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Also Known As: Died: December 18, 1993
Born: June 14, 1919 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

Grand Deceptions (1989) as Director
A retired U.S. Army colonel, the tactical chief of a secret paramilitary installation, murders the one man who could expose him as an embezzler and adulterer. Lieutenant Columbo, using his own brand of mental maneuvers, manages to come up with an ingenious strategy to outwit his formidable adversary
Killing of Randy Webster, The (1981) as Director
When a teenage boy is slain by the Houston police following a stolen van chase, his father (Hal Holbrook) undertakes a tireless investigation into the truth and uncovers the fact that the gun found with the boy's body was a "throwdown," a weapon planted by the police. This true story initially was t
My Kidnapper, My Love (1980) as Director
Small-time crook Rooney cons his crippled brother (James Stacy), a street-wise news vendor, into snatching a wealthy, emotionally-disturbed runaway to extort money from her parents, but the brother throws the get-rich-quick scheme awry by falling in love with her.
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) as Director
When a witch turns a young prince into a baboon, Sinbad fights to save him.
Catlow (1971) as Director
An outlaw tries to avoid both his friend, the marshal, and a sadistic bounty hunter in order to hijack a mule train loaded with two million dollars in gold. Based on the novel by Louis L'Armour.
The Executioner (1970) as Director
A British spy tracks down a beautiful double agent.
The File of the Golden Goose (1969) as Director
An American agent teams with Scotland Yard to tackle a counterfeiting ring.

Cast (feature film)

D.W. Griffith: Father of Film (1993) as Narration
A three-part special examining D.W. Griffith's contributions to filmmaking.
Killer Rules (1993) as Joe Gambon
Two men, one a hitman, the other a U.S. Department Justice investigator, discover they're brothers when they fall in love with the same woman.
Pure Luck (1991) as Highsmith
A wealthy tycoon hires the world''s unluckiest accountant to find his equally unfortunate daughter.
Guilty By Suspicion (1991) as Felix Graff
A director in 1950s Hollywood fights to clear his name in the gripping red scare drama "Guilty by Suspicion" (1991). When director David Merrill is questioned by the communist-hunting House Committee on Un-American Activities, he finds himself blacklisted and unable to find work with any studio in town. He''s offered a plum new project, but only if he testifies against his innocent friends. Starring Robert DeNiro, Annette Bening and George Wendt
Always Remember I Love You (1990) as Phillip Mendham Sr
A teenager discovers that he was stolen from his natural parents at the age of two and decides to leave his comfortable life to find his real family.
Running Against Time (1990) as Dr Koopman
A college professor, using a transporter, travels back in time in an attempt to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Instead, he finds himself trapped in the 1960s, accused of killing the President.
Secret Ingredient (1989) as Morley
While attempting to recreate a secret recipe for cognac in a Yugoslavian monastery, a beautiful American must fend off various factions determined to interfere.
Shell Seekers, The (1989) as Richard
A movie dealing with the conflicts and relationships of three generations of an English family from World War II to the present. Recovery from a heart attack brings a fierce awareness of the joy of life and the need for her own independence to a woman whose grown children treat her like an invalid.
Judgment in Berlin (1988) as Bernard Hellring
True story of three East Berlin men who hijack a plane to escape to the West, are caught, and stand trial in the United States.
Sadie and Son (1987) as Marty
A mother-son detective team in Manhattan hunts down a serial killer. Sadie is a former NYPD policewoman forced into early retirement who wants her would-be actor son to join the police force. Meanwhile Sadie is involved romantically with a deli owner.
Baby Boom (1987) as Fritz Curtis
A super-yuppie businesswoman has to adjust to motherhood when she inherits a baby.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) as David Warfield
Superman (Christopher Reeve) receives a request to end nuclear proliferation, and the Man of Steel goes into action. He rounds up every nuclear missile in the world and then hurls the collection into the sun for a resounding explosion. But his Clark Kent persona has other problems as The Daily Planet has been bought by unscrupulous David Warfield (Sam Wanamaker) who is only interested in turning the newspaper into a sleazy tabloid. Lacy (Mariel Hemingway), Warfield''s sexy daughter, however, has eyes for Kent and gets Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) to fix her up with him.
Raw Deal (1986) as Luigi Patrovita
An unconventional former FBI agent is re-hired to bring down a Chicago organized crime syndicate.
Aviator, The (1985) as Bruno Hansen
In 1928 a pilot crash lands in the wilderness and must contend with his irritating female partner while they fend for themselves in a hostile environment.
Embassy (1985) as Amb Arthur Ingram
Nick Mancuso, as the Deputy Chief of the American Embassy in Rome, finds himself and his staff at the center of various crises including a plot to steal U.S. defense secrets, keeping his press attache girlfriend and the brazen hussey trying to replace her on the job and in his affections from a cat
De l'enfer a la Victoire (1984) as Ray Mcdonald
On August 24, 1939, at a small French cafe, six friends are about to go their separate ways. They vow to reunite on that day each year at the cafe. The film follows each of their lives: one begins work with the French resistance, one joins the French commandos, another is forced to join the Nazi army, one becomes a flier, and the two others are just simple officers. On the day Paris is liberated, the three surviving friends meet at the cafe and get drunk.
Irreconcilable Differences (1984) as David Kessler
Heartsounds (1984) as Moe Silverman
A happily married couple -- he's a successful physician, she's a respected writer -- refuse to be crushed when a series of heart attacks repeatedly threaten the doctor's life. Both stars (Garner in particular shedding his genial rugged man image with extra poundage and thinning hair) demonstrated tr
I Was a Mail Order Bride (1982) as Frank Tosconi
On a bet with one of his practical-joking partners, a Los Angeles lawyer responds to an ad from a pretty Chicago magazine writer offering herself as a bridal candidate for an investigative reporting assignment, and then makes another bet that he can keep the relationship platonic for two weeks.
Our Family Business (1981) as Ralph
This film, dealing with the life and family of a syndicate boss (played by actor/director Sam Wanamaker), emerged as an off-beat pilot to a prospective series -- TV's first dealing exclusively with organized crime from the syndicate's point of view. Ted Danson, later to find stardom on "Cheers", is
Private Benjamin (1980) as Teddy Benjamin
A spoiled rich girl joins the Army and changes her life.
The Competition (1980) as Andrew Erskine
Competitors in a classical piano competition fall in love.
Death on the Nile (1978)
Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an heiress during an Egyptian tour.
Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1976) as Bailey
After a senator suddenly dies after completing (and sealing) an investigation into the nuclear power industry, the remaining senator and the state governor must decide on a person who will play along with their shady deals and not cause any problems. They decide on Billy Jack, currently sitting in prison after being sent to jail at the end of his previous film, as they don't expect him to be capable of much, and they think he will attract young voters to the party. Billy is pardoned, released and nominated, after which he begins his duties. He soon notices that things aren't right, and starts trying to find out just what is going on.
Sell Out, The (1976) as Harry Sickles
Voyage Of The Damned (1976) as Carl Rosen
A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler''''s Germany in a desperate fight for survival.
Spiral Staircase, The (1975) as Lieutenant Fields
A mute nurse cares for an old invalid in a house where a killer lurks.
Law, The (1974) as Jules Benson
A sensational homicide trial is the focal point of this incisive examination of the inner working of a large city's legal system and was the Emmy Award-winner as the Outstanding Dramatic Special of the 1974-75 TV season. Director John Badham also was nominated.
Mousey (1974) as Inspector
Cast somewhat against type in his first made-for-TV movie, Kirk Douglas is a milquetoast biology teacher in Nova Scotia who learns during divorce proceedings that he is not the father of his wife's son and stops at nothing to take vengeance on her in a cat and mouse game.
Danger Route (1968) as Lucinda
The Day the Fish Came Out (1967) as Elias
A cautionary tale. A plane carrying a weapon more dangerous than a nuclear weapon goes down near Greece. To prevent panic, the officials go in dressed as tourists (who are dressed so casually that the pilots assume that they are all gay). The pilots are not to make themselves known and can't contact the rescue team. The secrecy causes a comedy of errors including the desolate Greek Isle deciding that since tourists have now arrived, they have to become touristy.
Warning Shot (1967) as Frank Sanderman
An officer goes on suspension when he shoots a suspect in self defense and the man''''s gun vanishes.
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965) as Peters
A British agent infiltrates the enemy by allowing himself to be disgraced at home.
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes (1965) as George Gruber
An international air race is threatened by sabotage.
Man in the Middle (1964) as Major Kaufman
Court-martial drama about an American Colonel assigned to defend a fellow serviceman accused of murdering a British soldier while stationed in India during World War II.
Taras Bulba (1962) as Filipenko
A cossack leader clashes with his rebellious son.
The Concrete Jungle (1962) as Mike Carter
Even behind bars, a convict refuses to tell his cohorts where he stashed the loot from a big job.
Battle Of The Sexes, The (1960) as Narration
Man-eating businesswoman, Angela Barrows is sent by her US company to Edinburgh to investigate export opportunities. She meets businessman Robert MacPherson en route and he persuades her to help bring his company into the 20th century. The staff, lead by Mr. Martin, have other ideas and a battle between the old and new business methods breaks out.
Secret, The (1955)
Give Us This Day (1950) as Geremio
My Girl Tisa (1948) as Mark Denek

Cast (special)

Ghost Writer, The (1984) as Manny Lonoff
An "American Playhouse" presentation, adapted from a novel by Philip Roth, telling of the experience of Nathan Zuckerman, a 45-year-old writer who, as a young man, visits an older, world famous author, Manny Lonoff, whom he discovers living in seclusion with two women -- his frustrated wife, and a y

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (1993) as Gerald Woodman
A miniseries based on a true-life murder case involving two brothers who confessed to having paid for the murder of their parents.
Two Mrs. Grenvilles, The (1987) as District Attorney
A miniseries based on Dominick Dunne's novel about the sensational Woodward murder case of 1955. Showgirl Ann Arden marries wealthy Billy Grenville and must contend with the disapproval of her patrician mother-in-law, Alice. Ann's rag-to-riches ascent into New York society comes to a halt when she s
Holocaust - The Story of the Family Weiss (1978) as Moses Weiss
Chosen as the Outstanding Limited Series (1977-78) at Emmy Award time, this original drama about two German families that are affected by events between 1935 and 1945 rivaled "Roots" in its impact on viewers in this country and sparked controversy throughout Europe as it premiered on television in o

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Wild Justice (1993) as Kingston Parker
Deceptions (1985) as Jim Nolan
Twin sisters -- one a European jet-setter, the other an unhappy New Jersey housewife -- impulsively decide to swap lives and identities for a week, with unforseen results. Stefanie Powers, in both roles, had an actress' field day in the film adaptation of the romantic drama by Judith Michael, a pseu

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