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Cause of death  heart attack
Role  Actor
Name  John Dall
Years active  1941-1965
Occupation  Actor

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Full Name  John Dall Thompson
Born  May 26, 1920 (1920-05-26) New York City, New York, U.S.
Died  January 15, 1971, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Parents  Charles Jenner Thompson, Henry Worthington
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Movies  Rope, Gun Crazy, Spartacus, Atlantis - the Lost Continent, The Corn Is Green
Similar People  Farley Granger, Joseph H Lewis, George Pal, Irving Rapper, Felix E Feist

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John Dall (May 26, 1920 – January 15, 1971) was an American actor.

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Primarily a stage actor, he is best remembered today for two film roles: the cool-minded intellectual killer in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948), and the trigger-happy lead in the 1950 noir Gun Crazy. He also had a substantial role in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960). He first came to fame as the young prodigy who comes alive under the tutelage of Bette Davis in The Corn Is Green (1945), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Warner Bros.signed him to a contract to make the film, but the studio let him go in 1946.

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Personal life

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John Dall Thompson (he used his middle name for his acting career) was born in New York City on 26 May 1920, the younger son of Charles Jenner Thompson (1873–1929) and his wife Henry (née Worthington). (Sources which cite Dall's birth name as John Jenner Thompson and his birth year as 1918 appear to be in error.) His father was a civil engineer. His elder brother, Worthington Thompson, was later a decorated lieutenant in the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team.

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In the 1920s the Thompsons moved to Panama, where Charles worked on the construction of the airport there. He committed suicide in 1929, and his widow returned to New York City with John the following year.

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John attended Horace Mann School and briefly enrolled at Columbia University, where he intended to follow in his father's footsteps by studying engineering. Deciding that acting was his true vocation, he left Columbia and studied at the Theodora Irvine School of Theater and the Pasadena Playhouse.

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Film historians William J. Mann and Karen Burroughs Hannsberry have remarked that Dall was gay but claimed in media interviews to have had a brief marriage in the early 1940s. No marriage certificate has come to light, and his death certificate records him as "never married". According to music journalist Phil Milstein, at the time of his death Dall had lapsed into alcoholism and was living with his partner, actor Clement Brace (died 1996).

Death

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Dall sustained a serious fall while visiting London in October 1970, and died of a heart attack, a complication of an infection of the pericardium at his home in Beverly Hills, California on January 15, 1971, aged 50. His body was donated to medical science.


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