John Payne

Hollywood Actor
Born May 23, 1912

John Howard Payne was an American film actor who is mainly remembered as a singer in 20th Century Fox musical films, and for his leading roles in Miracle on 34th Street and the NBC Western television series The Restless Gun.

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1912 Birth Born on May 23, 1912.


1930 18 Years Old He then transferred to Columbia University in New York City in the fall of 1930. … Read More


1934 22 Years Old In 1934, a talent scout for the Shubert theaters spotted Payne and gave him a job as a stock player.
1936 24 Years Old Payne toured with several Shubert Brothers shows, and frequently sang on New York-based radio programs. In 1936, he landed a contract at Samuel Goldwyn's studio and he left New York for Hollywood. … Read More
1937 25 Years Old Payne was married to actress Anne Shirley from 1937 to 1942; they had a daughter, Julie Anne Payne.
1940 28 Years Old He worked for various studios until 1940, when he signed with 20th Century Fox; Fox made him a star in musicals such as Tin Pan Alley (1940), Sun Valley Serenade (1941), Springtime in the Rockies (1942) and Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943). … Read More


1944 32 Years Old He then married actress Gloria DeHaven in 1944; the union produced two children, Kathleen Hope Payne and Thomas John Payne, before ending in a divorce in 1950.


1953 41 Years Old Payne then married Alexandra Beryl "Sandy" Crowell Curtis in 1953, and remained with her until his death.
1955 43 Years Old …  In 1955, he paid a $1,000-a-month option for nine months on the Ian Fleming James Bond novel Moonraker (he eventually gave up the option when he learned he could not retain the rights for the entire book series).
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Payne also starred as Vint Bonner, an educated, commonsense gunfighter, in The Restless Gun, which aired on Monday evenings from 1957 to 1959, prior to Dale Robertson's western series Tales of Wells Fargo. … Read More
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In March 1961, Payne suffered extensive, life-threatening injuries when struck by a car in New York City. … Read More


1970 58 Years Old He also starred in the Gunsmoke episode of "Gentry's Law in 1970.


1975 63 Years Old His final role was in 1975, when he co-starred with Peter Falk and Janet Leigh in the Columbo episode "Forgotten Lady". … Read More
1982 70 Years Old He was the father-in-law of writer-director Robert Towne, who was married to his oldest daughter Julie until their divorce in 1982. … Read More
1989 78 Years Old Payne died in Malibu, California, of congestive heart failure on December 6, 1989, aged 77. … Read More
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