John Monks, Jr.


Biography of John Monks, Jr.

John Cherry Monks, Jr. (born Pleasantville, New York 24 February 1910 died Pacific Palisades, California, 10 December 2004) was an author, actor, playwright, screenwriter, director, and a U.S. Marine.

He attended the Virginia Military Institute (V.M.I.) and became a stage actor. Together with a fellow former cadet Fred Finklehoffe, he co-wrote a play in 1936 Brother Rat. The success of the play led to Warner Bros. purchasing the play for filming at the V.M.I. Warners engaged them to write the screenplay for the film and a sequel Brother Rat and a Baby. Monks also wrote Strike Up the Band for MGM.

In World War II, Monks enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He met producer Louis de Rochemont and co-wrote We Are the Marines. Captain Monks served in the 3rd Marine Regiment during the Bougainville campaign and wrote an account of the Regiment A Ribbon and A Star published in 1945.

Monks returned to civilian life writing the screenplays for several films such as The House on 92nd Street (winning an Edgar Allan Poe Award), Knock on Any Door, The People Against O'Hara and later with Richard Goldstone writing, producing and directing No Man Is an Island (1962) about American sailor George Ray Tweed who remained undetected on Guam from the Japanese invasion to the American recapture.

After a long absence from the cinema, Monks made several appearances as an actor beginning with Sylvester Stallone's Paradise Alley (1978).

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