John McIntire

Show Count: 151
Series Count: 9
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: June 27, 1907, Spokane, Washington, USA
Died: January 30, 1991 , Pasadena, California, USA

John McIntire (June 27, 1907 – January 30, 1991) was an American character actor.


The craggy-faced film actor was born in Spokane in eastern Washington State but reared near Eureka in Lincoln County in the northwestern corner of Montana. He grew up around ranchers and cowboys, an experience that would later inspire his performances in dozens of film and television westerns.

A graduate of USC, McIntire began acting in radio on Tarzan and The Diamond of Asher, where he met his future wife Jeanette Nolan. He was the voice in the program The March of Time—and then on stage, before he embarked on a lengthy film and television career as a character actor. He was already forty when he made his big-screen debut in 1947, but went on to appear in some sixty-five films, often playing police chiefs, judges, eccentric loners, or other western characters.

His films include the film noir classic The Asphalt Jungle (1950), the 1960 Hitchcock thriller Psycho and the 1960 drama Elmer Gantry, but some of his more memorable roles were in westerns such as the acclaimed Winchester '73 (1950) and The Far Country (1955), both with James Stewart, and The Tin Star, with Henry Fonda (1957).

McIntire actually received top billing for perhaps his best film role, as a crusading politician in The Phenix City Story (1955), even though he played a supporting part.

He played a judge in Rooster Cogburn (1975), the sequel to True Grit featuring John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn. His final film role was in Turner & Hooch (1989).

In the mid-1950s, McIntire moved into television, appearing in anthology series, sitcoms and dramas. He guest starred as Judson in the episode "Chinese Invasion" of NBC's western series Cimarron City, with George Montgomery and John Smith.

McIntire procured a regular role on ABC's Naked City, before his character was killed off. Though McIntire had never had the lead role in a film, television provided him with his most prominent and long-running role when in 1961 he replaced the late Ward Bond in the popular NBC/ABC series Wagon Train, playing trailmaster Chris Hale in more than 150 episodes between 1961 and 1965. His co-stars were Robert Horton, Robert Fuller, Denny Scott Miller, Terry Wilson, Frank McGrath, and Michael Burns.

Even before Wagon Train, McIntire was cast from January to May 1961 in the supporting role of Pa Canfield in the NBC American Civil War drama The Americans, starring Darryl Hickman and Richard Davalos as brothers who fight on opposites of the conflict.

In 1960, McIntire guest starred as William Palmer in the series finale, "The Most Dangerous Gentleman", of the short-lived NBC western Overland Trail, starring William Bendix andDoug McClure, his subsequent co-star on The Virginian. In 1967, he guest starred in an episode of CBS's Dundee and the Culhane.

McIntire subsequently replaced actors Lee J. Cobb and Charles Bickford on NBC's The Virginian in 1967, having played the brother of Bickford's character.

In 1935, McIntire married actress Jeanette Nolan, and the couple had two children together, one of whom was the actor Tim McIntire (1944–1986) who starred in the 1978 filmAmerican Hot Wax. McIntire and Nolan both figured in Psycho; he played a sheriff, while she voiced some of the "mother" lines. McIntire worked more closely with Nolan in the 1977 Disney animated film The Rescuers, in which he voiced the cat Rufus and she the muskrat Ellie Mae. Four years later, the couple worked on another Disney film, The Fox and the Hound, with McIntire as the voice of Mr. Digger, a badger, and Nolan as the voice of Widow Tweed.


John McIntire died in 1991 from emphysema and lung cancer in Pasadena, California. In addition to his wife, Jeanette Nolan, he was also survived by his daughter, Holly McIntire. His son actor/musician Tim McIntire preceded him in death in 1986 from heart problems.

Source: Wikipedia

Cavalcade Of America, TheCavalcade Of America, The
Show Count: 759
Broadcast History: 9 October 1935 to 29 May 1939 and 2 January 1940 to 31 March 1953
Cast: John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Agnes Moorehead, Kenny Delmar, Edwin Jerome, Ray Collins, Orson Welles, Karl Swenson, Ted Jewett, Jack Smart, Paul Stewart, Bill Johnstone, Frank Readick, Ray Sloane, Luis Van Rooten, Mickey Rooney, Cary Grant, Tyrone Power, Ronald Reagan
Director: Homer Fickett, Roger Pryor, Jack Zoller, Bill Sweets, Paul Stewart
Producer: Homer Fickett, Roger Pryor, Jack Zoller, Bill Sweets, Paul Stewart
Host: Walter Huston
Cavalcade of America is an anthology drama series that was sponsored by the DuPont Company, although it occasionally presented a musical, such as an adaptation of Show Boat, and condensed biographies of popular composers. It was initially broadcast on radio from 1935 to 1953, and later on television from 1952 to 1957. Originally on CBS, the series pioneered the use of anthology drama for company audio advertising.
Glamour ManorGlamour Manor
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 25 August 1945 to 27 June 1947
Cast: Bea Benaderet, John McIntire, Lurene Tuttle, Barbara Eiler, Tyler McVey, Cliff Arquette
I Love a MysteryI Love a Mystery
Show Count: 113
Broadcast History: 16 January 1939 to 26 December 1952
Cast: Elliott Lewis, Luis Van Rooten, Russell Thorson, Michael Raffetto, Tony Randall, Robert Dryden, Jack Edwards, John McIntire, Cathy Lewis, Barton Yarborough, Jay Novello, Ben Alexander, Gloria Blondell, Cliff Arquette, Naomi Stevens, Edgar Norton, Barbara Jean Wong, Richard Legrand, Walter Paterson, Lal Chand Mehra, Jim Boles, Mercedes McCambridge
Director: Carlton E Morse
Producer: Al Span, Carlton E Morse, Buddy Twiss, Ralph Amati, George Cooney, Barney Beck
I Love A Mystery weaves a spell over its fans. It is a tale of three partners, Jack Packard, Doc Long and Reggie Yorke who formed the A-1 detective agency. They are adventurers who travel the world in search of action, thrills and mystery, battling the evils of natural and supernatural and rescuing women in distress.
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
Broadcast: 26th May 1957
Added: Feb 18 2011
Broadcast: November 10, 1949
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Broadcast: 25th October 1950
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Broadcast: 19th April 1959
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Broadcast: 6th February 1953
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Broadcast: 2nd February 1950
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Broadcast: 9th March 1944
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: June 10, 1948
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Broadcast: 7th February 1948
Starring: John McIntire
Added: Oct 31 2005
Broadcast: 19th January 1950
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Broadcast: June 30, 1957
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Broadcast: 5th December 1952
Added: Oct 23 2009
Broadcast: 29th March 1959
Added: Aug 04 2011
Broadcast: 22nd January 1951
Added: Jan 23 2009
Broadcast: February 20, 1953
Added: Oct 15 2019
Broadcast: 19th April 1950
Added: Apr 26 2009
Broadcast: 12th July 1953
Added: Sep 15 2012
Broadcast: 27th March 1944
Added: Mar 25 2012
Broadcast: 3rd May 1950
Added: May 14 2009
Broadcast: February 13, 1950
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Broadcast: 17th February 1947
Added: Feb 16 2009