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John Payne was an actor from the 1930s to the 1970s. He became an actor in 1936, but had only small success until he was signed by 20th Century-Fox in 1940, and he quickly became one of their top stars, and his most successful movie was the last one he made at Fox, "Miracle on 34th Street". He moved to RKO and reinvented himself as a tough film noir star, and he had a successful career over the next few decades (despite a car accident in 1961 which almost ended his life and sidelined him for two years while recovering). He was married to Anne Shirley from 1937 to 1943 (but she left him in January of 1942), Gloria DeHaven from 1944 to 1951, and Alexandra Crowell Curtis from 1951 to his death in 1989. Some of his other movies include: Kansas City Confidential, Tin Pan Alley, and Sun Valley Serenade. He passed away in 1989 at the age of 77.
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