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John Carradine

John Carradine, 1973

A headshot of actor John Carradine

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Carradine (1906-1988) was the third and final star performer brought in by Summer Theatre.  He acted in the role of Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons in 1973.  This drama was one of the few non-musical plays that had been performed by Summer Theatre to that time, and helped lead to a regular presence for such shows in each season.

John Carradine as Thomas More in "A Man for All Seasons," 1973

John Carradine as Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons, 1973

 

 

 

 

Carradine had an enormous amount of experience both on the stage and the silver screen; his movie roles stretched from 1930 to his death in 1980.  He was known for his performances in such classic films as Stagecoach (1939), as courtly Southern gambler Hatfield, and in The Grapes of Wrath (1940) as Casy the Preacher.  He was a versatile actor who played a wide range of roles in multiple film genres.

Carradine's name remains familiar today in part because of his descendants.  Sons Robert, David, and Keith Carradine all became well-known as actors, and Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton are his granddaughters.