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Subject: It's a small miracle John Payne even made it to 77. Few today remember his horrific NYC street accident when he was 50, when a car hit him, smashing his face into windshield, as he was crossing Madison Ave, leaving him somewhat scarred detouring his film career. Later, he only appeared in a handful of screen project before his death. It took years to fully recover, but had invested well in real estate. ...
...In March 1961, Payne suffered extensive, life-threatening injuries when struck by a car in New York City. His recovery took two years. In his later roles, facial scars from the accident can be detected in close-ups; he chose not to have them removed. One of Payne's first public appearances during this period was as a guest panelist on the popular CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Sunday night game show What's My Line? In the December 3, 1961 episode, regular panelist Dorothy Kilgallen introduced Payne by saying, "He's been in the hospital after a very bad accident. So it's good to see him fit as a fiddle and all in one piece." Regular panelist Bennett Cerf remarked, "Good to see you here, John. Glad to see you beat that car on Madison Avenue that bumped into you." ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ODGQJvjuR0