John Stephenson (born August John Stephenson; August 9, 1923 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.) is an Americanactor and voice actor. He has also been credited as John Stevenson. Stephenson has never given any interviews and has rarely been seen in public.
Early guest starring roles
He started his acting career in numerous television shows in the 1950s and into the 1970s, usually in small guest star roles on such shows as:
The Johnny Carson Show where Stephenson played himself but acted as a super serious news-break announcer on several episodes while Carson played the roving reporter in the sketches; On screen Stephenson wore a suit and a fedora, typical attire for the hard-boiled character often played up on early television; Carson's series ran during 1955-1956.
Bonanza in one episode as John Henry in the episode "The Sisters" (12 December 1959).
Perry Mason in three episodes; as Ed Davenport in "The Case of the Runaway Corpse" (23 November 1957), as Grant Reynolds in "The Case of the Borrowed Brunette" (10 January 1959), and as Frank Avery in "The Case of the Gallant Grafter" (6 February 1960).
The Beverly Hillbillies, in three episodes; as Mr. Landman in "Jed Pays His Income Tax" (3 April 1963), and as Professor Robert Graham in "Cabin in Beverly Hills" (27 May 1964) and in "Jed Foils a Home Wrecker" (3 June 1964).