John Alderson (actor)

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John Alderson
John Alderson in Medic (Mercy Wears on Apron).jpg
Alderson in a shot from the 1955 series Medic
John Bramwell Alderson

(1916-04-10)10 April 1916
Died 4 August 2006(2006-08-04) (aged 90)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1951-1990
Television Boots and Saddles
L-R: John Alderson, Errol Flynn and Phil Tully in Against All Flags (1952)

John Bramwell Alderson (10 April 1916 – 4 August 2006) was an English actor noted for playing the lead in the 1957-58 syndicated western television series, Boots and Saddles, which ran for thirty-eight episodes in a single season, and many supporting roles in films in a career spanning almost forty years, from 1951 to 1990.

Alderson was cast as the rugged trail guide Hugh Glass, an historical figure, in the 1966 episode "Hugh Glass Meets the Bear" of the syndicated series, Death Valley Days. Others in the episode were Morgan Woodward as Thomas Fitzpatrick, Victor French as Louis Baptiste and Tris Coffin.[1]


Alderson was born to a mining family in the village of Horden, County Durham, England. After a brief teenage career at the colliery he opted to instead join an artillery regiment of the British Army, rising to the rank of Major. Upon leaving the services he married a United States citizen and immigrated to the US, where he began his acting career.[2][3]



Year Title Role
1957 Don't Go Near the Water
1959 No Name on the Bullet
1961 Romanoff and Juliet
1964 My Fair Lady
1965 The War Lord
1966 I Deal in Danger
1967 Double Trouble
1968 Hellfighters
1970 The Molly Maguires
1972 Top of the Heap
1972 Top of the Heap
1974 The Klansman
1974 Blazing Saddles uncredited as the gum-chewing bandit
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
1977 Candleshoe
1978 The Cat from Outer Space
1978 The Wild Geese
1986 The American Way

Selected television appearances

In 1966, the first four episodes of Blue Light were edited together to create the theatrical film I Deal in Danger. Alderson's Blue Light appearance was included in the film.


  1. ^ "Hugh Glass Meets the Bear on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. March 24, 1966. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Sunderland Echo
  3. ^ Northern Echo

External links

  • John Alderson on IMDb
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