John Craven

Stage, film and TV actor John Craven died Nov. 24 in Salt Point, N.Y., following a short illness. He was 79.

A Salt Point native, Craven began his theater career locally playing the character George in “Our Town” in 1938. He starred in the play with his father, Frank Craven, an esteemed playwright and actor who also served as the stage manager.

Craven, who served in the armed forces during World War II, became the theater director for the USO and staged shows for American troops while stationed in Naples. He also acted in war training films.

In 1943, he was featured in the movie “The Human Comedy” and had roles in “The Purple Heart, ” “Friendly Persuasion” and “Oceans Eleven.”

In 1951, he starred in one of the first live TV series, “The Egg and I.” He also had parts in several TV series, such as “The Twilight Zone,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Gunsmoke,” “Playhouse 90,” “Ford Theatre” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”

Craven’s Broadway roles included “Babes in Arms,” “Glory for All,” “The Happiest Days,” “Spring Again ” “Candide” and “They Knew What He Wanted.”

Craven is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons and three grandchildren.

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