Actor John Craven

John Craven (June 22, 1916 – November 24, 1995) was an American actor in films and plays and on TV.

Craven was born on June 22, 1916, in New York City. He was a third-generation actor, following in the profession of his father, Frank Craven, and his grandfather, John T. Craven. His mother, Mary Blythe, was an actress prior to marriage.

Craven originated the role of George Gibbs in the original stage version of Our Town, in which his father played the stage manager. Craven was overlooked in the movie version, however, with the part going to the then-unknown William Holden. Other Broadway shows in which Craven appeared included They Knew What They Wanted (1949), Spring Again (1941), Village Green (1941), Delicate Story (1940), Two On An Island (1940), Aries Is Rising (1939), and The Happiest Days (1939).

Craven was stationed in Naples during World War II and put on shows for the USO.

Though born in New York City, he attended Beverly Hills High School, in the early 1930s. His stage family had a long history of alternating generations of men named John with subsequent generations of men named Frank.

On November 24, 1995, Craven died at his home in Salt Point, New York.


  • Over the Goal (1937)
  • The Human Comedy (1943)
  • Dr. Gillespie’s Criminal Case (1943)
  • Someone to Remember (1943)
  • Year Title Role Notes
    1943 For God and Country Danny Brewer Short
    1944 The Purple Heart Sgt. Martin Stoner
    1944 Meet the People John Swanson
    1944 In the Meantime, Darling Sleeping Soldier Uncredited
    1946 Flight to Nowhere Claude Forrest
    1946 Swell Guy Mike O’Connor
    1953 Count the Hours! George Braden
    1954 Security Risk Dr. Lanson
    1955 The Green Mountain Boys Remeber Baker TV movie
    1955 Battle Stations Cmdr. James Matthews
    1956 Navy Wife Dr. Carter
    1956 Hold Back the Night Maj. Bob MacKay
    1956 Friendly Persuasion Band Leader Uncredited
    1958 Revolt in the Big House Guard Uncredited
    1960 Ocean’s 11 Cashier Uncredited
    1960 Let’s Make Love Comstock Uncredited
    1964 The Brass Bottle 2nd Psychiatrist Uncredited
    1970 The Wild Scene Morton

    Selected Television

    Year Title Role Notes
    1956 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Harry Drew / Dolan Episode “One of Jesse’s Gang”
    1960 Wanted Dead or Alive Zack Dawson Season 3, Episode 9 “Criss-Cross”

    External Links

    Actor John Craven – Wikipedia

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