John Archer, film and legit star of the 1940s and ’50s, died of lung cancer Dec. 5 in Redmond, Wash. He was 84.

Beginning in the 1940s, he played leads in B films and supporting roles in big-budget productions.

Born Ralph Bowman, he was born in Osceola, Neb., and later graduated from the U. of Southern California. He subsequently entered and won a talent contest and began acting in films.

Feature credits included the James Cagney starrer “White Heat,” “Guadalcanal Diary,” “Destination Moon” and “Sherlock Holmes in Washington,” in which he co-starred with his first wife, actress Marjorie Lord.

On Broadway, he starred in “One Man Show” with Constance Cummings,” “Strange Bedfellows” and “The Day Before Spring.”

He is survived by his wife, Ann Archer, and their two children, John and Lisa, as well as two children from his marriage to Lord, actress Anne Archer and brother Gregg.

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