Hall was the co-star of Maria Montez in the most popular movies in Technicolor which were made between 1942 and 1945. He was born in Fresno, California (USA) on February 23rd, 1913, his real name was Charles Hall Locher, and he began his artistic career in 1935.
In some ocassions he used the name of:
He was married with Raquel Torres and Frances Langford.
Before working with Maria, he had been the co-star of Dorothy Lamour in The Hurricane. In the 50s he was the star of a TV series called RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE, after that, he retired of the artistic activities and he became a business man. He killed himself on December 13th, 1979, in North Hollywood, California, USA.
Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Court of Liberty, same row as Buster Keaton.
To end the weakness and suffering due to cancer of the bladder, Jon Hall shot himself in the head at the age of 66.
Son of actor Felix Locher.
Jon was married three times, two of them to entertainers: singer Frances Langford and actress Raquel Torres. His third wife was a psychiatrist whom he married in 1969. They lived in Los Angeles with her two sons and a daughter.
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Brawny, athletic leading man who was once crowned "the King of Technicolor" (his queen was Maria Montez), Hall started in films as a bit player billed under his own name. The dark-haired, handsome actor worked his way up to substantial roles in Here's to Romance, Charlie Chan in Shanghai (both 1935), The Lion Man and The Mysterious Avenger (both 1936), among others, before being cast as Dorothy Lamour's sarong-clad native lover in John Ford's The Hurricane (1937), a huge success. As Jon Hall, he became a leading man, and freelanced for several studios, appearing in South of Pago Pago, Kit Carson (both 1940), Aloma of the South Seas (1941), and Eagle Squadron (1942), before being paired with exotic Maria Montez in a Technicolor spectacle for Universal, Arabian Nights (1942). Escape-hungry wartime audiences made it a big hit, and Universal kept the Hall-Montez team together in White Savage (1943), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Cobra Woman, GypsyWildcat (all 1944), and Sudan (1945). When the formula finally petered out, Hall's star began to wane.
He made several Westerns, among them The Vigilantes Return (1947), Deputy Marshal (1949, costarring then-wife Frances Langford), and When the Redskins Rode (1951), before starring as "Ramar of the Jungle" in a 1952-54 syndicated TV series, some episodes of which were cut together and released as feature films. Overweight and lethargic, he never regained his box-office standing, although he did stay in the movie business by renting out some expensive photographic equipment he'd collected over the years. He also directed one film, The Beachgirls and the Monster (1965, aka Monster from the Surf Hall married actress Raquel Torres in 1959, and shot himself to death after spending several months in bed following an operation for bladder cancer.
01. Beach Girls and the Monster, The (1965) * As: Dr. Otto Lindsay
02. Forbidden Island (1959) * As: Dave Courtney
03. Hell Ship Mutiny (1957) * As: Captain Knight
04. Phantom of the Jungle (1955) * As: Dr. Tom Reynolds, called "Ramar"
05. Thunder Over Sangoland (1955) * As: Ramar
06. Eyes of the Jungle (1953) * As: Dr. Tom Reynolds, called "Ramar"
07. White Goddess (1953) * As: Dr. Tom Reynolds, called 'Ramar'
08. "Ramar of the Jungle" (1952) Serie Televisiva * As: Dr. Tom Reynolds ("Ramar")
09. Brave Warrior (1952) * As: Steve Ruddell
10. Last Train From Bombay (1952) * As: Martin Viking
11. China Corsair (1951) * As: McMillan
12. Hurricane Island (1951) * As: Capt. Carlos Montalvo
13. When the Redskins Rode (1951) * As: Prince Hannoc
14. On the Isle of Samoa (1950) * As: Kenneth Crandall
15. Deputy Marshal (1949) * As: Ed Garry
16. Mutineers, The (1949) * As: Nick Shaw
17. Zamba (1949) * As: Steve
18. Prince of Thieves, The (1948) * As: Robin Hood
19. Last of the Redmen (1947) * As: Major Heyward
20. Michigan Kid (1947) * As: Michigan Kid
21. Vigilantes Return, The (1947) * As: Johnnie Taggart
22. Sudan (1945) * As: Merab
23. Men in Her Diary (1945) * As: Randolph Glenning
24. Gypsy Wildcat (1944) * As: Michael
25. Cobra Woman (1944) * As: Ramu
26. Lady in the Dark (1944) * As: Randy Curtis
27. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) * As: Ali Baba
28. Invisible Man's Revenge, The (1944) * As: Robert Griffin
29. San Diego, I Love You (1944) * As: John Caldwell
30. White Savage (1943) * As: Kaloe
31. Arabian Nights (1942) * As: Haroun-Al-Raschid
32. Invisible Agent (1942) * As: Frank Raymond
33. Eagle Squadron (1942) * As: Hank Starr
34. Tuttles of Tahiti, The (1942) * As: Chester Tuttle
35. Aloma of the South Seas (1941) * As: Tanoa
36. Sailor's Lady (1940) * As: Danny Malone
37. Kit Carson (1940) * As: Kit Carson
38. South of Pago Pago (1940) * As: Kehane
39. Hurricane, The (1937) * As: Terangi
40. Girl From Scotland Yard, The (1937) * As: Bertie
41. Mind Your Own Business (1937)
42. Winds of the Wasteland (1936) (Credited as Charles Locher) * As: Jim
43. Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand, The (1936/II) (as Charles Locher)
44. Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand, The (1936/I) * As: Hobart
45. Lion Man, The (1936) (Credited as Charles Locher) * As: Ed Lion
46. Mysterious Avenger, The (1936) * As: Lafe
47. Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) (Credited as Charles Locher) * As: Philip Nash
48. Here's To Romance (1935) * As: Chofer
49. Women Must Dress (1935) (Credited as Charles Locher)
Go to Sabu
Go to Turhan Bey
Questions or Comments:
Vivian Perez firstname.lastname@example.org
Luisa Peguero email@example.com
Back to Maria Montez Home Page