John Craven (actor)

John Craven (June 22, 1916 – November 24, 1995) was an American actor, and the son of noted character actor Frank Craven. He appeared in films and numerous plays and had many TV roles, but was best remembered for originating the role of George Gibbs in the original stage version of Our Town, in which his father played the role of the Stage Manager. Craven was overlooked in the movie version, however, with the part going to the then-unknown William Holden.

Though born in New York City, he attended Beverly Hills High School, in the early 1930s. His stage family had a long history of alternating generations of men named John with subsequent generations of men named Frank.


Year Title Role Notes
1943For God and CountryDanny BrewerShort
1944The Purple HeartSgt. Martin Stoner
1944Meet the PeopleJohn Swanson
1944In the Meantime, DarlingSleeping SoldierUncredited
1946Flight to NowhereClaude Forrest
1946Swell GuyMike O'Connor
1953Count the Hours!George Braden
1954Security RiskDr. Lanson
1955The Green Mountain BoysRemeber BakerTV movie
1955Battle StationsCmdr. James Matthews
1956Navy WifeDr. Carter
1956Hold Back the NightMaj. Bob MacKay
1956Friendly PersuasionBand LeaderUncredited
1958Revolt in the Big HouseGuardUncredited
1960Ocean's 11CashierUncredited
1960Let's Make LoveComstockUncredited
1964The Brass Bottle2nd PsychiatristUncredited
1970The Wild SceneMorton


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