|John Dall Quick Info
|6 ft 1 in
|Date of Birth
|May 26, 1920
|Date of Death
|January 15, 1971
John Dall was an American actor, radio personality, and stage artist who was cast in a variety of films and television projects which include the likes of The Corn Is Green, Another Part of the Forest, Rope, Something in the Wind, Gun Crazy, The Man Who Cheated Himself, Spartacus, The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre, The Clock, Lights Out, Studio One, Broadway Television Theatre, Suspense, General Electric Theater, Schlitz Playhouse, Perry Mason, and Atlantis, the Lost Continent.
John Dall Thompson
He was born on May 26, 1920.
On January 15, 1971, John Dall died from cardiac arrest, a complication of myocarditis, at the age of 50 at his home in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States.
New York City, New York, United States
He resided in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States.
John Dall studied at Horace Mann School (also known as Horace Mann or HM), a private, independent college-preparatory school located in the Bronx. He then enrolled at Columbia University, a private Ivy League research university situated in New York City. He intended to follow in his father’s footsteps by studying engineering but soon left the university in order to pursue his passion for acting.
He subsequently joined Theodora Irvine School of Theater and the Pasadena Playhouse as well as studied at the Petit Theatre in New Orleans.
Actor, Stage Artist
- Father – Charles Jenner Thompson (Civil Engineer) (Committed suicide in 1929)
- Mother – Henry (née Worthington)
- Siblings – Worthington Thompson (Older Brother) (A decorated lieutenant in the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team)
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
John Dall dated –
- Farley Granger (1948) – In January 1948, he started going out with actor, singer, and acting coach Farley Granger. The couple also worked together in the 1948 physiological crime thriller film Rope. The romance was short-lived and they parted ways the following month in February.
- Clement Brace – John Dall was romantically involved with actor Clement Brace and the duo was living together at the time of John’s death.
Note – Although it has been claimed that he had a brief marriage in the early 1940s, no marriage certificate has come to light and his death certificate records him as “never married”.
Race / Ethnicity
John Dall Facts
- His family shifted to Panama in the 1920s and his father worked on the construction of the airport there.
- Following his father’s suicide, John and his mother moved back to New York City the next year.
- During his time in Panama, John was in a theatre. Once, a cast member fell ill and Dall stepped in and this inspired his passion for acting.
- His paternal grandfather invented a number of machines used on the Panama Canal.
- John Dall made his first theatrical film appearance by playing the role of Morgan Evans in the drama film The Corn Is Green in 1945. His co-stars for the film included Bette Davis and Nigel Bruce.
- Originally, Richard Waring was cast to play Morgan Evans in the film The Corn Is Green but he was drafted for World War II and the part went to John Dall.
- In 1947, he brought to life the character of Donald Read in the musical comedy film Something in the Wind.
- He was seen as John Bagtry in the drama film Another Part of the Forest in 1948.
- John Dall co-starred as Barton “Bart” Tare in the crime noir film Gun Crazy in 1950.
- He was cast as Marcus Glabrus in the 1960 epic historical drama film Spartacus, starring Kirk Douglas in the titular role.
- Along with Anthony Hall, Joyce Taylor, William Smith, Edward Platt, and Frank DeKova, John Dall co-starred as Zaren in the science fiction film Atlantis, the Lost Continent in 1961.
- Following his demise, John Dall’s body was donated to medical science.
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