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Cullum, John 1930-

Cullum, John 1930-


Born March 2, 1930, in Knoxville, TN; son of E. V. Cullum (a banker); married Emily Frankel (a dancer, choreographer, playwright, and novelist), 1959; children: John David (an actor). Education: University of Tennessee.


Agent—Cunningham, Escott, Slevin, and Doherty, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025; Stone Manners Talent and Literary, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Actor and singer. Appeared in television commercials for Egg-beaters egg substitute, 1993. Worked as a professional tennis player and a real estate salesperson. Military service: U.S. Army, 1957; served in Korea.

Awards, Honors:

Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a musical, Theatre World Award, 1966, both for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; Antoinette Perry Award, best actor in a musical, Drama Desk Award, outstanding actor in a musical, Outer Circle Critics Award, distinguished performance, 1975, all for Shenandoah; Antoinette Perry Award, best actor in a musical, 1979, for On the Twentieth Century; Drama Desk Award, unique theatrical experience, 1981, for Whistler; Q Award, best supporting actor in a quality drama series, Viewers for Quality Television, 1992, Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, 1993, both for Northern Exposure; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best leading actor in a musical, 2002, for Urinetown; Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding actor in a play, 2005, for Sin (A Cardinal Disposed); Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actor in a musical, 2007, for 110 in the Shade; Theater Hall of Fame, inductee, 2007.


Film Appearances:

Andrew, All the Way Home, Paramount, 1963.

Laertes, Hamlet (also known as Richard Burton's "Hamlet "), 1964.

Reverend Immanuel Quigley, Hawaii, United Artists, 1966.

Edward Rutledge, 1776, Columbia, 1972.

Narrator, Mayakovsky: The Poetry of Action, 1973.

The president, The Act (also known as Bless 'Em All), 1982.

Elton Stuart, The Prodigal, 1983.

Deputy attorney general, Marie: A True Story (also known as Marie), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985.

Ben Willing, Sweet Country (also known as Glykeia patrida), Cinema Group, 1986.

Algernon Pendleton, The Secret Life of Algernon, Marano Productions/Phare-Est Productions, 1997.

Link Curren, Ricochet River, Dee Gee Entertainment, 1998.

Jack, Held Up, Trimark Pictures, 2000.

Hollis, Blackwater Elegy, 2003.

Other voices, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (documentary), Paramount Home Video, 2004.

Preacher in Nashville, The Notorious Bettie Page, Picturehouse Entertainment, 2005.

Narrator, Secrets of Angels, Demons and Masons (documentary), Koch Vision, 2005.

Pap Noone, The Night Listener, Miramax, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Pa Thatcher, The Doctors, NBC, 1963.

David "Giddy" Gideon, The Edge of Night (also known as Edge of Night), 1966-67.

Artie Duncan, One Life to Live, ABC, 1969.

Henry Carliner, Buck James (also known as Heart of Texas), ABC, 1987.

Holling Gustaf Vincoeur, Northern Exposure, CBS, 1990-95.

Judge Barnes, All My Children, ABC, 1997.

David Greene, ER, NBC, 1997-2000.

Robert McGrail, To Have and to Hold, CBS, 1998.

Barry Moredock, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Special Victims Unit and SVU), NBC, 2003-2007.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Mr. Jamison, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, ABC, 1978.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Aaron Burr, The Man without a Country, ABC, 1973.

Jim Dahlberg, The Day After, ABC, 1984.

Robert Allardyce, Shootdown, NBC, 1988.

Reverend Eugene Endicott, Money, Power, Murder (also known as Dead Air), CBS, 1989.

Fred Mitchell, With a Vengeance (also known as Undesirable), CBS, 1992.

Clyde, Mattie's Waltz, 1992.

Judge Merle Coffey, Inherit the Wind, Showtime, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Roman captain, Androcles and the Lion, NBC, 1976.

The 32nd Annual Tony Awards, 1978.

Title role and himself, Carl Sandburg: Echoes and Silences, 1981.

Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight, 1982.

Host, Victorian Days, 1984.

The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1993.

The West, 1996.

The 56th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2002.

Other voices, Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (documentary), PBS, 2003.

The 61st Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2007.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Henry Carliner, Buck James, 1987.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Jeremiah, "The Hour Before Doomsday," The Defenders, 1963.

Angel, "Turning Point," The Defenders, 1964.

Hugh, "The Gambling Heart," The DuPont Show of the Week, 1964.

Michael Yager, "The Merry-Go-Round Murder," The Defenders, 1965.

Singer, "The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner," The Bell Telephone Hour, 1966.

Pale Hands, "And Then There Was One," The Outcasts, 1969.

Edward Rutledge (scene from 1776), Toast of the Town (also known as The Ed Sullivan Show), 1970.

You Are There, CBS, 1972.

"The Making of a Rebel," Decades of Decision, syndicated, 1976.

"Summer," Great Performances, PBS, 1980.

"Looking Back," Great Performances, PBS, 1981.

"Great Performances' 10th Anniversary Celebration," Great Performances, PBS, 1982.

Stuart Cane, "Unpunished Crimes," The Equalizer, 1986.

Frank Bennett, "Rockabye Baby," Spenser: For Hire, 1986.

Judge Howard Tainey, "Carnal Persuasion," The Equalizer, 1987.

John O'Malley, "Catch a Falling Star—May 21, 1979," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1989.

"An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner," Great Performances, PBS, 1989.

Harold Dorning, "Menace," Law & Order, NBC, 1997.

Joe, "Mixed Blessings," Nothing Sacred, ABC, 1997.

Mark Twain, "It Came upon a Midnight Clear," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997.

Reverend Owen Mosley, "Manhunt," The Magnificent Seven, CBS, 1998.

AAG Redfield, Judging Amy, 1999.

James Valenti, Sr., "Into the Woods," Roswell, The WB, 2000.

James Valenti, Sr., "The Convention," Roswell, The WB, 2000.

Bernard Powell, Sr., "Soldier of Fortune," Law & Order, NBC, 2001.

Lee Garner, Sr., "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," Mad Men, AMC, 2007.

Television Work; Episodic:

Director, "All Americans—November 6, 1962," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1990.

Stage Appearances:

Multiple roles, Saint Joan, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1956, then Coronet Theatre, New York City, 1956-57.

Citizen, cobbler, and servant, Julius Caesar, Shakespearewrights Theatre, New York City, 1957.

Grimaldi, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Players Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Stage manager, King Lear, Players Theatre, 1959.

Mastax, general manager, and judges, The Jackass, Barbizon-Plaza Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Duke of Orleans, King Henry V, New York Shakespeare Festival, Belvedere Lake Theatre, New York City, 1960.

First gentleman, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Belvedere Lake Theatre, 1960.

Lord, The Taming of the Shrew, New York Shakespeare Festival, Belvedere Lake Theatre, 1960.

Sir Dinadan, Camelot, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Johnny Sykes, We Take the Town, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1962.

Cassius, Infidel Caesar, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1962.

King of France, King Lear, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1963.

Cyril Bellamy, The Saving Grace, Writer's Stage, New York City, 1963.

Timothy, Thistle in My Bed, Gramercy Arts Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Count, The Rehearsal, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Exasper T. S. Deeter, Come to the Palace of Sin, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1963.

Laertes, Hamlet, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1964.

Title role, Hamlet, Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, 1964.

Dr. Mark Bruckner, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1965.

Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Father Jerome Fogarty, "The Frying Pan," Tom Dorgan, "Eternal Triangle," and Denis Sullivan, "The Bridal Night," Three Hand Reel (triple-bill), Renata Theatre, New York City, 1966.

Fred Graham and Petruchio, Kiss Me, Kate, Mineola Theatre, 1968.

Teddy, The Homecoming, Mineola Theatre, 1968.

Edward Rutledge, 1776, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1969.

Lord Bothwell, Vivat! Vivat Regina!, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1972.

The king, The King and I, Jones Beach Theatre, Long Island, NY, 1972.

Thomas Mendip, The Lady's Not for Burning, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1973.

Billy Bigelow, Carousel, Jones Beach Theatre, 1973.

Don Medigua, El Capitan, Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, 1973.

Charlie Anderson, Shenandoah, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Oedipus, Kings, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Bobby Horvath, The Trip Back Down, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Sigmund, The Archbishop's Ceiling, Eisenhower Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1977.

Oscar Jaffe, On the Twentieth Century, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Sidney Bruhl, Death Trap, Music Box Theatre, 1980.

Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, Ford's Theatre, 1980.

Hey, Look Me over, Theatre at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 1981.

Title role, Whistler (solo show), Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1981-82.

The Magistrate, Hartman Theatre, Stamford, CT, 1982.

A. H., The Portage of San Cristobal of A. H., Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1983.

Victor Prynne, Private Lives, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1983.

Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse, NY, then with Alliance Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA, both 1984.

Guy, Doubles, Ritz Theatre, New York City, 1985.

The Yearling, Alliance Theatre, 1985.

Tom Sawyer (some sources cite Thomas Gray), The Boys in Autumn, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1986.

Waiter, You Can Never Tell, Circle in the Square, 1986-87.

Heathen Valley, Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1987.

Woman in Mind, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1988.

W. O. Gant, Look Homeward, Asia, Syracuse Stage, 1988-89.

Charlie Anderson, Shenandoah, Virginia Theatre, New York City, 1990.

King Arthur, Camelot, California Theatre of the Performing Arts, San Bernadino, CA, 1993.

Sir George Dillingham, Aspects of Love, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Joe Keller, All My Sons, Criterion Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Cap'n Andy, Show Boat, Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Emile de Becque, South Pacific, Music Hall, Dallas, TX, 1999.

Tobias Vivian Pfeiffer III/Schuyler Lynch, Old Money, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Mr. Peters, Mr. Peter's Connection, Almeida Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Caldwell B. Cladwell, Urinetown, American Theatre of Actors, Chernuchin Theatre, then Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 2001-2003.

Something Good, Gershwin Theatre, 2002.

Old Wilder, Wilder, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Walsh McLaren, Rose's Dilemma, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 2003-2004.

Atom Roma, The Other Side, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, 2005-2006.

Old Max, Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!," Hilton Theatre, New York City, 2006-2007.

H. C. Curry, 110 in the Shade, Studio 54, New York City, 2007.

Title role, Cymbeline, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 2007-2008.

Also appeared in The Elizabethans; In the Voodoo Parlor of Marie Lebeau; as Cardinal Bernard Law, Sin (A Cardinal Disposed).

Major Tours:

Mr. Peters, Mr. Peter's Connections, British cities, 2000.

Stage Work:

Producer (Dancehouse, Inc.), Kings, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Director, The Red Blue Grass Western Flyer Show, Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 1977.

Director, Zinnia, Colonnades Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Director and producer, People in Show Business Make Long Goodbyes, Orpheum Theatre, New York City, 1979.


Taped Readings:

James Thurber's My World—and Welcome to It, Audio Partner, 1998.

(With others) Stephen King's The Man in the Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2002.



(With John Gray and Charles Jarrott) The Secret Life of Algernon (based on a novel by Russell H. Grennan), Marano Productions/Phare-Est Productions, 1997.

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