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John Merton (I) (1901–1959)

John Merton was born on February 18, 1901 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Myrtland Vivian LaVarre. He was an actor, known for Radar Patrol vs. Spy King (1949), The Ten Commandments (1956) and Drums of Fu Manchu (1940). He was married to Ellen Margaret Curtan and Esther Swarts. He died on September 19, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Ten Commandments Architect's Assistant
Blazing Sixes Jim Hess


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 1959 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Mr. Reagan
- Little Gray Home in the West (1959) ... Mr. Reagan
 1957 Omar Khayyam
Nobleman (uncredited)
 1956 The Man Called X (TV Series)
- Rendezvous (1956)
 1956 The Ten Commandments
Architect's Assistant
 1956 Frontier Gambler
 1952-1955 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
Henchman Riggs / Lou Cole / Ed Hartman / ...
- Blake's Kid (1955) ... Henchman Riggs
- Heading for Trouble (1953) ... Lou Cole
- The Boy and the Bandit (1952) ... Ed Hartman
- Civilian Clothes (1952) ... Elliott
 1955 Son of Sinbad
Guard (uncredited)
 1953-1954 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
- The World Beyond (1953)
 1954 The Roy Rogers Show (TV Series)
Tom Keith / Hank Rogers
- Boys' Day in Paradise Valley (1954) ... Tom Keith
- The Last of the Larrabee Kid (1954) ... Hank Rogers
 1954 Jungle Man-Eaters
French Ship's Crewman (uncredited)
 1954 Phantom of the Rue Morgue
Animal Keeper (uncredited)
 1953 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
- The Man in the Lead Mask (1953) ... Doc
 1953 Hopalong Cassidy (TV Series)
Hired gunman
- Gypsy Destiny (1953) ... Hired gunman
 1951-1953 The Cisco Kid (TV Series)
Turner / Wally / Sheriff / ...
- Chinese Gold (1953) ... Turner
- Bodyguard (1953) ... Wally
- The Bates Story (1951) ... Sheriff
- Foreign Agent (1951) ... The Chief
 1953 The Big Heat
Man (uncredited)
 1953 Saginaw Trail
Trapper with Knife (uncredited)
 1951-1953 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
Al Engle
- Crown Jewels (1953)
- Phone Booth Murder (1951) ... Al Engle
 1953 Salome
Baptism Attendee (uncredited)
 1953 Up in Daisy's Penthouse (Short)
Butch, Daisy's Boyfriend
 1952 Androcles and the Lion
Officer (uncredited)
 1952 Blue Canadian Rockies
Frenchy (uncredited)
 1952 The Lion and the Horse
Stock Buyer (uncredited)
 1952 The Half-Breed
The Sergeant-Messenger (uncredited)
 1952 Trail Guide
 1952 The Old West
Townsman (uncredited)
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
Chuck (uncredited)
 1951 Gold Raiders
 1951 Merry Mavericks (Short)
Shotgun (uncredited)
 1951 Mask of the Avenger
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1951 Silver Canyon
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1951 The Texas Rangers
Texas Ranger (uncredited)
 1951 Man from Sonora
Henchman Pete
 1951 Oh! Susanna
Barfly (uncredited)
 1950 Brooklyn Buckaroos (Short)
Mine Payroll Messenger
 1950 Bandit Queen
 1950 A Snitch in Time (Short)
Jerry Benton (uncredited)
 1950 Dick Tracy (TV Series)
- Dick Tracy vs. Swami (1950) ... Swami
 1949-1950 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Joe Kean / Lieutenant Bannister
- Banker's Choice (1950) ... Joe Kean
- War Horse (1949) ... Lieutenant Bannister
 1950 Walk Softly, Stranger
Bowen's Henchman (uncredited)
 1950 Border Rangers
Gans - Henchman
 1950 Two Roaming Champs (Short)
Uncle Shark (uncredited)
 1950 I Shot Billy the Kid
Bob Ollinger - Deputy (as John Morton)
 1950 Arizona Territory
Otis Kilburn
 1950 Nursie Behave (Short)
Fiancée's Boyfriend
 1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk
Clayton (uncredited)
 1950 Marinated Mariner (Short)
Gang Leader
 1950 West of Wyoming
 1950 Fence Riders
Cattle Buyer Slater
 1949 The Adventures of Sir Galahad
Ulric - The Saxon King
 1949 Samson and Delilah
Assistant Tax Collector (uncredited)
 1949 Radar Patrol vs. Spy King
John Baroda
 1949 Riders of the Dusk
Art - Henchman
 1949 The Wolf Hunters
Post Clerk (uncredited)
 1949 Western Renegades
 1949 Thieves' Highway
State Highway Policeman (uncredited)
 1949 Haunted Trails
Sheriff Charlie Coombs
 1949 The Blazing Trail
Brady House Guard (uncredited)
 1949 The Lost Tribe
Kesler (uncredited)
 1949 El Paso
Dutch - Deputy (uncredited)
 1949 Outlaw Country
Marshal Clark
 1948 Parole, Inc.
Police Captain (uncredited)
 1948 The Golden Eye
Miner (uncredited)
 1948 Red River
Settler (uncredited)
 1948 Trail to Laredo
Sheriff Kennedy (uncredited)
 1948 A Southern Yankee
Guerrilla Horseman (uncredited)
 1947 Brick Bradford
Dr. Gregor Tymak
 1947 Cheyenne Takes Over
Bart McCord
 1947 Unconquered
Sentry at Ball Denying Chris Exit (uncredited)
 1947 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
President Theodore Roosevelt (uncredited)
 1947 Jack Armstrong
Gregory Pierce (uncredited)
 1947 Raiders of the South
Preston Durant
 1946 Son of the Guardsman
Lord Hampton (uncredited)
 1946 Shadows on the Range
Paul Emery
 1946 Heading West
Kelso - Henchman (uncredited)
 1946 The Desert Horseman
Rex Young (uncredited)
 1946 Her Kind of Man
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1946 Night in Paradise
Sailor (uncredited)
 1946 Galloping Thunder
Henchman Regan (uncredited)
 1946 The Gay Cavalier
 1946 The People's Choice
Grant Evans
 1946 Gilda
Policeman (uncredited)
 1946 The Haunted Mine
Steve Twining
 1946 The Harvey Girls
Player (uncredited)
 1946 Girl on the Spot
Mug (uncredited)
 1946 Border Bandits
Henchman Spike
 1945 The Cherokee Flash
Mark Butler aka Blackie
 1945 Who's Guilty?
NYC Policeman (uncredited)
 1945 The Crimson Canary
Man at Bar (uncredited)
 1945 Bandits of the Badlands
Cort McKinnon
 1945 Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
Farmer Pledging Two Calves (uncredited)
 1945 Rustlers' Hideout
Harry Stanton
 1945 Secret Agent X-9
Parker (uncredited)
 1945 Along Came Jones
Card Player (uncredited)
 1945 Oregon Trail
Dalt Higgins
 1945 Flame of the West
Carl Compton
 1945 Stranger from Santa Fe
Cy Manning
 1945 The Master Key
Vogel - Council Member M-10 (uncredited)
 1945 Brenda Starr, Reporter
Joe Schultz (uncredited)
 1945 Jungle Queen
Mine Henchman-Guard (uncredited)
 1944 Gentle Annie
Engineer (uncredited)
 1944 Ghost Guns
 1944 Zorro's Black Whip
Ed Harris - Henchman
 1944 Girl Rush
 1944 An American Romance
Eddie - Steel Mill Worker (uncredited)
 1944 Land of the Outlaws
Dan Broderick
 1944 Kismet
Aide to Mansur (uncredited)
 1944 West of the Rio Grande
Wade Gunnerson
 1944 U-Boat Prisoner
Officer Elsner (uncredited)
 1944 Fuzzy Settles Down
Henchman Pete
 1944 The Last Horseman
Fancy Bistro (uncredited)
 1944 Mystery Man
 1944 Valley of Vengeance
Henchman Burt
 1944 The Black Parachute
Soldier (uncredited)
 1944 Address Unknown
Angry German at Play (uncredited)
 1944 Two-Man Submarine
Nazi Officer (uncredited)
 1944 Texas Masquerade
Henchman Jeff
 1944 None Shall Escape
Townsman (uncredited)
 1943 For God and Country (Short)
Brig Turnkey (uncredited)
 1943 Sucker Bait (Documentary short)
Military Policeman at Barney's
 1943 Phony Express (Short)
Red's Henchman (uncredited)
 1943 Women in Bondage
SS officer (uncredited)
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine
Nazi Guard in Village (uncredited)
 1943 Devil Riders
Jim Higgins
 1943 Bullets and Saddles
Mike Phelps - Henchman
 1943 Adventures of the Flying Cadets
Blaine - Galt Henchman [Chs. 10-12] (uncredited)
 1943 Black Market Rustlers
Henchman Parry
 1943 Destroyer
Chief Quartermaster (uncredited)
 1943 Fighting Valley
Dan Wakely
 1943 The Law Rides Again
Spike - Henchman
 1943 Hitler's Madman
Muller (uncredited)
 1943 Cowboy Commandos
Larry Fraser - Mine Foreman
 1943 They Came to Blow Up America
Policeman in Bund Raid (uncredited)
 1943 My Son, the Hero
George Washington at Costume Party (uncredited)
 1943 Sagebrush Law
Burl Mason - Henchman
 1943 Fugitive of the Plains
Deputy arresting Fuzzy
 1943 Land of Hunted Men
Pelham (Mine Manager) (as John Morton)
 1943 Assignment in Brittany
Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
 1943 Hitler's Children
Gestapo Officer (uncredited)
 1942 The Mysterious Rider
Dalton Sykes
 1942 The Lone Prairie
Henchman Ed Slade (uncredited)
 1942 Along the Sundown Trail
Jake - Henchman
 1942 Prairie Pals
Henchman Ed Blair
 1942 Sheriff of Sage Valley
Nick Gaynor
 1942 Law and Order
Henchman Turtle
 1942 Invisible Agent
German Soldier (uncredited)
 1942 Flight Lieutenant
Major Thompson's Orderly (uncredited)
 1942 They All Kissed the Bride
Punch Server at Dance (uncredited)
 1942 Down Texas Way
 1942 The Wife Takes a Flyer
German Soldier (uncredited)
 1942 Boot Hill Bandits
Brand Bolton
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
'Pelican' Crewman (uncredited)
 1942 Arizona Terrors
Henchman (uncredited)
 1942 Don Winslow of the Navy
Destroyer 620 Helmsman [Chs. 1, 9] (uncredited)
 1941 Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc.
Brent (uncredited)
 1941 A Missouri Outlaw
Henchman Bancroft
 1941 Gauchos of El Dorado
Curly Kid (uncredited)
 1941 South of Tahiti
Bearded Sailor (uncredited)
 1941 Sea Raiders
First Island Guard [Chs. 10-11] (uncredited)
 1941 The Bandit Trail
Informer (uncredited)
 1941 The Gunman from Bodie
Bill Cook - Henchman
 1941 Under Fiesta Stars
Henchman Tommick
 1941 Mystery Ship
Guard (uncredited)
 1941 I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island
Guard (uncredited)
 1941 Our Wife
Officer (uncredited)
 1941 Two Gun Sheriff
Townsman (uncredited)
 1941 White Eagle
Ronimo - Henchman
 1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again!
Thug at Rear of Truck (uncredited)
 1940 Lone Star Raiders
Henchman Dixon
 1940 Melody Ranch
Henchman Ten-Spot (uncredited)
 1940 The Trail Blazers
Henchman Mason
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Half-breed Archer (uncredited)
 1940 Billy the Kid in Texas
 1940 Queen of the Yukon
Charlie (uncredited)
 1940 Billy the Kid Outlawed
Lije Ellis
 1940 The Return of Wild Bill
Dusty Donahue (uncredited)
 1940 Frontier Crusader
Henchman Hippo Potts
 1940 Covered Wagon Days
 1940 Dark Command
Cantrell Man (uncredited)
 1940 Drums of Fu Manchu
 1940 Northwest Passage
Lt. Dunbar (uncredited)
 1939 Zorro's Fighting Legion
Manuel [Ch. 1-9]
 1939 Flaming Lead
Chicago Club Manager (uncredited)
 1939 The Great Commandment
 1939 Renegade Trail
Henchman Tex Traynor
 1939 The Man in the Iron Mask
Soldier (uncredited)
 1939 Daredevils of the Red Circle
Davis - Gas Plant Heavy [Ch. 4] (uncredited)
 1939 Three Texas Steers
Mike Abbott (uncredited)
 1939 Union Pacific
Laborer (uncredited)
 1939 The Lady's from Kentucky
Gambler (uncredited)
 1939 Rough Riders' Round-up
Border Patrolman Messenger (uncredited)
 1939 Two Gun Troubador
Bill Barton
 1939 In Old Montana
Ed Brandt
 1939 Four Girls in White
John - Man at Accident (uncredited)
 1939 Code of the Fearless
Red Kane
 1938 Gang Bullets
Red Hampton
 1938 The Great Waltz
Revolutionary (uncredited)
 1938 Where the Buffalo Roam
 1938 Dick Tracy Returns
Champ Stark
 1938 The Shopworn Angel
Soldier Speaking in Montage (uncredited)
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Soldier Announcing Birth (uncredited)
 1938 Riders of the Black Hills
Irate Theatre Patron (uncredited)
 1938 Songs and Saddles
Rocky Renaut
 1938 The Fighting Devil Dogs
Thompson (uncredited)
 1938 Gunsmoke Trail
Bill Larson, posing as Moose Walters
 1938 Phantom Ranger
Henchman Bud
 1938 Two Gun Justice
 1938 Female Fugitive
Mort - Henchman
 1938 Knight of the Plains
Carson - aka Pedro de Cordoba
 1938 Land of Fighting Men
 1938 The Lone Ranger
Captain Kester
 1938 The Buccaneer
Pirate Shot by Lafitte (uncredited)
 1938 Sergeant Murphy
Cavalryman (uncredited)
 1937 Boy of the Streets
Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1937 Colorado Kid
Court Clerk
 1937 Federal Bullets
Henchman Manny Goe
 1937 Arizona Gunfighter
Farley (Durkin Henchman)
 1937 Roaring Six Guns
Mile-a-way Roberts
 1937 The Firefly
French Officer Announcing Abdication (uncredited)
 1937 Atlantic Flight
1st Radio Newscaster (uncredited)
 1937 The Rangers Step In
 1937 Slaves in Bondage
Nick Costello
 1937 Galloping Dynamite
 1937 Range Defenders
Henchman Craig
 1937 Blazing Sixes
Jim Hess
 1937 Drums of Destiny
Toby Simmons
 1937 Behind the Headlines
Armor-Car-Guard (uncredited)
 1937 Law of the Ranger
Bill Nash
 1937 The Law Commands
Frank Clark
 1937 Gunsmoke Ranch
Clem Jurgins (uncredited)
 1937 Headline Crasher
Tony Scarlotti
 1937 Valley of Terror
Mark Flemming
 1936 The Bold Caballero
Sergeant #1 (uncredited)
 1936 Fury Below
 1936 Wild Horse Round-Up
Charlie Doan
 1936 The Gun Ranger
Kemper Mills
 1936 Daniel Boone
Messenger from Richmond (uncredited)
 1936 A Tenderfoot Goes West
Henchman Jake
 1936 The Three Mesquiteers
 1936 The Vigilantes Are Coming
Rance Talbot
 1936 The Crooked Trail
Harve Tarlton
 1936 The Lion's Den
Single-Shot Smith
 1936 Wildcat Trooper
Henry McClain
 1936 Aces and Eights
Card Sharp (uncredited)
 1936 Wolves of the Sea
 1936 Undersea Kingdom
 1936 Lightnin' Bill Carson
'Breed' Hawkins
 1936 Call of the Prairie
 1936 Border Caballero
 1935 Bar 20 Rides Again
Henchman Carp
 1935 The Eagle's Brood
Henchman Ed
 1935 Hop-a-Long Cassidy
Party Guest with a Pint in His Hip Pocket (uncredited)
 1935 The Miracle Rider
Messenger in Prologue (uncredited)
 1934 Broadway Bill
Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
 1934 Cleopatra
Roman Guard (uncredited)
 1934 The Age of Innocence
John (uncredited)
 1934 Beyond the Law
New York Radio Policeman (as Mert La Verre)
 1934 The Red Rider
Banty [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
 1934 Whom the Gods Destroy
Balkan Sailor with Binoculars (uncredited)
 1933 Sons of the Desert
Son of the Desert in 2nd Row Behind Stan's Left (uncredited)
 1933 Captured!
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
 1928 Love at First Flight (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1927/I Running Wild
Police Officer (uncredited)
 1927 Knockout Reilly
Buck Lennard (as Myrtland La Varre)
 1926 The Quarterback
Football Player (as Myrtland LaVarre)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Brinn"; credited as Myrtland LaVarre) in "Frankie and Johnnie" on Broadway. See more »

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Myrtland La Varre | Mert La Verre | Myrtland LaVarre | Mert Lavarre | John Morton

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