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Born: August 25, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

Divided by Hate (1997) as Director
Steve Riordan, a manipulative white supremacist, prays on the vulnerable citizens of an economically troubled community. Carol Gibbs is despondent over her woeful financial situation and looks to Riordan for guidance, turning her back on her husband. When Carol and her children want to leave Riordan

Cast (feature film)

Lucky (2017)
Follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. He finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration.
Hologram for the King, A (2016)
A businessman makes a last-ditch effort to save his financial situation by going to a bustling Saudi Arabian city.
Wings: Sky Force Heroes (2014)
When Ace, a cocky young firefighter, defies his orders and recklessly attempts a solo mission, it results in the tragic death of Colonel, who was forced to rescue Ace when the flames burst out of control. Crushed by guilt, Ace abandons his dream and quits the fire brigade. Along with Fred, his trust
Field of Lost Shoes (2014)
Based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market in May 1864, a group of teenage cadets, sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute, must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley.
Admissions (2014)
Two strangers - straight-laced George and eccentric Edith - meet on their children's campus tour at the idyllic Middleton College. Failing comically to connect with their kids, George and Edith play hooky together, ditching the official tour for a carefree adventure reminiscent of their own college
Ted (2012)
John Bennett is a grown man whose simple childhood wish brought his cherished teddy bear to life. Almost 30 years later, the fairy tale is very much over. Ted is reluctant to leave John''s side to the increasing annoyance of John''s only-so-patient girlfriend, Lori Collins. Though Lori''s displeasure with John is exacerbated by his dead-end career and days spent smoking weed and drinking beers with Ted, she''s not the one who is the most frustrated with him. As John struggles to figure out a way to navigate this thing called adulthood, it will take the unexpected help of his boyhood toy to make the leap from man-child to a grown-ass man.
Ted (2012)
John Bennett is a grown man whose simple childhood wish brought his cherished teddy bear to life. Almost 30 years later, the fairy tale is very much over. Ted is reluctant to leave John''s side to the increasing annoyance of John''s only-so-patient girlfriend, Lori Collins. Though Lori''s displeasure with John is exacerbated by his dead-end career and days spent smoking weed and drinking beers with Ted, she''s not the one who is the most frustrated with him. As John struggles to figure out a way to navigate this thing called adulthood, it will take the unexpected help of his boyhood toy to make the leap from man-child to a grown-ass man.
Whiteout (2009)
For U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko, things are about to get even more dangerous. The only law enforcement in this unforgiving territory, she has just been sent to investigate a body on the ice. Antarctica's first homicide. A shocking discovery in itself, it will plunge her into an even more bizarre myst
Velveteen Rabbit, The (2009)
Toby Morgan is a young boy, but feels the loneliness of his strict grandmother and increasingly distant father. His discovery of the "magic attic" offers a safe haven where he finds a stuffed rabbit his mom left him before she passed away. His tears transform the rabbit into a playful animated Rabbi
Beer for My Horses (2008)
Two buddies, Rack and Lonnie, have quietly been pursuing justice as deputies in a small Southern town. But when Rack's irresistible girlfriend is kidnapped by a particularly nasty drug lord as revenge for the arrest of his brother, Tito, the duo decide to defy their boss, Sheriff Landry, and chase t
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2008)
Based on the original novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, story tells the tale of a man who transforms himself into a violent beast.
Killer Wave (2007)
Massive tidal waves hit the East Coast and a team of scientists discover the terrifying reason behind the phenomenon. The first deadly tidal wave strikes the east coast without warning. Then another tidal wave strikes and soon the massive walls of water are swallowing town after town.
Stephen King's Desperation (2006)
In the middle of the Nevada desert stands the once proud mining town of Desperation - a harmless, non-descript little community that one may briefly notice on a drive through the vast, empty desert on the way to some distant vacation destination. But something evil has taken over Desperation - its n
Mammoth (2006)
A shape-shifting alien crash lands into a small town's natural history museum and assumes the form of a half-frozen woolly mammoth. After a series of strange, natural disasters, the town finds itself overrun by the alien-possessed mammoth.
Bonneville (2006)
When Arvilla Holden promises her husband that she'll cremate him and scatter his ashes, she doesn't expect her promise to be called so soon, or to lead to a high-stakes fight with her stepdaughter Francine, a Santa Barbara socialite determined to give him a proper burial. Convinced that she has no c
Fallen (2006)
Swing (2004) as George Verdi
Anthony Verdi is a young man caught between his dream of being a full-time musician and the conventional life of his security-minded father and long-time fiancé. But Anthony has the encouragement of several important people around him. There is Bill Verdi, his loving great-uncle, who is determined t
Homeland Security (2004) as Frederick Mckee
Drama about a C.I.A. agent who is about to retire when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 change his plans. He is soon recruited by the newly formed Office of Homeland Security.
Tears of the Sun (2003) as Captain Bill Rhodes
Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugee
Path To War (2002) as William Westmoreland
A behind-the-scenes look at the Johnson White House as Lyndon B. Johnson and his inner circle scrambled to manage the war in Vietnam as it careened out of control at the expense of LBJ's vision of The Great Society.
Texas Rangers (2001) as Richard Dukes
In the 1870s, on the lawless border between Texas and Mexico, the oldest law enforcement agency in America was born: the Texas Rangers, who became an enduring symbol of honor and valor. It was a time when Mexican banditos were raiding the border, Indian tribes were battling for their traditional lands and settlers were pushing west by the thousands lured by the promise of a new life. The rustic country along the Rio Grande River was in chaos as gangs raided farms and family ranches, then took refuge south of the river, beyond the reach of local sheriffs and the US Army. Only the Texas Rangers had a chance to turn the tide and bring justice back to the people. One legendary man, Leander McNelly, is chosen to lead a band of unlikely heroes- many of them young, inexperienced men -in a battle with the renegade outlaws who made the Texas frontier the most dangerous place in America.
American Daughter, An (2000) as Walter Abrahmson
Lyssa Dent Hughes is the privileged, well-educated daughter of a well-known Republican senator and fifth-generation granddaughter of Ulysses S. Grant. She is the wife of a professor, a mother, a prominent health expert, and the president's nominee for surgeon general. When the media discovers that s
High Noon (2000) as Will Kane
A remake of the 1952 western "High Noon," about lawman Will Kane, who promises his young bride, Amy, that he will leave his dangerous career to start a ranch. Just as the newlyweds are about to leave town, word comes that a man whom Kane sent to prison years earlier, is coming to town on the noon tr
Other Sister, The (1999) as Radley
Twenty-four year old Carla Tate is a slightly mentally challenged young woman who, after years of special education at a private boarding school, has successfully transcended many of her limitations--except for that of her over-protective mother, Elizabeth. When Carla graduates and returns home with dreams and ambitions, her need for personal fulfillment begins to express itself in ways her mother is unable to accept. When she falls in love for the first time, Carla defies her mother in order to prove that despite all appearances she has the capacity to be a responsible adult, worthy of love and being loved. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Carla and her boyfriend Danny set out together to find answers to some of life''s toughest challenges, and prove that sometimes, an ordinary life can be an extraordinary achievement.
Smoke Signals (1998) as Police Chief
When his best friend''''s father dies, a Native funds their trip to deal with the remains.
Two for Texas (1998) as Sam Houston
The story of escapees from a Louisiana penal colony who join Sam Houston''s Texas Volunteer Army to lose themselves in a crowd. Their escape places them in the firing line of Santa Ana''s troops when they avenge the attack on the Alamo.
Divided by Hate (1997) as Steve Riordan
Steve Riordan, a manipulative white supremacist, prays on the vulnerable citizens of an economically troubled community. Carol Gibbs is despondent over her woeful financial situation and looks to Riordan for guidance, turning her back on her husband. When Carol and her children want to leave Riordan
Contact (1997) as Dr David Drumlin
An expert on interplanetary communication receives plans for a mysterious space vessel.
What the Deaf Man Heard (1997) as Norm Jenkins
Sammy, a 10-year-old boy pretends to be a deaf mute after his mother abandons him at the Barrington, Georgia, bus station. There, he spends twenty-six years in secret silence, realizing the benefits of pretending he cannot hear or speak. Thinking he is deaf, the townsfolk have blurted out their true
Knight Moves (1993) as Frank Sedman
A chess champion faces off against a murderer after he is drawn into the investigation of a serial killer.
Poison Ivy (1992) as Darryl Cooper
A sexy high school girl, without a family of her own, ingratiates herself into the troubled household of an rich fellow student and proceeds to subtly wreak havoc.
Hearts On Fire (1992) as Jarrett Mattison
A close-knit Texas family faces important changes when a young caretaker is employed to tend to their ailing mother.
Singles (1992) as Mayor Weber
Romantic comedy about six people mixed up in the seattle music scene.
A River Runs Through It (1992) as Reverend Maclean
A preacher''s sons, one serious, one wild, look out for each other while growing up in rural Montana.
Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue (1992) as Ham
In the mid 50s, a young woman turns to prostitution after her father's death - leading to the demise of a romance she shared with a rich, handsome, young man.
Getting Up and Going Home (1992) as Jack Montgomery
A television movie based on the book "Getting Up and Going Home." A lawyer in a mid-life crisis thinks he is in love with three women, one of whom is his wife.
Honor Bound (1990)
Rookie, The (1990) as Eugene Ackerman
A rookie policeman from a wealthy family teams up with a tough veteran officer to stop a dangerous car-theft ring.
Child In The Night (1990) as Thurston "T" Bass
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
I'll Take Romance (1990) as Judge Warren T Danvers
A TV meteorologist at a local station holds a "most romantic man" contest. Romantic chaos ensues as she is relentlessly pursued by one suitor after another.
China Lake Murders, The (1990) as Sam Brodie
A Los Angeles police officer who takes a vacation in a small desert community every summer, becomes a prime suspect in a bizarre murder investigation.
Big Man On Campus (1989) as Dr Webster
Adventures of a college wise-guy and his friend, a modern-day Quasimodo, who lives in the UCLA bell tower.
Red King, White Knight (1989) as Bill Stoner
An ex-CIA agent is lured out of retirement to thwart the KGB plot to assassinate the Soviet General Secretary during a public ceremony in an Eastern European country. Working alone in Eastern Europe, he joins forces with a former enemy and an old flame to thwart the deadly scheme.
Heist, The (1989) as Ebet Berens
A television movie about a man just out of prison who plots a daring racetrack robbery in order to avenge himself against the business partner who framed him.
Steel Magnolias (1989) as Drum Eatenton
Small-town Southern women help each other through the trials of life.
Moving Target (1988) as Joseph Kellogg
A teenager's family disappears without a word of warning. Trying to track them down, he finds himself being hunted by both the police and some very cold-blooded killers.
Poltergeist III (1988) as Bruce Gardner
Carol Anne has been sent by her parents to live with her aunt and uncle in a brand-new Chicago high-rise. Unfortunately, the supernatural forces that have plagued her before follow Carol Anne to her new residence.
Nightmare At Bittercreek (1988) as Ding Harris
A television movie about a group of women and their guide on an innocent wilderness adventure that turns into a terrifying life-and-death struggle when they are stalked by a desperate, violent fugitive.
Maid to Order (1987) as Charles Montgomery
In this Cinderella-in-reverse, a rich, bored and spoiled brat becomes a maid for an obnoxious Beverly Hills couple. She learns a lesson about herself, about friendship and love and humanity from the other servants and falls for the handsome young chauffeur.
Big Town, The (1987) as Phil Carpenter
A hot young gambler gets caught between a mob boss and his moll.
Poker Alice (1987) as Jeremy Collins
A Bible-reading woman with a knack for playing cards unexpectedly wins a whorehouse in a poker game. With the aid of her cousin and a friendly bounty hunter, the lady assumes the role of "madame", putting her in conflict with the town's citizens and a rival brothel-owner, who happens to be the town'
Opposing Force (1986) as Major Logan
US Air Force Lieutenant Casey is one of a group of elite soldiers who volunteer for a training mission on a remote island. She is determined to prove herself to her male counterparts as they attempt to reach a safety zone before the opposing force captures them. However, the war games turn real and
Top Gun (1986) as Viper
A hotheaded pilot struggles to survive an exclusive training program.
Wisdom (1986) as Lloyd Wisdom
Miles to Go (1986) as Stuart Browning
In a rare television acting appearance, Jill Clayburgh is a wife, mother and art gallery owner who launches a quiet (occasionally humorous) campaign to find a potential replacement for herself in her family's life after discovering that her cancer has returned. Filmed in and around Montreal, this dr
Space Camp (1986) as Zach
Touch Of Scandal, A (1984) as Father Dwelle
A comely councilwoman, whose campaign for Attorney General is being managed by her ambitious but cold husband, gets involved in a lured scandal when pictures surface of her liaison with a male prostitute, who used to be her law client, and he now has turned up dead. The blackmailer, she finds, might
Calendar Girl Murders (1984) as Dan Stoner
A detective is put on the case of the killer who seems to be working this way through the year murdering calendar models, already having bumped off Miss January and Miss February and now stalking Miss March.
The Dead Zone (1983) as Sheriff George Bannerman
A man awakens from a coma with the ability to see other people's futures.
Dangerous Summer, A (1982) as Anderson
Savage Harvest (1981) as Casey
Silence Of The North (1981) as Walter Reamer
Alien (1979) as Captain Dallas
The crew of a broken down space ship accidentally picks up a deadly alien life form.
Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke (1978) as Strawberry
Cheech and Chong meet up by chance on the highway somewhere in California. They go in search of some dope and are accidentally deported to Mexico where in their desperation to get home they agree to drive a van back to the States so they can get back in time for a gig they are due to play. Unaware of the properties from which the van is constructed they make their way back having aquired a couple of female hitch-hikers whilst all the time avoiding the cops whom they are not even aware are following them.
Maneaters Are Loose (1978) as John Gosford
Terror stalks a small California community when a broke and depressed animal owner and trainer is forced to abandon his tigers and let them fend for themselves in the nearby wilderness.
Ice Castles (1978) as Marcus Winston
A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater.
Turning Point, The (1977) as Wayne Rogers
The story of two women whose lives are dedicated to ballet. Deedee left her promising dance career to become a wife and mother and now runs a ballet school in Oklahoma. Emma stayed with a company and became a star though her time is nearly past. Both want what the other has and reflects back on missed chances as they are brought together again through Deedee's daughter who joins the company.
Last Day, The (1975) as Bill Powers
A trim A. C. Lyles Western (like the type he made in the 1960s with a stellar cast of veteran actors) that has the Dalton gang riding again, forcing a retired gunman to use his weapons once more to put and end to the Daltons' reign of terror in the climactic battle at Coffeyville, Kansas.
Devil's Rain, The (1975) as Tom Preston
The Preston family has been cursed for generations because one of their ancestors betrayed the satanic priest John Corbis. Corbis has been following the family for decades in order to retrieve a book that would give him great power. Good and evil do battle and in the process, some of the Prestons are melted or converted to the dark side.
Big Bad Mama (1974) as Fred Diller
Bad luck forces a woman and her daughters into crime.
Thieves Like Us (1974) as Dee Mobley
A young bank robber falls for an innocent girl and starts planning an escape from crime and the law.
Fuzz (1972) as Det. Bert Kling
Boston cops search for a bomber who has been targeting politicians.
Birdmen, The (1971) as Fits
A group of allied POWs held by the Germans plot an unusual breakout from an impregnable medieval castle. They plan to escape by glider and soar into Switzerland. Subsequently titled: "Escape of the Birdmen."
Harold and Maude (1971) as Motorcycle officer
A suicidal young man gets a new lease on life when he falls for an 80-year-old woman.
Wild Rovers (1971) as John Buckman
An aging cowboy joins up with a beginner to rob banks.
M*A*S*H (1970) as Duke Forrest
The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor to keep their sanity during wartime.
Those Calloways (1965) as Whit Turner
A fur trapper dreams of building a bird sanctuary.
One Man's Way (1964) as Leonard Peale, grown
The Reverend Norman Vincent Peale fights to bring his message to the nation.
War Hunt (1962) as Corporal Showalter
A war hero tries to help a kill-crazy private during the Korean War.

Special Thanks (feature film)

Magic in the Water (1995) as Special Thanks
Dr. Jack Black is a sour, tough-talking Seattle talk-show psychiatrist. Divorced and indifferent to his children, Ashley and Josh, he is shamed by his ex-wife into taking his kids on a vacation to Glenorky, a Canadian resort community. The lake there is rumored to contain its own elusive Loch Ness-style monster. Nobody, however, is having a good time until Jack is knocked on the head, suddenly transforming his personality into a loving, caring father. But he also becomes part of a group of men who feel that the gentle spirit of the mythical lake monster, Orky, has inhabited them.

Director (special)

Question About Sex, A (1990) as Director
A teenage girl finds herself at odds with her mother when her outspoken views about her school's lack of sex education jeopardizes her mother's bid for re-election to the local school board.

Cast (special)

Vinegar Hill (2008)
A married couple moves in with the husband's parents after he loses his job. The move forces the couple to deal with their own marital problems as well as the husband's past.
Robert Redford (2002) as Interviewee
Profile of actor/director/producer Robert Redford.
Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) as Host
Special that examines the latest scientific and technical evidence suggesting Atlantis not only existed in the past, but that it will be rediscovered in our immediate future. The program features interviews and footage from explorers, archaeologists and oceanographers.
Mount St. Helen's Fury (2000) as Narration
Documentary about the eruption of Mount St. Helen's in May 1980. In less than 9 minutes, a span of 23 miles wide and 18 miles long had been devastated by the eruption and ensuing ash fall and mud slides. Fifty-seven people were killed and many others wounded. The program features the real-life stori
Robert Redford: Hollywood Outlaw (2000) as Interviewee
Profile of actor/director/producer Robert Redford.
Into the Wild Blue: The World's Best Flight Teams (1999) as Narration
Documentary that focuses on aerobatic flight teams and military squadrons, including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the USAF Thunderbirds, the Canadian Snowbirds, England's Red Arrows, Japan's Blue Impulse, the Brazilian Smoke Squadron, the Russian Knights, Italy's Freece Tri Colori, the Chilean Halcone
Elizabeth Taylor: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998) as Interviewee
Profile of actress Elizabeth Taylor.
Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, The (1996) as Presenter (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Live presentation of the second annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Over America (1995) as Narration
Sixth in a series of programs that sets aerial photography to words and music, traveling over the United States from east to west. Includes original footage, as well as footage from previous specials.
46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1994) as Presenter
Live presentation of the 46th annual primetime Emmy Awards.
Wyatt Earp: Walk With a Legend (1994) as Host
A special that pays tribute to epic western movies, with particular emphasis given to the making of the theatrical release, "Wyatt Earp" and an interview with its star, Kevin Costner.
Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (1994)
Broadcast of the seventeenth annual "The Kennedy Center Honors," a tribute to the lifetime achievement of select performing artists. The 1994 honorees are actor Kirk Douglas, pop and soul singer Aretha Franklin, composer Morton Gould, theater producer and director Harold Prince, and folk singer and
American Television Awards, The (1993) as Presenter
An awards special recognizing the top performances and programs seen on American television from April 13, 1992 to April 12, 1993, as determined by a survey of television critics, columnists and journalists.
47th Annual Golden Globes (1989)
A live telecast of the 47th annual Golden Globe Awards presented by the the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for achievement in film and television.
On the Edge (1987) as Jack Shake
A pilot for a series about a veteran cop who is furious about being taken off the investigation of a string of prostitute murders and assigned to a burglary case and teamed with a rookie cop.
True Believer (1986) as Detective Steven Sheen
A detective encounters the supernatural in an abandoned convent when he investigates the suicide of a priest.
Bell for Adano, A (1967) as Trapani
The story of Major Victor Joppolo, military governor of Adano, as he attempts to establish a democracy in the conquered Italian town.

Special Thanks (special)

Hard Rain, A (1994) as Special Thanks
A grief-stricken father seeks to avenge his son's murder.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Hunt For the Unicorn Killer, The (1999) as Fred Maddux
Miniseries about a father's fight for justice when his daughter, Holly Maddux, is murdered by her boyfriend, Ira Einhorn, a famous activist and founder of Earth Day, in 1977. Prior to his trial (he claimed that the CIA had framed him), Einhorn fled the country in 1981 after posting bail. A Pennsylva
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999) as Thomas Ahearn
Miniseries that focuses on the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that leaves New York City in ruins. After the quake, former Fire Chief Thomas Ahearn, Mayor Bruce Lincoln and New York City managers try to put an emergency plan into action as they attempt to find their missing loved ones. The mayor'
Parent Trap II (1986) as Bill Grand

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Category 7: The End of the World (2005)
Having left Chicago in ruins, a disastrous storm continues to gather more strength and begins to ravage the rest of the world. Preying on the fears of a battered nation, a television evangelist issues warnings of biblical plagues. As the predictions come true, the deadly storm continues to wreak h
Grid, The (2004) as Acton Sandman
Following a terrorist attack on London, British and American anti-terrorism forces band together in an attempt to rout the al-Qaida-type cell responsible for the devastation.
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000) as Joe Kennedy
Miniseries dramatizing the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, based on the biography of Donald Spoto. Beginning with Jackie's childhood in the dysfunctional Bouvier family, the story follows her marriage to President John F. Kennedy, with whom she co-authored progressive policies on civil rights an
Origins of the Mafia (1974) as Bernardino Campo

Cast (short)

The Moviemakers (1971)
This promotional short film provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the "Wild Rovers" (1971).

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