Job Actor
Years active 1946-87
Known for Scientists, period aristocrats, Nazi officers, prison wardens, upper-class crooks, mad professors
Top Roles Bill Finlay, Dr. Willard Benson, Stacy Grant, Prime Minister Von Mark, Caius
Top GenresDrama, Crime, Romance, Film Noir, Adventure, Action
Top TopicsWorld War II, Gangsters, Book-Based
Top Collaborators , , ,
Shares birthday with Louise Dresser, Larry Fine, John Alton  see more..

John Hoyt Overview:

Character actor, John Hoyt, was born John McArthur Hoysradt on Oct 5, 1905 in Bronxville, NY. Hoyt died at the age of 86 on Sep 15, 1991 in Santa Cruz, CA .


John Hoyt was a former historian and drama teacher who only became a full-time actor after World War II. He played scientists, period aristocrats, Nazi officers, prison wardens and upper-class crooks, as well as a few mad professors in horror films. He has also done impressions in nightclubs, and was the Warden in the movie "Brute Force".

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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John Hoyt Quotes:

Sydney Stanton: Your salvation doesn't interest me; mine does.

Leonard Diamond: Do you know Mr. Brown?
Nils Dreyer: I had lunch with him last week. He's a very fine gentleman.
Leonard Diamond: He's a hoodlum.
Nils Dreyer: Because I have lunch with him, that is not a crime. I'll have lunch with anybody, I'm democratic. I'll even have lunch with you.

Bill Finlay: 383 is going to make DDT look like talcum powder.

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John Hoyt Facts
He had several guest appearances on the 1960s TV comedy show "Hogan's Heroes" (1965). He mostly played a high-ranking German Officer in the show, but never the same role twice.

One of a long list of actors and crew who worked on the film The Conqueror (1956) in 1956 that died from cancer some years later, including John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, and Pedro Armendáriz, who was the first to contract cancer and committed suicide rather than face the horror of it.

Graduated from Yale and first performed comedy routines in nightclubs before making his bow on stage in the late 1920's. Broadway debut followed in 1930 with the play "Overture", under his original name John Hoysradt. Was a member of the Mercury Theater from 1937 until called up for military service in 1945. Thin-lipped and silver-haired hard-case or villain of many a 1960's or 70's TV episode.

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