John Benjamin Ireland grew up in New York City where his first brush with show biz came as a professional swimmer in an aquatic carnival. He started his acting career on the stage in stock and on Broadway and gravitated to film in the mid-1940s. Though he was often cast as the lead, he is best remembered for his supporting roles. In fact he received a Best Supporting Actor Nomination for his work in All the Kings Men. He also made a lot of very good television programs but the stage was his first love, and he remained active in theatre all his life. Low-budget Italian, action, and horror films kept him working well into the 1980s. John Ireland died of leukemia at age 78.
Features & TV Movies: VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release
A Walk in the Sun (1945) Wake Up and Dream (1946) It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog (1946) Behind Green Lights (1946) Somewhere in the Night (1946) My Darling Clementine (1946) Repeat Performance (narrator, 1947) The Gangster (1947) Railroaded! (1947) A Southern Yankee (1948) Raw Deal (1948) Open Secret (1948) Joan of Arc (1948) I Love Trouble (1948) Red River (1948) The Walking Hills (1949) Roughshod (1949) Mr. Soft Touch (1949) I Shot Jesse James (1949) Anna Lucasta (1949) The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949) All the King’s Men (1949)
The Return of Jesse James (1950) Cargo to Capetown (1950) Vengeance Valley (1951) The Scarf (1951) Red Mountain (1951) Little Big Horn (1951) The Basketball Fix (1951) The Bushwhackers (1952) Hurricane Smith (1952) Outlaw Territory (1953) Combat Squad (1953) The 49th Man (1953) The Steel Cage (1954) Southwest Passage (1954) Security Risk (1954) The Fast and the Furious (1954) The Good Die Young (1954) Queen Bee (1955) Hell’s Horizon (1955) The Glass Cage (1955) The Gunslinger (1956) Stormy Crossing (1957) Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) Party Girl (1958) No Place to Land (1959) No Time to Kill (1959)
Spartacus (1960) Faces in the Dark (1960) Return of a Stranger (1961) Wild in the Country (1961) Brushfire (1962) The Ceremony (1963) 55 Days at Peking (1963) The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) Day of the Nightmare (1965) I Saw What You Did (1965) Huyendo del halcón (1966) Tutto per tutto (1967) Odio por odio (aka Hate for Hate, 1967) Fort Utah (1967) Dalle Ardenne all’inferno (aka Dirty Heroes, 1967) Caxumbu (1967) Vendetta per vendetta (1968) Quel caldo maledetoo giorno di fuoco (1968) Una pistola per cento bare (1968) Fidarsi è bene, sparare è meglio (1968) El Che Guevara (1968) Corri, uomo, corri (1968) Arizona Bushwhackers (1968) Zenabel (1969) Una sull’altra (1969) T’ammazzo! – Raccomandati a Dio (1969) Femmine insaziabili (1969)
La Sfida dei MacKenna (1970) The Adventurers (1970) Lo Strangolatore di Vienna (1971) Northeast of Seoul (1972) Escape to the Sun (1972) Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974) The House of Seven Corpses (1974) The Phantom of Hollywood (TV-1974) The Girl on the Late, Late Show (TV-1974) The Swiss Conspiracy (1975) Noi non siamo angeli (1975) Farewell, My Lovely (1975) Dieci bianchi uccisi da un piccolo indiano (1975) Quel pomeriggio maledetto (1976) Il letto in piazza (1976) Salon Kitty (1976) Verano sangriento (1977) Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977) Ransom (1977) Delta Fox (1977) Love and the Midnight Auto Supply (1978) Tomorrow Never Comes (1978) The Millionaire (TV-1978) The Shape of Things to Come (1979) On the Air Live with Captain Midnight (1979) Crossbar (TV-1979)
Tourist (TV-1980) Guyana: The Crime of the Century (1980) The Courage of Kavik, The Wolf Dog (TV-1980) Marilyn: The Untold Story (TV-1980) The Incubus (1981) Martin’s Day (1984) The Treasure of the Amazon (1985) Thunder Run (1985) Miami Golem (1985) Seasons in the Sun (TV-1986) Terror Night (1987) Messenger of Death (1988) Bonanza: The Next Generation (TV-1988) Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake (TV-1988) Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)
Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992).
TV Series – Cast: The Cheaters (1961) Rawhide (1965-1966) Cassie & Co. (1982)