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Overview (4)

Born in Bronxville, New York, USA
Died in Santa Cruz, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameJohn McArthur Hoysradt
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Hoyt was born on October 5, 1905 in Bronxville, New York, USA as John McArthur Hoysradt. He was an actor and writer, known for Spartacus (1960), When Worlds Collide (1951) and Attack of the Puppet People (1958). He was married to Dorothy Marion Oltman and Marion Virginia Burns. He died on September 15, 1991 in Santa Cruz, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Dorothy Marion Oltman (4 September 1961 - 15 September 1991) ( his death)
Marion Virginia Burns (25 April 1935 - 10 March 1960) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (11)

One of a long list of actors and crew who worked on the film The Conqueror (1956) that passed away from cancer some years later, including John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead and Pedro Armendáriz, who was the first to contract cancer and committed suicide rather than face the horror of this.
Had several guest appearances on the situation comedy Hogan's Heroes (1965). He mostly played a high-ranking German Officer in the series, but never the same role twice.
In 1937, he performed (as John Hoysradt) at the prestigious Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. He headlined as the Master of Satire.
He was the television spokesperson in a series of Midas Muffler commercials in the 1960s.
In his early years of performing, he put together a nightclub act doing impressions of famous celebrities. His impersonation of Noël Coward was so good that he was hired for the original Broadway comedy "The Man Who Came to Dinner" in 1939, in which he played Beverley Carlton, a role obviously based on Coward himself.
One of the very few actors to have appeared on both the original Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) series and the original series Battlestar Galactica (1978).
He first performed comedy routines in nightclubs before making his bow on stage in the late 1920s. He made his Broadway debut followed in 1930 with the play "Overture", under his original name John Hoysradt. He was a member of the Mercury Theater from 1937 until called up for military service in 1945. Thin-lipped and silver-haired hard-case or villain of many a 1960s or 1970s television episode.
Attended and graduated from Yale University, where he served on the editorial board of campus humor magazine "The Yale Record".
His last screen role was as the crusty Grandpa Stanley Kanisky on Nell Carter's situation comedy Gimme a Break! (1981).
John Hoyt passed away on September 15, 1991, only three weeks away from what would have been his 86th birthday on October 5.
He was dubbed by Paul Frees in several scenes in Spartacus (1960).

Personal Quotes (2)

(from Starlog magazine, 1986) I like keeping busy. Satan finds work for idle hands.
Well, you have to accept typecasting to a point because it's your daily bread.

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