John Payne Overview:

Legendary actor, John Payne, was born John Howard Payne on May 23, 1912 in Roanoke, VA. Payne died at the age of 77 on Dec 6, 1989 in Malibu, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.


Dark-haired, tough-looking American actor with fretful expression and slightly husky voice. Always good value as a man of action, his career traced a faintly similar pattern to that of Dick Powell, in that it followed light musicals (especially opposite Alice Faye and Sonja Henie) with a string of tough-guy roles. Very prolific from 1949 to 1956 when he appeared in a series of thrillers and colorful outdoors action films that were sometimes of quite high quality. Married Anne Shirley (1937-1943) and Gloria De Haven (1944-1950), first and second of three. Died from congestive heart failure.

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television. Payne was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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(May 28, 1912 – December 6, 1989). Was mainly remembered as a singer in 20th Century Fox musical films, as well as his leading roles in Miracle on 34th Street and the NBC western television series, The Restless Gun. Please click here to read past reviews. Today on TCM: J... Read full article

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, was offered a contract by Samuel Goldwyn in 1936 and moved to Hollywood. He worked for various studios until 1940, when he signed with 20th Century Fox. Payne performed in many 1940s musicals: Springtime in the Rockies, Sun Valley Serenade (1941) and Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943). One of... Read full article

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John Payne Quotes:

Ernie Driscoll: There are worse things than murder. You can kill someone an inch at a time.

Joe Rolfe: I know a sure cure for a nosebleed: a cold knife in the middle of the back.

Fred Gailey: Look Doris, someday you're going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.

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Singer, mostly in 20th Century-Fox musicals.

His Favorite movie he did was Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

Was romantically involved with Coleen Gray (co-star in Kansas City Confidential) in the early 1950's.

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