Cunningham, John 1932–

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CUNNINGHAM, John 1932–

(John F. Cunningham)


Full name, John Waldo Cunningham; born June 22, 1932, in Auburn, NY; son of Raymond George and Harriet Abigail (maiden name, Belcher) Cunningham; married Carolyn Cotton, August 24, 1956; children: Christopher Duke, Catherine Stevens, Laura Jane. Education: Dartmouth College, B.A., 1954; Yale University, M.F.A., 1959.

Career: Actor. Military service: U.S. Army, 1954–56.

Awards, Honors: Obie Award, Village Voice, 1982, for Quartermaine's Terms.


Stage Appearances:

Judge, The Purification, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1959.

My Fair Lady, Broadway production, 1960.

Hot Spot, Broadway production, 1963.

Tullus Aufidius, The Tragedy of Coriolanus, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1965.

Mercutio, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, American Shakespeare Festival, 1965.

Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, American Shakespeare Festival, 1965.

Edmund, The Tragedy of King Lear, American Shakespeare Festival, 1965.

Julius Caesar, American Shakespeare Festival, c. 1965.

Prince Henry/Henry V, Falstaff (Henry IV, Part II), American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1966.

Sir Richard Brito, Murder in the Cathedral, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1966.

Orsino, Twelfth Night, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1966.

Clifford Bradshaw, Cabaret, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, c. 1966–1967, then Imperial Theatre, New York City, c. 1967–1968.

Malcolm, Macbeth, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1967.

Bassanio, The Merchant of Venice, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1967.

Demetrius, A Midsummer Night's Dream, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1967.

Count Orsino, Love and Let Love, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New York City, 1968.

Nikos, Zorba, Imperial Theatre, 1968–1969.

Peter then replacement Robert, Company, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1970–1972.

John Adams, 1776, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1971.

The Good Doctor, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, c. 1973–1974.

Male lecturer, The Bone Room, Portfolio Studio, 1975.

Two for the Seesaw, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Standby for Sidney Nichols, Stu Franklyn, and William Warren, California Suite, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 1976–1977.

Dancing in the Dark, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1979.

Tom, Father's Day, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Russell, Snapshot, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Geoffrey, Rose, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Punchinello, Head over Heels, Harold Clurman Theatre, 1981–1982.

Quartermaine's Terms, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, c. 1982–1983.

Henry Windscape, Quartermaine's Terms, Playhouse 91, New York City, 1983.

Arthur, Wednesday, Hudson Guild Theatre, 1983.

Richard, On Approval, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Ted Fine, Miami, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1986.

Tony, The Perfect Party, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1986, then Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Narrator, wolf, and steward, Into the Woods, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, c. 1986–1987.

Lawrence Wood, Birds of Paradise, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Sunday in the Park with George, Broadway production, 1987.

Anthony Anderson, The Devil's Disciple, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1988–1989.

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, Love Letters, Long Wharf Theatre, c. 1988–1989, then Promenade Theatre, 1989.

Stage Two: A Dance Lesson, Long Wharf Theatre, c. 1989–1990.

Flan, Six Degrees of Separation, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1990, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Nicolai Karenin, Anna Karenina, Circle in the Square Uptown, 1992.

Flan, Six Degrees of Separation, Center Theatre Group, James A. Doolittle Theatre, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992.

Peter, Company, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1993.

Nicholas Pym, The Sisters Rosensweig, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1993.

Dr. Joseph Taylor, Allegro, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Pete Bemiss, The Naked Truth, Workshop of the Players Art (WPA) Theatre, New York City, 1994.

A Cheever Evening, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1994–1995.

Henry Ford, Camping with Henry and Tom, Lucille Lortel Theatre, 1995.

Greg, Sylvia, Stage I, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1995.

Captain E. J. Smith, Titanic, New York City, 1997–1999.

Ernest Friedman, Design for Living, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Elisha J. Whitney, Anything Goes, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 2002.

Policeman, doctor, and president of the tribunal, Amour, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Also appeared in Cyrano; Love Me a Little; Pimpernel; Play of Daniel; Snapshot; as El Gallo, The Fantasticks, Sullivan Street Playhouse, New York City.

Major Tours:

Zoltan Karpathy, My Fair Lady, U.S. cities, 1957–c. 1962.

Narrator, The Fantasticks, North American cities, c. 1968.

Film Appearances:

Himself and Peter, Original Cast–Album Company, 1970.

Hawthorne, The Big Fix, Universal, 1978.

Dave Holter, Matilda, American International Pictures, 1978.

Lenny, Lost and Found, Columbia, 1979.

Sloane, Key Exchange, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1985.

Jim Kempler, Twisted, 1986.

Bruce Holt, Hello Again, Buena Vista, 1987.

National guard, The Survivalist (also known as Jack Tillman: The Survivalist), 1987.

John Grau, The Money Juggler, 1988.

Mr. Charles Gordon Windsor, Sr., Mystic Pizza, Samuel Goldwyn, 1988.

(As John F. Cunningham) Substitute, Johnny Be Good, Orion, 1988.

Mr. Anderson, Dead Poets Society, Buena Vista, 1989.

Grayson Dillon, School Ties, 1992.

John, Six Degrees of Separation, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1993.

Mr. Brinkerhoff, For Love or Money (also known as The Concierge), Universal, 1993.

Burt Shook, Roommates, Buena Vista, 1995.

Bob, Nixon, Buena Vista, 1995.

McGuire, Last Dance, Buena Vista, 1996.

Paul, the director, States of Control, Impulse Films, 1997.

Voice on "Be a Man" tape, In & Out, Paramount, 1997.

Fed Net announcer, Starship Troopers, TriStar, 1997.

Donald Brown, The Jackal (also known as The Day of the Jackal, Le chacal, and Der Schakal), Universal, 1997.

Nelson Hastings, Isn't She Great (also known as Ist sie nicht grossartig?), MCA/Universal, 2000.

Judge, Shaft (also known as Shaft—Noch Fragen?), Paramount, 2000.

Justice of the Peace, Two Weeks Notice, Warner Bros., 2002.

Also appeared in the film FM.

Television Appearances; Series:

Chuck Bannister, The Secret Storm, 1965.

First Dr. Dan Shearer, Another World, NBC, 1970–1971.

Dr. Wade Collins, Search for Tomorrow, CBS, 1971–1977.

Garth Slater, Loving, ABC, 1983–1984.

Welles Carrera, The Guiding Light (also known as Guiding Light), 1988.

Emerson Gallagher, As the World Turns, CBS, 1991–1993.

Second Grant Booth, Swans Crossing, 1992.

Mark, One Life to Live, ABC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Member of women's army of revolt and citizens of Oz, L. Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz (also known as The Marvelous Land of Oz), 1981.

Paul Rodgers, Private Sessions, NBC, 1985.

The Cosby Mysteries (also known as Guy Hanks I), NBC, 1994.

Donald Rumsfeld, DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, Showtime, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Fitzjames O'Brien, Song of Myself, CBS, 1976.

Mr. Levine, "The Rosenthal Affair," Tracey Ullman Takes On New York, HBO, 1993.

The 51st Annual Tony Awards, 1997.

Also appeared in "The Courtmartial of George Custer," Hallmark Hall of Fame; Flashback: The Hindenburg Disaster; Two Minute Warning.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Dr. MacIntyre, Happy Endings, ABC, 1975.

Roger Vincent, Nick and the Dobermans, NBC, 1980.

Mr. Watkins, Gabe and Walker, ABC, 1981.

George Markell, Adam's Apple, CBS, 1986.

Father Glancy, Trinity, 1998.

Also appeared in Fame.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, "Broadway's Best," Kraft Music Hall, 1969.

Kincaid, "Six Characters Flunk a Sex Quiz and Go Somewhere to Do Something about It," Husbands, Wives, and Lovers, 1978.

"The U.N. Connection," Eischeid, 1979.

"A Question of Dignity," Nurse, 1981.

"Vote of Confidence," Miami Vice, 1988.

Jon Cobb, "His Hour upon the Stage," Law & Order, NBC, 1991.

"The Secret Life of Mary Margaret: Portrait of a Bulimic," Lifestories: Families in Crisis, HBO, 1992.

Donald Walsh, "Animal Instinct," Law & Order, NBC, 1993.

Attorney Max Weston, "Coma," Law & Order, NBC, 1994.

Frank Elliot, "Fun City," New York News, CBS, 1995.

Frank Elliot, "A Question of Truth," New York News, CBS, 1995.

Narrator, "Hotel Animal," Reading Rainbow, 1996.

Daniel Metzler, "Working Mom," Law & Order, NBC, 1997.

Daniel Metzler, "Venom," Law & Order, NBC, 1998.

Bob Cornell, "Protecting the Source," LateLine, NBC, 1999.

Mr. Crowley, "Admissions," Law & Order, NBC, 1999.

Mr. Sherman, "Turf Wars," The $treet, Fox, 2001.

Dan Metzler, "Undercovered," Law & Order, NBC, 2002.

Also appeared in The Doctors; Crime and Punishment, NBC.



Amour (original cast recording), Sh–K–Boom, 2003.

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