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John Hamilton (January 16, 1887 – October 15, 1958) was an Americanmarker actor, who appeared in many movies and television programs. He is probably best remembered for his role as the blustery newspaper editor Perry White on the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman.

Biography

Burly, stentorian-voiced John Hamilton was born John Rummel Hamilton in Shippensburg, Pennsylvaniamarker to John M. Hamilton and his wife Cornelia J. (Hollar) Hamilton. Hamilton was the youngest of four children, and his mother died eight days after his birth. His father remarried and Rosa, his stepmother, was the only mother the young Hamilton knew. Hamilton grew up in neighboring Southampton Township Pennsylvaniamarker, where his father worked as a store clerk.

Hamilton's father was also appointed Shippensburg's trustee for the State Superintendent of Public Education, so it was a foregone conclusion that Hamilton would receive extensive schooling. Unlike most others of his generation and background (Southampton being a farming community), Hamilton went beyond high school, attending Dickinson Collegemarker and Pennsylvania State Teacher's College, but opted to forego teaching for a stage career. After becoming an actor, he worked on Broadwaymarker and in touring theatrical companies for many years prior to his 1930 film debut. He was in the original Broadway company of the 1922 play Seventh Heaven and would appear in the film remake (Seventh Heaven) in 1937. He starred with Donald Meek in a series of short mysteries based on S.S. Van Dine stories for Warner Bros. He was often typecast as a prison warden, judge, politician or police chief, but played various types of characters, appearing in over three hundred films, movie serial or television programs from the 1930s to the 1950s. He became much more widely known when he was cast as Daily Planet newspaper editor Perry White in the 1950s TV classic Adventures of Superman (1952). After that, he appeared in television commercials for a line of bifocals called "Inviso No-Line Glasses." (The idea was to render invisible the seam between the lenses "that tells the world you're over forty.") Hamilton is often confused with John F. Hamilton, a Britishmarker actor who made a few films in the USmarker during the same period, and with several other actors of the same name.

Death

John Hamilton died on 15 October 1958 in Glendale, Californiamarker of a heart attack at the age of 71. He was survived by a son. His interment was located in Hollywood Forever Cemeterymarker.

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