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Also Known As: Died: February 6, 2009
Born: October 1, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: White Plains, New York Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Majestic, The (2001) as Stan Keller
After an accident in the early fifties, a blacklisted screenwriter with amnesia is mistaken for the long lost son of the town's movie house owner. Under the belief he's someone else, the writer resurrects the old movie house and becomes a
Here's To Life (2000)
35 year-old Owen Rinard - who manages a retirement home - has a serious problem. There's an insurgent in his midst who's trying to buck the regimented system he's worked so hard to implement. The renegade is Gus Corley, a former tax accountant and sports fisherman who's clearly not ready to give int
Swing Vote (1999) as Daniel Morrissey
A juror must decide if a young mother is guilty of murder.
Relic, The (1997) as Dr Albert Frock
A crate containing relics from South America arrives in Chicago with a beast that is mysteriously killing people.
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1995) as Himself
Presented by an impressive lineup of collegues and admirers, a documentary about the long-underrated talent of the late legendary action director William A. Wellman (1896-1975), one of Hollywood's most distinguished journeymen helmers. William A. Wellman drew on his experiences as a fighter pilot during World War I to create a series of films about men of action as rugged, sentimental, raucous and tender as the director himself. He was equally noted for his off-screen battles with executives; and after building his career at Paramount and Warner Bros., Wellman vowed never to sign another long-term studio contract, and went on his way, refusing to take guff from anybody!
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994) as Brooks Hatlen
A man discovers himself after he is sentenced to life in prison.
Sky High (1990) as Gus
A television movie airing as part of the "Magical World of Disney." An eccentric old flying ace teaches two adventurous young farm boys to pilot a classic World War I biplane and shows them the limitless possibilities of the sky. Embarking on their first aerial adventure, the boys meet a young girl
Old Explorers (1990) as Leinen Roth
Two old friends create imaginary adventures to escape their mundane lives.
Nuts (1987) as Judge Stanley Murdoch
A strong-willed, upper-class woman, who has turned to prostitution, must prove herself competent to stand trial for the murder of one of her clients.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985) as Voice Of Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher take off in a riverboat balloon and head for Halley's comet.
Rage (1980) as Hugh Borski
The rehabilitation of a convicted rapist (David Soul) through group therapy is the subject of this film which, despite its title, should not be confused with the similarly-named theatrical movies that starred Glenn Ford and George C. Scott, respectively.
Mark, I Love You (1980) as Dwight Hamilton
Kevin Dobson is Hal Painter, a distraught widower, caught in a bitter custody battle with his late wife's parents over his ten-year-old son, following his plan to remarry and move off to California with the boy. The real-life Painter's book about his experiences was the source for Sue Grafton's scri
First Deadly Sin, The (1980) as Dr Sanford Ferguson
New York police sergeant Edward Delandy is just beginning to work on a brutal murder case when he learns that his wife's illness has gotten worse after an operation. Depressed by this news, Delaney puts all of his energy into the new case. After several leads that go nowhere, Delaney's investigation finally takes him to a businessman who seems to be leading a double life. As his wife's health deteriorates hourly, Delaney is engaged in psychological warfare in his efforts to catch the killer.
Bully (1978) as Theodore Roosevelt
In this film version of the one-man play, the 26th American president Teddy Roosevelt is depicted in his later years. Mr. Roosevelt reviews highlights from his exciting life and discusses his vigorous attitude to politics and soldiering.
Serpent's Egg, The (1977) as Priest
Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I. When his brother commits suicide, Abel seeks refuge in the apartment of an old acquaintance Professor Veregus. Desperate to make ends meet in the war-ravaged city, Abel takes a job in Veregus' clinic, where he discovers the horrific truth behind the work of the strangely beneficent professor and unlocks the chilling mystery that drove his brother to kill himself.
Give 'Em Hell, Harry! (1975) as Harry S Truman
Filmed version of the one man stage show about the presidency of Harry Truman.
I Will Fight No More Forever (1975) as General Oliver O Howard
A dramatization of a tragic part of U.S. history in which the leader of the Nez Perce Indians refused to take his tribe to a reservation in 1877, trying instead to lead them to safety in Canada, with the cavalry in pursuit trying to stop the escape. Emmy Award nominations went to writers Jeb Rosebro
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974) as Grandpa
Life is hard growing up in the Ozarks in the Great Depression. But Billy Coleman saves his money and eventually buys two coonhounds that become his best friends and his partners in his quest to win the annual coon-hunt contest.
Harrad Experiment, The (1973) as Philip Tenhausen
Harrad College was created as an experiment in pre-marital sex, which is overseen by Professor Philip Tenhausen and his wife Margaret. The school pairs male and female students for a month, who are then free to change partners once a month if they choose to do so. Shy Sheila is initially paired with a cocky boy named Stanley, and the outgoing and sexy Beth is matched up with an awkward boy named Harry. These seemingly unfortunate pairings create tension and jealousy among the students, whose reactions are discussed in group sessions led by the professor and his wife.
Chato's Land (1972) as Joshua Everette
An Apache half-breed on the run turns against his pursuers when they assault his wife.
If Tomorrow Comes (1971) as Frank Phillips
A young couple -- a California girl and a Japanese-American boy -- ignore local prejudices and marry secretly on December 7, 1941, minutes before the announcement of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) as Adm. William F. Halsey
The Japanese take advantage of American blunders to launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) as Levi Morgan
The last of the original seven assembles a new crew of experts to rescue a captive rebel leader.
Madigan (1968) as Ch. Insp. Charles Kane
NYC police detective Madigan has 72 hours to find the mobster who got away with his gun.
Planet of the Apes (1968) as President of the Assembly
An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species.
The Split (1968) as Herb Sutro
A gang of thieves plots to rob the Los Angeles Coliseum box office during a Rams game.
Nobody's Perfect (1968) as Mike Riley
This military service comedy chronicles the misadventures of the U.S.S. Bustard in Japan. The crew has stolen a Buddha statue from a Japanese village, which if discovered missing would threaten Japanese/American relations. Doc Willoughby is the ship's petty officer, whose antics are constantly getting him into trouble with his captain. On shore leave, Willoughby falls for a seemingly demure Japanese girl in a kimono shop, who actually turns out to be a Japanese/American nurse in the US Navy, Lt. Tomiko Momoyama. However, it turns out she was betrothed as a child to a traditional Japanese man named Toshi, who fully intends on enforcing tradition. Willoughby divides his time between trying to return the Buddha statue back to the Japanese village it rightfully belongs to, and trying to woo Tomiko from the traditional Japanese man she rightfully belongs to.
Chuka (1967) as Trent
A group under siege at an Army fort grapple with painful memories.
Waterhole #3 (1967) as Captain Shipley
Some renegade Army men steal a cachet of gold and hide it in the desert for later use until a lone cowboy gets wind of it and wants it for himself.
Black Like Me (1964) as John Finley Horton
Black Like Me is the true account of John Griffin's experiences when he passed as a black man. John Horton takes treatments to darken his skin and leaves his home in Texas to travel throughout the South. At one stop, Horton encounters a black shoe shine man, Burt Wilson, who befriends him and shows him how to "act right" so that he can fit more easily into the African American culture. It is through Wilson that Horton learns the art of shining shoes. Most of his encounters with whites are quite degrading and disturb him. As a hitchhiker, John meets several white men who refer to black men and women in disparaging ways which angers John. Throughout the movie, John is harassed and persecuted by whites without reason. In one of his many stops throughout the South, John finds himself on a park bench sitting by a white woman. A white man walks by and says, "You'd better find another place to sit." Even though he had a college degree, menial jobs were all that he could find. John meets Frank Newcomb whose son, Tom, is arrested for some civil rights demonstrations. John tells Tom about his "passing for black" in the South, and Tom becomes enraged. Tom feels that John could have served the plight of the black man in the South better as a white man. Frank asks John if people would believe the story. Tom says, "I don't know, but I'll tell them."
Who Was That Lady? (1960) as Harry Powell
A cheating husband convinces his wife his flirtations are actually spy missions.
Face of Fire (1959) as Monk Johnson
A local handyman saves a child in a fire, but the burns he receives disfigure his face so much that the townspeople avoid him.
The Restless Years (1958) as Ed Henderson
Will Henderson is the new boy at the high school. He befriends outcast Melinda Grant, whose illegitimacy marks her and her unstable mother. As their friendship turns to love, gossip and lies threaten their relationship in this small town drama.
The Deep Six (1958) as Cmdr. Warren Meredith
A pacifist finds his values challenged by the outbreak of World War II.
The Young Don't Cry (1957) as Rudy Krist
An orphaned teen tries to help a wrongly convicted man who's escaped from prison.
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) as Lou Sherwood
The famed pianist loses the love of his life and almost loses his son''s love as well.
Crime in the Streets (1956) as Ben Wagner
A social worker tries to end juvenile crime by getting involved with a street gang.
The Last Frontier (1956) as Gus
A backwoodsman signs on as scout for a remote Army fort.
Battle Cry (1955) as Sgt. Mac
A group of Marines eagerly await deployment during World War II.
The McConnell Story (1955) as Ty Whitman
A man''s plans to settle down and raise a family are upset by the Korean War.
Oklahoma! (1955) as Mr. [Andrew] Carnes
Pride and a lecherous ranch hand stand between an amorous cowboy and his farm girl sweetheart.
Them! (1954) as Sgt. Ben Peterson
Federal agents fight to destroy a colony of mutated giant ants.
The Great Diamond Robbery (1954) as Remlick
A diamond cutter unwittingly helps a jewel thief.
The Command (1954) as Sgt. Elliot
A high-minded doctor suddenly finds himself leading a Cavalry troop through hostile territory.
The Girl Who Had Everything (1953) as Charles "Chico" Menlow
A criminal lawyer's daughter falls for one of his clients.
Above and Beyond (1953) as Maj. [Bill] Uanna
The pilot who helped drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima struggles with the demands of the dangerous mission.
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) as Fetcher
Brothers on a whaling schooner become romantic rivals.
Kiss Me Kate (1953) as Slug
Feuding co-stars reunite for a musical version of Shakespeare''s "The Taming of the Shrew."
Shadow in the Sky (1952) as Lou [Hopke]
A shell-shocked veteran tries to recover his sanity while living with his sister.
Because You're Mine (1952) as Sgt. ["Bat"] Batterson
After being drafted, an opera star falls for his sergeant's sister.
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952) as Traveler
Seven stories celebrate the glorious diversity of American life.
Angels in the Outfield (1951) as Angel's voice
The short-tempered manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates mends his ways in return for a little divine assistance.
Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Old Bill
An explorer leads the way west for 19th-century settlers along the American frontier.
The Red Badge of Courage (1951) as Narrator
A young Union soldier fights to atone for a moment of cowardice during the Civil War.
Please Believe Me (1950) as Vincent Maran
Three men pursue a shipboard romance with a woman they think is an heiress.
The Outriders (1950) as Clint Priest
Rebel soldiers try to hijack a Union gold shipment.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) as Gus Minissi
A gang of small time crooks plots an elaborate jewel heist.
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950) as John J. Malone
A lawyer and a widow encounter murder on a train ride.
The Next Voice You Hear (1950) as Joe Smith, American
The voice of God mystically appears on the radio, changing all who hear it.
The Undercover Man (1949) as George Pappas
A treasury agent tries to convict a ruthless mobster of tax evasion.
Battleground (1949) as Kinnie
American soldiers in France fight to survive a Nazi siege just before the Battle of the Bulge.

Cast (special)

Roots of Roe, The (1997) as Narration
Traces the history of contraception and abortion in America from colonial times to the present, from the first documented cases of abortion and the first statutes regulating reproduction to the landmark Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade.
A special broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol commemorating the men and women of the Armed Forces through musical and spoken tributes.
Home on the Range (1992) as Voice Of Handel Dribo
A documentary exploring the changes in the native culture of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands since the occupation of the United States Army.
All My Sons (1987) as Joe Keller
An adaptation of Arthur Miller's 1947 play about a family in turmoil because of the father's dishonesty and compromise. Joe Keller was a war profiteer and his partner went to jail for selling defective parts to the Army while Joe was absolved. Joe's older son was killed in the war, yet Kate Keller,
Chesapeake Borne (1986) as Narration
A "National Geographic Special" about the people and the ecology of Chesapeake Bay.
Love Those Trains (1984) as Narrator
This National Geographic Special looks at the romance and adventure of trains past and present.
Parade of Stars (1983) as Guest
Celebrities perform in a benefit for the Actor's Fund Charity in a program that recalls vaudeville's golden age.
General Electric's All-Star Anniversary (1978)
The program recalls the music, song, and comedy of the past 100 years and celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the General Electric Company.
Celebration: The American Spirit (1976)
Yet another bicentennial special, this one inspired by the bland and somewhat murky theme of "the American Spirit."
Will Rogers' U.S.A. (1972) as Will Rogers
A television adaptation of the nationally acclaimed one-man show, with James Whitmore portraying the legendary humorist.
Man From Denver, The (1959) as Joel Begley (Guest)
The exploits of Ward Pendleton, an examiner for a chain of banks, as he travels throughout the Old West. The pilot episode relates Ward's efforts to recover the stolen assets of a small town bank. ("The Man From Denver" was the proposed series title.)

Music (special)

You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story (1990) as Song Performer ("Brush Up Your Shakespeare")
A documentary about songwriter Cole Porter. Explores his contributions to Broadway and Hollywood and celebrates his distinctive lifestyle and point of view through archival material and interviews with friends.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Ring of Endless Light, A (2002) as Grandfather
Word, The (1978) as George Wheeler
Intrigue surrounding the discovery and publication of a controversial document that appears to be a long-lost ancient eyewitness account of the life of Christ, with David Janssen playing a public relations executive hired to promote this new version of the Bible. International film beauty Florinda B

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Glory! Glory! (1989) as Lester Babbitt
A two-part miniseries set in the world of TV evangelism, about a down-and-out rock singer who is hired by a religious group to improve its ratings and donations. Sister Ruth is an immediate hit, and the Church of the Companions of Christ has never been so successful, but an investigative reporter ch
Favorite Son (1988) as President Dan Baker
A three-part miniseries set in Washington, DC, about Senator Terry Fallon, a charismatic Vice Presidential hopeful and his ambitious press aide, who will stop at nothing to get to the White House. When Fallon is wounded by an assassin's bullet, he becomes an media hero overnight. A jaded FBI agent,
Celebrity (1984) as Clifford Casey
Three inseparable Fort Worth buddies from the high school class of 1950 find their destinies intertwined by a youthful crime relived 25 years later -- one (Marley) an ambitious writer who becomes a celebrated journalist (a semi-autobiographical character patterned after Thomas Thompson, the best-sel

Cast (short)

Compares the pitches of totalitarian ideas to that of a snake oil salesman.

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