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 John Hodiak

John Hodiak

Birth
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 19 Oct 1955 (aged 41)
Tarzana, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Main Mausoleum, Block 303, Crypt D-1
Memorial ID 5148 · View Source
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Actor. Sad-eyed leading man of Hollywood films. Born in Pittsburgh of Ukrainian-Polish descent, he was a stock clerk at Detroit's Chevrolet factory when he began his acting career in local radio programs. He signed a contract with MGM in 1942, but his gritty style was not a good fit there and he was frequently loaned out to other studios. Hodiak first gained notice as the leftist sailor Kovac in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Lifeboat" (1944) and followed this with equally fine performances in "A Bell for Adano" (1945) and "Somewhere in the Night" (1946), all made at 20th Century-Fox. Perhaps his best known Metro credit was as Judy Garland's leading man in the musical "The Harvey Girls" (1946). He was most often cast as a tough but sensitive military man, with roles in such films as "Sunday Dinner for a Soldier" (1944), "Command Decision" (1948), "Battleground" (1949), "The Miniver Story" (1950), "Mission Over Korea" (1953), and "On the Threshold of Space" (1956). He also played Lt. Maryk in the original Broadway production of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" (1953). Ironically, in real life Hodiak was excused from military service because of hypertension. He died of a heart attack at 41, while shaving one morning in the house he had built for his parents in Tarzana, California. From 1946 to 1953 he was married to actress Anne Baxter.

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  • Added: 17 Apr 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5148
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Hodiak (16 Apr 1914–19 Oct 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5148, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .