Born in Highland Park, Illinois, on August 23, 1928, actor John Lupton grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and became interested in the theater while attending Shorewood High School. Upon his graduation in 1946, he headed to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he also joined a theater company that specialized in productions for children. Although he never landed a role in a Broadway show, in 1950 he was cast in a touring company production of As You Like It and was eventually signed to a contract by an MGM talent scout. As was typical of MGM, Lupton was brought along slowly as an actor, and for the first two years of his contract, he appeared in just three films. By 1953, he was landing supporting roles in such MGM features as Escape from Fort Bravo (1953; with William Holden and Eleanor Parker) and All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953; with Robert Taylor and Ann Blyth). Lupton left MGM in 1956 and, after a brief contract with 20th Century Fox, freelanced for the remainder of his career.

Lupton married first wife Ann in 1956 and had a daughter, Rollin, in 1957, but the marriage soured quickly, and the couple divorced in 1959. He married again in 1962, this time to wife Dian.

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Early 1970s photo of John Lupton

In 1956, Lupton was cast in the lead role in the ABC TV western Broken Arrow and stayed with the show until it was canceled in 1958. He continued acting in television throughout his career, cast as a guest star in such shows as Perry Mason, The Time Tunnel, and Daniel Boone. However, his film career suffered, and by the late 1950s he was appearing only sporadically in such low-budget film fare as The Rebel Set (1959; with Gregg Palmer and Don Sullivan), Three Came to Kill (1961; with Cameron Mitchell and Steve Brodie), and the campy horror flick Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966; with Cal Bolder and Narda Onyx).

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Glory (1956)

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With Margaret O'Brien in the RKO drama Glory

Broken Arrow (1956-1958 ABC TV Series)

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LEFT: Lupton portrayed mail rider Tom Jeffords in the ABC western series Broken Arrow. RIGHT: With series regular Michael Ansara as Cochise

Drango (1957)

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As Captain Marc Banning in the western Drango, released by United Artists

Gun Fever (1958)

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From the low-budget western Gun Crazy with Maureen Hingert

Blood and Steel (1959)

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From the war drama Blood and Steel, released by 20th Century Fox

The Rebel Set (1959)

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As Ray Miller in the low-budget Allied Artists crime drama The Rebel Set

Black Saddle (1959-1960 ABC TV Series)

Peter Breck, Aneta Corsaut, and John Lupton

With Peter Breck and Aneta Corsaut in an episode of the ABC western series Black Saddle titled Client: Peter Warren

Three Came to Kill (1961)

John Lupton and Estelita Rodriguez

With Steve Brodie and Lyn Thomas in the low-budget thriller Three Came to Kill

The Clown and the Kid (1961)

John Lupton and Michael McGreevey

With Michael McGreevey in the heartwarming drama The Clown and the Kid

The Devil's Bedroom (1964)

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From the low-budget western The Devil's Bedroom

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)

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LEFT and CENTER: With Cal Bolder in the campy horror/western Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter. RIGHT: With Estelita Rodriguez

Adam-12 (1968-1975 NBC TV Series)

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Lupton in a 1971 episode of Adam-12 titled Assassination

later years

In the late 1960s, John Lupton was cast as Tommy Horton on the popular NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives, a role he stayed with from 1967 until 1979. In 1980, he moved to CBS for a role in The Young and the Restless, but this was short-lived. While appearing in soaps, Lupton continued making numerous guest appearances on TV and acted in the occasional film, such as Airport 1975 (1974; with Charlton Heston and Karen Black). He also acted in many made-for-TV films in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he took a steady job with a computer firm as good roles began to dry up. Sadly, Lupton passed away from a sudden heart attack at his home on November 3, 1993, at the age of 65. He was survived by his second wife, Dian (1935-2005); daughter Rollin; son Anthony; stepson Edward; three granddaughters; and a sister.

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Body Shot (1994) with Robert Patrick
Red River (1988) with Bruce Boxleitner, James Arness, Gregory Harrison, Ray Walston, Ty Hardin, Robert Horton, Guy Madison, and L.Q.Jones
Miracle on Ice (1981) with Karl Malden, Andrew Stevens, Steve Guttenberg, Jerry Houser, and Jessica Walter
Trouble in High Timber Country (1980) with Eddie Albert, Martin Kove, Belinda Montgomery, and Bettye Ackerman
The Young Runaways (1978) with Anne Francis, Barbara Hale, Gary Collins, Pat Delaney, Lucille Benson, Sonny Shroyer, and Sharon Farrell
Doctors' Private Lives (1978) with John Gavin, Donna Mills, Ed Nelson, William Kerwin, Bettye Ackerman, John Randolph, Leigh McCloskey, and Elinor Donahue
The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) with Tommy Lee Jones, Ed Flanders, Lee Purcell, Sorrell Booke, Arthur Franz, and Howard Hesseman
The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper (1976) with Kim Richards, Ronnie Schell, and Jaclyn Smith
The Dream Makers (1975) with James Franciscus, Diane Baker, John Astin, and Kenny Rogers
Airport 1975 (1974) with Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Susan Clark, Helen Reddy, Linda Blair, Dana Andrews, Roy Thinnes, Sid Caesar, and Myrna Loy
The Phantom of Hollywood (1974) with Skye Aubrey, Jack Cassidy, Jackie Coogan, Broderick Crawford, Peter Haskell, John Ireland, Peter Lawford, Corinne Calvet, Billy Halop, Kent Taylor, and Bill Williams
The World's Greatest Athlete (1973) with Tim Conway, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Amos, Billy De Wolfe, and Nancy Walker
The Day of the Wolves (1973) with Richard Egan, Martha Hyer, Rick Jason, and Jan Murray
Hit Man (1972) with Bernie Casey and Pam Grier
The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972) with Bette Davis, Doug McClure, Eric Braeden, Joan Van Ark, Gary Conway, Lou Jacobi, Barbara Rhoades, and John Randolph
All My Darling Daughters (1972) with Robert Young, Eve Arden, Raymond Massey, Judy Strangis, Sharon Gless, William Kerwin, and Bruno Kirby
Private Parts (1972) with Lucille Benson and Stanley Livingston
Napoleon and Samantha (1972) with Michael Douglas, Will Geer, Johnny Whitaker, Jodie Foster, Henry Jones, Mary Wickes, and Ellen Corby
Cool Breeze (1972) with Thalmus Rasulala, Judy Pace, Margaret Avery, and Pam Grier
The Astronaut (1972) with Jackie Cooper, Monte Markham, Richard Anderson, Robert Lansing, and Susan Clark
Me and Benjy (1967) with Audrey Dalton and Bernie Hamilton
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966) with Narda Onyx, Cal Bolder, Jim Davis, and Steven Geray
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
The Devil's Bedroom (1964) with Dickie Jones, Alvy Moore, and L.Q. Jones
The Clown and the Kid (1961) with Michael McGreevey and Don Keefer
Three Came to Kill (1961) with Cameron Mitchell and Steve Brodie
Blood and Steel (1959) with Ziva Rodann and Brett Halsey
The Rebel Set (1959) with Gregg Palmer, Kathleen Crowley, Edward Platt, Don Sullivan, Robert Shayne, and Byron Foulger
The Man in the Net (1959) with Alan Ladd, Carolyn Jones, Diane Brewster, Charles McGraw, and Susan Gordon
Gun Fever (1958) with Mark Stevens, Larry Storch, and Dean Fredericks
Taming Sutton's Gal (1957) with Gloria Talbott and Jack Kelly
Drango (1957) with Jeff Chandler, Joanne Dru, Julie London, Walter Sande, Milburn Stone, Morris Ankrum, and Parley Baer
The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) with Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Kenneth Tobey, and Don Megowan
Diane (1956) with Lana Turner, Pedro Armendariz, Roger Moore, Marisa Pavan, Cedric Hardwicke, Taina Elg, Sean McClory, Michael Ansara, and Melville Cooper
Glory (1956) with Margaret O'Brien, Walter Brennan, Charlotte Greenwood, and Byron Palmer
Man with the Gun (1955) with Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe, and Henry Hull
Seven Angry Men (1955) with Raymond Massey, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Larry Pennell, John Smith, James Best, Dennis Weaver, and Guy Williams
Battle Cry (1955) with Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Nancy Olson, James Whitmore, Raymond Massey, Tab Hunter, Dorothy Malone, Anne Francis, William Campbell, L.Q. Jones, and Fess Parker
Prisoner of War (1954) with Ronald Reagan, Steve Forrest, Dewey Martin, Oskar Homolka, Robert Horton, Harry Morgan, and Darryl Hickman
Dragonfly Squadron (1954) with John Hodiak, Barbara Britton, Bruce Bennett, Gerald Mohr, Chuck Connors, Benson Fong, and Fess Parker
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) with William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe, William Demarest, William Campbell, Polly Bergen, and Richard Anderson
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) with Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Ann Blyth, Betta St. John, Keenan Wynn, and James Whitmore
Julius Caesar (1953) with Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud, Louis Calhern, Edmond O'Brien, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, George Macready, and John Hoyt
Scandal at Scourie (1953) with Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Agnes Moorehead, and Philip Ober
Rogue's March (1953) with Peter Lawford, Richard Greene, Janice Rule, Leo G. Carroll, and Hayden Rorke
Shadow in the Sky (1952) with Ralph Meeker, Nancy Davis, James Whitmore, and Jean Hagen

The Young and the Restless, 1973-present CBS daytime drama. Lupton portrayed Everett Thornton during the 1980 season
Days of Our Lives, 1965-present NBC daytime drama. Lupton portrayed Tommy Horton Jr. from 1967-1972 and from 1975-1979
Broken Arrow, 1956-1958 ABC TV series. Lupton portrayed Tom Jeffords

Good Advice, episode Sunshine on My Shoulder, originally aired April 30, 1993
Who's the Boss?, episode Split Decision, originally aired March 21, 1992
B.J. and the Bear, episode Who Is B.J.?, originally aired April 25, 1981
Charlie's Angels, episode An Angel's Trail, originally aired February 27, 1980
B.J. and the Bear, episode Snow White and the Seven Lady Truckers: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired October 6, 1979
The Rockford Files, episode The Competitive Edge, originally aired February 10, 1978
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, episode Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom: Part 2, originally aired October 9, 1977
The Rockford Files, episode So Help Me God, originally aired November 19, 1976
The Rockford Files, episode A Bad Deal in the Valley, originally aired March 19, 1976
S.W.A.T., episode The Running Man: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired January 24, 1976
Matt Helm, episode Panic, originally aired December 27, 1975
Petrocelli, episode The Gamblers, originally aired November 12, 1975
S.W.A.T., episode The Bravo Enigma, originally aired April 21, 1975
Harry O, episode APB Harry Orwell, originally aired November 6, 1975
Petrocelli, episode Chain of Command, originally aired October 8, 1975
Shazam!, episode On Winning, originally aired September 6, 1975
Kung Fu, episode Flight to Orion, originally aired April 5, 1975
Kung Fu, episode Barbary House, originally aired March 29, 1975
Cannon, episode Vengeance, originally aired March 12, 1975
Police Story, episode Explosion, originally aired December 3, 1974
Apple's Way, episode The Real Thanksgiving, originally aired November 24, 1974
Ironside, episode Run Scared, originally aired November 7, 1974
The F.B.I., episode Survival, originally aired April 28, 1974
Apple's Way, episode The Pen Pal, originally aired April 28, 1974
The F.B.I., episode Confessions of a Madman, originally aired April 14, 1974
The F.B.I., episode The Vendetta, originally aired April 7, 1974
Doc Elliot, episode The Carrier, originally aired February 20, 1974
Marcus Welby, M.D., episode The Mugging, originally aired February 12, 1974
The ABC Afternoon Playbreak, episode I Never Said Goodbye, originally aired December 3, 1973
Medical Center, episode The Guilty, originally aired September 10, 1973
ABC Afterschool Specials, episode Alexander, originally aired April 4, 1973
The F.B.I., episode Dark Christmas, originally aired December 24, 1972
Jigsaw, episode Finder's Fee, originally aired December 21, 1972
Medical Center, episode No Sanctuary, originally aired November 22, 1972
Marcus Welby, M.D., episode Solomon's Choice, originally aired March 14, 1972
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, episode Operation: Payoff, originally aired December 10, 1971
Adam-12, episode Assassination, originally aired December 8, 1971
Longstreet, episode I See, Said the Blind Man, originally aired November 18, 1971
Ironside, episode The Gambling Game, originally aired October 5, 1971
Mannix, episode The Color of Murder, originally aired February 27, 1971
The Virginian, episode Tate, Ramrod, originally aired February 24, 1971
Hawaii Five-O, episode Dear Enemy, originally aired February 17, 1971
Ironside, episode This Could Blow Your Mind, originally aired December 17, 1970
The Interns, episode The Fever, originally aired December 4, 1970
The Young Lawyers, episode Are You Running with Me, Jimmy?, originally aired November 23, 1970
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, episode This Will Really Kill You, originally aired September 20, 1970
Adam-12, episode Log 112: You Blew It, originally aired February 8, 1969
I Spy, episode This Guy Smith, originally aired February 5, 1968
The Virginian, episode A Small Taste of Justice, originally aired December 20, 1967
Family Affair, episode Our Friend Stanley, originally aired December 4, 1967
Dragnet 1967, episode The Big Frustration, originally aired October 19, 1967
The Invaders, episode Moonshot, originally aired April 18, 1967
The Virginian, episode Bitter Harvest, originally aired March 15, 1967
The F.B.I., episode The Conspirators, originally aired February 5, 1967
T.H.E. Cat, episode A Slight Family Trait, originally aired January 20, 1967
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, episode The Lost Bomb, originally aired December 11, 1966
The Time Tunnel, episode The Alamo, originally aired December 9, 1966
Daniel Boone, episode The Trek, originally aired October 21, 1965
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., episode Third Finger, Left Loaf, originally aired September 24, 1965
Wagon Train, episode The Indian Girl Story, originally aired April 18, 1965
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., episode Gomer the M.P., originally aired April 16, 1965
The Cara Williams Show, episode What Television Show Does Your Dog Watch?, originally aired March 31, 1965
Slattery's People, episode Question: Does Nero Still at Ringside Sit?, originally aired February 5, 1965
Flipper, episode Lifeguard, originally aired January 9, 1965
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., episode Sergeant of the Week, originally aired December 25, 1964
Gunsmoke, episode Chicken, originally aired December 5, 1964
The Virginian, episode A Gallows for Sam Horn, originally aired December 2, 1964
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., episode Pay Day, originally aired October 30, 1964
Temple Houston, episode Miss Katherine, originally aired April 2, 1964
Rawhide, episode Incident at Zebulon, originally aired March 5, 1964
Wagon Train, episode The Trace McCloud Story, originally aired March 2, 1964
Alcoa Premiere, episode Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks, originally aired January 26, 1963
Death Valley Days, episode The Private Mint of Clark, Gruber and Company, originally aired December 28, 1962
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, episode Victim Four, originally aired May 15, 1962
Laramie, episode The Day of the Savage, originally aired March 13, 1962
Wagon Train, episode The Jenna Douglas Story, originally aired November 1, 1961
Target: The Corruptors, episode The Platinum Highway, originally aired October 31, 1961
Window on Main Street, episode Doctor to Town, originally aired October 16, 1961
The Aquanauts, episode The Kidnap Adventure, originally aired May 17, 1961
Laramie, episode Killer Odds, originally aired April 25, 1961
Surfside 6, episode Circumstantial Evidence, originally aired April 17, 1961
Death Valley Days, episode South of Horror Flats, originally aired January 31, 1961
Gunsmoke, episode Ben Tolliver's Stud, originally aired November 26, 1960
Checkmate, episode Target: Tycoon, originally aired November 5, 1960
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Lavender Lipstick, originally aired October 15, 1960
Sea Hunt, episode Beyond Limits, originally aired September 17, 1960
Sea Hunt, episode Prima Donna, originally aired September 10, 1960
Tales of Wells Fargo, episode Day of Judgment, originally aired September 5, 1960
Richard Diamond, Private Detective, episode Fallen Star, originally aired July 9, 1960
Men Into Space, episode Flash in the Sky, originally aired April 6, 1960
U.S. Marshal, episode The Triple Cross, originally aired January 9, 1960
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Bartered Bikini, originally aired December 5, 1959
Death Valley Days, episode The Grand Duke, originally aired November 3, 1959
Black Saddle, episode Client: Peter Warren, originally aired October 30, 1959
G.E. True Theater, episode The Tallest Marine, originally aired October 18, 1959
Playhouse 90, episode The Second Happiest Day, originally aired June 25, 1959
Goodyear Theatre, episode Wait Till Spring, originally aired May 31, 1959
Yancy Derringer, episode A State of Crisis, originally aired April 30, 1959
Behind Closed Doors, episode The Antidote, originally aired April 2, 1959
The Restless Gun, episode Ricochet, originally aired March 9, 1959
Wanted: Dead or Alive, episode Secret Ballot, originally aired February 14, 1959
The Millionaire, episode Millionaire Emily Baker, originally aired February 4, 1959
Studio One in Hollywood, episode The Undiscovered, originally aired June 30, 1958
Studio One in Hollywood, episode The Edge of Truth, originally aired April 28, 1958
Matinee Theatre, episode The Ransom of Sigmund Freud, originally aired November 13, 1957
The Millionaire, episode The Jimmy Reilly Story, originally aired March 13, 1957
Schlitz Playhouse, episode The Press Agent, originally aired September 7, 1956
The 20th Century-Fox Hour, episode Broken Arrow, originally aired May 1, 1956
The Star and the Story, episode The Whizzer, originally aired March 31, 1956
Studio One in Hollywood, episode Always Welcome, originally aired February 27, 1956
Schlitz Playhouse, episode Top Man, originally aired February 10, 1956
Climax!, episode The Fifth Wheel, originally aired February 9, 1956
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Dear Diane, originally aired January 12, 1956
Cameo Theatre, episode The Man from the South, originally aired August 7, 1955
Four Star Playhouse, episode Tusitala, originally aired February 24, 1955
Lux Video Theatre, episode The Copperhead, originally aired February 17, 1955
Hallmark Hall of Fame, episode Patrick Henry, originally aired February 6, 1955
Schlitz Playhouse, episode Underground, originally aired January 21, 1955
Climax!, episode The Mojave Kid, originally aired January 27, 1955
Robert Montgomery Presents, episode Homecoming, originally aired November 22, 1954
Studio 57, episode Step Lightly Please, originally aired November 9, 1954
My Little Margie, episode Shipboard Story, originally aired October 27, 1954
Studio 57, episode So False and So Fair, originally aired October 26, 1954
Fireside Theatre, episode The Relentless Weavers, originally aired March 30, 1954
Cavalcade of America, episode Mr. Peale's Dinosaur, originally aired December 29, 1953

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