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John Agar John Agar
Born: January 31, 1921
Died: April 7, 2002 (at the age of 81)

John George Agar II was born on January 31, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. John was born to John Agar, Sr. and Lillian Rogers Agar. He was the oldest of four children.

Agar and his Family movied to Los Angeles, California in 1942 after the death of his father.

John Agar

In 1943, Agar's sister would introduce him to a schoolmate of hers, that schoolmate was Shirley Temple. One evening John was asked to escort Shirley to a party held by her boss, David O. Selznick. Selznick was impressed with Agar and offered him a six year contract (including acting lessons). The 15-year old Shirley Temple was also impressed with Agar and the soon became engaged to be married.

John Agar and Shirley Temple On September 19, 1945, John (24-years old) and Shirley (17-years old) would marry at the Wilshire Methodist Church. David Selznick and Darryl Zanuck where in attendance for the wedding along with thousands of family, friends, and fans. He left the Army Air Corp in 1946.

On January 30, 1948, Shirley gave birth to their only child, Linda Susan Agar, (she would later be known as Susan Black, taking the surname of her stepfather Charles Alden Black).

John Agar in Fort Apache (1948) John would appear in his first film "Fort Apache" (1948) with Shirley Temple, John Wayne and Henry Fonda.

In 1949 John would appear in "Adventure in Baltimore' (1949) with Shirley Temple. He then would co-star in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" (1949) and "Sands Of Iow Jima" (1949) both with John Wayne. Agar was getting acting parts and seemed to have a good marriage but there was a lot of pressure on him by the media and fans (the media refered to him as Mr Shirley Temple, which he hated). Agar turned to alcohol to cope with the strain and the marriage fell apart. After only four years of marriage Shirley (who was 21 now) sued for diviorce citing "mental cruelty". John agreed to the divorce and gave custody of his daughter to Shirley. They were divorced on December 7, 1950.

Even though John had been an A-List actor, now with the negative press after the divorce and several drunk driving arrests, John was dropped to a B-List Star Status for the rest of his career.

Agar would marry model Lorette Combs on May 16, 1951. Their marriage got off to a bad start (the Las Vegas county clerk sent John home to sober up before issuing their marriage license), their marriage lasted until her death in 2000. They had two sons, Martin Agar and John G. Agar, III.

John Agar from Revenge of the Creature (1955)          John Agar from Revenge of the Creature (1955)
John Agar in "Revenge Of the Creature" (1955)

Thankfully the makers of the 1950's SciFi and Horror movies saw something in Agar and offered him work in their films. In 1955, John would star in "Revenge of the Creature" (1955) and "Tarantula" (1955). He woould appear in "The Mole People" (1956), "Daughter of Dr. Jekyll" (1957), "The Brain from Planet Arous" (1957), Burt I. Gordon's "Attack of the Puppet People" (1958), and "Destination Space" (1959) and "Invisible Invaders" (1959).

John Agar with Robert Fuller in Brain From Planet Arous (1957)
John Agar with Robert Fuller in "Brain From Planet Arous" (1957)

In the 1960's, Agar would appear mostly in westerns but did do a few SciFi films like "The Hand of Death" (1962), "Journey to the Seventh Planet" (1962), "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" (1966), and "Zontar the Thing from Venus" (1966).

John Agar Brain From Planet Arous (1957)
John Agar in "Brain From Planet Arous" (1957)

In the 1970's, John found roles harder to find but luckily John Wayne his friend of 20 years gave him supporting roles in three popular Westerns, "The Undefeated" (1969), "Chisum" (1970), and "Big Jake" (1971). John also was given a cameo role in "King Kong" (1976). John did most of his acting in guest sports on TV Series throught the 1970's and 1980's and small roles in the 1990's.

In 1972, "Famous Monsters of Filmland" Magazine reported John Agar "Dead". It was said he would rejoyce in autographing copies of the articles at conventions.

In 1981, John Agar was awarded the "Lifetime Career Award" by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films.

John was quoted to have said, "I don't resent being identified with B science fiction movies at all, Why should I? Even though they were not considered top of the line, for those people that like sci-fi, I guess they were fun. My whole feeling about working as an actor is, if I give anybody any enjoyment, I'm doing my job, and that's what counts."

On January 27, 2000, John's second wife Loretta passed away.

John Agar died of complications from emphysema on April 7, 2002 in Burbank, California at the age of 81. He is buried beside his wife at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California, USA.

John Agar in Nightbreed (1990)
John Agar in "Nightbreed" (1990)

------------ Films -----------
(2005)The Naked Monster Dr. Clete Ferguson
(2001)The Vampire Hunters Club Reggie
(1996)The Pandora Directive Thomas Malloy
(1995)"Words from Jerusalem" - The Agony in the Garden Poet - Himself
(1993)Body Bags Dr. Lang (segment "Eye")
(1992)Invasion of Privacy Old Convict
(1991)The Perfect Bride Gramps
(1990)Fear Leonard Scott Levy
(1990)Nightbreed Decker's Victim
(1988)Miracle Mile Ivan Peters
(1988)Perfect Victims Neighbor walking his dog
(1986)"The Twilight Zone" - A Day in Beaumont/The Last Defender of Camelot Pop (segment "A Day in Beaumont")
(1984)"Highway to Heaven" - The Return of the Masked Rider Morton Clay
(1982)Divided We Fall Yankee Officer
(1979)Mr. No Legs Police Capt. Hathaway
(1976)"Charlie's Angels" - Target: Angels Col. Blaylock
(1976)King Kong City Official
(1976)"Police Story" - The Long Ball Hammack
(1974)"Chase" - Remote Control
(1971)How's Your Love Life? Police Lt. Rafferty
(1971)Big Jake Bert Ryan
(1970)Chisum Amos Patton
(1969)The Undefeated Christian
(1968)Hell Raiders (TV Movie) Maj. Ronald Paxton
(1968)"The Virginian" - The Mustangers Joe Williams
(1968)"The Name of the Game" - Nightmare Bert Walker
(1967)"Hondo" - Hondo and the Judas Frank James
(1967)Night Fright Sheriff Clint Crawford
(1967)The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Dion O'Bannion
(1967)"Family Affair" - What Did You Do in the West, Uncle?Gabe
(1966)Curse of the Swamp Creature (TV Movie) Barry Rogers
(1966)Zontar: The Thing from Venus (TV Movie) Dr. Curt Taylor
(1966)Waco George Gates
(1966)Women of the Prehistoric Planet Dr. Farrell
(1966)Johnny Reno Ed Tomkins
(1966)"Combat!" - The Mockingbird Capt. Thorpe
(1965)"Branded" - $10,000 for Durango The Sheriff
(1965)Young Fury Dawson
(1964)"The Virginian" - Another's Footsteps Tom Anders
(1964)Stage to Thunder Rock Dan Carrouthers
(1964)Law of the Lawless Pete Stone
(1963)Of Love and Desire Gus Cole
(1963)The Young and the Brave Intelligence Captain
(1963)"Death Valley Days" - Pioneer Doctor Dr. Edwards
(1962)"Lawman" - The Witness Jim Martin
(1962)Journey to the Seventh Planet Capt. Don Graham
(1962)Hand of Death Alex Marsh
(1961)Fall Girl Joe McElroy
(1961)"Bat Masterson" - Farmer with a Badge Sam Phelps
(1961)" The Best of the Post" - Band of Brothers Lt. Larry Bronsford
(1961)"Ripcord" - Chuting Stars Warrant Officer Frank Pierson
(1960)"Rawhide" - Incident of the Slavemaster Mike Anderson
(1960)Raymie Ike
(1960)"Whirlybirds" - Four Little Indians Danny Flynn
(1959)"Rawhide" - - Incident at the Buffalo Smokehouse Lon Grant
(1959)Destination Space (TV Movie) Col. Matthews
(1959)Invisible Invaders Maj. Bruce Jay
(1959)"Perry Mason" - The Case of the Caretaker's Cat Kenneth Baxter
(1958)Frontier Gun Sheriff Jim Crayle
(1958)"Flight" - Vertijet
(1958)"The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna" - Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend Lt Arnold Van Dyke
(1958)Attack of the Puppet People Bob Westley
(1958)Jet Attack Capt. Tom Arnett
(1958)Cavalry Command Sgt. Judd Norcutt
(1957)Ride a Violent Mile Jeff Donner
(1957)"General Electric Theater" - Thousand Dollar Gun Marvin Potter
(1957)The Brain from Planet Arous Steve March
(1957)Daughter of Dr. Jekyll George Hastings
(1957)Joe Butterfly Sgt. Dick Mason
(1956)The Mole People Dr. Roger Bentley
(1956)Flesh and the Spur Luke Random / Matt Random
(1956)Star in the Dust Sheriff Bill Jorden
(1955)Tarantula Dr. Matt Hastings
(1955)Hold Back Tomorrow Joe Cardos
(1955)The Lonesome Trail Johnny Rush
(1955)"Climax!" - The First and the Last Larry Dorrant
(1955)Revenge of the Creature Prof. Clete Ferguson
(1954)"General Electric Theater" - - Desert Crossing
(1954)The Golden Mistress Bill Buchanan
(1954)Shield for Murder Detective. Sgt. Mark Brewster
(1954)"Schlitz Playhouse" - Little War at San Dede Otis Tack
(1954)The Rocket Man Tom Baxter
(1954)"Fireside Theatre" - The Farnsworth Case John Cushing
(1954)Bait Ray Brighton
(1953)Man of Conflict Ray Compton
(1953)"The Loretta Young Show" - Earthquake Lloyd
(1953)"The Ford Television Theatre" = The Old Man's Bride
(1952)"- Next to Crash
(1952)"The Unexpected" - Desert Honeymoon Alan Liveright
(1952)" Hollywood Opening Night" - Delaying Action
(1952)Woman of the North Country David Powell
(1951)The Magic Carpet Abdullah al Husan / Dr. Ramoth / The Scarlet Falcon
(1951)Along the Great Divide Billy Shear
(1950)Breakthrough Lt. Joe Mallory
(1949)Sands of Iwo Jima Pfc. Peter Conway
(1949)She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Lt. Flint Cohill
(1949)The Woman on Pier 13 Don Lowry
(1949)Adventure in Baltimore Tom Wade
(1948)Fort Apache 2nd Lt. Michael Shannon O'Rourke

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