John McGiver (Movie Actor) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

John McGiver

John Irwin McGiver was an American character actor who made more than a hundred appearances in television and motion pictures over a two-decade span from 1955 to 1975. The owl-faced, portly character actor with his mid-Atlantic accent and precise diction, was often cast as pompous Englishmen and other stuffy, aristocratic and bureaucratic types. He was known for his performances in such films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s; The Manchurian Candidate; and Who’s Minding the Store?. He appeared on many television shows and commercials during the 1960s and early 1970s, including the very first of a long running popular series of commercials for the American Express charge card.

Born: John Irwin McGiver, November 5, 1913, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died: September 9, 1975, West Fulton, New York, U.S.
Education: Fordham University, Columbia University, Catholic University of America
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1955–1975
Children: 10. including Boris McGiver
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About John McGiver

Perhaps best known for his supporting roles in such classic 1960s films as Midnight Cowboy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Manchurian Candidate, McGiver also appeared in episodes of The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Patty Duke Show, as well as in a series of American Express commercials.

Before Fame

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and graduate degrees from both Catholic University and Columbia University, he taught English classes and performed in productions at New York City’s Irish Repertory Theater. After serving in the United States Army during World War II, he continued his teaching and acting careers.


In the mid-1960s, he played the role of Walter Burnley on the CBS comedy series Many Happy Returns.

Family Life

He grew up in New York City as the child of Irish-born parents. His three-decade marriage to Ruth Schmigelsky resulted in ten children.


He appeared with Paula Prentiss and Rock Hudson in the 1964 film Man’s Favorite Sport?

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Latest information about John McGiver updated on September 08, 2020.

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