Biography

John Carroll (July 17, 1906 – April 24, 1979) was an American actor and singer. He was born Julian Lafaye in New Orleans, Louisiana. Carroll performed in several small roles in films under his original name until 1935, when he first used the name John Carroll in Hi, Gaucho! He appeared in several Western films in the 1930s, including the role of Zorro in Zorro Rides Again in 1937. He was the male lead in the Marx Brothers' Western comedy Go West in 1940. Probably his best known role was as Woody Jason in the 1942 movie Flying Tigers with John Wayne. He was also notable as a Cajun soldier, aptly nicknamed "Wolf", in the 1945 comedy A Letter for Evie.

He interrupted his movie career during World War II and served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot in North Africa. He broke his back in a crash. He recovered and resumed his acting career.

John Carroll was a well-established actor and his wife Lucille was a casting director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). In 1948, the famous movie actress Marilyn Monroe moved into their house. They helped support her emotionally and financially during her difficult transition period. Their support was essential in her success as an actress.

Carroll worked steadily through the mid-1950s, but his career began to fade in the latter half of the decade. He did play a memorable role in the 1957 Budd Boetticher western Decision at Sundown as Tate Kimbrough, the evil nemesis of Randolph Scott's character. His last role was in Ride in a Pink Car in 1974.

John Carroll (July 17, 1906 – April 24, 1979) was an American actor and singer. He was born Julian Lafaye in New Orleans, Louisiana. Carroll performed in several small roles in films under his original name until 1935, when he first used the name John Carroll in Hi, Gaucho! He appeared in several Western films in the 1930s, including the role of Zorro in Zorro Rides Again in 1937. He was the male lead in the Marx Brothers' Western comedy Go West in 1940. Probably his best known role was as Woody Jason in the 1942 movie Flying Tigers with John Wayne. He was also notable as a Cajun soldier, aptly nicknamed "Wolf", in the 1945 comedy A Letter for Evie.

He interrupted his movie career during World War II and served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot in North Africa. He broke his back in a crash. He recovered and resumed his acting career.

John Carroll was a well-established actor and his wife Lucille was a casting director at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). In 1948, the famous movie actress Marilyn Monroe moved into their house. They helped support her emotionally and financially during her difficult transition period. Their support was essential in her success as an actress.

Carroll worked steadily through the mid-1950s, but his career began to fade in the latter half of the decade. He did play a memorable role in the 1957 Budd Boetticher western Decision at Sundown as Tate Kimbrough, the evil nemesis of Randolph Scott's character. His last role was in Ride in a Pink Car in 1974.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 50

Birthday 1906-07-17

Day of Death 1979-04-24

Place of Birth New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Also Known As

  • Julian Lafaye

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1974 Ride in a Pink Car as Mr. Henry
1959 Plunderers of Painted Flats as Clint Jones
1957 Decision at Sundown as Tate Kimbrough
1955 The Reluctant Bride
1953 The Farmer Takes a Wife as Jotham Klore
1951 Belle Le Grand as John Kilton
1950 Surrender as Gregg Delaney
1950 The Avengers as Don Careless / Francisco Suarez
1948 Angel in Exile as Charlie Dakin
1948 I, Jane Doe as Stephen Curtis
1948 Old Los Angeles as Johnny Morrell
1947 The Flame as George MacAllister
1947 The Fabulous Texan as John Wesley Baker
1947 Hollywood Wonderland as Actor in Canoe
1947 Wyoming as Glenn Forrester
1947 Fiesta as Jose 'Pepe' Ortega
1946 A Letter for Evie as Edgar 'Wolf' Larson
1945 Bedside Manner as Morgan Hale
1943 Hit Parade of 1943 as Rick Farrell
1943 The Youngest Profession as John Carroll
1942 Flying Tigers as Woodrow 'Woody' Jason
1942 Pierre of the Plains as Pierre
1942 Rio Rita as Ricardo Montera
1941 Lady Be Good as Buddy Crawford
1941 This Woman Is Mine as Ovide de Montigny
1941 Sunny as Larry Warren
1940 Go West as Terry Turner
1940 Hired Wife as Jose de Briganza
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
1940 Phantom Raiders as John Ramsell Jr.
1940 Susan and God as Clyde Rochester
1940 Congo Maisie as Dr. Michael Shane
1939 Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga as Himself
1939 Wolf Call as Michael Vance
1939 Only Angels Have Wings as Gent Shelton
1938 I Am a Criminal as Brad McArthur
1938 Rose of the Rio Grande as El Gato
1938 Swingtime in the Movies as Rick Arden
1937 Zorro Rides Again as James Vega/Zorro
1937 We Who Are About to Die as Joe Donahue
1936 Pilot X as Jerry Blackwood
1936 Murder on a Bridle Path as Latigo Wells
1936 Muss 'em Up as Gene Leland
1935 Hi, Gaucho! as Lucio Bolario
1930 New Moon as Russian Soldier on Ship
1930 Doughboys as Doughboy in Elmer's Squad (uncredited)
1930 Monte Carlo as Wedding Guest Officer (uncredited)
1929 Devil-May-Care as Bonapartist
1929 Marianne as Doughboy (uncredited)

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