John Lund (actor)
John Lund (February 6, 1911 – May 10, 1992) was an American film actor who is probably best remembered for his role in the film A Foreign Affair (1948), directed by Billy Wilder, and a dual role in Mitchell Leisen's To Each His Own (1946).
Lund in 1948
|Died||May 10, 1992 81) (aged|
(m. 1942; died 1982)
According to one obituary, his "film career was cut to a familiar pattern: the young actor imported to Hollywood after a big success on Broadway begins by playing the handsome guy who gets the girl, then descends by gradual degrees to being the male lead in minor westerns and occasionally, in major films, being the handsome guy who does not get the girl because he lacks the spark of the hero who does."
John Lund's father was a Norwegian immigrant and glassblower in Rochester, New York. Lund did not finish high school, and he tried several businesses before settling on advertising in the 1930s. His jobs included being "a soda-jerk, carpenter and timekeeper."
While working for an advertising agency, he was asked by a friend to appear in an industrial show for the 1939 World's Fair. As a result, he served as stage manager of Railroad on Parade at the fair and played several roles in the production. Before moving to New York City he had appeared in several amateur productions in Rochester.
Lund had the title role in the serial Chaplain Jim on the Blue Network in the early 1940s. Lund also played Johnny Dollar in the radio show Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, taking over from 1952 until 1954.
Lund's first film had him as star To Each His Own (1946) with Olivia de Havilland for Paramount, in which he played dual roles. It was written and produced by Charles Brackett and was popular critically and commercially.
He supported Edward G. Robinson in Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948). Brackett gave him the lead in a comedy Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948). He was the star of Bride of Vengeance (1949) alongside Paulette Goddard and MacDonald Carey but the film was a big flop.
Hal Wallis used him in My Friend Irma (1949) as Al, boyfriend of Irma (Marie Wilson). The film is best remembered however for introducing Martin and Lewis (Jerry Lewis had meant to play the role of Al but realised he was miscast).
He supported Barbara Stanwyck in No Man of Her Own (1950) and reprised his performance as Al in My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). Paramount announced Union Station for him but William Holden ended up playing it.
Paramount wanted to loan him to Universal for Weekend with Father but he refused and was put on suspension.
He was top billed in Woman They Almost Lynched (1953), a Western at Republic, although essentially he was supporting the female lead.
He made a series of Westerns: White Feather (1955), at Fox, second billed to Robert Wagner; Five Guns West (1955), the first film directed by Roger Corman, at ARC; Chief Crazy Horse (1955) with Victor Mature at Universal; and Dakota Incident (1956) with Linda Darnell at Republic.
Around this time he was also in a war film at Columbia, Battle Stations (1956), and he played Grace Kelly's fiance George in MGM's High Society, the musical remake of MGM's 1940 greatly successful The Philadelphia Story.
He was top billed in Affair in Reno (1957) for Republic. His last performances included support performances in The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) at Columbia and If a Man Answers (1962) at Universal.
- 1946: To Each His Own – Captain Bart Cosgrove / Gregory Pierson
- 1947: The Perils of Pauline – Michael Farrington
- 1947: Variety Girl – Himself
- 1948: A Foreign Affair – Captain John Pringle
- 1948: Night Has a Thousand Eyes – Elliott Carson
- 1948: Miss Tatlock's Millions – Tim Burke posing as Schuyler Tatlock
- 1949: Bride of Vengeance – Alfonso D'Este
- 1949: My Friend Irma – Al
- 1950: No Man of Her Own – Bill Harkness
- 1950: My Friend Irma Goes West – Al
- 1950: Duchess of Idaho – Douglas J. Morrison Jr.
- 1951: The Mating Season – Val McNulty
- 1951: Darling, How Could You! – Dr. Robert Grey
- 1952: Steel Town – Steve Kostane
- 1952: The Battle at Apache Pass – Maj. Jim Colton
- 1952: Bronco Buster – Tom Moody
- 1952: Just Across the Street – Fred Newcombe
- 1953: Woman They Almost Lynched – Lance Horton
- 1953: Latin Lovers – Paul Chevron
- 1955: White Feather – Col. Lindsay
- 1955: Five Guns West – Govern Sturges
- 1955: Chief Crazy Horse – Maj. Twist
- 1956: Battle Stations – Father Joseph McIntyre
- 1956: High Society – George Kittredge
- 1956: Dakota Incident – John Carter (aka Hamilton)
- 1957: Affair in Reno – Bill Carter
- 1960: The Wackiest Ship in the Army – Lt. Cmdr. Wilbur F. Vandewater
- 1962: If a Man Answers – John Stacy (final film role)
|1946||Hollywood Star Time||The Lady Eve|
|1946||Suspense||"A Plane Case of Murder"|
|1952||Screen Guild Theatre||The Mating of Millie|
|1952||Hollywood Star Playhouse||The Word|
|1953||Lux Radio Theatre||Lady in the Dark|
|1953||Theatre Guild on the Air||O'Halloran's Luck''|
|1953||Broadway Playhouse||Salty O'Rourke|
|1958||Suspense||Old Time's Sake|
- John Lund, 81; Radio, Stage and Film Actor (Los Angeles Times. May 12, 1992)
- John Lund; Obituary – The Times; London. 13 May 1992.
- New York Times May 13, 1992
- "Jobs upon a Time". The Kane Republican. September 20, 1948. p. 4. Retrieved June 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Hopper, Hedda (September 26, 1948). "John Lund – He's 'New Look'". The Salt Lake Tribune. p. 95. Retrieved June 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper, March 6, 1946, also Rochester Times Union newspaper, March 8, 1946; both articles are archived in the 1944–1946 Scrapbook of the Rochester Community Players collection, Local History Department, Rochester Public Library
- Actor John Lund dead at 81 Associated Press. Las Vegas Review–Journal; Las Vegas, Nev. 12 May 1992: 1.f.
- The Life Story of John Lund Picture Show; London Vol. 51, Iss. 1305, (Dec 28, 1946): 12.
- Paramount Snatches John Lund From Stage: Sol Lesser First Will Stage Then Produce 'God's Front Porch' as Film Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 16 Jan 1945: A9.
- Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
- John Lund Baffled by Rise to Stardom Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 26 Sep 1948: D1.
- "Top Grossers of 1947", Variety, 7 January 1948 p. 63
- "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p. 46
- PARAMOUNT MOVIE TO STAR JOHN LUND: 'Union Station,' Based on Story by Thomas Walsh, Scheduled for Early Next Year Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.17 Oct 1949: 18.
- Drama: John Lund Will Play in Loan-out Feature Los Angeles Times 1 Mar 1951: A6.
- METRO PLANS FILM OF SPY MELODRAMA: 'Eye Street' Concerns an 'Iron Curtain' Embassy in Capital --John Lund Suspended Of Local Origin By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times 7 Mar 1951: 43.
- Drama: Lund, Jeff Chandler Set as Costars; New Deal Matures Out of 'Well' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times11 June 1951: B9.
- "In Hollywood". The Courier Gazette. April 4, 1950. p. 6. Retrieved June 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Joan Blondell In 'Lady Eve' On WHP 'Star Time'". Harrisburg Telegraph. September 21, 1946. p. 17. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (April 13, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved May 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (December 28, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 36. Retrieved June 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (February 15, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 42. Retrieved June 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (March 1, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 46. Retrieved June 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (May 17, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved June 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "John Lund Stars". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. November 30, 1958. p. 70. Retrieved June 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.