John Payne Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Feb 20, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Jun 07, 2022
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About John Payne

John Payne is an American film actor, singer, and television producer who also served as a flight instructor during World War II.

John Payne started acting when he was the first cast as a stage actor by a talent scout from the Shubert theatres. However, preceding this, he made quite a name for himself and starred in many different films and TV series, including musicals.

John Payne Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was John Payne’s net worth?

John Payne has a net worth of $50 million during his time as an actor.

How much did John Payne earn per year?

John Payne's annual earnings are currently unknown.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was John Payne?

John Payne was 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) tall and had black colored eyes.

How old was John Payne?

John Payne was 77 years old when he passed away on December 6, 1989. His birthday is on May 23, and was born in 1912. His birthday aligns with the horoscope of Gemini.

Childhood And Education

John Payne was born John Howard Payne to Ida Hope (née Schaeffer) and George Washington Payne on May 23, 1912, in Roanoke, Virginia. John spent his childhood growing up and around Roanoke, living in their family antebellum mansion. However, the antebellum mansion at Fort Lewis got converted into a state historic property before it got destroyed sometime during the late '40s when a fire broke out. John went to Mercersburg Academy and then to Roanoke College in Salem. He also wrestled for some time with the pseudo name 'Alexei Petroff, the Savage of the Steppes'.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was John Payne’s partner?

John Payne was married three times, and his last partner, who was with him until his death in December 1989, was Crowell Curtis. He also has three children from his different marriages, Kathleen Hope Payne and Thomas John Payne with his ex-wife Gloria Dehaven and Julie Payne with Anne Shirley. Anne Shirley, his first wife, was also an actress who was famous for her role in the film 'Anne of Green Gables' whereas Gloria DeHaven was a contract singer for MGM. Julie, his oldest child, also got married to writer Robert Towne. He was the main writer for the first two 'Mission Impossible' films and is also associated with Edmund Gwenn, also known for starring Santa Claus. His role as Santa Claus was in the holiday classic 'Miracle on 34th Street'. Julie Payne has a net worth of about $5 million, whereas her husband has a net worth of $40 million. Most of his net worth comes from his profession as a writer and producer.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

John Payne started as a stage actor when he appeared in the company productions, as a singer and actor for the first time in 'Rose Marie' and 'The Student Prince', for which he only got paid $40 a week. He also appeared on Broadway in 'At Home Abroad' with Ethler Waters and Beatrice Lillie.

His first role was as the character Harry McKee in the movie 'Goldwyn's Dodsworth'. He also signed a contract with Warner Bros after this and got the role of Don Vincent in the movie 'Garden of The Moon'. His net worth increased considerably after his role in 'Goldwyn's Dodsworth'.

John Payne also starred in the television series 'The Restless Gun' in the character of Vint Bonner. He also starred in 'The Ford Show' hosted by television producer Tennessee Ernie. He also sang for various radio-based programs as well during his time as a Stage actor.

Some of his most prominent movies were released after he joined 20th Century Fox. His film 'Miracle on 34th Street' was a box office hit along with 'Larceny', 'The Crooked Way', and more. His earnings and net worth were at their peak at this time.

What awards did John Payne win?

  • John Payne as two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of motion pictures and television.
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John Payne Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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John Howard Payne

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Columbia University

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Geroge Washinton Payne, Ida Hope Payne
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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