John Hodiak began his radio acting career in Detroit, where he'd previously worked in the warehouse at the Chevrolet motor company. Signed to an MGM contract in 1942, Hodiak did some of his best work on loan-out to 20th Century-Fox, where he appeared as a communist stoker in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) and as the humanitarian US army officer in A Bell for Adano (1945). Putting his film career on the back burner in the 1950s, Hodiak made several notable Broadway appearances; he originated the role of Lieutenant Maryk in Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. From 1946 through 1953, Hodiak was married to actress Anne Baxter. While shaving in his Tarzana, California home, 41-year-old John Hodiak suffered a sudden and fatal heart attack.