John Payne (I) (1912–1989)

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Perhaps not so surprisingly, John Payne maintained that his favorite movie of all time was one of his own -- Miracle on 34th Street (1947) -- simply because it reflected his own strong and spiritual belief system. Today, of course, the film, which co-stars beautiful Maureen O'Hara, Oscar-winning Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle and little ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Restless Gun Vint Bonner / Britt Ponset / Gene Baroda / Jebediah Bonner
99 River Street Ernie Driscoll


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 1975 Columbo (TV Series)
Ned Diamond
- Forgotten Lady (1975) ... Ned Diamond
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Clement Stark
- Requiem for Miss Madrid (1971) ... Clement Stark
 1970 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Amos Gentry
- Gentry's Law (1970) ... Amos Gentry
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Russ (FBI Agent)
- Fear of High Places (1968) ... Russ (FBI Agent)
 1968 They Ran for Their Lives
Bob Martin
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
James J. Fitts
- Borderline (1962) ... James J. Fitts
 1955-1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Father Gerringer / Jingles
- The Little Hours (1962) ... Father Gerringer
- Lash of Fear (1955) ... Jingles
 1960 O'Conner's Ocean (TV Movie)
Tom O'Conner
 1957-1959 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Vint Bonner / Gene Baroda / Jebediah Bonner / ...
- The Hill of Death (1959) ... Vint Bonner
- A Very Special Investigator (1959) ... Vint Bonner
- The Englishman (1959) ... Vint Bonner
- The Cavis Boy (1959) ... Vint Bonner
- A Trial for Jenny May (1959) ... Vint Bonner
 1957 Hidden Fear
Mike Brent
 1957 Bailout at 43,000
Major Paul Peterson
 1951-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Britt Ponset / Baro
- The Restless Gun (1957) ... Britt Ponset
- Exit (1951) ... Baro
 1957 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Clint Belmet
- Until the Man Dies (1957) ... Clint Belmet
 1956 The Boss
Matt Brady
 1956 Rebel in Town
John Willoughby
 1956 Hold Back the Night
Capt. Sam McKenzie
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Mike Conner
- Deadline (1956) ... Mike Conner
 1956 Slightly Scarlet
Ben Grace
 1955 Tennessee's Partner
 1955 The Road to Denver
Bill Mayhew
 1955 Santa Fe Passage
Kirby Randolph
 1955 Hell's Island
Mike Cormack
 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
C.K. Dexter Haven
- The Philadelphia Story (1954) ... C.K. Dexter Haven
 1954 Silver Lode
Dan Ballard
 1954 Rails Into Laramie
Jefferson Harder
 1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Lt. Alec Austen
- The Deep Six (1953) ... Lt. Alec Austen
 1953 99 River Street
Ernie Driscoll
 1953 The Vanquished
Rockwell Grayson
 1953 Raiders of the Seven Seas
 1952 The Blazing Forest
Kelly Hansen
 1952 Kansas City Confidential
Joe Rolfe
 1952 Caribbean
Dick Lindsay / Robert MacAllister
 1951 Crosswinds
Steve Singleton
 1951 Passage West
Pete Black
 1950 Tripoli
Lt. O'Bannion
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
- A Double-Dyed Deceiver (1950) ... Thacker
 1950 The Eagle and the Hawk
Capt. Todd Croyden
 1950 Captain China
Charles S. Chinnough aka Captain China
 1949 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- School for Love (1949)
 1949 The Crooked Way
Eddie Rice aka Eddie Riccardi
 1949 El Paso
Clay Fletcher
 1948 The Saxon Charm
Eric Busch
 1948 Larceny
Rick Maxon
 1947 Miracle on 34th Street
Fred Gailey
 1946 Wake Up and Dream
Jeff Cairn
 1946 The Razor's Edge
Gray Maturin
 1946 Sentimental Journey
William O. Weatherly
 1945 The Dolly Sisters
Harry Fox
 1943 Hello Frisco, Hello
Johnny Cornell
 1942 Springtime in the Rockies
Dan Christy
 1942/I Iceland
Corporal James Murfin
 1942 Footlight Serenade
William J. 'Bill' Smith
 1942 To the Shores of Tripoli
Chris Winters
 1941 Remember the Day
Dan Hopkins
 1941 Week-End in Havana
Jay Williams
 1941 Sun Valley Serenade
Ted Scott
 1941 The Great American Broadcast
Rix Martin
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
Skeets Harrigan
 1940 The Great Profile
Richard Lansing
 1940 Maryland
Lee Danfield
 1940 Tear Gas Squad
Bill Morrissey
 1940 King of the Lumberjacks
James 'Jim' 'Slim' Abbott
 1940 Star Dust
Ambrose Fillmore / Bud Borden
 1939 The Royal Rodeo (Short)
Bill Stevens
 1939 Kid Nightingale
Steve Nelson aka Kid Nightingale
 1939 Indianapolis Speedway
Eddie Greer
 1939 Wings of the Navy
Jerry Harrington
 1938 Garden of the Moon
Don Vincente
 1938 College Swing
Martin Bates
 1937 Love on Toast
Bill Adams
 1937 Fair Warning
Jim Preston (as John Howard Payne)
 1936 Hats Off
Jimmy Maxwell
 1936 Dodsworth
Harry (as John Howard Payne)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(7/2/64) Stage: Appeared (replacing Richard Kiley) in "Here's Love" on Broadway. Written by Meredith Willson. Also in cast: Laurence Naismith, Lisa Kirk. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Howard Payne


6' 2" (1.88 m)


Alexandra Crowell Curtis  (his death) | See more »


Payne, Ida Hope | Payne, George Washington

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Back in 1937 while I was under contract to Paramount, I sang on a five-minute radio program with another contract player from Paramount. A girl who's done rather well since -- Betty Grable. Betty and I didn't do so well then, though. We couldn't find a sponsor and finally gave up the program. I sang low tenor -- or, should I say, high baritone.


Had appeared with Betty Grable in five films: College Swing (1938), Tin Pan Alley (1940), Footlight Serenade (1942), Springtime in the Rockies (1942) and The Dolly Sisters (1945). See more »

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