Payne, John, 1912-1989

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Birth 1912-05-23
Death 1989-12-06
US
English

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John Payne was born May, 1912 in Roanoke, VA; graduated Roanoke College; studied drama at Columbia Univ. and voice at Juilliard School of Music; he became an understudy in a 1935 Bea Lillie revue, which lead to his screen debut in Dodsworth (1936); his film work in the 1940s included a number of lead roles in musicals such as Tin Pan Alley, The Great American Broadcast, Sun Valley Serenade, Hello, Frisco, Hello and The Dolly Sisters; he may be best known for his role in the film, Miracle on 34th Street (1947); in the 1950s he switched to Westerns and action films; starred in his own television series Restless gun (1957-59); directed one of his last films, They ran for their lives (1968); Payne died 1989.

From the description of Scripts 1957-1959. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 320016687

Biography

John Payne was born May, 1912 in Roanoke, VA. After graduating Roanoke College, he studied drama at Columbia University and voice at Juilliard School of Music. Payne became an understudy in a 1935 Bea Lillie revue, which lead to his screen debut in Dodsworth (1936.) His film work in the 1940s included a number of lead roles in musicals such as Tin Pan Alley, The Great American Broadcast, Sun Valley Serenade, Hello, Frisco, Hello and The Dolly Sisters . He is well remembered for his role in the film, Miracle on 34th Street (1947.) In the 1950s Payne switched to Westerns and action films and went on to star in his own television series Restless Gun (1957-59.) He directed one of his last films, They Ran for Their Lives (1968.) Payne died 1989.

From the guide to the John Payne Restless Gun scripts, 1957-1959, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.)

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