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John Alderson (actor)

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For the similar sounding English actor, see John Alderton
John Alderson
John Alderson in Medic (Mercy Wears on Apron).jpg
Alderson in a shot from the 1955 series Medic
John Bramwell Alderson

(1916-04-10)10 April 1916
Died4 August 2006(2006-08-04) (aged 90)
Years active1951-1990
TelevisionBoots and Saddles
L-R: John Alderson, Errol Flynn and Phil Tully in Against All Flags (1952)
L-R: John Alderson, Errol Flynn and Phil Tully in Against All Flags (1952)

John Bramwell Alderson (10 April 1916 – 4 August 2006) was an English actor noted for playing the lead in the 1957-58 syndicated western television series, Boots and Saddles, which ran for thirty-eight episodes in a single season, and many supporting roles in films in a career spanning almost forty years, from 1951 to 1990.

Alderson was cast as the rugged trail guide Hugh Glass, an historical figure, in the 1966 episode "Hugh Glass Meets the Bear" of the syndicated series, Death Valley Days. Others in the episode were Morgan Woodward as Thomas Fitzpatrick, Victor French as Louis Baptiste and Tris Coffin.[1]


Alderson was born to a mining family in the village of Horden, County Durham, England. After a brief teenage career at the colliery he opted to instead join the Royal Artillery, rising to the rank of Major. Upon leaving the services he married a United States citizen and immigrated to the US, where he began his acting career.[2][3]



Year Title Role Notes
1951 The Highwayman British Soldier Uncredited
1951 The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel German Sergeant / Hospital Staffer Uncredited
1952 Plymouth Adventure Salterne Uncredited
1952 Against All Flags Jonathan Harris
1953 The Desert Rats Corporal Uncredited
1953 Julius Caesar Citizen of Rome Uncredited
1953 South Sea Woman Fitzroy - Baritone
1954 Knock on Wood English Bobby Uncredited
1954 Casanova's Big Night Outside Guard Uncredited
1954 Living It Up Yankee Catcher Uncredited
1954 King Richard and the Crusaders Mob Leader Uncredited
1955 Violent Saturday Amish Farmer on Train Uncredited
1955 Moonfleet Greening
1955 The Scarlet Coat Mr. Durkin
1955 To Catch a Thief Detective at the Costume Ball Uncredited
1955 Target Zero Cpl. Devon Enoch
1957 Spoilers of the Forest Big Jack Milna
1957 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend Clyde Walters
1957 Something of Value Policeman Uncredited
1957 The Last Stagecoach West Angus MacKendrick
1957 Don't Go Near the Water Lt. Cmdr. Diplock
1958 The Young Lions Cpl. Kraus Uncredited
1958 Wolf Larsen Johnson
1959 No Name on the Bullet Chaffee
1960 The Barbarians Carthaginean Officer
1961 Romanoff and Juliet Randle Wix
1963 The Hook Crewman Svenson
1963 Donovan's Reef Officer Uncredited
1963 Cleopatra Roman Officer Uncredited
1964 My Fair Lady Jamie - Doolittle's crony Uncredited
1965 Strange Bedfellows Truck Driver Uncredited
1965 The War Lord Holbracht
1966 I Deal in Danger Gorleck
1967 Double Trouble Iceman
1968 Hellfighters Jim Hatch
1970 The Molly Maguires Jenkins
1970 You Can't Win 'Em All U.S. Army Major
1971 The Deserter O'Toole
1972 Top of the Heap Captain Walsh
1972 Fear Is the Key Tanner Uncredited
1974 Blazing Saddles Gum Chewer Uncredited
1974 The Klansman Vernon Hodo
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Trent
1977 Valentino Cop
1977 Candleshoe Jenkins
1978 The Cat from Outer Space Mr. Smith
1978 The Wild Geese Randy
1979 Sunnyside Jack Flynn
1981 Ragtime Waldo's Aide No. 1
1982 Evil Under the Sun Police Sergeant
1986 The American Way Col. Sanders
1987 The Beiderbecke Tapes Tracy
1990 Young Guns II Guano Miner (final film role)

Selected television appearances

In 1966, the first four episodes of Blue Light were edited together to create the theatrical film I Deal in Danger. Alderson's Blue Light appearance was included in the film.


  1. ^ "Hugh Glass Meets the Bear on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. March 24, 1966. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Sunderland Echo
  3. ^ Northern Echo

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