John McIntire Biography

Birthday: 1907-06-27
Place of Birth: Spokane, Washington
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: John McIntire possessed the requisite grit, craggy features and crusty, steely-eyed countenance to make for one of television and film's most durable supporting players of western settings. Born in Spokane, Washington in 1907 and the son of a lawyer, he grew up in Montana where he learned to raise and ride broncos on the family homestead. After two years at USC, he spent some time out at sea before turning his attentions to entertainment and the stage. As a radio announcer, he gained quite a following announcing on the "March of Time" broadcasts. In the late 1940s, John migrated west and found a niche for himself in rugged oaters and crimers. Normally the politicians, ranchers and lawmen he portrayed could be counted on for their integrity, maturity and worldly wise, no-nonsense approach to life such as in Black Bart (1948), Down to the Sea in Ships (1949), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Saddle Tramp (1950) and The World in His Arms (1952). However, director Anthony Mann tapped his versatility and gave him a few shadier, more interesting villains to play in three of his top-notch western films: Winchester '73 (1950), The Far Country (1954) and The Tin Star (1957). Television helped John gain an even stronger foothold in late 1950s Hollywood. Although his character was killed off on the "Naked City" (1958) program, he became a familiar face in two other classic western series. He won the role of Christopher Hale in 1961 after "Wagon Train" (1957) series' star Ward Bond died, and then succeeded the late Charles Bickford in "The Virginian" (1962) in 1967 playing Bickford's brother, Clay Grainger, for three years. John's deep, dusty, resonant voice was utilized often for narratives and documentaries. In the ensuing years, he and his longtime wife, actress Jeanette Nolan, became the Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee of the sagebrush set, appearing together as the quintessential frontier couple for decades and decades. They were married for 56 years until John's death of emphysema in 1991. They both outlived their son, Tim McIntire, a strapping, imposing actor himself, who died in 1986 of heart problems.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Asphalt Jungle 1950 Crime
Wagon Train Christopher Hale 1957 Drama
Psychos Sheriff Al Chambers 1960 Horror
Shirley Dutch McHenry 1979 - 1980
Dream Breakers 1989 Drama
The Americans Pa Canfield 2018 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Cloak and Dagger George MacCready 1946
Command Decision 1948
Call Northside 777 Sam Faxon 1948 Crime, Drama
The Street with No Name Cy Gordon 1948 Crime, Drama
Johnny Stool Pigeon Nick Avery 1949
Walk Softly, Stranger Morgan 1950
The Asphalt Jungle 1950 Comedy, 0, Game Show
Shadow on the Wall Pike Ludwell 1950
The Raging Tide 1951
Westward the Women 1951 Drama
The World in His Arms 1952 Action, Adventure, History
The President's Lady Jack Overton 1953
A Lion Is in the Streets 1953
The Far Country 1954 0, Biography, Fantasy
The Kentuckian 1955 Drama
The Phenix City Story 1955 Crime, Drama
Backlash 1956 Mystery, Romance
Away All Boats 1956 Drama
Elmer Gantry 1960
Who Was That Lady? 1960 Comedy
Psycho Sheriff Al Chambers 1960 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Flaming Star 1960 Drama
Summer and Smoke 1961
Two Rode Together 1961
Herbie Rides Again 1974 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Rooster Cogburn Judge Parker 1975
The Rescuers Rufus 1977 Animation, Adventure, Crime
The Fox and the Hound Badger 1981 Animation, Adventure, Family
Honkytonk Man 1982 Fantasy, 0, 0
Cloak & Dagger George MacCready 1984
As Summers Die 1986 Drama