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John Ridgely
John Ridgely in Destination Tokyo trailer.jpg
Ridgely in the trailer for Destination Tokyo (1943)
John Huntington Rea

(1909-09-06)September 6, 1909
DiedJanuary 18, 1968(1968-01-18) (aged 58)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Alma materStanford University
Years active1935–1954

John Ridgely (born John Huntington Rea,[1] September 6, 1909 – January 18, 1968) was an American film character actor with over 175 film credits.[2]

Early years

Ridgely was born in Chicago, Illinois,[3] the son of John Ridgely Rea. Ridgely's elementary schooling was in Hinsdale, Illinois, and he attended Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri.[4] He also attended Stanford University before going into a career in movies.[2]


He appeared in the 1946 Humphrey Bogart film The Big Sleep as blackmailing gangster Eddie Mars and had a memorable role as a suffering heart patient in the film noir Nora Prentiss (1947).

The Chicago-born actor appeared in a large number of other Warner Bros. films in the 1930s and 1940s.

Freelancing after 1948, John Ridgely continued to essay general-purpose parts until he left films in 1953; thereafter, he worked in summer-theater productions and television until his death from a heart attack at the age of 58 in 1968.

Selected filmography

Radio appearances

Year Program Episode/source
1938 Warner Brothers Academy Theater Special Agent[5]


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  2. ^ a b "John Ridgely Roles Now Number 175". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 2, 1951. p. 6. Retrieved June 9, 2015 – via
  3. ^ Katz, Ephraim (1979). The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume. Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-50601-2. P. 973.
  4. ^ Dudley, Fredda (August 1943). "Man with a Future". Screenland. XLVII (4): 25–29, 62. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 39 (1): 32–41. Winter 2013.