John Randolph

John Randolph

  • Highest Rated: 100% Pretty Poison (1968)
  • Lowest Rated: 22% Sibling Rivalry (1990)
  • Birthday: Jun 1, 1915
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • CCNY and Columbia University alumnus John Randolph was first seen on Broadway in the 1937 opus Revolt of the Beavers. Randolph served in the Air Force in World War II, then resumed what seemed at the time to be an increasingly successful, near-unstoppable acting career. But in 1951, Randolph found himself on a specious "Commie sympathizers" list. After appearing as a hostile witness before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, Randolph was effectively blacklisted from movies, TV and radio commercials for the next twelve years. Fortunately, he could always rely upon the theatre to provide him an income, though it was touch-and-go for a while when a Broadway show in which he was appearing was picketed by anti-Red zealots. Throughout the 1950s, Randolph was featured in such major stage productions as Come Back Little Sheba, The Visit, Sound of Music and Case of Libel. In 1963, he was at long last permitted to guest-star on a network TV program, The Defenders. Appropriately, it was in an episode titled "Blacklist," which condemned the knee-jerk policy of banning artists because of their political views; ironically, Randolph was very nearly denied the part when the network complained that he hadn't been "cleared." Though he'd played a small part in 1948's The Naked City, Randolph's movie career began in earnest in 1965. In John Frankenheimer's Seconds, he was cast as aging businessman Arthur Hamilton, who through the magic of plastic surgery is given a fresh new identity (he emerges from the bandages as Rock Hudson)! Since his career renaissance, Hamilton hasn't stopped working before the cameras. He has been featured in films like Gaily Gaily (1969), Little Murders (1971), King Kong (1976), Heaven Can Wait (1978) Prizzi's Honor (1985; as Pop Prizzi); in TV movies like Wings of Kitty Hawk (1978; as Alexander Graham Bell) and The American Clock (1993); and as a regular in the TV series Angie (1979) Annie McGuire (1988) and Grand (1990). Though he'd probably rather you not mention it, Randolph is a dead ringer for former attorney general John Mitchell; accordingly, he played Mitchell in the TV miniseries Blind Ambition, and was heard but not seen in the same role in the 1976 theatrical feature All the President's Men. Despite the upsurge in his film and TV activities, Randolph has never abandoned the theatre: in 1986, he won a Tony Award for his work in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. As if to slap the faces of those self-styled patriots who denied him work in the 1950s, Randolph has in recent years accepted the German Democratic Republic's Paul Robeson Award, and has served on the National Council for US-Soviet friendship. John Randolph has also served on the board of directors of all three major performing guilds: SAG, AFTRA and Equity. After taking on a variety of grandfatherly roles, including Jack Nicholson's father in Prizzi's Honor and Tom Hanks' grandfather in You've Got Mail), Randloph passed away at 88-years-old in April of 2004.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

50% The Dogwalker Ike 2002
No Score Yet Sunset Strip Mr. Niederhaus 2000
69% You've Got Mail Schuyler Fox 1998
57% A Price Above Rubies Rebbe 1998
No Score Yet A Foreign Field Waldo 1994
No Score Yet The American Clock Older Lee 1993
No Score Yet Iron Maze Mayor Peluso 1991
22% Sibling Rivalry Charles Turner Sr. 1990
65% National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Clark Griswold Sr. 1989
No Score Yet The Wizard of Loneliness Doc 1988
No Score Yet As Summers Die Augustus Tompkins 1986
86% Prizzi's Honor Angelo Partanna 1985
No Score Yet Shooting Stars Actor 1983
64% Frances Judge 1982
No Score Yet Lovely but Deadly Franklin Van Dyke 1982
No Score Yet The Adventures of Nellie Bly Joseph Pulitzer 1981
No Score Yet Killing at Hell's Gate Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Winds Of Kitty Hawk Alexander Graham Bell 1978
89% Heaven Can Wait Former Owner 1978
No Score Yet Wilbur and Orville: The First to Fly Actor 1978
No Score Yet Kill Me If You Can Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Gathering Dr. John Hodges 1977
53% King Kong Capt. Ross 1976
93% All the President's Men Voice of Bob Haldeman 1976
No Score Yet Independence Samuel Adams 1976
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood Rupert Wahler 1976
No Score Yet Beyond the Horizon Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Runaways Actor 1975
38% Earthquake Mayor 1974
No Score Yet Tell Me Where It Hurts Actor 1974
90% Serpico Chief Sidney Green 1973
48% Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes Commission Chairman 1972
No Score Yet The Family Rico Malaks 1972
78% Escape from the Planet of the Apes Chairman 1971
60% Little Murders Mr. Chamberlain 1971
78% There Was a Crooked Man Cyrus McNutt 1970
No Score Yet Smith! Mr. Edwards 1969
50% Gaily, Gaily Actor 1969
100% Pretty Poison Morton Azenauer 1968
No Score Yet Sweet Love, Bitter Actor 1967
91% Seconds Arthur Hamilton 1966
86% The Naked City Policeman 1948

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Mr. Franks
  • 1997
  • 1994
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Horace
  • 1996
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Frank Costanza
  • 1993
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Walter Bowman
  • 1992
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
  • 1991
80% Grand
1990
Harris Weldon
  • 1990
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Guest Roseanne's Dad Al
  • 1989
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Sam Gerard
  • 1988
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
Frank Vionelli
  • 1986
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Calvert
  • 1986
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Ward Beaumont
  • 1984
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Pete "The Weasel" Muscanni
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet Family Ties
1982-1989
  • 1982
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Gen. Hagerty
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Junior Harrison
  • 1976
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Judge Mackie Sr.
  • 1974
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Peterson
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Dawson Donavan Doc
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1968
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Pritkin
  • 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Alex Morley
  • 1967

QUOTES FROM John Randolph CHARACTERS

Clark W. Griswold Jr.
(after the lights won't come on) What is going on here?!?!!
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
[after the lights won't come on] What is going on here?
Clark W. Griswold Sr.
You know son, it's probably a bad light. If one doesn't work, the whole thing doesn't work. If I were you, I would personally check each one.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
I did that, Dad...
Clark W. Griswold Sr.
If you need me, give me a holler. I'll be upstairs, asleep.
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
(to Rusty) Maybe you'd oughta go up there and check-
Clark W. Griswold Jr.
[to Rusty] Maybe you'd oughta go up there and check-
Rusty Griswold
(interrupting) Whoa, geez! Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. And brush my teeth, feed the hog, do the laundry, wash the car, still got some homework to do...
Rusty Griswold
[interrupting] Whoa, geez! Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. And brush my teeth, feed the hog, do the laundry, wash the car, still got some homework to do...