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Also Known As: Died: February 25, 2006
Born: May 7, 1922 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Spokane, Washington, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Director (feature film)

1.
Happy Mother's Day... Love, George (1973) as Director
Johnny is a young man who returns to his family home to try to learn his father's identity. When he arrives, he finds himself in the middle of a rivalry between his mother and his aunt, and his innocent inquiries create havoc in the small town because several people have secrets they are trying to p

Cast (feature film)

2.
Still Waters Burn (1998)
Jack Price is floundering in a mediocre existence, lacking the passion he feels he used to have. Then, on his thirty-third birthday, he meets a mysterious woman, Laura, whom he develops a close bond with, but who reveals to him a secret that changes his life.
3.
Small Time (1996) as Sam
The misadventures of three ethnically diverse hoods who team up for a heist.
4.
Billy Madison (1995) as Brian Madison
He's the heir to the Madison Hotel millions, but the only subjects Billy has studied lately are babes and booze. When Brian Madison informs his goofball son that he plans to turn over his Fortune 500 company to a scheming vice president, Billy makes the bet of his life: He's going back to school--grades 1 through 12--in 24 weeks! Can this bona fide blockhead win his father's respect, the family fortune and the love of his beautiful teacher?
5.
Commish: Father Image, The (1995) as Terry Boyle
The Commish's retired mentor assists him a high-profile serial murder case.
6.
Derby (1995) as Lester Corbett
Against insurmountable odds, a young woman rides the winning horse in the Kentucky Derby, saves the family horse farm and revives a teenage romance.
7.
Fudge-A-Mania (1995) as Buzzy Tubman Sr
Ten-year-old Peter Hatcher embarks on a family vacation in Maine, where he must contend with the antics of his four-year-old brother Fudge, his bossy neighbor Sheila, a baseball game with his greatest hero ("Big A") and his grandmother's impending marriage to Sheila's grandfather.
8.
Perfect Stranger, A (1994) as John Henry Phillips
A television movie based on "A Perfect Stranger," Danielle Steel's novel about an attorney who falls in love with the young wife of a wealthy man who is dying.
9.
Arthur Miller's American Clock (1993) as Older Arthur Huntington
An adaptation of Arthur Miller's play, "The American Clock," about the effects the Great Depression has on one middle-class family.
10.
Mastergate (1992) as Senator Bunting
An adaptation of Larry Gelbart's play about the U.S. Senate Watergate hearings in 1973-74. In this political satire, it is alleged that government functionaries used a Hollywood studio to funnel money to right-wing guerrillas.
11.
Happy Hell Night (1992)
Twenty-five years before, a priest named Zachary Malius murdered seven fraternity brothers at Winfield College. Malius was committed to an asylum at the time, but now the fraternity pulls a prank which results in him accidentally being set free, and he returns to the frat house to kill again.
12.
Captain America (1992) as General Fleming
A super-soldier dons red, white and blue to fight the Nazis in this colorful movie based on the hero from Marvel Comics. Injected with a secret serum, WWII washout Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger) becomes a super-powered hero that takes on the Red Skull and his band of Nazi thugs. But when he's frozen i
13.
Blood and Concrete - A Love Story (1991) as Hank Dick
A dimwitted thug encounters a strung-out, suicidal young woman and an unlikely relationship develops as they work together to make a break for new horizons.
14.
By Dawn's Early Light (1990) as Condor
A full-scale nuclear war is threatened when an unidentified missile strikes a Russian city. The American president and the Soviet premier race against time to stop their own missiles and save the world from destruction.
15.
It's Always Something (1990) as Leonard Wainwright
A television movie airing as part of "The ABC Saturday Mystery." Kojak's former top detective, Crocker, is now a brilliant assistant district attorney who sets out to prosecute Detective Blake for the murder of a call girl found dead in his bed.
16.
In the Name of Blood (1990) as Fergus
While on vacation in Kenya, an American policeman tracks a sniper.
17.
Child In The Night (1990) as Os Winfield
A young boy becomes mute after witnessing the murder of his parents. Because the police had been unable to extract any information from him, a female psychiatrist is assigned to help the boy identify the killer. As she explores further, she stumbles on the possibility that the boy remains silent bec
18.
Dead Heat (1988) as Dr Ernest Mcnab
A "dead" policeman is "re-activated" and goes on a manhunt for his killers.
19.
Inherit The Wind (1988) as E K Hornbeck
An adaptation of the play based on the Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925, in which a high school teacher in Tennessee was prosecuted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. The leading characters of Matthew Harrison Brady and Henry Drummond are thinly veiled portraits of the actual attorneys in the c
20.
Diamond Trap, The (1988) as Chief Walter Vadney
Two New York City police detectives investigate the theft of $12 million in jewels from a local gallery, including the renowned White Hall diamond. However, their plan goes awry and they end up following the trail of the White Hall diamond to London.
21.
From The Hip (1987) as Craig Duncan
After winning a 'no contest' case through outrageous courtroom tactics, lawyer Judd Nelson quickly discovers his next client, a murderer (John Hurt), will be a hard sell.
22.
Raw Deal (1986) as Harry Shannon
An ex-FBI agent goes undercover into a gang to bring down the leader.
23.
My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985) as Dr Gerrit Koets
This lively if rather questionable adaptation of Errol Flynn's autobiography, mixing the usual television amalgam of real-life figures, fictitious ones and those with "names changed to protect the innocent (and guilty)" had a relative unknown Canadian actor (and fair lookalike) swashing and buckling
24.
Turk 182 (1985) as Detective Kowalski
A young man becomes a mystery hero in New York when he lauches a one-man campaign to fight City Hall for proper restitution for his brother, a firefighter who was seriously injured while trying to save a young girl.
25.
Return of Marcus Welby, M.D., The (1984) as Dr David Jennings
Robert Young recreates his legendary TV character from the long-running series (1969-76) and is joined by Elena Verdugo as Nurse Consuelo Lopez and a roster of brand new characters in this pilot to a revival of the series. Here, Dr. Welby resists attempts to put him out to pasture by the hospital wh
26.
Baron and the Kid, The (1984) as Jack "Streamer" Beamer
A legendary pool player, known as "The Baron," is challenged by a young hustler, "The Cajun Kid," who turns out to be the son he never knew, and then must forge a relationship with him. Cash's hit song, "The Baron," provided the basis of this film, much the same way that Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler"
27.
The Natural (1984) as Gambler
An overaged baseball player comes out of nowhere to save his team.
28.
A Christmas Story (1983) as Old Man
An Indiana schoolboy dreams of getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.
30.
Waikiki (1980) as Captain Mcguire
A couple of private eyes, a laid-back Californian and a street-wise New Yorker, team up to track down a killer in Hawaii known as "the cane field murderer" in this unsuccessful pilot to yet another TV detective series.
31.
Hangar 18 (1980) as Harry Forbes
A satellite that is orbiting the earth collides with a UFO, which crashes in the United States. The President, in the midst of his re-election campaign, is determined to conceal the revelation that a craft full of alien bodies is in the U. S., so the ship and it's deceased crew are concealed in Hang
32.
Love For Rent (1979) as Coach John Martin
Two small-town sisters go to Hollywood and find themselves seduced by the glamour of the big time and big money as high-priced professional escorts.
33.
34.
Users, The (1978) as Henry Waller
A small-town girl with a dark past falls in love with a fading screen star and masterminds his spectacular professional and personal comeback. Screen veteran Joan Fontaine made her TV-movie debut here as a Hollywood socialite.
35.
Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978) as Mayor Ragsdale
A tough father is out to take control of a small western town with the help of his twin sons: one a gunfighter, the other a mild-mannered coward. Before gaining control, they must first win an odd race and then oust the town's corrupt mayor.
36.
Airport '77 (1977) as Buchek
Rescue workers fight to save a hijacked jet crashed in the Bermuda Triangle.
37.
No Deposit, No Return (1976) as Duke
Two would-be safe-crackers `sort of' kidnap the two grandchildren of millionaire J. W. Osborne. In a story somewhat reminiscent of O. Henry's The Ransom of Red Chief, the ransom amount keeps getting smaller as the two children have the best vacation from boarding school ever with their two new friends.
38.
Brink's: The Great Robbery (1976) as James Mcnally
The third film in Quinn Martin's productions from the annals of the FBI recreates the infamous January 17, 1950 Brink's Incorporated robbery in Boston involving the theft of $2,750,000 and the Bureau's dogged pursuit of the perpetrators, whose names were changed for this movie in the traditional pro
39.
Law and Order (1976) as Deputy Chief Brian O'Malley
Three generations of New York City cops are the focal point of this saga revolving primarily around the Deputy Chief of Public Affairs caught up in the politics and intrigue of the department, the discovery that his father had been on the take, and the news that his youngest son is having second tho
40.
Night Strangler, The (1973) as Carl Kolchak
A monster-chasing reporter finds himself searching Seattle for a killer whose grisly record seems to stretch back more than a century, making an appearance every twenty-one years. This sequel to "The Night Stalker" (1971) led to the near-cult "Kolchak" series (1974-75) that had Darren McGavin trying
41.
Six-Million-Dollar Man, The (1973) as Oliver Spencer
A test pilot, all but killed in a crash, is "remade" through the science of bionics into a superman superior to the flesh-and-blood man he had been. The popular series that followed (1973-78) had Majors repeating his role, with Richard Anderson and Alan Oppenheimer taking over the parts created by M
42.
Night Stalker, The (1972) as Carl Kolchak
A flip, down-on-his-luck newspaper reporter stumbles across a modern-day vampire who is murdering Las Vegas showgirls, but he cannot convince his own editor, let alone the police, of the identity of the crazed maniac. The thriller that eventually spawned the regrettably brief series of the same name
43.
Something Evil (1972) as Paul Worden
A horror tale about a young couple moving into a Bucks County, Pennsylvania farmhouse, unaware that it is occupied by an unseen presence that is trying to possess the wife.
44.
Rookies, The (1972) as Sergeant Eddie Ryker
Police recruits and their wives try to adjust to the ways of being part of a metropolitan police force. This was the pilot for the hit series (1972-75) starring Brown, Melville and Ontkean, along with Kate Jackson (in the role played by Jennifer Billingsley in this film).
45.
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) as Dr Lou Grazzo
A pretty research doctor, suddenly widowed, is inveigled by a gruff street doctor to put away the mourning band and join him in his clinic in a Chicago slum area. The title role marked the end of Susan Hayward's long film career.
46.
43, the Petty Story (1972) as Lee Petty
The career of stock-car racer Richard Petty is chronicled in this drama. Petty was part of a famous racing family and won over 200 races in his car, number 43.
47.
Death of Me Yet, The (1971) as Joe Chalk
A small-town newspaper editor, a pillar of his community, discovers that his hidden past has caught up with him and an Iron Curtain agent who knew him in his other life has been sent to kill him.
48.
Banyon (1971) as Lieutenant Pete Cordova
An atmospheric pilot for the series (1972-73) about a private eye working the Los Angeles beat circa 1937. In this outing, he's embarrassed when a girl -- his client -- is found murdered in his office with his gun. The subsequent series starring Forster found Joan Blondell (in Hermione Gingold's pil
49.
Mrs. Pollifax--Spy (1971) as [Johnny] Farrell
A society woman volunteers to root out enemy agents in Albania.
50.
Tribes (1970) as Sergeant Drake
This social comedy/drama pits a veteran Marine Corps drill instructor against a long-haired hippie who refuses to adapt to the military way of life. Perceptive writing won Emmy Awards for Wynn (son of Keenan, grandson of Ed) and Schwartz.
51.
Mission Mars (1968) as Mike Blaiswick
52.
Ride the High Wind (1967) as Mike Gregory
53.
The Great Sioux Massacre (1965) as Captain Benton
General Custer's fight to win equal rights for Native Americans leads to his undoing.
54.
Bullet for a Badman (1964) as Sam Ward
Murphy plays ex-lawman who must strap on the guns again to catch a former nemesis, McGavin, who happens to be the ex husband of Murphy's wife and father of the boy that believes he's Murphy's son.
55.
The Case Against Brooklyn (1958) as Pete Harris
A rookie cop takes on criminals who have the local government in their pocket.
56.
Beau James (1957) as Charley Hand
The story of Jimmy Walker who became mayor of New York in the '20s. Used by professional politicians and money-grabbers, Walker himself was "stupid but clean", although his open affair with Betty Compton cost him dear.
57.
The Delicate Delinquent (1957) as Mike Damon
Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is the a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With McGavin's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.
58.
The Man with the Golden Arm (1956) as Nifty Louie Fomorowski
A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.
59.
Summertime (1955) as Eddie Yaeger
A schoolteacher is surprised to find love on a Venetian vacation.
60.
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) as Russ Peters
An air-corps pioneer stands trial for criticizing his superiors.
61.
Queen for a Day (1951) as Dan [Watkins]
The film was based on the popular daytime Mutual Broadcasting Company radio program that originated from New York on April 30, 1945 as "Queen For Today" and moved to Hollywood a few months later as "Queen For A Day", with Jack Bailey, former vaudeville music man and World's Fair barker, as the emcee host. The five-times-a-week, thirty minute doses spun over to television and lasted into the 70's. Bailey, in pre-airing interviews with audience members, would select 3-4 contestants who would pour out their (mostly pitiful) hearts explaining why they deserved to be Queen For A Day, and the audience selected the winner. The movie version was comprised of three short story segments which led some character to the television program.
62.
Fear (1946) as Chuck
A detective uses psychological warfare to get a confession out of a murderous student.
63.
Kiss and Tell (1945) as Technical sgt.
64.
She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945) as The Kid
A female psychiatrist who's sworn off love falls for a handsome veteran.
65.
A Song to Remember (1945) as Pole in the crowd
The famed composer Chopin sacrifices everything, even love, for his native Poland.
66.
Counter-Attack (1945) as Paratrooper
Two Russians fight to escape the seven Nazi soldiers trapped with them in a bombed building.

Producer (feature film)

67.
Happy Mother's Day... Love, George (1973) as Producer
Johnny is a young man who returns to his family home to try to learn his father's identity. When he arrives, he finds himself in the middle of a rivalry between his mother and his aunt, and his innocent inquiries create havoc in the small town because several people have secrets they are trying to p

Cast (special)

68.
Great Christmas Movies, The (1998) as Interviewee
A look at clips from classic holiday movies. Also celebrities recall their favorite Christmas movie moments.
69.
Mysteries of the Ancient World (1994) as Host
Documentary special attempting to shed light on some well-known ancient mysteries, including the Shroud of Turin, the building of the pyramids of Egypt, the predictions of Nostradamus, and the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.
70.
Incredible Discovery of Noah's Ark, The (1993) as Host
A special that attempts to solve the mystery of Noah's Ark by examining archeological evidence and the viewpoints of scholars and scientists.
71.
Miracles and Other Wonders (1993) as Host
A special that re-creates stories of inexplicable events that have changed people's lives.
72.
Miracles and Other Wonders (1992) as Host
A re-creation of stories based on strange occurrences that cannot be explained logically.
73.
Clara (1991) as Albert Kroll
A drama about a man who is forced to face the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of his daughter and his own repressed feelings of racial prejudice.
74.
Unclaimed Fortunes II (1990) as Host
A special that dramatizes the various ways in which people become separated from their property. The program reenacts the stories of people who are unaware that they are the owners of unclaimed money, property and valuables.
75.
Unclaimed Fortunes (1989) as Host
A special that dramatizes the various ways -- many mysterious or bizarre -- in which people become separated from their money. The program focuses on the stories of people who are unaware that they are the owners of unclaimed money, property and valuables.
76.
Day to Day (1987) as Walter Lumley
A pilot about three very different sisters, with contrasting lifestyles, who share an unshakeable family bond.
77.
Table at Ciro's, A (1987) as A D Nathan
The second segment in the "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" collection of stories, airing as part of "Great Performances." Budd Shulberg's drama deals with the head of a film studio who plans a small dinner party at the nightclub, "Ciro's," creating the opportunity for the guests and the staff of the
78.
Not Until Today (1979) as Jason Swan
Events in the life of Jason Swan, a police chief. The pilot episode focuses on the complications that ensue when a young man named Jake Warren shows up claiming to be Jason's illegitimate son.
79.
Father On Trial (1972) as Judge Mike Bryan
The romantic misadventures of Mike Bryan, a widowed judge with five children, and Billie Roman, a younger woman who is attempting to romance him despite the problems of an age difference and five precocious children who are not exactly keen on having a new mother.
80.
Man Against Crime (1958) as Dan Garrett
The story of Dan Garrett, a young lawyer, and his battle against crime. In the pilot episode, Dan defends a youth accused of killing a young punk during a gang war.
81.
Old Knickerbocker Music Hall (1948) as Performer
A combination mystery drama and game show broadcast live from the Old Knickerbocker Music Hall in New York City. The program begins with a dramatization during which a crime is committed. Customers of the Old Knickerbocker then get the opportunity to win prizes by identifying the culprit.
82.
Times Square Story, The (1948) as Performer
A proposed (but unsold) series of mystery presentations that challenges the home viewer to guess the guilty party. The pilot episode challenges viewers to guess the murderer of a theatrical agent.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

83.
Pros & Cons (2000) as Mr Stanford
84.
Perfect Harmony (1991) as Roland Hobbs
85.
Around the World in 80 Days (1989) as Mr Mudge
When Phileas Fogg makes the claim that nineteenth century technology could enable a man to circumnavigate the globe in only 80 days, he's taken up on his bet. He then sets out to see the world by train, boat and hot air balloon
86.
Donovan's Kid (1979) as Donovan

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

87.
Ike: The War Years (1978) as General George S Patton
Eisenhower the military man is the focus of this TV miniseries, his relationship with the other wartime leaders, and, very discreetly, his personal relationship with his driver, Kay Summersby. "Ike" came up with five Emmy Award nominations: Outstanding Cinematography (Part 2), Outstanding Film Editi

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