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John Beal was an American character actor who appeared in over 200 films and television shows during his career, which spanned several decades. He was born on March 25, 1910, in Joplin, Missouri, and began his acting career on the stage before transitioning to film in the 1930s.
John Beal began his acting career in the 1934 RKO film The Little Minister with Katharine Hepburn. He worked USAAF camp shows and training films during WWII.
Beal was a versatile actor who played a wide range of characters, from heroic leads to villainous supporting roles. He appeared in a number of high-profile films, including "King Kong" (1933), "The Kid from Texas" (1939), "The Sea Wolf" (1941), and "The Magnificent Seven" (1960). He also had a long and successful career in television, appearing in popular shows such as "Perry Mason," "The Twilight Zone," and "The Wild Wild West."
Throughout his career, Beal was known for his distinctive voice and his ability to bring depth and nuance to even the smallest of roles. He continued to work in films and television until his death on November 20, 1998, in Los Angeles, California.
|01/27/1974||0022||Time and Again||A clockmaker comes across a mysterious clock that can give him an additional hour every day. All it needs is a little blood in return.|
|10/14/1974||0160||A Scaffold for Two||After his plane crashes in a secluded island, a lawyer learns that the locals employ their own judicial code. He is forced to take part in their farce of a system that ignores legal conventions.|
|12/29/1975||0404||The Memory Killers||In order for the company to survive, an advertising executive works hard to land a major account. However, he is haunted by ghosts from the past who revealed a disturbing tale-- that the head of their corporation is the same Nazi prison guard that tortured them to death.|
|04/04/1977||0628||So Shall Ye Reap||In the 1850’s, a small town in New Mexico becomes afflicted with a strange curse that affects only women and children. In a desperate bid to find a cure, the town’s mayor discovers an unspeakable horror from his past.
|04/11/1977||0632||The Meteorite||When a meteorite crashes into a farm field, it is immediately claimed by a local college professor. However, upon closer examination it becomes apparent that there is more to the meteor than what it seems. The professor soon learns that the rock is actually an alien spacecraft, complete with alien pilot inside it!
|06/01/1978||0843||The Silent Woman||A woman goes into a silence for 27 years after being forced into a marriage against her wishes.|
|06/06/1978||0846||Miracle in Sharon City||An industrious mayor becomes a hero when he manages to get a leading chemical company to set up a manufacturing unit in his small town. But an encounter with an ex-chemist at the company reveals facts about the product(s) that leaves him having serious doubts.|
|06/12/1978||0849||Alias Mr. Aladdin||A scheming woman and her incapable paramour repeatedly attempt to find out her deceased husband's money stash as his best friend tries to impede them.|
|07/11/1978||0862||Guardian Angel||A rising entrepreneur falls in love with a young woman who says she has been reborn and that she can communicate with animals. When she is sent off to an asylum, he tries to throw away everything else so he can live with her.|
|08/18/1978||0881||Our Own Jailer||A malcontent businessman ends up in the magical city of Xanadu where he is permitted to follow his passions. But did he kill someone to reach there? A young attorney investigates.|
|09/13/1978||0892||High Caqueta||The mysterious disappearance of their only girl in a regular mountain climbing trip forces a couple to attempt a search and rescue mission in the Andes Mountains. But their guide seems to know a secret about the mountain he is not telling them know.|
|11/10/1978||0916||A Better Mousetrap||In order to secure an air-tight alibi, a man stages his own kidnapping to escape being investigated for the murder of his wealthy wife.|
|11/27/1978||0923||Alien Presences||Witnessing the crash of an unidentified flying object, an elderly couple head to the location and find a bay amidst the wreckage. As the child grows older, he longs to return to his own planet and people.|
|12/20/1978||0933||It Has to Be True||When his gun and clothes are found in the apartment of the deceased, a traveling salesman is imprisoned for the death of a woman he has never met. He pleads innocence but the evidence against him is overwhelming.|
|01/17/1979||0946||The Wandering Wind||After moving into their new home, a husband makes an attempt to remedy the dilapidated state of their abode. However, his shy and timid wife adamantly refuses, preferring to leave their ramshackle house as it is. As time passes, he desires to be free of his timorous ways and become more sociable while his wife stagnates in isolation.|
|03/21/1979||0964||Masks||When a retired Hollywood producer is relieved of a precious cigarette case during a train ride, his quest to reclaim the stolen item plunges him into danger.|
|04/04/1979||0968||The Believers||When a nosy neighbor becomes curious about the strange incidents that go on at the house next door, she sends her son over to investigate. He soon discovers a parallel universe within its walls and solves the mystery.|
|05/28/1979||0983||The Outsider||After missing his train stop, a man finds himself in a cursed town stuck in 1949; and the townsfolk see him as the messiah who will set them free.|
|06/25/1979||0991||Mission From Zython||When an unidentified flying object makes a sudden landing in a field nearby a military base; a father and son take several photos. Before long, they are visited by an alien being commanding that they release the pictures into his custody.|
|07/02/1979||0993||The Rivalry||The murder of a lounge singer with international connections becomes the main case of a Washington D.C. detective. However, as the case progresses, it seems that a former felon with a penchant for detective work is constantly one step ahead of him.|
|07/18/1979||0998||The Case of the Forced Divorce||In a battle for the custody of their young son, a British woman enlists the aid of a gentleman con man and an American police investigator to outwit the husband who is badgering her for a divorce.|
|10/10/1979||1020||At the End of the Passage||After finally succumbing to the humidity in India, a British military officer begins to abuse his servants. He resorts to substance abuse to alleviate his madness.|
|11/26/1979||1033||Strange New Tomorrow||After the second Hundred Years War, a scientist and his wife are ordered by a covert agency to create a humanoid robot that can survive a land ravaged by nuclear fallout.|
|01/23/1980||1053||The Forty-Four||The local sheriff has been in love with a wealthy landowner for the longest time. When she confesses to the murder of her cousin over a dispute on the ownership of a certain property, ballistics reports on the weapon come back negative and he must find the true perpetrator of the crime in order to save her.|
|02/11/1980||1058||Talk to Me||In order to ease his loneliness, an elderly man makes an anonymous tip to a crime hot line just to have someone to talk to. When his actions end up setting an innocent youngster to take the fall for a murder, he must find a way to set him free.|
|06/23/1980||1096||Life Blood||In this tale of revenge and deception, an embittered scientist creates a life-like robot whose sole purpose is to destroy the life of his old rival.|
|09/03/1980||1115||Leave Well Enough Alone||A marital counseling session with a couple he is acquainted with gives birth to the greatest story ever written by talented French novelist, Guy de Maupassant.|
|09/29/1980||1122||The Ruby Lamp||When a college professor creates a device capable of capturing a person's thoughts on film, he uses it to help a friend whose wife suffers from severe melancholia over the death of her children. The woman desires to know what became of her stillborn twins and the experiment all too capably supplies her with the answer.|
|01/29/1981||1153||The Vanishing Herd||Sherlock Holmes takes on the case of a wealthy aristocrat whose son mysteriously disappeared from a prestigious boarding school. In order to solve the case, he must quickly search for clues beneath the tracks of moving cattle before they are stomped cleanly away.|
|02/27/1981||1165||Love Me, Don't Leave Me||Still head-over-heels in love even after forty-five years of marriage, an old couple vow to stay together forever. Their love is tested when his wife's terrible secret threatens to surface.|
|04/08/1981||1182||The Doll||The death of their beloved sister cuts deep into the psyche of her brothers and causes the twins to break their psychic connection.|
|07/10/1981||1219||A Man of Honor||On the verge of finally attaining his life-long dream, a college professor is struck by an unusual malady and melancholia before receiving his book award. He must set out to discover the secrets he has hidden in his subconscious.|
|11/16/1981||1260||Death Will Not Silence Me||A recounting of the tragic life of former First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln as she struggled with the loss of her husband and two young sons; as well as the devils that plagued her.|