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John D Cannon (1922 - 2005)

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John D Cannon
1922 - 2005
Born
April 24, 1922
Death
May 20, 2005
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New York, New York County, New York 10156
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John D Cannon was born on April 24, 1922. He died on May 20, 2005 at 83 years old. We know that John D Cannon had been residing in New York, New York County, New York 10156.
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J D CANNON starred on McCloud. Jan Clayton (TV and Broadway Star) and I ducked into a Nedick's on Broadway for a quick coffee. We sat down next to J.D. Cannon at the counter. I motioned to him and said to Jan, "This is McCloud's Boss." I motioned to Jan and said to J. D. Cannon, "This is "Lassie's Mother!" He beamed a beautiful smile and said, "Hi Jan!" She was so happy that he knew her name.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021 Movie, TV, and Stage Actor J.D. Cannon ... "McCloud" Co-Star [otd 04/24] Long-time stage, movie, and TV actor John Donovan "J. D." Cannon was born April 24, 1922 in Salmon, Idaho. A child of the Depression, teen-aged “Jack” (as he was then known) worked as a ranch hand, trapper, and outdoor guide. He graduated from Salmon High School in 1940. Cannon credited his high school English teacher with arranging to get him to New York City and enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. That training was interrupted by service in the U. S. Army in 1942-1945. After the war, he pursued further theatrical study in New York. Like most young actors, Cannon worked a variety of jobs to support himself: tour guide, restaurant cashier, and whatever else came along. He began his acting career in the Fifties on the stage. J. D. proved his acting range in a wide variety of roles. These included Petruchio in the comedy The Taming of the Shrew, some serious Shakespearean characters, and – of course – assorted villains who were often depraved. He first appeared on television in 1958, on the Phil Silvers Show, the "Sergeant Bilko" comedy. Cannon played Master Sergeant Sherman (aka "Sherman the Shark"), a poker hustler. Then, in 1960, his serious acting credits landed him the role of U. S. President Andrew Jackson on the program Omnibus, funded by the Ford Foundation. He also had the lead role in two U.S. Steel Hour productions. The following year, he played the lead role in two episodes of the prestigious Play of the Week. But these were all one-shot deals, with no follow-on roles. In a 1970 interview, Cannon said, “It’s only been in the last ten years that I’ve been able to support myself as an actor.” That was when he began making a steady living with minor roles in hit TV shows. He appeared on such series as The Naked City, Wagon Train, The Untouchables, Rawhide, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Cannon also had roles in The Chrysler Theater and played Texas patriot Sam Houston for an episode of the series Profiles in Courage. He appeared in two made-for-TV movies in 1964 and 1965. According to the Internet Movie Database, he played a police sergeant in his first standard movie role – An American Dream in 1966. He then had a minor speaking part as a prisoner in Cool Hand Luke, which starred Paul Newman. Despite his formidable acting ability, movie producers almost always typecast Cannon as a "heavy" or, at best, an unsympathetic character. Thus, in 1970 he appeared as a mobster in the minor cult classic, Cotton Comes to Harlem. McCloud, program publicity photo, NBC. Cannon did somewhat better with his many roles in made-for-TV movies. One 1974 role emphasized his acting range: that of a man involved in an inter-racial love affair, set in 1918 South Carolina. Although some affiliate stations refused to air the show, it was hailed as "an unusual combination of courage and taste in the welter of the prime-time pulp grind." Cannon basically made his living for some thirty years as a TV actor, appearing in at least 80 episodes of numerous programs. Still, in another interview, he said, “I don’t see any reason to do commercial TV except for the money.” He seldom viewed commercial TV and almost never watched a show he played in. Probably his best-known portrayal was that of Chief of Detectives Peter Clifford on the long-running series McCloud, which starred Dennis Weaver. His final appearance was a role on Law & Order, in 1991. He died in June 2005.

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J. D. Cannon, 83, Dies; Actor on 'McCloud' By The Associated Press June 4, 2005 HUDSON, N.Y., June 3 - J.D. Cannon, an actor who had guest roles on dozens of television dramas, died on May 20 at his home in upstate New York. He was 83. His death was announced by the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home in Hudson. A frequent guest on shows like "Law & Order" and "Murder, She Wrote," Mr. Cannon also had a regular role as a New York detective chief on the police drama "McCloud," which ran on NBC from 1970 to 1977. From 1960 to 1991, he made more than 80 guest appearances on shows that included "Remington Steele," "The Fall Guy," "B.J. and the Bear," "Gunsmoke," "Bonanza," "The Mod Squad," "The Fugitive," "The Defenders" and "The Untouchables." His final television role was in a March 1991 episode of "Law & Order." Mr. Cannon also appeared in a few movies, including "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), with Paul Newman. A native of Salmon, Idaho, Mr. Cannon graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Cannon is survived by his wife, Alice McCamley Cannon, and two brothers, Frank, of Belton, Tex., and Joseph, of Portland, Ore.
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In 1922, in the year that John D Cannon was born, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. on May 30th. More than 35,000 people attended the dedication including Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and many Union and Confederate veterans - although the audience was segregated. The Memorial took 10 years to complete.

In 1934, when he was merely 12 years old, on June 6th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was formed as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the continuing Great Depression. Previously, the states regulated the offering and sales of stocks - called "blue sky" laws. They were largely ineffective. Roosevelt created a group (one member was Joseph Kennedy, father of the future President Kennedy) who knew Wall Street well and they defined the mission and operating mode for the SEC. The new organization had broad and stringent rules and oversight and restored public confidence in the stock market in the United States.

In 1962, John was 40 years old when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1987, he was 65 years old when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

In 1999, when he was 77 years old, on January 1st, the Euro became the new official single currency of the eurozone. It was used by Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain and has since spread in use. Daily, over 337 million Europeans use the euro.

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