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Jack Johnstone

Jack Johnstone

Show Count: 18
Series Count: 8
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: October 2, 1876
Old Time Radio, Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland
Died: July 29, 1946, Los Angeles, California, USA
Jack Johnstone had a varied career in radio but is probably best remembered as the producer, director and writer of the highly successful detective drama, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.

J. W. Johnston (October 2, 1876 – July 29, 1946) was an Irish American stage and film actor who started as a supporting actor and, briefly, leading man in 1910s and early 1920s, continued as a character performer from the mid-1920s, and ended as an unbilled bit player during 1930s and 40s. He was also an early member of Cecil B. DeMille's repertorycompany of actors, appearing in five of the director's features released between July and December 1914. Although J. W. Johnston was his most frequent billing, other appellations included J. W. Johnson, Jack W. Johnson, Jack Johnson, F. W. Johnston, John W. Johnston, Jack Johnston, Jack W. Johnston and Jack Johnstone.

Born in the County Kildare village of Kilkea, about 75 km (47 mi) from Dublin, Johnston traveled to the United States as a young man, with Variety mentioning that his initialBroadway appearance was in Paul Potter's stage adaptation of Ouida's popular historical romance, Under Two Flags, starring Blanche Bates, which opened at Garden Theatre on February 5, 1901 and closed in June. 24 years old during the show's run, Johnston persisted as a theatre actor for another ten years and made his first film, a Pathé Frères short entitled The Reporter in 1911. Continuing to perform in numerous other short films (virtually all productions of the early 1910s were between one and three reels in length), the following year he joined filmmakers' exodus to the newly-formed West Coast motion picture mecca of Hollywood. Seen in at least eight films in 1912, he made twenty-six in 1913 and sixteen in 1914, with six of the 1914 titles extended to feature length, including the five DeMilles, in first of which, The Man on the Box, a comedy-drama released in July, he had a prominent supporting role as a character named Count Karloff. Playing the title character's best friend, Steve, who is lynched as a cattle thief in The Virginian, the director's first major success, was next, in September. There were two titles in November, The Man from Home and Rose of the Rancho, and his fifth DeMille, The Ghost Breaker, opened in December. Johnston was also the male lead in one of the earliest movie serials, filmed in 1914 and released in mid-January 1915, Runaway June, which spotlighted, in the title role, Norma Phillips, whose short-lived nickname, during her brief (1913–17) film career, came from the appellation of her 1914 feature, Our Mutual Girl.

Forty years old in 1916, Johnston enjoyed a brief period as a mature leading man, second-billed to such stars as the "Sweetheart of American Movies", Mabel Taliaferro, in God's Half Acre, and twenty-two-year-old Norma Talmadge in Fifty-Fifty, which cast him as her wealthy husband. By the end of the 1910s, however, his roles began to decrease in importance and he was back in fourth-, fifth- and sixth-billed supporting parts. In his final silent feature, 1928's Driftwood, he is fourth, playing, at age 52, third male support to leading lady Marceline Day. As talkies began, his roles declined to unbilled bit parts, with a single billing, in twenty-third place (as Jack W. Johnston), in the 1941 comedy-dramaBuy Me That Town. There were two more appearances for Cecil B. DeMille, in 1939's Union Pacific and 1942's Reap the Wild Wind but, in contrast to his stature in 1914, Johnston, now in his sixties, is barely glimpsed in fleeting unbilled bits. The features containing the final three of those transient glimpses, 1946's Night and Day, Lady Luck and The Locketwere all released posthumously following his death in July.

J. W. Johnston died in Los Angeles two months before his seventieth birthday, but the few obituaries which noted his passing gave his age as 70. In a three-sentence notice,Variety, in its August 7, 1946 weekly issue, indicated that he died at 70 on August 1 (rather than the actual date of July 29) and that he "moved to Hollywood in 1912 and remained active until a few days before his death".

Source: Wikipedia

Buck Rogers In The 25th CenturyBuck Rogers In The 25th Century
Show Count: 24
Broadcast History: 7 November 1932 to 22 May 1936, 5 April 1939 to 31 July 1939, 18 May 1940 to 27 July 1940 and 30 September 1946 to 28 March 1947
Sponsor: Kelloggs, Cocomalt, Cream of Wheat, General Foods
Cast: Curtis Arnall, Matt Crowley, Carl Frank, John Larkin, Adele Ronson, Virginia Vass, Edgar Stehli, Elaine Melchior, Bill Shelley, Dan Ocko, Jack Roseleigh, Joe Granby
Director: Jack Johnstone
Producer: Jack Johnstone
CBS Radio WorkshopCBS Radio Workshop
Show Count: 69
Broadcast History: 27 January 1956 to 22 September 1957
Cast: Various, Aldus Huxley, William Conrad, Parley Baer, Lurene Tuttle, Jack Kruschen, Joseph Kearns, Vic Perrin, Sam Edwards, Gloria Henry, Charlotte Lawrence
Director: William N Robson, Jack Johnstone, Dee Engelbach, Elliott Lewis, Antony Ellis
Producer: William Froug
The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental dramatic radio anthology series that aired on CBS from January 27, 1956, until September 22, 1957. Subtitled “radio’s distinguished series to man’s imagination,” it was a revival of the earlier Columbia Experimental Laboratory (1931), Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory (1932) and Columbia Workshop broadcasts by CBS from 1936 to 1943, and used some of the same writers and directors employed on the earlier series'.
Hollywood Star PlayhouseHollywood Star Playhouse
Show Count: 18
Broadcast History: April 24th, 1950 - February 15th, 1953
Cast: James Stewart, Deborah Kerr, Harry Bartell, William Conrad
Director: Jack Johnstone
Producer: Robert Ryan
Host: Herbert Rawlinson, Orval Anderson
Hollywood Star Playhouse, a drama anthology, was directed by Jack Johnstone and starred such mega actors as James Stewart, Deborah Kerr, Harry Bartell and William Conrad.
Man Called X, TheMan Called X, The
Show Count: 96
Broadcast History: July 1944 to Sept 1948 and Oct 1950 to May 1952
Sponsor: General Motors, Frigidaire
Cast: Herbert Marshall, William Conrad, Lawrence Dobkin, Cathy Lewis, Harry Lang, Peter Leeds, Leon Belasco
Director: Jack Johnstone
Somebody KnowsSomebody Knows
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: July 6th - Sugust 24th, 1950
Director: Jack Johnstone
Producer: James L. Saphier
Somebody Knows was a murder drama series taken from real life stories.