John Litel Overview:

Actor, John Litel, was born John Beach Litel on Dec 30, 1892 in Albany, WI. Litel died at the age of 79 on Feb 3, 1972 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles .

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Carson Drew: Those men are not going to stand for Nancy Drew poking her little nose into their affairs.


Patrick Henry: Better a glorious death, Peyton, than an inglorious life.


Patrick Henry: Cold words like cold food are slow to warm the blood.


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John Litel Facts
50s TV Sitcom fans will remember him as Bob Cummings' boss Mr. Thackery in "My Hero" (1952).

Retired in 1967 due to ill health.

Portrayed a number of famous historical figures in several Warner Bros. shorts during his long career, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee. The film Give Me Liberty (1936) with Litel as Henry won an Academy Award for best short. In it he managed to recite a long and complicated speech in one take. His short film on Jefferson entitled The Declaration of Independence (1938) also won an Oscar.

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