From 1944 to 1945, John Archer played The Shadow on radio. He left the role after his Broadway career took off.
Ralph Bowman won his stage name of "John Archer" after an appearance on Jesse Lasky's Gateway to Hollywood radio show, which awarded studio contracts to aspiring actors. He would later joke that he "went from a Bowman to an Archer."
John Archer is the father of actress Anne Archer.