John Davidson

Biography

John Hamilton Davidson, Sr. (born December 13, 1941) is an American singer, actor and game show host known for hosting That's Incredible!, Time Machine, and Hollywood Squares in the 1980s, and a revival of The $100,000 Pyramid in 1990. Davidson was born to two Baptist ministers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] His boyish good looks, broad smile and telegenic charm gained him entry to such TV venues as sitcoms, game shows, variety shows and talk shows. He is perhaps best known for hosting 1980-84's "That's Incredible", a human interest/ stunt-themed series created in the tradition of, "You Asked For It". Davidson made his Broadway debut in the 1964 production of Foxy, which starred Bert Lahr. He also appeared in State Fair in 1996. He was a member of the regular repertory company on the short-lived CBS variety show The Entertainers (1964-65). He made more than one hundred appearances on the original Hollywood Squares during its 1966-1981 run. He was a regular player on many anthology and variety series of the 1970s-80s, including such shows as "Ed Sullivan", "The Bobby Goldsboro Show", "Love American Style", "The Mike Douglas Show", "Love Boat", "Fantasy Island", and "Spenser for Hire". In the late 1970s, the actor became one of four regurlar guest hosts (along with Joey Bishop, McLean Stevenson and Joan Rivers) on the "Tonight Show". The performer hosted his own talk show, produced by Westinghouse Broadcasting/Group W which aired daily in syndication (either 60 or 90 minutes in length) from 1980 to 1982. Davidson also hosted, "The 100,000 Pyramid" and a new version of "Hollywood Squares" for three years each. "Hollywood Squares" featured Jim J. Bullock as the upper left square and sometimes as center square. Davidson has recorded twelve albums and performed in various musicals. He acted in many movies including The Happiest Millionaire; The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band; Coffee, Tea or Me; The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders II; Airport '79; and Edward Scissorhands, as well as the sitcom The Girl with Something Extra with Sally Field. John was also a featured guest on several of the Carpenters' TV specials. He was the scheduled headline act at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, the night the structure burned down, killing 165 persons, on May 28, 1977. He was not injured and later participated in a charity concert to raise funds for the families of fire victims. Davidson has appeared in recent productions of "Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum", "Kismet, "State Fair", "Man of La Mancha", & "Chicago" at the Surflight Theatre in Long Beach Island, NJ. He is also performing in his own "Father/Son and Holy Ghost" musical there in mid-late 2008. Davidson is - ironically - one of the most popular musical performers never to appear on Billboard's "Hot 100" (Pop) chart. He has, however, placed several singles on their "Adult Contemporary" survey.

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The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

Joe Carder

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Murder in Trinidad

Gookol Moah

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King of the Royal Mounted

Shelton [Chs 4, 5]

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Behind the Green Lights

Beasley

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A Stranger in My Arms

Bit Role (uncredited)

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Katie Did It

Minor Role (uncredited)

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The Thirteenth Chair

Edward Wales

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You're My Everything

Headwaiter (uncredited)

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Bermuda Mystery

Superintendent (uncredited)

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Oh, You Beautiful Doll

Davis - Steiner's Secretary (uncredited)

Starring In
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Ned Kelly

Glenrowan Policeman

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Detroit Red Wings - A Celebration of Champions (NHL Original Six Series)

Himself

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Killing Hitler

Self - Security Specialist

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Edward Scissorhands

Host-TV

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The Squeeze

Honest Tom T. Murray

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The Concorde ... Airport '79

Robert Palmer

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The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

Joe Carder

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The Happiest Millionaire

Angie Duke

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A Gathering of Eagles

Hadley - S.A.C. Observer (uncredited)

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A Stranger in My Arms

Bit Role (uncredited)

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Around the World in 80 Days

Extra (uncredited)

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Prince Valiant

Patriarch (uncredited)

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Thunder in the East

Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

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Der Tag der Vergeltung

Townsman (uncredited)

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People Will Talk

Faculty Board Member (uncredited)

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Golden Girl

Croupier (uncredited)

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Katie Did It

Minor Role (uncredited)

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A Letter to Three Wives

John, First Waiter (uncredited)

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You're My Everything

Headwaiter (uncredited)

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Oh, You Beautiful Doll

Davis - Steiner's Secretary (uncredited)

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The Luck of the Irish

Reporter (uncredited)

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One Touch of Venus

Customer (uncredited)

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The Iron Curtain

Secretary to the Minister of Justice (uncredited)

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Daisy Kenyon

Mervyn, O'Mara's Butler (uncredited)

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The Razor's Edge

Banker (uncredited)

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Shock

Mr. Edwards (uncredited)

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Where Do We Go from Here?

Gen. Benedict Arnold (uncredited)

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Bermuda Mystery

Superintendent (uncredited)

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Captain America The Serial

Gruber

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Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat

Carl Karzoff/Kurt Karzoff

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Wilson

Princeton Team Doctor (uncredited)

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Adventures of Captain Marvel

Tal Chotali

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Niagara Falls / Dear Deer

Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

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The Great Dictator

Hospital Superintendent (uncredited)

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The Devil Bat

Prof. Percival Garland Raines

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King of the Royal Mounted

Shelton [Chs 4, 5]

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Saps at Sea and 'Music' Shorts

Undetermined Role (uncredited)

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Turnabout

Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

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Mr. Moto's Last Warning

Hakin

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Miracles for Sale

Weird Voice (voice) (uncredited)

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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation

Prince Suleid

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Arrest Bulldog Drummond

Gumba, the bird seller (uncredited)

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Confession

Actor (uncredited)

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Mummy's Boys

Cafe Manager in Cairo (uncredited)

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Death From a Distance

Ahmad Haidru

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A Tale of Two Cities

Morveau

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Behind the Green Lights

Beasley

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A Shot in the Dark

Prof. Brand

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Reckless

Sid - Mona's Lawyer (uncredited)

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The Last Days of Pompeii

Phoebus, Runaway Slave

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Charlie Chan in Egypt

Chemist Daoud Atrash

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The Scarlet Empress

Marquis de la Chetardie (uncredited)

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Murder in Trinidad

Gookol Moah

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Viva Villa!

Gen. Lopez (uncredited)

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Stand Up and Cheer!

'Blue Nose Hour' Radio Announcer

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The Moonstone

Yandoo

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Dinner at Eight

Mr. Hatfield (assistant hotel manager)

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Oliver Twist

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Jewel Robbery

Robbery Accomplice (uncredited)

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Grand Hotel

Hotel Manager (uncredited)

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Blondie of the Follies

Party Guest (uncredited)

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The Thirteenth Chair

Edward Wales

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