John Steadman, vet character actor, died of a lung ailment Jan. 28 in Montrose. He was 83.

Steadman, whose real first name was James, worked in the late 1930s as a radio announcer for station KARK in Little Rock, Ark., when he took a job as a writer for NBC radio in S.F.

He worked for the Office of War Information in Frisco during World War II and shortly after the war ended relocated to Hollywood, where he went to work for the Armed Forces Radio Network serving as a writer/producer until 1971.

As Steadman approached retirement age, actor Eddie Albert urged him to seek a career in film and TV and introduced Steadman to an agent who found him steady work for the next 20 years.

Since 1971 he appeared in more than 100 television shows including “The A-Team,””Simon & Simon,””St. Elsewhere,””The Waltons,””Little House on the Prairie,””Charlie’s Angels” and “Baretta.”

Film credits included “The Choirboys,””Day of the Locust,””The Longest Yard, “”White Lightning” and “Blood Relations.”

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Juanita; a sister, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services were held Feb. 3 at Forest Lawn, Glendale.

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