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John Litel

Personal information
Birth nameJohn Beach Litel
Birth dateDecember 30, 1892
Place of birthAlbany, Wisconsin, United States
Date of deathFebruary 3, 1972(age 79)
Death placeWoodland Hills, California, United States
SpouseRuth Pichens (1920-1955) (her death)
Beatrice West (1955-1972) (his death)

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John Litel (December 30, 1892 February 3, 1972) was an American film actor.

During World War I, Litel enlisted in the French Army and was twice decorated for bravery. Back in the U.S. after the war, Litel enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began his stage career. In 1929, he started appearing in films. Part of the "Warner Bros. Stock Company" beginning in the 1930s, he appeared in dozens of Warner Bros. films. He usually played supporting roles such as hard-nosed cops, district attorneys and the like. He appeared in over 200 films, including Declaration of Independence (1938), They Drive by Night (1940), Knute Rockne, All American (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), The Guilty (1947), Pitfall (1948), Two Dollar Bettor (1951), Scaramouche (1952), and his final film role in Nevada Smith (1966).

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