John Larch

John Larch

Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 16 Oct 2005 (aged 91)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Court of Proverbs, crypt 41647, wall elevation 11
Memorial ID 12096875 · View Source
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Actor. He is remembered for his nearly four-decade career as a prolific American actor of radio, films and hundreds of television episodes. With his rough, yet tall and handsome looks, he easily got roles as judges, detectives, cowboys, and even a priest. At times, he was credited with the name “Harry Larch,” as his given name was John Harold. He was born the son of Jewish-Polish immigrants, Mitchel Aronim and his wife Rose Larch and as a boy, called “Harry” in their home. His voice was deep and strong, and he had a big, bulb nose. During World War II, he served four years and experienced Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome for years. He was a pro-baseball player before starting acting at the age of thirty-nine. In the early 1950s, he was on the radio in the lead on a Sci-fi show “Captain Starr of Space.” While television was still in its infancy, he found roles on the small screen. In the 1950's he appeared on the TV shows of “Waterfront,” “Dragnet,” “You Are There?” “Have Gun, Will Travel, “Zane Grey Theater,” “Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color,” “Bonanza,” and seven episodes of “Gunsmoke” to name a few. He appeared in three episodes of the “Twilight Zone” with the most-known role being the 1953 episode “It A Good Life,” co-starring Don Keefer. He had reoccurring weekly roles on “Arrest and Trial” in 1963 and “Convoy” in 1965. Other guest roles in this decade were three episodes of “Route 66,” ”Wagon Train,” “The Untouchables,” “Rawhide,” “Ben Casey,” three episodes of “Naked City,” “The Fugitive,” and four episodes of “The Virginian.” The 1970s brought him roles on “The FBI.” “Mission Impossible,” “Cannon,” “Medical Center,” “Charlie's Angels,” and “Ironside.” Before retiring, he appeared in the 1980s shows such as “Hawaii Five-O,” “Lou Grant,” and “Vega$.” He had major lead roles in the nighttime soap operas of “Dynasty” and “Dallas.” When not busy on the small screen, he made films for the big screen. He first appeared on the big screen in the 1954 western “Bitter Creek” starring Wild Bill Elliot. During the 1950s, he appeared in about a dozen movies with most being bit parts and some uncredited. In 1962 he appeared in “How the West Was Won;” playing the role of General George S. Patton, he was in the 1963 Disney film “Miracle of the White Stallions;” in 1968 “The Wrecking Crew;” and the next year, “The Great Bank Robbery.” He appeared in only one European-made film, which was the 1970 World War I action movie, “Cannon for Cordoba,” which was filmed in Spain. In 1971 with Clint Eastwood, he was in “Play Misty for Me” and as the chief of police in “Dirty Harry.” He appeared as a priest in the 1979 film “The Amityville Horror,” and his last movie was as a lawyer in the 1982 “Airplane II: The Sequel.” He married actress Vivi Janiss and they performed together as a couple in four different TV shows starting in 1959.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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