John Payne (actor)

John Payne ( born March 23, 1912 in Roanoke, Virginia; † December 6, 1989 in Malibu, California ) was an American actor and singer.

John Payne was decided early as the son of a well-known soprano, also to become an opera singer. He studied singing and got a contract in 1935 as an actor in Hollywood. After a few minor roles, he was finally in 1940 at 20th Century Fox, a popular musical star on the side of Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda and Sonja Henie. His best-known film he made in 1947 with the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street, who showed him next to Maureen O'Hara and young Natalie Wood. Towards the end of the decade changed Payne into character roles, often playing in westerns and gangster films. Among the best known films of the period include Slightly Scarlett, who Payne was directed by Allan Dwan in a murderous story of two sisters and the Western Tennessee partner, also directed by Dwan.

In 1956, Payne his own production company in addition to a few movies and the television series The Restless Gun funded, in Payne played the lead role. After a return to the side of his former partner, Alice Faye with the piece Good News on Broadway in 1973, Payne finished his career.

John Payne was married three times, twice with colleagues: 1937-1943 with Anne Shirley and 1944-1950 with Gloria DeHaven.

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