John Warburton (actor)

John Warburton was a British actor who appeared in numerous Hollywood films in the 1930s to 1960s.

John Warburton
Drogheda, Ireland
Died(1981-10-27)27 October 1981
Alma materOxford University
Years active1932-1978

Born in Drogheda, Ireland,[1] Warburton studied for the ministry at Oxford University and served in the British military beginning in 1916.[2] He came to the United States as a stowaway on a freighter and began acting on stage in New York.[3]

On Broadway, Warburton portrayed Cyril Beverley in Bird in Hand (1930).[4] His film career began with RKO's Secrets of the French Police (1932).[5] His work on television included performing on 35 episodes of Fireside Theater.[6] He also guest starred in television series such as Perry Mason[5] and the Star Trek episode "Balance of Terror".[7]

In 1933, Warburton was in the center of legal trouble in Los Angeles. A grand jury indicted two men for beating and robbing Warburton in revenge for his alleged beating of actress Alice White. She testified that an argument at a party led to Warburton's battery, which resulted in her spending four days in bed to recover.[8]

Among Warburton's five wives were Ruth Selwyn and Lucille Morrison.[6]

He died of cancer in Sherman Oaks, California at age 78.[3]

Selected filmography


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  2. "John Warburton Ready to Start Playhouse Role". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. November 28, 1934. p. 17. Retrieved September 29, 2019 via
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  8. "Alice White Tells Story of Terrific Beating by Actor". The Ottawa Citizen. Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. Associated Press. October 14, 1933. p. 26. Retrieved September 29, 2019 via

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