John Randolph (June 1, 1915 - February 24, 2004) was a prolific Tony Award-winning American film, television and stage actor.
Randolph was born Emanuel Hirsch Cohen in New York City to Jewish immigrants Dorothy Shore, an insurance agent, and Louis Cohen, a hat manufacturer. His step-father was Joseph Lippman, and as a result Randolph was briefly known as Mortimer Lippman during his childhood. In the 1930s he was active in politics as well as acting. He made his Broadway debut in 1938 in Coriolanus. Randolph joined the United States Army Air Force in World War II. He wound up blacklisted by the Hollywood studio bosses in 1955 after he refused to answer questions and claimed the Fifth Amendment before the HUAC relating to the Cold War Communist scare.
Randolph was the last blacklisted actor to regain employment in Hollywood films when director John Frankenheimer cast him in the lead role in Seconds in 1966. Randolph was in the original New York stage productions of The Sound of Music,...
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A Foreign Field (1993) is a motion picture about British and American World War II veterans returning to the beaches of Normandy as old men. It is more a drama than a comedy, although it combines aspects of both. It was directed by Charles Sturridge and featured an ensemble cast of American, Australian, British, and French actors and actresses.
The film was made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and was driven into production by Guinness himself who used his influence with the BBC to make it and with the various famous actors to appear in it.
It has only ever been shown on BBC TV once.
Cyril (McKern) and Waldo (Randolph), who are British and American, respectively, have both returned to France in search of the same woman (Moreau) with whom they each had a rendezvous in 1944 (unknown to the other). Cyril is accompanied by fellow veteran Amos (Guinness), while Waldo has his petty daughter (Chaplin) and her henpecked husband (Herrmann) in tow. The two groups...,
Serpico is a 1973 American crime film based on the true story of New York City policeman Frank Serpico. Serpico eventually went undercover to expose the corruption of his fellow officers, after being pushed to the brink at first by their distrust and later by the threats and intimidation they leveled against him. It stars Al Pacino, John Randolph and Tony Roberts.
The film opens with Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) slumped in the backseat of a police car, covered in blood as it races to a hospital with lights and sirens blaring. He has just been shot. The rest of the movie is essentially a flashback. It follows Serpico as he becomes a police officer in 1960. He is very idealistic and believes in non-brutal methods to catch criminals. Serpico also refuses to join in on police corruption, specifically that which involves shaking down and taking payoffs from gambling and drug dealing organizations. His refusal to take bribes earns him the suspicion of his fellow officers throughout the...
Seconds is a 1966 American film starring Rock Hudson. Characterized sometimes as a science fiction thriller, but with elements of horror, psychedelia and drama, the film was directed by John Frankenheimer with a screenplay by Lewis John Carlino. The script was based on a novel by David Ely.
Arthur Hamilton (played by John Randolph) is a middle-aged man whose life has lost purpose. He is disengaged at his job as a banker, and the love between him and his wife has dwindled. Through a friend whom he thought had died years earlier, Hamilton is approached by a secret organization, known simply as the "Company", which offers wealthy people a second chance at life. The Company, in the person of Mr. Ruby (played by Jeff Corey), interviews Hamilton, and resorts to blackmail to convince Hamilton to sign on, foreshadowing the unfortunate consequences of accepting the Company's assistance.
The Company makes Hamilton appear to have died, by faking an accident with a corpse disguised as him....,
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