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 John Lacy Cason

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John Lacy Cason Famous memorial

Birth
Valley View, Comal County, Texas, USA
Death
7 Jul 1961 (aged 42)
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Burial
Armona, Kings County, California, USA
Plot
Section: L, Lot: 45, Plot: 7
Memorial ID
6490524 View Source

Actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the staunch Tiger Johnson in "Ringside" (1949). After being discovered by the comedic team Abbott and Costello while dining in a commisary during a studio tour in Los Angeles, California, they both were so impressed by his blonde good looks, slim physique, and baritone voice, that they arranged for him to begin a career in the film industry starting with him appearing opposite them in a supporting role in "Buck Privates" (1941). From there, he would go on to enjoy a fruitful career as a notable character actor appearing in over 250 features; although, primarily cast as henchmen and villians, he also was synonmous with being depicted as policemen, blue-collared guys, gaurds, boyfriends, cowboys, sherriffs, soldiers, authority figures, city slickers, curmudgens, and policemen. He appeared in such feature films as "Fugitive Valley" (1941), "Valley of the Sun" (1942), "Border Patrol" (1943), "Fuzzy Settles Down" (1944), "Shadows of Death" (1945), "Ghost of Hidden Valley" (1946), "Prarie Raiders" (1947), "Relentless" (1948), "Tough Assingment" (1949), "West of the Bravos" (1950), "Fort Savage Raiders" (1951), "High Noon" (1952), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "Cattle Queen of Montana" (1954), "Treasure of Ruby Hills" (1955), "He Laughed Last" (1956), "Snowfire" (1957), "Screaming Mimi" (1958), "Gunmen from Laredo" (1959), and "Cimarron" (1960). During the advent of televison, he became an even more familar face appearing in various guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "Death Valley Days," "Bat Masterson," "Judge Roy Bean," "The Roy Rogers Show," "Circus Boy," "The Lone Ranger," "Whirlybirds," "Tales of the Texas Rangers," "Tales of Wells Fargo," "Tombstone Territory," "The Man from Blackhawk," "Riverboat," "The Deputy," "Laramie," "Bronco," "Maverick," "The Untouchables," "Sugarfoot," "Cheyenne," and "Wagon Train". During his career, he served in the United States Army during World War II, was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, had been an active parishoner of the Methodist church, was an active member of the Hollywood Democratic Committee, presided as a chairman for his local charters of the American Red Cross and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, was a stuntman for actors Bill Williams and John Payne, was the older brother of fellow actor Chuck Carson, and he was a professional trainor for several major studios. After appearing in what would be his final theatrical appearance per a guest spot in an episode of "Lawman", Cason, who never married nor had any children, died from complications sustained in a car accident.

Actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the staunch Tiger Johnson in "Ringside" (1949). After being discovered by the comedic team Abbott and Costello while dining in a commisary during a studio tour in Los Angeles, California, they both were so impressed by his blonde good looks, slim physique, and baritone voice, that they arranged for him to begin a career in the film industry starting with him appearing opposite them in a supporting role in "Buck Privates" (1941). From there, he would go on to enjoy a fruitful career as a notable character actor appearing in over 250 features; although, primarily cast as henchmen and villians, he also was synonmous with being depicted as policemen, blue-collared guys, gaurds, boyfriends, cowboys, sherriffs, soldiers, authority figures, city slickers, curmudgens, and policemen. He appeared in such feature films as "Fugitive Valley" (1941), "Valley of the Sun" (1942), "Border Patrol" (1943), "Fuzzy Settles Down" (1944), "Shadows of Death" (1945), "Ghost of Hidden Valley" (1946), "Prarie Raiders" (1947), "Relentless" (1948), "Tough Assingment" (1949), "West of the Bravos" (1950), "Fort Savage Raiders" (1951), "High Noon" (1952), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "Cattle Queen of Montana" (1954), "Treasure of Ruby Hills" (1955), "He Laughed Last" (1956), "Snowfire" (1957), "Screaming Mimi" (1958), "Gunmen from Laredo" (1959), and "Cimarron" (1960). During the advent of televison, he became an even more familar face appearing in various guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "Death Valley Days," "Bat Masterson," "Judge Roy Bean," "The Roy Rogers Show," "Circus Boy," "The Lone Ranger," "Whirlybirds," "Tales of the Texas Rangers," "Tales of Wells Fargo," "Tombstone Territory," "The Man from Blackhawk," "Riverboat," "The Deputy," "Laramie," "Bronco," "Maverick," "The Untouchables," "Sugarfoot," "Cheyenne," and "Wagon Train". During his career, he served in the United States Army during World War II, was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, had been an active parishoner of the Methodist church, was an active member of the Hollywood Democratic Committee, presided as a chairman for his local charters of the American Red Cross and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, was a stuntman for actors Bill Williams and John Payne, was the older brother of fellow actor Chuck Carson, and he was a professional trainor for several major studios. After appearing in what would be his final theatrical appearance per a guest spot in an episode of "Lawman", Cason, who never married nor had any children, died from complications sustained in a car accident.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Charles S. Cason
  • Added: 8 Jun 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6490524
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6490524/john-lacy-cason: accessed ), memorial page for John Lacy Cason (30 Jul 1918–7 Jul 1961), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6490524, citing Grangeville Cemetery, Armona, Kings County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.