John Nesbitt

John Nesbitt (August 23, 1910 August 10, 1960) was an actor, narrator, announcer, producer and screenwriter Nesbitt was best known as the narrator of the MGM series Passing Parade.

John Nesbitt
John Booth Nesbitt

August 23, 1910
DiedAugust 10, 1960(1960-08-10) (aged 49)
ResidenceEnnis House
Occupationactor, narrator, announcer, producer and screenwriter
Known forPassing Parade (19381949)

Early years

Nesbitt, born John Booth Nesbitt in Victoria, British Columbia,[1] was a grandson of actor Edwin Booth. He attended Saint Mary's College of California and the University of California.[2]


Nesbitt was active in stock theater in Vancouver and Spokane.[2]


Nesbitt began working for NBC in San Francisco in 1933.[1]:211 In 1935, he was an announcer at KFRC in San Francisco.[3]

His signature program, The Passing Parade, was first broadcast in 1937 and ended in 1949, sometimes in 15-minute episodes and sometimes in 30-minute episodes. At one time or another, it was carried on the CBS, Mutual, NBC Blue and NBC Red networks.[4]:265 The Passing Parade was also a segment on The John Charles Thomas Show (1943-1946).[4] and on the summer replacement program, The Meredith Willson-John Nesbitt Show (1942).[4]:227

Joseph M. Koehler described Nesbitt's talent in a review in the July 31, 1943, issue of Billboard: "His sense of the dramatic, uncanny timing and ability to discover the exact moment when drama must replace the spoken word combine to explain why he's radio's No. 1 story-teller."[5]

Nesbitt was also host of the anthology program So the Story Goes, which was syndicated in 1945-1946.[4]:309


Nesbitt has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one at 1717 Vine Street in the Motion Pictures section and one at 6200 Hollywood Boulevard in the Radio section. Both were dedicated February 8, 1960.[6]

Personal life

In 1940, Nesbitt bought the Ennis House and had it altered by Frank Lloyd Wright, adding a north-terrace pool and ground-floor billiard room, as well as the first heating system for the building.


Nesbitt died August 10, 1960, in Carmel, California.[1]

Partial filmography


  1. Cox, Jim (2007). Radio Speakers: Narrators, News Junkies, Sports Jockeys, Tattletales, Tipsters, Toastmasters and Coffee Klatch Couples Who Verbalized the Jargon of the Aural Ether from the 1920s to the 1980s--A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6086-1. P. 211.
  2. "John Nesbitt To Be Heard Over WFBG". Altoona Tribune. Pennsylvania, Altoona. October 16, 1943. p. 9. Retrieved July 28, 2016 via
  3. Ecksan, K.L. (February 3, 1935). "They Tell Me". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. p. 50. Retrieved July 28, 2016 via
  4. Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 177.
  5. Koehler, Joseph M. (July 31, 1943). "Program Reviews: "The Passing Parade:". Billboard. p. 12. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  6. "John Nesbitt". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 30 July 2016.

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