John Alvin

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.
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    Acting
    Place of birth
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Birthday
    10/24/1917
Three Strangers
Three Strangers
6.3
April in Paris
April in Paris
4.9
The Beast with Five Fingers
The Beast with Five Fingers
6.3
Objective, Burma!
Objective, Burma!
6.8
The Fighting Sullivans
The Fighting Sullivans
6.2
Shadow of a Woman
Shadow of a Woman
4.2
Missing Women
Missing Women
6.2
This Side of the Law
This Side of the Law
4.7
Open Secret
Open Secret
6.5
Train to Alcatraz
6
The Very Thought of You
The Very Thought of You
6
Carrie
Carrie
6.5
San Antonio
San Antonio
5.7
Deep in My Heart
Deep in My Heart
6.9
Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace
5.7
Somewhere in Time
Somewhere in Time
7.5
Passions
Passions
5.7
Sweet, Sweet Rachel
Sweet, Sweet Rachel
6.3
Stallion Road
Stallion Road
5
Under Colorado Skies
Under Colorado Skies
0
The Bold Frontiersman
The Bold Frontiersman
0
Kentucky Rifle
Kentucky Rifle
5.1
Deep Valley
Deep Valley
5.7
Two Guys from Texas
Two Guys from Texas
6
Shanghai Chest
Shanghai Chest
6.4
The Iron Mistress
The Iron Mistress
4.5
Milk Money
Milk Money
6.3
The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead
6.9
Pretty Baby
Pretty Baby
6
The Breaking Point
The Breaking Point
7.1
Bright Leaf
Bright Leaf
5.9
The Shanghai Story
The Shanghai Story
4.8
Come Fill the Cup
Come Fill the Cup
7
Romance on the High Seas
Romance on the High Seas
6.8
Irma la Douce
Irma la Douce
7.4
Destination Tokyo
Destination Tokyo
6.7
Love and Learn
Love and Learn
5.5
Crackle of Death
Crackle of Death
6
The Organization
The Organization
6
Cheyenne
Cheyenne
6.8
Marnie
Marnie
7.2
Northern Pursuit
Northern Pursuit
5.9
The Quest: The Longest Drive
The Quest: The Longest Drive
5
A Bullet for Joey
A Bullet for Joey
5.5
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
The Legend of Lizzie Borden
6.5
The Unknown Man
The Unknown Man
4.8
Rocky
Rocky
0
The McConnell Story
The McConnell Story
6.3
Illegal
Illegal
6.5
Return to Green Acres
Return to Green Acres
2.5
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