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John Emery
American actor

John Emery

John Emery
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Intro American actor
Was Screenwriter Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor Radio personality
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 20 May 1905, New York City, USA
Death 16 November 1964, New York City, USA (aged 59 years)
Star sign Taurus
Spouse: Tallulah BankheadTamara Geva
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John Emery (May 20, 1905 – November 16, 1964) was an American stage, film, radio and television actor.

Early years

Born in New York City, Emery was the son of stage actors Edward Emery (c. 1861 – 1938) and Isabel Waldron (1871–1950). He was educated at Long Island's La Salle Military Academy.


Through the late 1930s to the early 1960s he appeared in supporting roles in many Hollywood films, beginning with James Whale's The Road Back (1937) and ranging from Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound to Rocketship X-M.


Katharine Cornell, Robert Flemyng and John Emery in a revival of W. Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife (1953)

Emery appeared on Broadway in John Brown (1934), Romeo and Juliet (1934-1935), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1935), Flowers of the Forest (1935), Parnell (1935-1936), Alice Takat (1936), Sweet Aloes (1936), Hamlet (1936-1937), Antony and Cleopatra (1937), Save Me the Waltz (1938), The Unconquered (1940), Liliom (1940), Retreat to Pleasure (1940-1941), Angel Street (1941-1944), Peepshow (1944), The Relapse (1950), The Royal Family (1951), The Constant Wife (1951-1952), Anastasia (1954-1955), Hotel Paradiso (1957), and Rape of the Belt (1960).

Peepshow was the first production in which Emery and his second wife, Tamara Geva, appeared together.

Television and radio

Emery was also known for his television work, appearing on programs like I Love Lucy and Have Gun Will Travel. In 1946 he starred in a radio program as detective Philo Vance.

Personal life

Emery married Patricia Calvert in 1926, ending in divorce in 1929, before his film career. He married Tallulah Bankhead on August 31, 1937 in Jasper, Alabama (her only marriage), divorcing on June 13, 1941 in Reno, Nevada. The two remained friendly after their marriage. In 1942, Emery married dancer Tamara Geva, divorcing in 1963. Emery had started a long-term relationship with actress Joan Bennett in 1961, who cared for him through his final illness and death in 1964.

Due to their resemblance, Emery often was rumoured to be the illegitimate child of John Barrymore. As a child, Emery roomed for a while with Barrymore and his first wife, Katherine Corri.


Emery died on November 16, 1964 in New York City, aged 59.

Selected filmography

  • The Road Back (1937) - Captain Von Hagen
  • Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) - Tony Abbott
  • The Corsican Brothers (1941) - Tomasso
  • Two Yanks in Trinidad (1942) - Chicago Hagen
  • Ship Ahoy (1942) - Dr. Farno
  • Eyes in the Night (1942) - Paul Gerente
  • George Washington Slept Here (1942) - Clayton Evans
  • Assignment in Brittany (1943) - Capt. Deichgraber
  • Mademoiselle Fifi (1944) - Jean Cornudet
  • Blood on the Sun (1945) - Premier Giichi Tanaka
  • The Spanish Main (1945) - Capt. Mario Du Billar
  • Spellbound (1945) - Dr. Fleurot
  • The Voice of the Turtle (1947) - George Harrington
  • Let's Live Again (1948) - Larry Blake
  • The Woman in White (1948) - Sir Percival Glyde
  • The Gay Intruders (1948) - John Newberry
  • Joan of Arc (1948) - Jean, Duke d'Alençon, cousin of Charles VII
  • Dakota Lil (1950) - Vincent
  • Rocketship X-M (1950) - Dr. Karl Eckstrom
  • Frenchie (1950) - Clyde Gorman
  • Double Crossbones (1951) - Gov. Elden
  • Joe Palooka in Triple Cross (1951) - 'Professor'
  • The Mad Magician (1954) - The Great Rinaldi
  • A Lawless Street (1955) - Cody Clark
  • Forever, Darling (1956) - Dr. Edward R. Winter
  • The Girl Can't Help It (1956) - Wheeler
  • Kronos (1957) - Dr. Hubbell Eliot
  • Ten North Frederick (1958) - Paul Donaldson
  • Youngblood Hawke (1964) - Georges Peydal (final film role)
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