Biography

John Litel (December 30, 1892 – February 3, 1972) was an American film actor.

During World War I Litel enlisted in the French Army and was twice decorated for bravery. Back in the U.S. after the war, Litel enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began his stage career.

In 1929 he started appearing in films. Part of the "Warner Bros. Stock Company" beginning in the 1930s, he appeared in dozens of Warner Bros. films. He often played supporting roles such as hard-nosed cops, district attorneys, etc. He appeared in over 200 films, including They Drive by Night (1940), Knute Rockne, All American (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), Scaramouche (1952), and his final film role in Nevada Smith (1966).

John Litel (December 30, 1892 – February 3, 1972) was an American film actor.

During World War I Litel enlisted in the French Army and was twice decorated for bravery. Back in the U.S. after the war, Litel enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began his stage career.

In 1929 he started appearing in films. Part of the "Warner Bros. Stock Company" beginning in the 1930s, he appeared in dozens of Warner Bros. films. He often played supporting roles such as hard-nosed cops, district attorneys, etc. He appeared in over 200 films, including They Drive by Night (1940), Knute Rockne, All American (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), Scaramouche (1952), and his final film role in Nevada Smith (1966).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 189

Birthday 1892-12-30

Day of Death 1972-02-03

Place of Birth Albany, Wisconsin, USA

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Also Known As

  • John Beach Litel
  • John B. Litel

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1966 Nevada Smith as Doctor
1965 The Sons of Katie Elder as Minister
1965 Branded (1 episode)
1963 Vacation Playhouse (1 episode)
1963 The Gun Hawk as Drunk - Madden's father
1962 The Virginian (2 episodes)
1961 Pocketful of Miracles as Police Inspector McCrary
1961 Hazel (1 episode)
1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Vice-Adm. B. J. Crawford
1960 Route 66 (1 episode)
1959 Hawaiian Eye (1 episode)
1959 Lock-Up (1 episode)
1959 Rawhide (2 episodes)
1958 Houseboat as Mr. William Farnsworth
1958 77 Sunset Strip (3 episodes)
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (3 episodes)
1957 Decision at Sundown as Charles Summerton
1957 Zorro (7 episodes)
1957 Trackdown (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (3 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 The Hired Gun as Mace Beldon
1957 Sugarfoot (2 episodes)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 Comanche as Gen. Nelson A. Miles
1956 The Wild Dakotas as Morgan Wheeler
1956 Runaway Daughters as George Barton
1955 Texas Lady as Meade Moore (wigwam owner)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1 episode)
1955 The Kentuckian as Pleasant Tuesday Babson
1955 Double Jeopardy as Emmett Devery
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 Sitting Bull as Gen. Wilford Howell
1953 Jack Slade as Judge Davidson
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1953 City Detective (1 episode)
1952 My Hero (US) (33 episodes)
1952 Montana Belle as Matt Towner
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Scaramouche as Dr. Dubuque
1951 Flight to Mars as Dr. Lane
1951 I Love Lucy (1 episode)
1951 Little Egypt as Shuster
1951 Two Dollar Bettor as John Hewitt
1951 Take Care of My Little Girl as John Erickson (uncredited)
1951 The Texas Rangers as Major John B. Jones
1951 The Groom Wore Spurs as Uncle George
1951 Cuban Fireball as Pomeroy Sr.
1950 Woman in Hiding as John Chandler
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 The Fuller Brush Girl as Mr. Watkins
1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye as Police Chief Sam Tolgate
1950 The Sundowners as John Gall
1949 Rusty's Birthday as Hugh Mitchell
1949 Mary Ryan, Detective as Capt. Billings
1949 The Gal Who Took the West as Colonel Logan
1949 Outpost in Morocco as Col. Pascal
1949 Rusty Saves a Life as Hugh Mitchell
1948 The Valiant Hombre as Lon Lansdell
1948 Rusty Leads the Way as Hugh Mitchell
1948 Key Largo as Dispatcher (uncredited)
1948 Pitfall as District Attorney
1948 I, Jane Doe as Horton
1948 Smart Woman as Clark
1948 My Dog Rusty as Hugh Mitchell
1947 Cass Timberlane as Webb Wargate
1947 Christmas Eve as Joe Bland, FBI Agent
1947 Heaven Only Knows as Reverend Wainwright
1947 The Guilty as Alex Tremholt
1947 Easy Come, Easy Go as Tom Clancy
1947 The Beginning or the End as K.T. Keller
1947 Lighthouse as Hank Armitage
1946 Swell Guy as Arthur Tyler
1946 Sister Kenny as Medical Director
1946 Okay for Sound
1946 The Return of Rusty as Hugh Mitchell
1946 She Wrote the Book as Dean Fowler
1946 Night in Paradise as Archon
1946 The Madonna's Secret as Lt. Roberts
1946 Smooth as Silk as Stephen Elliott
1945 The Enchanted Forest as Ed Henderson
1945 Northwest Trail as Sergeant Means
1945 San Antonio as Charlie Bell
1945 The Daltons Ride Again as Mitchael J. 'Mike' Bohannon
1945 The Crimson Canary as Roger Quinn
1945 The Crime Doctor's Warning as Inspector Dawes
1945 Salome, Where She Danced as General Lee
1945 Brewster's Millions as Swearengen Jones
1944 Murder in the Blue Room as Frank Baldrich
1944 Faces in the Fog as Dr. Mason
1944 My Buddy as Father Jim Donnelly
1944 Henry Aldrich's Little Secret as Mr. Samuel J. Aldrich
1944 Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid as Mr. Aldrich
1944 Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout as Sam Aldrich
1943 Where Are Your Children? as Judge Edmonds
1943 Henry Aldrich Haunts a House as Sam Aldrich
1943 So Proudly We Hail as Dr. Harrison
1943 Submarine Base as James Xavier 'Jim' Taggart
1943 Henry Aldrich Swings It as Mr. Aldrich
1943 Crime Doctor as Emilio Caspari, the mystery man
1943 Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour as Sam Aldrich
1943 Murder in Times Square as Dr. Blaine
1942 Madame Spy as Peter Rolf
1942 The Boss of Big Town as Michael Lynn
1942 Henry Aldrich, Editor as Sam Aldrich
1942 Invisible Agent as John Gardiner
1942 Men of Texas as Colonel Colbert Scott
1942 March On, America! as Patrick Henry
1942 For the Common Defense! as Subprefect Santiago Castillo
1942 Henry and Dizzy as Sam Aldrich
1942 A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen as Norman Hadley
1942 The Mystery of Marie Roget as Henri Beauvais
1942 Kid Glove Killer as Matty
1942 Mississippi Gambler as Jim Hadley aka Francis Carvel
1942 Soldiers in White as Maj. Charles Anthony
1942 Don Winslow of the Navy as Spencer Merlin
1942 Sealed Lips as Mike Rofano / Fred Morton
1941 They Died with Their Boots On as Gen. Phil Sheridan
1941 Henry Aldrich for President as Sam Aldrich
1941 Thieves Fall Out as Tim Gordon
1941 The Big Boss as Bob Dugan
1941 The Great Mr. Nobody as John Wade
1941 The Trial of Mary Dugan as Mr. West
1941 Father's Son as William Emory
1940 March On, Marines as Colonel Myers
1940 Santa Fe Trail as Martin
1940 Lady with Red Hair as Charles Bryant
1940 Father Is A Prince as Dr. Mark Stone
1940 Knute Rockne All American as Committee Chairman
1940 Money and the Woman as Jerremy Helm
1940 They Drive by Night as Harry McNamara
1940 The Man Who Talked Too Much as District Attorney Dickson
1940 Gambling on the High Seas as U.S. District Attorney Homer Sears
1940 Murder in the Air as Saxby
1940 Men Without Souls as Reverend Thomas Storm
1940 Flight Angels as Dr. Barclay
1940 An Angel from Texas as Quigley
1940 It All Came True as Mr. 'Doc' Roberts
1940 Virginia City as Marshall
1940 Castle on the Hudson as Prison Chaplain
1940 The Fighting 69th as Captain Mangan
1939 A Child Is Born as Dr. Brett
1939 The Return of Doctor X as Dr. Flegg
1939 On Dress Parade as Col. Michael Riker
1939 Dust Be My Destiny as Prosecutor
1939 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase as Carson Drew
1939 The Bill of Rights as Patrick Henry
1939 Old Glory as Patrick Henry (voice)
1939 Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter as Carson Drew
1939 On Trial as Robert Strickland
1939 Dodge City as Matt Cole
1939 You Can't Get Away with Murder as Attorney Carey
1939 Secret Service of the Air as Chief Agent Tom Saxby
1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter as Carson Drew
1939 Wings of the Navy as Commander Clark
1938 Comet Over Broadway as Bill Appleton
1938 The Declaration of Independence as Thomas Jefferson
1938 Nancy Drew: Detective as Carson Drew
1938 Broadway Musketeers as Stanley 'Stan' Dowling
1938 Valley of the Giants as Hendricks
1938 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse as Mr. Monroe, Prosecuting Attorney
1938 My Bill as John C. Rudlin
1938 Little Miss Thoroughbred as Nelson "Nails" Morgan
1938 Over The Wall as Father Neil Connor
1938 Jezebel as Jean La Cour
1938 Love, Honor and Behave as Jim Blake
1938 A Slight Case of Murder as Mr. Post, banker
1938 Gold Is Where You Find It as Ralph Ferris
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1937 Missing Witnesses as Inspector Lane
1937 The Man Without a Country as Lt. Philip Nolan
1937 Alcatraz Island as 'Gat' Brady
1937 The Life of Emile Zola as Charpentier
1937 Back in Circulation as Dr. Eugene Forde
1937 Slim as Wyatt Ranstead
1937 Marked Woman as Gordon
1937 Midnight Court as Victor Shanley
1937 Black Legion as Tommy Smith
1936 Give Me Liberty as Patrick Henry
1936 Fugitive in the Sky as Mike Phelan
1932 Wayward as Robert 'Bob' Daniels
1930 On the Border as Dave (as John B. Litel)
1929 Always Faithful as Wayne
1929 Finders Keepers as (as John B. Litel)
1929 The Sleeping Porch

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