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  • BIRTH 05/06/1905
  • DEATH 24/05/1996
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 9
  • MOVIES 29

John Abbott

John Albert Chamberlain Kefford was an English character actor professionally known as John Abbott. His memorable roles include the invalid Frederick Fairlie in the 1948 film The Woman in White and the pacifist Ayelborne in the Star Trek episode "Errand of Mercy". as well as a Shakespearean actor.

In 1934, he began his career in show business when he made his professional stage debut in a revival of Dryden's Aureng-zebe with Sybil Thorndike. He then joined the Old Vic Company and appeared in Shakespearean roles, including Claudius in a production of Hamlet at Elsinore Castle in Denmark with Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Alec Guinness. His first Broadway role was that of Count Mancini in He Who Gets Slapped in 1946. He also appeared on Broadway in Monserrat and The Waltz of the Toreadors. He made his film debut in Mademoiselle Docteur in 1937 and went on to act in scores of films in the next 30 years. Among his film credits are Mission to Moscow, Jane Eyre, A Thousand and One Nights, Humoresque, and The Greatest Story Ever Told. His television appearances in that time were even more numerous, beginning with pioneering broadcasts by the BBC before the Second World War.

In the early days of the Second World War, Abbott worked at the British Embassy in Stockholm. When the time came to leave, he had to by way of the United States. While in the U.S., he was offered a part in Hollywood in 1941 and ended up living there for the rest of his life.

On American television between the 1950s and 1970s, Abbott had roles on a wide variety of series such as Kraft Television Theatre, Studio 57, Gunsmoke, Matinee Theatre, Bonanza, Thriller, Star Trek, Mannix, Iron Horse, and Bewitched. Although he was blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1950s, a producer who wanted to hire him eventually succeeded in getting the actor removed from the list.In his final years, Abbott taught acting to students free of charge.

Abbott died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from natural causes on 24 May 1996 at the age of 90.

John Abbott

Shows (9)

Star Trek
Star Trek
Ayleborn
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Mr. Munro
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Sesmar
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Prof. Carlos Muntz / Prof. Durwood Tobey
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Prof. Gorak
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Eddie / Professor Lute Bone
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Hallmark Hall Of Fame
Chang
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Nathan / Professsor Meyerdal
Burke's Law
Burke's Law
Conrad Jaeger

Movies (29)

The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
Akela (voice)
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
Mayor Tuvache
A Hazard of Hearts
A Hazard of Hearts
2nd Gambler
Mrs. Miniver
Mrs. Miniver
Fred
Gambit
Gambit
Emile
Gigi
Gigi
Manuel
The Mask of Dimitrios
The Mask of Dimitrios
Mr. Pappas
Humoresque
Humoresque
Rozner
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
Mason
Quest
Quest
Anna and the King of Siam
Anna and the King of Siam
Phya Phrom
This Above All
This Above All
Joe
The Miracle on 34th Street
The Miracle on 34th Street
Dr. Sawyer
The Crime Doctor's Warning
The Crime Doctor's Warning
Jimmy Gordon
Who's Minding the Store?
Who's Minding the Store?
Mr. Orlandos
Under Secret Orders
Under Secret Orders
Armand
The Shanghai Gesture
The Shanghai Gesture
Poppy's Escort
Omar Khayyam
Omar Khayyam
Yusuf
Thunder in the East
Thunder in the East
Nitra Puta
Mission to Moscow
Mission to Moscow
Grinko (uncredited)
Deception
Deception
Bertram Gribble
Pursuit to Algiers
Pursuit to Algiers
Jodri
Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel
Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel
Flower Seller
Sherlock Holmes in New York
Sherlock Holmes in New York
Heller
Cry of the Werewolf
Cry of the Werewolf
Peter Althius (uncredited)
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Reporter (uncredited)
Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind
Max Leiberman
Mademoiselle Docteur
Mademoiselle Docteur
Smorgasbord
Smorgasbord
Surgeon