Theodore St. John

Theodore St John (1906-1956) was an American writer, actor and director of films, radio and theatre. In 1953 he won a Best Motion Picture Story Oscar for 1952's The Greatest Show on Earth.

He served in the army from 1942 to 1946. He died in 1956 of self-inflicted stab wounds.[1][2]

Select Credits


  1. Special to The New York Times. (1956, Jan 10). ACTOR-WRITER ENDS LIFE IN A HOSPITAL. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  2. AUTHOR ENDS LIFE; WON 1953 ACADEMY AWARD FOR MOVIE. (1956, Jan 10). Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) Retrieved from
  3. BROOKS, B. J. (1927, Jan 11). Ghosts," modern style. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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