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

John Qualen was a Canadian-American character actor of Norwegian heritage who specialized in Scandinavian roles.

Born: Johan Mandt Kvalen, December 8, 1899, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: September 12, 1987, Torrance, California
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park Glendale, California, Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Reliance, Crypt 9632
Other names: John M. Qualen, John T. Qualen
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1931–1974
Children: 3
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About John Qualen

Canadian-born actor who became a popular character actor, playing Norwegians, Swedes and other Scandinavians in 1930’s films. After appearing in John Ford‘s 1931 film, Arrowsmith, he joined the director’s stock company, appearing in major supporting roles in the Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.=https:>

Before Fame

He won a scholarship to Northwestern University, which in turn led him to Broadway, where he made his breakthrough role as a Swedish janitor.


He played Muley in the 1940 film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath.

Family Life

He was born Johan Kvalen in Vancouver, British Columbia. His father was a Norwegian immigrant who changed the family name to Qualen.


He adopted a Midwestern accent in Howard Hawks‘ comedy film, His Girl Friday.

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