(May 26, 1918-January 15, 1971)
Born in New York City, New York
Birth name was John Jenner Thompson
Appeared in the films 'The Corn Is Green' (1945), 'Rope' (1948), 'Gun Crazy' (1949), 'Spartacus' (1960) and 'Atlantis, the Lost Continent' (1961)
Appeared on Broadway in 'Dear Ruth' (1944), 'Red Gloves' (1948) and 'The Heiress' (1950)
Why he might be annoying
The two films that he is most remembered for, Hitchcock's 'Rope' and the noir 'Gun Crazy,' were flops when first released.
He was described as 'cold and distant' on screen, which limited his career.
He played the murder victim in two different 'Perry Mason' episodes.
Why he might not be annoying
He was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his film debut in 'The Corn Is Green.'
Early reviews compared him with Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper.
He donated his body to medical science.
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 21.43% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 30 Votes: 56.67% Annoying
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