John Hodiak - biography

Actor from United States of America

John Hodiak John Hodiak (April 16, 1914 – October 19, 1955) was an American actor who worked in radio and film. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Walter Hodiak (October 25, 1888 – August 21, 1962) and Anna Pogorzelec (February 28, 1888 – October 17, 1971). He was of Ukrainian and Polish descent. He grew up in Hamtramck, Michigan. Hodiak had his first theatrical experience at age eleven, acting in Ukrainian and Russian plays at the Ukrainian Catholic Church. From the moment he first appeared on the stage, he resolved to become an actor. He was not even swayed when as a third baseman on his local high school baseball team, he was offered a contract with a St. Louis Cardinals farm club. He turned the offer down. When Hodiak first tried out for a radio acting job, he was turned down because of his accent. He became a caddy at a Detroit golf course, then worked at a Chevrolet automobile factory – and practiced his diction. When he conquered the diction hurdle, he became a radio actor and moved to Chicago. There he created the role of the comic strip character Li'l Abner on radio. After a short stint in the Army, he arrived in Hollywood in 1942 and signed a motion picture contract  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1914-04-16
Place of birth
Pittsburgh
Nationality
United States of America
Parents
Walter Hodiak, Anna Pogorzelec
Spouse(s)
Anne Baxter
Children
Katrina Hodiak
Profession
Actor

Performances

Year Performance Character
1956 On the Threshold of Space
1955 Trial
1954 Dragonfly Squadron
1952 The Sellout Charles 'Chick' Johnson
1951 Across the Wide Missouri
1950 Ambush
1950 The Miniver Story
1949 Malaya
1949 Battleground Jarvess
1948 Homecoming
1948 Command Decision Colonel Edward Rayton Martin
1947 The Arnelo Affair Tony Arnelo
1947 Desert Fury Eddie Bendix
1946 Two Smart People
1945 A Bell for Adano
1944 Sunday Dinner for a Soldier
1944 Marriage Is a Private Affair Lt. Tom Cochrane West
1943 A Stranger in Town

Death

Date of death
1955-10-19
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction
Place of death
Tarzana
Place of burial
Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles

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