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John McGiver (I) (1913–1975)

John Irwin McGiver came to acting relatively late in life. He held a B.A. and Masters degrees in English from Fordham, Columbia and Catholic Universities and spent his early years teaching drama and speech at Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx. He had an early flirt with the acting profession in 1938 as actor/director for the Irish ... See full bio »

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Midnight Cowboy
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Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's Tiffany's Salesman
The Manchurian Candidate
The Manchurian Candidate Senator Thomas Jordan
Love in the Afternoon


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 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Mr. Pearl
 1975 McCoy (TV Series)
- Bless the Big Fish (1975) ... Brookside
 1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang
Leonard Sharpe
 1974 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (TV Short)
Mayor (voice)
 1974 Mame
Mr. Babcock
 1973 Arnold
 1973 Tom Sawyer (TV Movie)
Judge Thatcher
 1971-1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Doc Snively / August Binford
- Witness to a Lynching (1972) ... Doc Snively
- A Fistful of Diamonds (1971) ... August Binford
 1970-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Phobit (segment "Love and the Christmas Punch") / Tom (segment "Love and the Trip")
- Love and the Christmas Punch/Love and the Mystic/Love and the Tycoon (1972) ... Phobit (segment "Love and the Christmas Punch")
- Love and the Fur Coat/Love and the Trip (1970) ... Tom (segment "Love and the Trip")
 1972 The Great Man's Whiskers (TV Movie)
Andrew Hogan
 1972 Harvey (TV Movie)
Dr. William R, Chumley
 1971 The Police (TV Movie)
 1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
John Timothy Driscoll
- Jump-Up (1971) ... John Timothy Driscoll
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Walt Terry
- Seek and Destroy (1971) ... Walt Terry
 1971 Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (TV Movie)
Judge Hathaway
 1971 The Feminist and the Fuzz (TV Movie)
Warren Sorensen
 1971 Julia (TV Series)
Sam Stone
- Cousin of the Bride (1971) ... Sam Stone
 1970 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Chief Fleming
- Doris the Spy (1970) ... Chief Fleming
 1970 The Front Page (TV Movie)
 1969 The Littlest Angel (TV Movie)
Angel of the Peace
 1969 Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall (TV Movie)
 1969 Midnight Cowboy
Mr. O'Daniel
 1968 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Ebenezer Binns
- Ebenezer (1968) ... Ebenezer Binns
 1967 Fitzwilly
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Elisha Calamander
- The Night of the Turncoat (1967) ... Elisha Calamander
 1967 The Spirit Is Willing
Uncle George
 1966 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
- Jeannie Breaks the Bank (1966) ... Wilfred
 1966 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
Lord Beasley Waterford
- Man with a Net (1966) ... Lord Beasley Waterford
 1966 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series)
General Cannon
- Phyllis Goes Broke (1966) ... General Cannon
 1966 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Harry Marshall
 1966 Gidget (TV Series)
Franklin Whiting
- One More for the Road (1966) ... Franklin Whiting
 1966 Made in Paris
Roger Barclay
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Mr. Mozart
- The Birds and the Bees Affair (1966) ... Mr. Mozart
 1966 Honey West (TV Series)
Mr. Brillig
- How Brillig, O, Beamish Boy (1966) ... Mr. Brillig
 1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Ben Gully
- Alarums and Excursions (1966) ... Ben Gully
 1965 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Ollie Wheelright
- See Rob Write, Write Rob Write (1965) ... Ollie Wheelright
 1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Alexander Corby
- The X Factor (1965) ... Alexander Corby
 1965 Marriage on the Rocks
Shad Nathan
 1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Horatio T. White
- Mr. White's Christmas (1965) ... Horatio T. White
 1964 Low Man on a Totem Pole (TV Movie)
Mr. Turnbull
 1962-1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
G.F. Springer / C.P. Ballinger
- The Missing Bank of Rupert X. Humperdink (1964) ... G.F. Springer
 1963-1964 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
General Claiborne / John Stack
- The Pirate and the Patriot (1964) ... General Claiborne
- The Great Diamond Mountain (1963) ... John Stack
 1964 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Jake Devlin
- The End Game (1964) ... Jake Devlin
 1963-1964 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Roswell G. Flemington / Shannon
- Sounds and Silences (1964) ... Roswell G. Flemington
- The Bard (1963) ... Shannon
 1964 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Justin Addison
- Granny Versus the Weather Bureau (1964) ... Justin Addison
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
- The Nicest Girl in Gomorrah (1964) ... Spink
 1962-1964 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Judge / Mr. Irwin
- Lucy Is Her Own Lawyer (1964) ... Judge
- Lucy Is a Kangaroo for a Day (1962) ... Mr. Irwin
 1964 A Global Affair
Mr. Snifter
 1963 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Charles Edward Chase
- A Feeling for Friday (1963) ... Charles Edward Chase
 1963 Take Her, She's Mine
Hector G. Ivor
 1963 Johnny Cool
Oscar B. 'Oby' Hinds
 1963 My Six Loves
Judge Harris
 1963 Ensign O'Toole (TV Series)
Arthur Ainsley
- Operation Psychology (1963) ... Arthur Ainsley
 1962 Something's Got to Give (Short)
The Judge
 1962 Who's Got the Action?
Judge Fogel
 1955-1962 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Arnold / George Merryman
- Trouble-in-Law (1959) ... Mr. Arnold
- The Change in Chester (1957) ... George Merryman
- Counterfeit (1955)
 1962 Period of Adjustment
Stewart P. McGill
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
- The Seventh Day of Creation (1962) ... Gramps
 1962 Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
Martin Turner
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
- Cry Out in Silence (1962) ... Tyler
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Professor Mumford
- The Boston Terrier (1962) ... Professor Mumford
 1961 Bonanza (TV Series)
Col. Jonathan Bragg
- Land Grab (1961) ... Col. Jonathan Bragg
 1961 Bachelor in Paradise
Austin Palfrey
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Lenny Bircher
- Markdown on a Man: Lenny Bircher (1961) ... Lenny Bircher
 1961 Love in a Goldfish Bowl
Dr. Frawley
 1961 'Way Out (TV Series)
Mr. Rana
- The Croaker (1961) ... Mr. Rana
 1961 The Americans (TV Series)
Col. Allen
- The War Between the States (1961) ... Col. Allen
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
- The Golden Acres (1961) ... Collins
 1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Professor Orlando Twamley
- The Tidal Wave Adventure (1961) ... Professor Orlando Twamley
 1961 Peter Loves Mary (TV Series)
Mr. Fairfield
- The Last Train from Oakdell (1961) ... Mr. Fairfield
 1960 The Tab Hunter Show (TV Series)
Mr. Kleeber
- My Brother, the Hero (1960) ... Mr. Kleeber
 1960 World Wide '60 (TV Series)
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
- The Forbidden Sea (1960) ... Mannheim
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
 1959 The Gazebo
Sam Thorpe
 1959 Five Fingers (TV Series)
- The Assassin (1959)
 1959 The Catholic Hour (TV Series)
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Miss and Missiles (1959) ... MacBain
 1958-1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Arthur Motherwell / Harold George Goames
- Six People, No Music (1959) ... Arthur Motherwell
- Fatal Figures (1958) ... Harold George Goames
 1958 The Investigator (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1958)
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Smith
- The Kind Mr. Smith (1958) ... Mr. Smith
 1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
 1958 I Married a Woman
Girard - Sutton's Lawyer
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Voice (off camera) / Sir Reggie
- Who Is Picasso? (1957) ... Voice (off camera)
- Eileen (1957) ... Sir Reggie
 1957 Love in the Afternoon
Monsieur X
 1957 Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (Short)
1st Planter
 1957 The Man in the Raincoat
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Two Gentlemen / Mr. Bernhard
- The Stingiest Man in Town (1956) ... Two Gentlemen
- Merry Christmas, Mr. Baxter (1956) ... Mr. Bernhard
 1956 The George Gobel Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.29 (1956)
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Footlight Frenzy (1956) ... Hopkins
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
- San Francisco Fracas (1955) ... Gubbins
 1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Harold / Darrell
- Mrs. Brimmer Did It! (1955) ... Harold
- Dominique (1955) ... Darrell
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He acted in the musical revue, "A Thurber Carnival," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Tom Ewell, Peggy Cass, Paul Ford, Peter Turgeon, Alice Ghostley and Wynne Miller in the cast. James Thurber wrote the book. Don Elliott was composer and performer. Marvin Reiss was set designer. Ramse Stevens was costume designer. ... See more »

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Enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on 9 January 1942 during World War II. See more »

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