John Alvin


John Alvin

Biography

John Alvin is one of the foremost artists of movie poster art, creating illustrated artwork that anchored the advertising campaigns of many hit films for over 30 years. A 1971 graduate of Art Center College of Design, Alvin was invited by a friend to submit a movie poster for Mel Brooks' '74 comedy "Blazing Saddles." Alvin's poster would be used for the film's ad campaign, and he would g...

Biography

John Alvin is one of the foremost artists of movie poster art, creating illustrated artwork that anchored the advertising campaigns of many hit films for over 30 years. A 1971 graduate of Art Center College of Design, Alvin was invited by a friend to submit a movie poster for Mel Brooks' '74 comedy "Blazing Saddles." Alvin's poster would be used for the film's ad campaign, and he would go on to design the posters for 135 films, including most of Mel Brooks' hits, many of Disney's animated features, and films of every genre, his illustrating style lending itself most memorably to fantasy and sci-fi films of the '80s. Among his most recognizable work is the image of the human and alien fingers touching for the "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" poster (based on Michelangelo's painting "The Creation of Adam") and the image of a sweaty Harrison Ford amongst the luminescent cityscape depicted in the poster for "Blade Runner." In the '90s, he would work extensively for Disney Studios, designing posters for animated films like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" and live action features like their '93 version of "The Three Musketeers." In later years, Alvin began creating and selling exclusive art based on film images. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack in '08 and is remembered, along with Richard Amsel and Bob Peak, as one of the foremost talents in his craft.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Return to Green Acres (1990)
Passions (1984)
Minister
Somewhere In Time (1980)
The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975)
Dr Draper
Sweet, Sweet Rachel (1971)
Surgeon
Irma La Douce (1963)
Customers
The Couch (1962)
Sloan
City of Shadows (1955)
Dispatcher
The McConnell Story (1955)
Fighter pilot escort
Illegal (1955)
Court clerk
A Bullet for Joey (1955)
Dan Percy
Kentucky Rifle (1955)
Luke Thomas
The Shanghai Story (1954)
Mr. Warren
Deep in My Heart (1954)
Mr. Mulvaney
Naked Alibi (1954)
Stu
Lucky Me (1954)
Clerk
April in Paris (1953)
Tracy
Torpedo Alley (1953)
Professor
Dream Wife (1953)
Reporter
Washington Story (1952)
Technician
Carrie (1952)
Stage manager
Close to My Heart (1951)
Haggard man
Come Fill the Cup (1951)
Travis Ashbourne, III
Missing Women (1951)
Eddie Ennis
Havana Rose (1951)
Reporter
Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
Jack White
The Unknown Man (1951)
Photographer
Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
Flight dispatcher Brown
Dial 1119 (1950)
Television director
Lonely Hearts Bandits (1950)
Trooper
Pretty Baby (1950)
Counterman
This Side of the Law (1950)
Calder Taylor
Highway 301 (1950)
Teller
The Breaking Point (1950)
Reporter
Bright Leaf (1950)
Poker player
The Fountainhead (1949)
Young intellectual
The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
Announcer
The Babe Ruth Story (1948)
Reporter
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
Travel agent
The Bold Frontiersman (1948)
Don Post
Two Guys from Texas (1948)
Jim Crocker
Shanghai Chest (1948)
Victor Armstrong
Rocky (1948)
Jack
Train to Alcatraz (1948)
Nick
Open Secret (1948)
Ralph
Dark Passage (1947)
Blackie
Under Colorado Skies (1947)
Jeff Collins
The Beast with Five Fingers (1947)
Donald Arlington
Love and Learn (1947)
William
Deep Valley (1947)
Convict
Cheyenne (1947)
Single Jack
One More Tomorrow (1946)
Announcer
Shadow of a Woman (1946)
Carl
Three Strangers (1946)
Junior clerk
Night and Day (1946)
Petey
Roughly Speaking (1945)
Lawton Mackall
Objective, Burma! (1945)
Hogan
San Antonio (1945)
Pony Smith
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
Angel
Destination Tokyo (1944)
Sound man
The Sullivans (1944)
Madison "Matt" Abel Sullivan
The Very Thought of You (1944)
Cal Wheeler
Northern Pursuit (1943)
Orderly

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Destination Tokyo (1943) -- (Movie Clip) Join Us In Holding Our Breath The climax of a lengthy suspense sequence, Cary Grant as the steely Captain Cassidy guides the U.S.S. Copperfin into Tokyo Bay, through a mine-field, in the draught of a Japanese cruiser, keeping silent, John Ridgely, Warner Anderson, John Alvin among the crew, in DestinationTokyo, 1943.
Fighting Sullivans, The (1944) -- (Movie Clip) One At a Time! Waterloo, Iowa, December 8, 1941, and all five brothers (James Cardwell, John Campbell, George Offerman Jr., John Alvin, Edward Ryan) sign up with Commander Robinson (Ward Bond) in The Fighting Sullivans, 1944.
Fighting Sullivans, The (1944) -- (Movie Clip) Where's George? This battle sequence from Guadalcanal turns out to be critical as the brothers (James Cardwell, John Campbell, John Alvin, George Offerman Jr., Edward Ryan) stick together aboard the U.S.S. Juneau in The Fighting Sullivans, 1944.
Fighting Sullivans, The (1944) -- (Movie Clip) Hop On His Fast One! Breakfast in, Waterloo, Iowa, 1939 as George, Frank, Joe, Matt and Al Sullivan (James Cardwell, John Campbell, George Offerman Jr., John Alvin and Edward Ryan) report to Mom (Selena Royle) in The Fighting Sullivans, 1944.
Beast With Five Fingers, The (1947) -- (Movie Clip) I Couldn't Be Mistaken Lawyer Duprex (David Hoffman) is messing with the will of dead pianist "Ingram," when a hand wearing his ring visits, then nurse Julie (Andrea King), would-be heir Arlington (Charles Dingle) and weird secretary Hilary (Peter Lorre) are awakened by music, in The Beast With Five Fingers, 1947.
Very Thought Of You, The (1944) -- (Movie Clip) The Japs Obliged Him On-leave soldier Dave (Dennis Morgan), invited home by friendly stranger Janet (Eleanor Parker), observes home-front mendacity, as 4-F brother Cal (John Alvin) bites married sister Molly (Andrea King), the parents (Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi) also at odds, in The Very Thought Of You, 1944.
Objective, Burma! -- (Movie Clip) Burmese Dancing Girls Errol Flynn as American army captain Nelson, laying out the mission for his paratroopers (Tony Caruso, Richard Erdman, George Tynes et al) and meeting crusty reporter Williams (Henry Hull), early in Raoul Walsh's Objective, Burma!, 1945.

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