John Alderson

Last updated 09 January 2020

John Alderson (1916-2006)
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John Alderson

Born: Monday 10th April 1916
Died: Friday 4th August 2006 (age: 90)


John "Basher" Alderson led a colorful life considering his origins in a mining village in the north of England. After spending all of two weeks as a miner, he lied about his age, joined the British Army and attained the rank of Major. Leaving for the US, he married a General's secretary and got into the movies, often playing villains. He played (uncredited) the Gum Chewer in Blazing Saddles.