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John Fiedler

John Fiedler

Hammerhead, December 26, 1961 Written by Anthony Ellis, Directed by Christian Nyby, Guest Cast: Arch Johnson, Linda Foster, Chubby Johnson, John Fiedler

A Quiet Day In Dodge, January 29, 1973 Written by Jack Miller, Directed by AIf Kjellin, Guest Cast: Margaret Hamilton, Willie Aames, Leo Gordon, Shug Fisher, Douglas V. Fowley, John Fiedler, Helen Page Camp, J. Pat O'Malley, Herb Vigran, Walker Edmiston

Anyone who's ever seen John Fielder remembers him as he's one of those unique types you never forget. Small in stature, slight in physique, balding with a quizzical, bespectacled face and a high pitched voice he was most often cast as Casper Milquetoast-Walter Mitty types. Born on February 3, 1925 in Platteville, Wisconsin, his family moved to Milwaukee when he was 7. After graduation from high school he served a term in the Navy and when his hitch was terminated he spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. He graduated from there in 1947 and worked in stock companies and in television in its early days. His TV debut was in 1950 on the "Henry Aldrich" series and he alternated between off-Broadway and Broadway shows and television. He made his film debut in 1957 in the classic film "12 Angry Men" as Juror # 2 and he shone in a brilliant ensemble cast. Among his other film credits were: "Stage Struck" (1958) as Adrian; "A Raisin in the Sun" (1961) as Mark Lindner; "That Touch of Mink" (1962) as Mr. Smith; "The World of Henry Orient" (1964) as Sidney; "A Fine Madness" (1966) as Daniel K. Papp; "Fitzwilly" (1967) as Mr. Morton Dunne; "The Ballad of Josie" (1967) as Simpson; and one of my favorites "The Odd Couple" (1968) as Vinnie, Felix & Oscar's pal; "True Grit" (1969) with John Wayne, as Lawyer J. Noble Dagett; "Making It" (1971) as Ames; "Skyjacked" (1972) as Robert Grandig; "Cannonball Run" (1981) as Desk Clerk; "Sharkey's Machine" (1981) as Barrett; "Seize the Day" (1986) as Carl and "Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin" (1997) as voice of Piglet. On TV he was best known as Mr. (Emil) Peterson on "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972-78) but he was also a regular on "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" (1954-56) as Cadet Alfie Higgins; "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (1974-75) as Gordy Spangler; "Buffalo Bill" starring Dabney Coleman, as Woody and the soap "One Life to Live" (1987) as Gilbert Lange. He appeared in many made for TV movies and guest starred on such series as: "Twilight Zone"; "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"; "Pete and Gladys"; "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"; "The Fugitive"; Star Trek"; "The Munsters"; "Bewitched"; "Cheers" and "L.A. Law."

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