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  • BIRTH 24/10/1917
  • DEATH 27/02/2009
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 12
  • MOVIES 21

John Alvin

John Alvin, born John Alvin Hoffstadt was an American film, stage and television actor. Alvin was signed with Warner Brothers Studios for an exclusive four-year contract during the World War II era, although he was "borrowed" by 20th Century Fox to appear in 1944's Oscar-nominated The Fighting Sullivans. He appeared in more than 25 Warner Brothers films during this time, including Northern Pursuit (which starred Errol Flynn), The Beast with Five Fingers, The Very Thought of You, and Objective, Burma!. His pictures after the contract period included Irma la Douce, Inside Daisy Clover, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, and Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie. However, it was his role in the 1943 film Destination Tokyo, in which he co-starred with John Garfield and Cary Grant, that left the largest impression on Alvin. Years later, in a 2006 interview, Alvin credited Grant with having a major impact on his career path: "I learned more about show business from him than from anyone. He was very attentive and helpful."

Alvin later enjoyed a separate television career, which spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s. His television credits included various roles on Leave It to Beaver, All in the Family, Lou Grant, Dragnet, General Hospital, Murder, She Wrote, Starsky and Hutch, The Incredible Hulk and I Spy. Alvin's also appeared in numerous television commercials advertising for such products as Mattel, H&R Block, McDonald's, Porsche and Audi.

Alvin's theater repertoire included Send Me No Flowers, The Student Prince, The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and The Cradle Will Rock. He also appeared in a production of Rain, which was directed by Charlie Chaplin.

He largely retired from acting in the 1990s; his final film appearance was in 1994's Milk Money. During his retirement, Alvin often showed his movies for audiences at the Conejo Valley Senior Concerns, an organization for senior citizens based in Thousand Oaks, California.

John Alvin

Shows (12)

Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Mr. Tucker
Starsky & Hutch
Starsky & Hutch
Grocer
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
Bowman
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Professor Rand
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Assistant Bank Manager / Bank Teller / Phil - Bank Teller / Sam Walsh
All in the Family
All in the Family
Bailiff
The Munsters
The Munsters
Mr. Franklin
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Dr. Carrie
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Doctor
Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
Clerk / Third Mate
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Sid
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Bradley

Movies (21)

Marnie
Marnie
Hotel Chauffeur (uncredited)
Objective, Burma!
Objective, Burma!
Hogan
Irma la Douce
Irma la Douce
Customer #2
Somewhere in Time
Somewhere in Time
Arthur's Father
Milk Money
Milk Money
Rich Old Guy
Destination Tokyo
Destination Tokyo
Sound Man
Deep in My Heart
Deep in My Heart
Mr. Mulvaney (uncredited)
Carrie
Carrie
Stage Manager
Northern Pursuit
Northern Pursuit
Orderly (uncredited)
Illegal
Illegal
Court Clerk (uncredited)
Passions
Passions
Minister
Two Guys from Texas
Two Guys from Texas
Jim Crocker
Come Fill the Cup
Come Fill the Cup
Travis Ashbourne - Reporter
Bright Leaf
Bright Leaf
Poker Player (uncredited)
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
Dr. Draper
Three Strangers
Three Strangers
Junior Clerk
The Quest: The Longest Drive
The Quest: The Longest Drive
Aames
Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace
Mr. Bonfigli
The Beast with Five Fingers
The Beast with Five Fingers
Donald Arlington
Kentucky Rifle
Kentucky Rifle
Luke Thomas
Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Single Jack