Who Was John Hamilton?

Discussion in 'Chatter' started by JohnHamilton, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. JohnHamilton

    JohnHamilton Well-Known Member

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    John Hamilton as Perry White on The Adventures of Superman

    John Hamilton was a character actor who stared in over 300 movies, movie serials and TV series from the 1930s until the 1950s. He best known for role as newspaper editor, Perry White, in the 1950s TV series The Adventures of Superman. He was the best Perry White ever in my opinion, followed by the late Lane Smith who played the role in the Lois and Clark TV series from the 1990s.

    Hamilton was born in 1887 and died in 1958. His father was a trustee for the Pennsylvania State Superintendent of Education. That gave him a leg up in earning college degree at a time when few people went to college. He trained as a teacher at Dickinson College and at the Shippensburg State Teachers College. He passed on an educational careen for the stage. He appeared on Broadway before he moved to Hollywood in 1930.

    Hamilton became known for playing bit part roles in Hollywood productions. He was known for playing prison wardens, police chiefs, judges and politicians who had authoritative pronouncements. Look for him in small roles in films like The Public Enemy with James Cagney and The Maltese Falcon with Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart.

    So why did I pick him for my stage name here?

    His Perry White character on the Superman series was known for honesty and candor. Contrary to what some might say here, that’s the way I approach this board. You know exactly what I think and believe, and if you don’t like it, tough.

    I’m not going to kiss your butt and tell you what you want to hear, but I will back off from saying something that might anger my allies here. Liars and big government socialists really turn me off. I’ve read enough about socialism to know where we will end up if we take that road. Some of the “politic-would-bes” who post here have no idea what they want to impose upon us.
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  2. toughcoins

    toughcoins Well-Known Member

    Oh, I think they know exactly what they want Bill . . . they just don't know what they'd get.

    You know . . . the old checkers vs. chess thing.
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  3. JohnHamilton

    JohnHamilton Well-Known Member

    I must add that Perry White was a old fashioned newspaper man who separated the news from the editorial page, something recent major journalists have not done for years.
  4. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    I had thought that John Hamilton was the US mint director very early on. Oh well. I reckon I need to stop paying attention to my dreams.

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