John Abbott

John Abbott

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1905-06-05
Deathday: 1996-05-24 (90 years old)

Biography

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.

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Filmography

all 122

Movies 81

TV Shows 41

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Commissioner's Laywer
The Commissioner

The Commissioner (1998)

Movie
2nd Gambler
A Hazard of Hearts

A Hazard of Hearts (1987)

Movie
Actor
Quest

Quest (1984)

Movie
Surgeon
Smorgasbord

Smorgasbord (1983)

Movie
Dr. Frankenstein
Slapstick (Of Another Kind)

Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (1982)

Movie
6
Coroner
Outside Chance

Outside Chance (1978)

Movie
Mouth Organist
Edward and Mrs Simpson

Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978)

TV
Heller
Sherlock Holmes in New York

Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)

Movie
Duquai
The Black Bird

The Black Bird (1975)

Movie
Dr. Reinhart
The Cat Creature

The Cat Creature (1973)

Movie
Cool Million

Cool Million (1972)

TV
The Partners

The Partners (1971)

TV
Timeslip

Timeslip (1970)

TV
Himself - Ms. Robson's Host
The Epic That Never Was

The Epic That Never Was (1969)

Movie
Gregorius
2000 Years Later

2000 Years Later (1969)

Movie
Banker Irwing
Three Guns for Texas

Three Guns for Texas (1968)

Movie
Prof. Gorak
Land of the Giants

Land of the Giants (1968)

TV
9
Akela (voice)
The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book (1967)

Movie
7.36
Mannix

Mannix (1967)

TV
6.38
Garrison's Gorillas

Garrison's Gorillas (1967)

TV
Rango

Rango (1967)

TV
Emile
Gambit

Gambit (1966)

Movie
Ayleborn
Star Trek

Star Trek (1966)

TV
7.9
Get Smart

Get Smart (1965)

TV
6.3
Laredo

Laredo (1965)

TV
6
Sesmar
Lost in Space

Lost in Space (1965)

TV
2
Aben
The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

Movie
Senator Wigfall
Profiles in Courage

Profiles in Courage (1964)

TV
Flipper

Flipper (1964)

TV
Bewitched

Bewitched (1964)

TV
6.33
Wendy and Me

Wendy and Me (1964)

TV
Sir Egbert
The Rogues

The Rogues (1964)

TV
Mr. Orlandos
Who's Minding the Store?

Who's Minding the Store? (1963)

Movie
Conrad Jaeger
Burke's Law

Burke's Law (1963)

TV
6
Sir Trevor Gielgud Burton-Guiness
The Beverly Hillbillies

The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)

TV
6
Ichabod and Me

Ichabod and Me (1961)

TV
Harwood Gones
The Islanders

The Islanders (1960)

TV
Outlaws

Outlaws (1960)

TV
Kriss Milo ('The Mask of Medusa')
Thriller

Thriller (1960)

TV
The Detectives

The Detectives (1959)

TV
Murdock
Adventures in Paradise

Adventures in Paradise (1959)

TV
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959)

TV
6
Professor Brent
The DuPont Show with June Allyson

The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959)

TV
The Rifleman

The Rifleman (1958)

TV
6.67
The Cat
The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen

The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen (1958)

TV
Peter Gunn

Peter Gunn (1958)

TV
6
Manuel
Gigi

Gigi (1958)

Movie
1
Dr. Durwood Tobey / Prof. Carlos Muntz
Perry Mason

Perry Mason (1957)

TV
4.33
Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957)

TV
6
Yusuf
Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam (1957)

Movie
Dipso Dale Rutherford
Public Pigeon No. 1

Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957)

Movie
Telephone Time

Telephone Time (1956)

TV
Dr. Sawyer
The Miracle on 34th Street

The Miracle on 34th Street (1955)

Movie
Matinee Theater

Matinee Theater (1955)

TV
The 20th Century Fox Hour

The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

TV
Mr. Munro
Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

TV
4.75
Professor Lute Bone / Eddie
Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke (1955)

TV
6
Mustafa el Melik
The Steel Lady

The Steel Lady (1953)

Movie
Don Daniel
Sombrero

Sombrero (1953)

Movie
Herbert Bielensen
Rogue's March

Rogue's March (1953)

Movie
Professsor Meyerdal / Nathan
General Electric Theater

General Electric Theater (1953)

TV
Nitra Puta
Thunder in the East

Thunder in the East (1952)

Movie
Col. Barton
Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America (1952)

TV
Ambassador
The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow (1952)

Movie
Chang
Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)

TV
8.33
Abel Harmer
Thunder on the Hill

Thunder on the Hill (1951)

Movie
Sykes
Crosswinds

Crosswinds (1951)

Movie
Pappa Cerrano
Navy Bound

Navy Bound (1951)

Movie
Pierre
Sideshow

Sideshow (1950)

Movie
Orchestra conductor
The Eternal Melody

The Eternal Melody (1949)

Movie
Mayor Tuvache
Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary (1949)

Movie
Travers
Studio One

Studio One (1948)

TV
Frederick Fairlie
The Woman in White

The Woman in White (1948)

Movie
Mr. Twyning
If Winter Comes

If Winter Comes (1947)

Movie
Huish
Adventure Island

Adventure Island (1947)

Movie
Charles Murdock
The Web

The Web (1947)

Movie
Max Leiberman
Time Out of Mind

Time Out of Mind (1947)

Movie
Rozner
Humoresque

Humoresque (1947)

Movie
Bertram Gribble
Deception

Deception (1946)

Movie
Phya Phrom
Anna and the King of Siam

Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

Movie
Joseph Baronova
One More Tomorrow

One More Tomorrow (1946)

Movie
Will Scarlet
The Bandit of Sherwood Forest

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946)

Movie
Lal Bara
The Notorious Lone Wolf

The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946)

Movie
Roscoe Bean
Saratoga Trunk

Saratoga Trunk (1945)

Movie
Jodri
Pursuit to Algiers

Pursuit to Algiers (1945)

Movie
4
Jimmy Gordon
The Crime Doctor's Warning

The Crime Doctor's Warning (1945)

Movie
Ali
A Thousand and One Nights

A Thousand and One Nights (1945)

Movie
Welles
Honeymoon Ahead

Honeymoon Ahead (1945)

Movie
Kaspar Andropolous
The Power of the Whistler

The Power of the Whistler (1945)

Movie
5.67
Webb Fallon
The Vampire's Ghost

The Vampire's Ghost (1945)

Movie
Martin S. Dwyer
The Falcon in Hollywood

The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)

Movie
3.5
Chris Martin
End of the Road

End of the Road (1944)

Movie
Peter Althius (uncredited)
Cry of the Werewolf

Cry of the Werewolf (1944)

Movie
Salesman
Abroad with Two Yanks

Abroad with Two Yanks (1944)

Movie
Mortimer Cope
Secrets of Scotland Yard

Secrets of Scotland Yard (1944)

Movie
Alfonse Lamont
U-Boat Prisoner

U-Boat Prisoner (1944)

Movie
Lunin
Summer Storm

Summer Storm (1944)

Movie
Reporter (uncredited)
Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time (1944)

Movie
Mr. Pappas
The Mask of Dimitrios

The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

Movie
Mason
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre (1943)

Movie
Baker
The Cross of Lorraine

The Cross of Lorraine (1943)

Movie
Roland X. Smith
Dangerous Blondes

Dangerous Blondes (1943)

Movie
Grinko (uncredited)
Mission to Moscow

Mission to Moscow (1943)

Movie
Hostage (scenes deleted)
Hangmen Also Die!

Hangmen Also Die! (1943)

Movie
Gregory Vanesou
They Got Me Covered

They Got Me Covered (1943)

Movie
Dr. Ferris
The Gorilla Man

The Gorilla Man (1943)

Movie
Jack Rawlings
London Blackout Murders

London Blackout Murders (1943)

Movie
Carl aka Charles
Nightmare

Nightmare (1942)

Movie
Professor Radowsky
Get Hep to Love

Get Hep to Love (1942)

Movie
Fred
Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Movie
Dumbo
Rubber Racketeers

Rubber Racketeers (1942)

Movie
Joe
This Above All

This Above All (1942)

Movie
English Spy
Joan of Paris

Joan of Paris (1942)

Movie
Poppy's Escort
The Shanghai Gesture

The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

Movie
André
Ten Days in Paris

Ten Days in Paris (1940)

Movie
Starving Beggar
The Great Commandment

The Great Commandment (1939)

Movie
Count Stephen Duni
The Saint in London

The Saint in London (1939)

Movie
4.9
Hood with Foreign Accent
This Man Is News

This Man Is News (1938)

Movie
Armand
Under Secret Orders

Under Secret Orders (1937)

Movie
Flower Seller
Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel

Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)

Movie
Street of Shadows

Street of Shadows (1937)

Movie
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier
The Conquest of the Air

The Conquest of the Air (1936)

Movie

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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1905-06-05

Deathday
1996-05-24 (90 years old)

Birth Place
London, United Kingdom

Citizenships
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, United Kingdom

Also Known As
John Lloyd Abbott, John Albert Chamberlain Kefford


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