John Hoyt

John Hoyt


Also Known As
John Hoysradt, John Mcarthur Hoysradt
Birth Place
Bronxville, New York, USA
October 05, 1905
September 15, 1991
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer


John Hoyt was a former history teacher and stand-up comedian who entered films after considerable stage work with Orson Welles' Mercury Theater in the late 1930s and early 40s. A prolific character actor in over 75 movies, Hoyt often played scientists, aristocrats and assorted authority figures, as well as turning in his fair share of mad professors....

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Dorothy Hoysradt


John Hoyt was a former history teacher and stand-up comedian who entered films after considerable stage work with Orson Welles' Mercury Theater in the late 1930s and early 40s. A prolific character actor in over 75 movies, Hoyt often played scientists, aristocrats and assorted authority figures, as well as turning in his fair share of mad professors.



Cast (Feature Film)

Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1987)
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Nero Wolfe (1979)
The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978)
Professor Samuel Langley
The Turning Point of Jim Malloy (1975)
Harry Longden
Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol (1972)
Flesh Gordon (1972)
Panic in the City (1968)
Duel at Diablo (1966)
Gunpoint (1966)
Mayor Osborne
Young Dillinger (1965)
Dr. Wilson
Two on a Guillotine (1965)
Carl Vickers
Operation CIA (1965)
The Glass Cage (1964)
Detective Jeff Bradley
The Time Travelers (1964)
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
Dr. Willard Benson
Cleopatra (1963)
Merrill's Marauders (1962)
Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell
Spartacus (1960)
Curse of the Undead (1959)
Dr. [John] Carter
Riot in Juvenile Prison (1959)
Colonel [Ernest] Walton
Never So Few (1959)
Col. Reed
Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
Mr. Franz
The Beast of Budapest (1958)
Prof. [Ernst] Tolnai
God Is My Partner (1957)
Gordon Palmer
Sierra Stranger (1957)
Baby Face Nelson (1957)
Wetbacks (1956)
Steve Bodine
Death of a Scoundrel (1956)
Mr. O'Hara
Mohawk (1956)
The Conqueror (1956)
The Come On (1956)
Harley Kendrick
Forever, Darling (1956)
Bill Finlay
The Purple Mask (1955)
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Mr. Warnecke
Moonfleet (1955)
Magistrate Maskew
Trial (1955)
Ralph Castillo
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955)
William Travers Jerome
The Big Combo (1955)
Nils Dreyer
The Student Prince (1954)
Prime Minister [Von Mark]
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
Désirée (1954)
Sins of Jezebel (1953)
Androcles and the Lion (1953)
Julius Caesar (1953)
Decius Brutus
The Black Castle (1952)
Loan Shark (1952)
Vince Phillips
The Desert Fox (1951)
The Company She Keeps (1951)
Judge Kendall
When Worlds Collide (1951)
New Mexico (1951)
Sgt. Harriton
Quebec (1951)
Father Antoine
Lost Continent (1951)
Dr. Michael Rostov
Inside Straight (1951)
Flutey Johnson
Outside the Wall (1950)
Stoker, also known as Jack Bernard
The Lawless (1950)
Editor Ferguson
Everybody Does It (1949)
The Bribe (1949)
The Great Dan Patch (1949)
Ben Lathrop
Trapped (1949)
John Downey, also known as Johnny Hackett
The Lady Gambles (1949)
Dr. Rojac
To the Ends of the Earth (1948)
Winter Meeting (1948)
Stacy Grant
Sealed Verdict (1948)
General Otto Steigmann
The Decision of Christopher Blake (1948)
Mr. Caldwell
The Unfaithful (1947)
Det. Lieut. Reynolds
Brute Force (1947)
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Dr. Lundau
O.S.S. (1946)
Colonel Paul Meister

Writer (Feature Film)

The Glass Cage (1964)

Producer (Feature Film)

The Glass Cage (1964)

Editing (Feature Film)

Death of a Scoundrel (1956)
Film Editor

Cast (Special)

The Third Commandment (1959)
Dr Allen
Operation Spark (1959)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Alvin Goes Back to School (1986)

Life Events


Made Broadway debut in William Boliho's "Overture"


Worked as "ghost" pianist, playing offstage for Katharine Cornell who was portraying a concert artist in Sidney Howard's "Alien Corn"


Became a member of Orson Welles's Mercury Theater; appeared in "Julius Caesar", "Heartbreak House" and "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore"


Adopted stage name, John Hoyt


Left Mercury Theater to move to Hollywood


Film acting debut, "O.S.S."


Movie Clip

Julius Caesar (1953) -- (Movie Clip) I Never Stood On Ceremony Calpurnia (Greer Garson) speaks at least one everlasting Shakespeare phrase, pleading with husband Caesar (Louis Calhern) to not go to the senate today, Decius (the "other" Brutus, John Hoyt) intruding, in the Joseph L. Mankiewicz and MGM 1953 version of Julius Caesar.
When Worlds Collide (1951) -- (Movie Clip) The World Prays More momentous narration from Paul Frees, as world opinion has coalesced around predictions that planet Zyra, then a star, will overwhelm earth, Randall and Joyce (Richard Derr, Barbara Rush) in the control center with her scientist father (Larry Keating) and John Hoyt as the disabled unstable financier Stanton, the escape rocket ready, as producer George Pal lets loose the SFX, in When World’s Collide, 1951.
Merrill's Marauders (1962) -- (Movie Clip) My Big Nightmare Merrill (Jeff Chandler), expecting relief after having completed his mission in 1944 Burma, gets bad news from Stilwell (John Hoyt), his troops (Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Will Hutchins, Claud Akins, Charles Briggs et al) already celebrating, in Samuel Fuller's Merrill's Marauders, 1962.
Trial (1955) -- (Movie Clip) He Talks White Supremacy Director Mark Robson shooting at an LA-area cemetery, Glenn Ford, Arthur Kennedy and Dorothy McGuire the legal team for their innocent client, at the funeral for the presumed murder victim, James Todd the minister, James Hoyt and Paul Guilfoyle the local racists demanding justice against the Latino perp, in writer Don Mankiewicz’s Trial, 1955.
Brute Force (1947) -- (Movie Clip) I Don't Believe In Coincidence Captain Munsey (Hume Cronyn) calls attention to an address by the warden (Roman Bohnen) then, after a legit suicide, accuses the R17 gang (Howard Duff, Jeff Corey, John Hoyt, Burt Lancaster) of crimes, in Jules Dassin's Brute Force, 1947.
Brute Force (1947) -- (Movie Clip) Why Keep On Fighting? Joining director Jules Dassin’s opening, wardens taking roll introducing John Hoyt, Howard Duff, Jeff Corey, Whit Bissell and Jack Overman, Sir Lancelot the singing neighbor, then star Burt Lancaster as Collins, and Hume Cronyn prison Captain Munsey, in Brute Force, from producer Mark Hellinger and writer Richard Brooks.
Blackboard Jungle (1955) -- (Movie Clip) Action Of The Tiger Teaching-job applicant Dadier (Glenn Ford) arriving at North Manual High School, citing Shakespeare with principal Warnecke (John Hoyt) and getting the job, early in Richard Brooks' Blackboard Jungle, 1955.
Cleopatra (1963) -- (Movie Clip) There Is No Throne In Rome Talk of Caesar outside the senate, in the first scene in the city of Rome, Cassius (John Hoyt) and Brutus (Kenneth Haigh) tangle, Casca (Carroll O’Connor) and Cicero (Michael Hordern) joining, drawing the attention of Antony (Richard Burton), who later queries Octavian (Roddy McDowall), in Cleopatra, 1963.
Winter Meeting (1948) -- (Movie Clip) The Crowds Of Underprivileged Exposition and character sketching for Bette Davis as uptown Manhattan poet-volunteer Susan, who’s brought her man-about-town friend Stacy (John Hoyt), whom we know was only pretending to be lost on the subway, to her apartment to recover, early in WInter Meeting, 1948.
Winter Meeting (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Hundreds Of Intimate Friends Poet Susan (Bette Davis) is acting as the date for socialite friend Stacy (John Hoyt) who’s set up his sexy secretary Peggy (Janis Paige) with bored WWII naval hero Slick, James (Jim) Davis (later TV’s Jock Ewing), in his first scene in his widely-panned movie debut, Winter Meeting, 1948.
Blackboard Jungle (1955) -- (Movie Clip) Welcome To North Manual The loose first-day assembly at North Manual High School, new teacher Dadier (Glenn Ford) observing as Halloran (Emile Meyer) and Miss Hammond (Margaret Hayes) try to manage students, in Richard Brooks' Blackboard Jungle, 1955.
Attack Of The Puppet People (1958) -- (Movie Clip) It's Only A Doll Secretary Sally (June Kenny), convinced that her boss Franz (John Hoyt) is abducting people and turning them into dolls, has persuaded a detective (Jack Kosslyn) to inquire, her boyfriend (John Agar) appearing inanimate, trouble ensuing, in Attack Of The Puppet People, 1958.


Blackboard Jungle - (Vic Morrow introduction trailer) Vic Morrow, who plays juvenile delinquent Artie West, introduces the trailer for Blackboard Jungle (1955).
Desiree - (Original Trailer) A young woman (Jean Simmons) wins the heart of Napoleon (Marlon Brando), though the two can never be together in Desiree (1954).
Forever Darling - (Original Trailer) Desi Arnaz may say "I don't love Lucy!" unless her guardian angel (James Mason) can fix their marriage in Forever Darling (1956).
Student Prince, The (1954) - (Original Trailer) A prince falls in love with a barmaid during his last fling before assuming the crown in the operetta The Student Prince (1954).
Moonfleet - (Original Trailer) A British buccaneer (Stewart Granger) is torn among three seductive women in Fritz Lang's Moonfleet (1955).
Blackboard Jungle - (Original Trailer) An idealistic teacher (Glenn Ford) confronts the realities of juvenile delinquency in Blackboard Jungle (1955), directed by Richard Brooks.
Bribe, The - (Original Trailer) A sultry singer (Ava Gardner) tries to tempt a federal agent (Robert Taylor) from the straight-and-narrow in The Bribe (1949).
Never So Few - (Black-and-white Trailer) A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II in Never So Few (1959).
Merrill's Marauders - (Original Trailer) A grizzled U.S. general leads his men against the Japanese in Burma during World War II in Merrill's Marauders (1962).
Inside Straight - (Original Trailer) Louis B. Mayer's nephew Gerald directed Inside Straight (1951), and didn't do too bad with this story of 19th Century San Francisco.
Winter Meeting - (Original Trailer) A repressed poetess (Bette Davis) and an embittered war hero help each other cope with their problems in Winter Meeting (1948).
Unfaithful, The - (Original Trailer) While her husband is away, a woman (Ann Sheridan) gets mixed up in murder in the thriller The Unfaithful (1947).


David Hoyt
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Dorothy Hoysradt