S. John Launer

S. John Launer
Born Saul John Launer
(1919-11-05)November 5, 1919
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died November 8, 2006(2006-11-08) (aged 87)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Other names John Launer, S. Jon Launer, S. J. Louner
Years active 1955–1987
Spouse(s) Estelle Launer (2 children)

S. John Launer (5 November 1919 September 8, 2006), was an American television and film actor. Launer was born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.


Launer appeared in 89 films and television programs between 1943 and 1977 and most of his films list him as un-credited. His first acting role was in the television series Meet Corliss Archer (1954) and his career ended with the film Billionaire Boys Club (1987).

Launer's film credits include The Werewolf (1956), I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), Jailhouse Rock (1957), The Crowded Sky (1960), Marnie (1964), and Pendulum (1969).

His television credits include Father Knows Best (1956), The Ford Television Theatre (1956–57), The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957), State Trooper (1958), Dr. Kildare (1963), The Twilight Zone (1959–63), Dragnet (1969-70), Harry O (1973–74).

His most famous role was his frequent service as a criminal court judge on Perry Mason. He was a no-nonsense judge who would often put District Attorney Hamilton Burger in his place when Burger would object to Perry's line of questioning. Launer's Judge would say, "I disagree Mr. Burger. I want to hear what the witness has to say."


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