John Qualen

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Birthday
8, 1899
Birthplace
Vancouver, Canada
Death Date
Sep 12, 1987 (87)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
8, 1899
Birthplace
Vancouver, Canada
Death Date
Sep 12, 1987 (87)

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Canadian-born actor who became a popular character actor, playing Norwegians, Swedes and other Scandinavians in 1930's films. After appearing in John Ford's 1931 film, Arrowsmith, he joined the director's stock company, appearing in major supporting roles in the Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

Before Fame

He won a scholarship to Northwestern University, which in turn led him to Broadway, where he made his breakthrough role as a Swedish janitor.

Trivia

He played Muley in the 1940 film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath.

Family Life

He was born Johan Kvalen in Vancouver, British Columbia. His father was a Norwegian immigrant who changed the family name to Qualen.

Associated With

He adopted a Midwestern accent in Howard Hawks' comedy film, His Girl Friday.

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