85 (passed away Sep. 24th, 1984)
Sep. 9th, 1899
Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Neil Hamilton's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1966 - Batman: The Movie
1966 - Madame X
1964 - Good Neighbor Sam
1964 - The Patsy
1945 - Brewster's Millions
1944 - When Strangers Marry
1943 - The Sky's the Limit
1939 - The Saint Strikes Back
1934 - Tarzan and His Mate
1932 - Tarzan The Ape Man
Guest TV Roles
Ronald J. Sutton
John Howard Payne
Brig. Gen. Archibald Vandergelt
Neil Hamilton's show business career began when he secured a job as a shirt model in magazine ads. He became interested in acting and joined several stock companies. He got his first film role in 1918, but received his big break from D.W. Griffith in The White Rose (1923).
After performing in several more Griffith films, Hamilton was signed by Paramount in the late 1920s and soon became one of that studio's most popular leading men. His rugged good looks and sophisticated demeanor kept him steadily employed, and he worked for just about every studio in Hollywood, from glittering MGM to rock-bottom PRC. Hamilton worked steadily over the years, and grew gracefully into mature supporting parts. He is probably best known to modern-day audiences, however, as Police Commissioner Gordon in the TV series "Batman" (1966).
- Appeared on the Thanksgiving Day cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1918, marching beside (and hungrily eyeing) a turkey.
- Distant cousin of 'Margaret Hamilton' (qv).
- By the mid-1940s, his personal and professional life were at such a low point that he was seriously considering committing suicide. His plan was to jump from the mountains above Santa Monica, but on his walk he met a priest and told him the whole story. The priest encouraged him to make a novena, instead. At the end of the nine days of prayer, he was offered an acting job from Universal Studios and never looked back.
- Was the only member of the supporting cast of _"Batman" (1966)_ (qv) to be in every single episode of the series.
- Strikingly handsome in his youth, Hamilton--along with 'John Barrymore (I)' (qv), 'Fredric March' (qv) and 'Brian Donlevy' (qv)--modeled as the Arrow (Shirt) Collar Man, and received more fan mail in the 1920s than box-office king 'Rudolph Valentino' (qv).
- Raised in a devoutly Roman Catholic household.
- An only child.
- He made 268 films, both sound and silent, and played opposite such stars as 'Joan Crawford (I)' (qv), 'Norma Shearer' (qv), 'Constance Bennett (I)' (qv), 'Ann Sothern' (qv) and 'Jean Arthur (I)' (qv).
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