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Also Known As: John Beach Litel, John B. Litel Died: February 3, 1972
Born: December 30, 1892 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Albany, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor

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Though he follows in the growing tradition of rappers turned actors, this strikingly handsome and sleekly muscular performer does not hail from the 'hood. Litefoot recited his rhymes and gave motivational talks as an inspirational rapper performing at Native American reservations and schools before making his acting debut as the co-star of "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995). This charming children's fantasy told the story of a young boy who learns a series of life lessons after he unexpectedly brings his three-inch tall plastic Indian to life by placing it in a magic cupboard. Conscious of his status as a role model, Litefoot bestowed humanity and dignity upon a potential stereotype while demanding historical accuracy in his portrayal.A member of the Cherokee Nation, Litefoot grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he first developed musical interests as a child listening to Motown artists and other R&B performers with his parents. He later began writing poetry and listening to rap music. These interests converged years later when his sister, a recording artist, asked him to write a rap for one of her band's songs. Litefoot's musical career began when they asked him to perform his own composition. In...

Though he follows in the growing tradition of rappers turned actors, this strikingly handsome and sleekly muscular performer does not hail from the 'hood. Litefoot recited his rhymes and gave motivational talks as an inspirational rapper performing at Native American reservations and schools before making his acting debut as the co-star of "The Indian in the Cupboard" (1995). This charming children's fantasy told the story of a young boy who learns a series of life lessons after he unexpectedly brings his three-inch tall plastic Indian to life by placing it in a magic cupboard. Conscious of his status as a role model, Litefoot bestowed humanity and dignity upon a potential stereotype while demanding historical accuracy in his portrayal.

A member of the Cherokee Nation, Litefoot grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he first developed musical interests as a child listening to Motown artists and other R&B performers with his parents. He later began writing poetry and listening to rap music. These interests converged years later when his sister, a recording artist, asked him to write a rap for one of her band's songs. Litefoot's musical career began when they asked him to perform his own composition. In addition to writing all his own lyrics, he has subsequently overseen the production, distribution and marketing of his releases on Red Vinyl Records. Litefoot has referred to his music as "tribalistic funk or Native American hip-hop."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Nevada Smith (1966) Doctor
2.
 The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) Minister
3.
 The Gun Hawk (1963) Drunk
4.
 Lover Come Back (1961) Board member
5.
 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) Admiral Crawford
6.
 Pocketful of Miracles (1961) Police inspector
7.
 Houseboat (1958) Mr. Farnsworth
8.
 The Hired Gun (1957)
9.
 Decision at Sundown (1957) Charles Summerton
10.
 Runaway Daughters (1956) George Barton
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Education

University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Contributions

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Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia allmovie.com

John Litel (December 30, 1892 - February 3, 1972) was a film actor. Wisconsinite Litel was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. When World War I broke out in Europe, Litel didn't feel like waiting until America became officially involved and thus joined the French army, serving valiantly for three years and was twice decorated for bravery. Back in the US after the war, Litel enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began his stage career. In 1929, he started appearing in films. Part of the "Warner Bros. Stock Company" beginning in the 1930s, he appeared in dozens of Warner Bros. films. He settled in Hollywood for keeps in 1937, spending the next three decades portraying a vast array of lawyers, judges, corporate criminals, military officers, and even a lead or two. Litel was a regular in two separate "B"-picture series, playing the respective fathers of Bonita Granville and James Lydon in the Nancy Drew and Henry Aldrich series. On television, John Litel was appropriately ulcerated as the boss of Bob Cummings on the 1953 sitcom My Hero. He appeared in over 200 films including They Drive by Night (1940), Knute Rockne All American (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), The Guilty (1947), Pitfall (1948), Two Dollar Bettor (1951), Scaramouche (1952), and his final film role in Nevada Smith (1966).

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