, "The Big Trees" (1952) starring Kirk Douglas, Edgar Buchanan, Ellen Corby, Alan Hale Jr. and Patrice Wymore, "Sea Tiger" (1952) with Marguerite Chapman, Harry Lauter, Mara Corday and Lyle Talbot, "The Stars are Singing" (1953) starring Rosemary Clooney, Anna Maria Alberghetti and Lauritz Melchior, "Dragon's Gold" (1954) with Hillary Brooke, Philip Van Zandt and Noel Cravat, "No Man's Woman" (1955) co-starring Marie Windsor, Patric Knowles, Nancy Gates, Richard Crane, Louis Jean Heydt and Morris Ankrum, "Rock Around the Clock" (1956) a musical film co-starring Lisa Gaye, Johnny Johnston, Alix Talton and Henry Slate and featured Bill Haley and His Comets along with Alan Freed, The Platters, Tony Martinez and His Band, Freddie Bell and His Bellboys, "She Devil" (1957) with Mari Blanchard, Jack Kelly, Fay Baker and Albert Dekker, "City Of Fear" (1959) co-starring Vince Edwards and Lyle Talbot, "Blue Hawaii" (1961) starring Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Howard McNear, Steve Brodie, Hilo Hattie and Roland Winters, "Apache Rifles" (1964) starring Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Linda Lawson, Ken Lynch, Robert Brubaker and L. Q. Jones, "I Saw What You Did" (1965) starring Joan Crawford, Leif Erickson, Tom Hatten, Sara Lane and John Ireland and "How to Frame a Figg" (1971) starring Don Knotts, Joe Flynn, Yvonne Craig and Edward Andrews
In addition to his many film roles he also made quite a name for himself as a television actor appearing on such series as, "The Bob Cummings Show", "Stories of the Century", "Sea Hunt", "The Twilight Zone", "Rescue 8", "The Frank Sinatra Show", "Suspense", "Private Secretary", "The Loretta Young Show", "Zane Grey Theatre", "The Ann Sothern Show", "Maverick", "Bonanza", "Mannix", "Surfside 6", "77 Sunset Strip", "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", "The Man Dawson", "The Name of the Game", "Ironside", "Columbo", "Bat Masterson", "The Outsider", "Wagon Train" and "Lassie" among many others.
John Archer married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Marjorie Lord in 1941 and they had two children before their marriage ended in divorce in 1953.  His second marriage was to Ann Leddy in 1956 and they also had two children together and remained married until he passed away on December 3rd, 1999 in Redmond, Washington after suffering from lung cancer.


1996         Command & Conquer: Red Alert
1986         American Playhouse 
1985         L'anniversaire de Georges
1976         Amelia Earhart
1974         Thursday's Game
1973         Columbo 
1972         Class of '55
1971         How to Frame a Figg
1969-1971     Ironside
1970         Bracken's World
1970         The Name of the Game 
1969         The Outsider
1969         Mannix
1962-1968     Bonanza
1961-1968     Lassie
1966-1967     Batman
1966         The Virginian
1957-1965     Perry Mason
1965         I Saw What You Did
1964         McHale's Navy
1964         Apache Rifles
1964         This Is the Life 
1962-1964     Hazel
1964         Temple Houston 
1961-1963     Wagon Train 
1962-1963     Hawaiian Eye 
1961-1962     77 Sunset Strip
1960-1962     Tales of Wells Fargo 
1961-1962     Surfside 6
1961         Blue Hawaii
1961         Twilight Zone
1961         Maverick
1961         Coronado 9
1961         The Tall Man 
1960         Men Into Space
1960         Sea Hunt 
1960         Lock Up
1957-1960     Cheyenne
1960         Colt .45 
1960         Riverboat
1960         The Man and the Challenge
1960         The Ann Sothern Show
1960         Philip Marlowe 
1959         M Squad 
1959         Laramie
1959         Border Patrol 
1959         This Man Dawson
1959         Bat Masterson
1959         How to Marry a Millionaire
1959         Mike Hammer 
1959         State Trooper
1959         Rescue 8 
1959         City of Fear
1958         The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
1958         Broken Arrow 
1957-1958     The Californians
1957-1958     The Bob Cummings Show
1958         The Frank Sinatra Show
1958         Zane Grey Theatre
1955-1957     Navy Log 
1957         Decision at Sundown
1957         The Silent Service
1957         The George Sanders Mystery Theater
1957         Code 3
1957         She Devil
1957         Ten Thousand Bedrooms
1957         Affair in Reno
1956         The Gale Storm Show: Oh, Susanna!
1956         Emergency Hospital
1956         Private Secretary
1956         Screen Directors Playhouse 
1955-1956     Science Fiction Theatre
1956         TV Reader's Digest 
1956         Rock Around the Clock
1955         No Man's Woman
1955         Crossroads
1955         Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre
1955         Schlitz Playhouse
1955         Stories of the Century
1954-1955     The Loretta Young Show
1955         The Millionaire
1951-1954     Armstrong Circle Theatre
1954         Dragon's Gold
1954         Suspense
1954         Mayor of the Town
1953         America for Me 
1953         The Stars Are Singing
1952         The Ford Television Theatre 
1952         Sea Tiger
1952         Sound Off
1952         A Yank in Indo-China
1952         The Unexpected
1952         Rodeo
1952         The Big Trees
1951         My Favorite Spy
1951         Best of the Badmen
1951         Home Town Story
1951         Santa Fe
1951         The Bigelow Theatre
1950         High Lonesome
1950         The Great Jewel Robber
1950         Destination Moon
1950         Fireside Theatre 
1950         The Silver Theatre
1949         White Heat
1949         Colorado Territory
1949         Your Show Time 
1947         The Lost Moment
1944         Roger Touhy, Gangster
1944         The Eve of St. Mark
1943         No Exceptions
1943         Guadalcanal Diary
1943         Crash Dive
1943         Shantytown
1943         Sherlock Holmes in Washington
1943         The Purple V
1943         Hello Frisco, Hello
1942         Scattergood Survives a Murder
1942         Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
1942         Bowery at Midnight
1942         Police Bullets
1942         Hi, Neighbor
1941         Sucker List 
1941         Mountain Moonlight
1941         Paper Bullets
1941         King of the Zombies
1941         The People vs. Dr. Kildare
1941         City of Missing Girls
1941         Scattergood Baines
1941         Cheers for Miss Bishop
1941         Always Tomorrow: The Portrait of an American Business
1940         Barnyard Follies
1940         Curtain Call
1939         Career
1938         Spring Madness
1938         Overland Stage Raiders
1938         Dick Tracy Returns
1938         Letter of Introduction
1938         Flaming Frontiers

Matinee Classics - The Big Trees starring Kirk Douglas, Eve Miller, Edgar Buchanan, Patrice Wymore, John Archer, Alan Hale Jr., Roy Roberts, Ellen Corby, Charles Meredith and Harry Cording
Matinee Classics - Rock Around the Clock starring Alan Freed, Johnny Johnston, Alix Talton, Lisa Gaye, John Archer, Henry Slate, Bill Haley and His Comets, The Platters, Ernie Freeman Combo, Tony Martinez and His Band and Freddie Bell and His Bellboys

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