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Also Known As: Died: October 20, 2003
Born: November 13, 1920 Cause of Death: unspecified illness
Birth Place: Miami, Arizona, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997) as Interviewee
Interviews and film clips re-create the glorious history of the American western.
Bonanza: Under Attack (1995) as Buckshot Patterson
Television movie based on the movie "Bonanza: The Return" (November 28, 1993 on NBC) and the "Bonanza" TV series (1959 to 1973 on NBC). The Ponderosa Ranch offers sanctuary to a once-notorious, now reformed outlaw Frank James, who is being relentlessly pursued by an unscrupulous Pinkerton detective.
Shadow Force (1993) as Tommy
Set in Texas, about a corrupt police department.
Uninvited (1993) as Grady
An evil and mysterious old man leads eight people to the top of a sacred mountain. These hapless searchers--misfits, outlaws, and dreamers--are lured to this remote wilderness by one thing: the promise of gold said to be buried deep within the mountain.
Bonanza: The Return (1993) as Buckshot Patterson
Television movie sequel to the NBC western series "Bonanza." The Ponderosa Ranch is in trouble, and it's up to the next generation of Cartwrights to battle the unscrupulous businessman who plans to desecrate the land by establishing a strip-mining operation.
Giant of Thunder Mountain, The (1991) as Hezekiah Crow (The Crow Family)
Story about an endearing little girl who befriends a hulking and reclusive mountain man.
Suburban Commando (1991) as Colonel Dustin "Dusty" Mchowell
A mercenary from outer space tries to find some peace and quiet on planet earth.
Big Bad John (1990)
Film is based on Jimmy Dean's 1961 ballad "Big Bad John."
Hawken's Breed (1989) as Tackett
Hawken, a drifter traversing the West in the 1840s, comes to rescue a young Shawnee woman and immediately falls in love with her. He then takes it upon himself to avenge the brutal murder of the girl's family.
Once Upon a Texas Train (1988) as Jason Fitch
An aging outlaw is looking to live out his fantasies as a railway bandit despite being behind bars for twenty years. A former Texas ranger who feels responsible for letting his adversary out plans to go after him one more time.
Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? (1988) as Boone
A television movie where good-hearted outlaws, camp followers, Mexican revolutionaries, and a Welles Fargo posse all come together (literally) over a buried cache of stolen gold.
Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills (1986) as Squires
A western movie about two young children and their loyal horse, Big Red, the only survivors of a wagon train massacre. They bravely struggle through the Utah wilderness, facing horse thieves and various adversities to be reunited with family.
Aurora Encounter, The (1986) as Charlie Hawkins
An eccentric 19th century Texan claims to have been visited nightly by an alien from space. The local newspaper editor writes up the story, and reports the sightings to the governor. The Governor expresses his disbelief, but sends a ranger to investigate, with orders to shoot any aliens if he does see them. The alien is in fact a friendly one, and rescues three local citizens when a mine caves. After this, the townspeople try to communicate their peaceful intentions toward him, but the ranger''s intent is in conflict with them.
Cannonball Run II (1984) as Doc
Washed up race car driver J.J. McClure and his mechanic Victor Prinzim enter the cross-country Cannonball Run in a ambulance. In order to look more legitimate, they take along a doctor, Nikolas Van Helsing, and abduct a pretty photographer to pass as their patient.
Jinxed! (1982) as Jack
After Don Siegel suffered a heart attack during production, Sam Peckinpah directed some of the film without credit. Screenwriter Frank D Gilroy removed his name from the finished film.
Cannonball Run, The (1981) as Doctor
The contestants in the highly illegal race across the country will do anything to win, and cheating is encouraged. With car crashes, sight gags and the coolest collection of 80s vehicles on film.
Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The (1979) as Big Mac
Two bumbling outlaws enlist in the Army, where they''''re accused of stealing supplies.
Villain, The (1979) as Avery Simpson
The cowboy Handsome Stranger will escort miss Charming Jones to get a large sum of money from her father, Parody Jones. But the rich Avery Jones wants to lay his hands on the money and hires and old cowboy, Cactus Jack, to rob them when they ride back from her father. However, Cactus Jack is not very good at robbing people.
Lacy and the Mississippi Queen (1978) as Willie Red Fire
This lighthearted Western was an unsuccessful series pilot in which two sisters -- a gun-toting tomboy and a beauty with an engaging smile -- team up to track down a pair of train robbers, suspects in the shooting of their father.
Grayeagle (1978) as Trapper Willis
John Colter has devoted his life to tracking down Grayeagle, the Cheyenne brave who kidnapped his daughter. But eventually he learns that there was an honorable idea behind her abduction.
Norseman, The (1978) as Dath Dreamer
A Viking prince sails to America in an attempt to rescue his father who is held captive by the native Indians.
Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978) as Rattlesnake
Twin brothers vie to rule a Western town while the mayor tries to get rid of them both.
Pony Express Rider (1976)
A young Texas Man who saw his father get killed by a group of bandits, decides years later to go to work for the Pony Express. But he is not just working around the country to deliver mail, he is actually finding the bandits who murdered his father.
Creature From Black Lake, The (1976)
After some fishermen are attacked in the swamps of Louisiana, two researchers come to their small town to investigate the rumors that their attacker was a creature similar to Bigfoot. After speaking to the locals, the men begin to think that the creature could be the missing link.
Hawmps (1976) as Bad Jack Cutter
A cavalry outpost in the Wild West of 19th Century USA is in need of horses. The captain of the outpost gets word that they're to receive a shipment of fine Arabians. What he gets is a shipment of...camels.
New Daughters of Joshua Cabe, The (1976) as Bitterroot
Rascally Joshua Cabe is back for his third go-around (John McIntire takes over for Dan Dailey who previously took over for Buddy Ebsen) and is wrongly convicted of murder, so his "daughters" devise a daring plot to smuggle him out of prison and cheat the hangman.
Winds of Autumn, The (1976)
After his parents are murdered, an eleven-year-old Quaker boy travels across the Montana prairie to avenge their deaths.
Huckleberry Finn (1975) as King
The Mark Twain perennial with freckle-faced Ron Howard and most of his family -- father Rance, mother Jean, brother Clint -- in this TV update of the classic. Previous Huck Finns on film were Lewis Sargent in 1919, Junior Durkin (1931) in the Jackie Cooper movie about Tom Sawyer, Mickey Rooney (1939
Sidekicks (1974) as Boss
Based on the 1971 comedy western "Skin Game," this lark, a pilot to a prospective series that never materialized, had a couple of hapless post-Civil War con men, one black, one white, on the sagebrush trail trying to collect a $15,000 bounty on an outlaw's head. Lou Gossett recreated the role he pla
Knife For the Ladies, A (1974)
Someone is mutilating and killing victims in the small desert town of Mescal. After some work, the town's sheriff cannot solve the mystery, so a private investigator is brought in to work on case.
Red Pony, The (1973) as Grandfather
Peabody Award-winning color remake of the 1949 movie from the Steinbeck novella -- here without the Billy Buck character -- telling of a turn-of-the-century California farm family and the attachment of their sensitive young son to his horse after being unable to establish an understanding with his g
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) as Alamosa Bill
The legendary outlaw clashes with his former best friend, now the sheriff.
Shootout In A One Dog Town (1973) as Handy
This lean western with overtones of "High Noon" finds a small-town banker pitted against a vicious gang who will stop at nothing to steal the $200,000 in his vault.
Daughters of Joshua Cabe, The (1972) as Bitterroot
A pilot film about a fur trapper who, in a scheme to keep his land holdings in the wake of a homesteading law, recruits a prostitute, a thief, and a pickpocket to portray his daughters.
Hannie Caulder (1972) as Frank [Clemens]
A female victim of a brutal attack by three thugs learns to shoot and seeks revenge.
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) as Jug May
A con artist poses as a notorious hired gun.
The Last Rebel (1971) as Matt Graves
A pair of confederate soldiers rescue a black man from a lynching.
Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) as John Wesley Hardin
A two-bit outlaw''s attempts to strike it rich put him in conflict with a bungling sheriff.
Rio Lobo (1970) as Phillips
A Civil War veteran searches for the traitor behind a friend's death.
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) as Jake
A cowboy drifts into a lawless town and brings things back together.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1969) as Knuckles
A mail-order bride enlists an outlaw and a mystery man to help protect her land from a ruthless cattleman.
Over-the-hill Gang, The (1969) as Sheriff Clyde Barnes
In this comedy Western, a retired Texas Ranger and three aged pals help to clean up a town run by a crooked mayor, a drunken judge and a trigger-happy sheriff. This marked the TV-movie debuts of both Rick Nelson and Gypsy Rose Lee, and it was the latter's farewell acting appearance.
Firecreek (1968) as Norman
A pacifist sheriff must use tougher means when his town is threatened by a band of outlaws.
Never a Dull Moment (1968) as Ace Williams
When practicing for a role, actor Jack is mistaken for the killer Ace. He doesn't realize this until it's too late and is carried off to gangster boss Leo Smooth, who wants Ace to do a job for him. Fearing for his life, Jack plays his role, but always searching for a way out of the well-guarded house.
The Last Challenge (1967) as Ernest Scarnes
A young gun wants to make his name by shooting it out with the town marshal.
The Way West (1967) as Weatherby
A senator hires a veteran scout to accompany a wagon train from Missouri to Oregon.
The Night of the Grizzly (1966) as Hank
A man-killing grizzly is on the loose on the homestead.
The Rare Breed (1966) as Deke Simons
A brave woman tries to breed her English bull with western cattle.
4 for Texas (1963) as Dobie
Double-crossing outlaws go straight and become rival saloon owners.
The Last Sunset (1961) as Ed Hobbs
A sheriff finds the outlaw he''s hunting leading a cattle drive and decides to help him before arresting him.
The Comancheros (1961) as Horseface
A Texas ranger teams up with a gambler to stop an outlaw from running weapons into Mexico with the help of the Comanches.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) as Cheesecake
A good-hearted gangster turns an old apple seller into a society matron so she can impress her daughter.
The Girl in Lovers Lane (1960) as Jesse
Danny, son of a wealthy family, is running away from home. He meets Bix, a long-time drifter, who agrees to "mentor" Danny. Danny's naivete leads him to commit gaffe after gaffe, leaving Bix to straighten things out. But when they stop in a diner in the next town, Bix finds himself attracted to the waitress, Carrie, and is forced to reexamine his whole drifting career. Meanwhile, Jesse (Jack Elam) goes around creeping everyone out.
Edge of Eternity (1959) as Bill Ward
A modern-day western follows a Midwestern sheriff''s deputy on the trail of a murderer who killed a gold trader and sold the stash to Mexico. The crazy pursuit involves hostage taking, a Thunderbird, and a climactic encounter at the Grand Canyon.
The Gun Runners (1958) as Arnold
A charter boat captain runs guns during the Cuban revolution.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) as Tom McLowery
Dramatization of the legendary battle between Wyatt Earp and the Clanton Gang.
Lure of the Swamp (1957) as Henry Bliss
Simon Lute ekes out a modest living chartering his skiff to tourists and guiding them through the labyrinthine bayou. When a mysterious stranger asks him to take them deep into the swamp, Simon is curious, particularly when the man requests to make part of the journey alone. After the man's corpse is discovered the following day, Simon learns that the stranger had robbed a bank and that hiding the loot in the inhospitable bayou was the man's objective. But what should Simon do with this newfound knowledge?
Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957) as Tioga
Night Passage (1957) as Shotgun
A disgraced railroad employee tries to prove himself by guarding the company''''s payroll against outlaws.
Baby Face Nelson (1957) as Fatso Nagel
George "Babyface" Nelson becomes one of the most important gangsters of 1920s Chicago by making brutal robberies. In order to compete with Al Capone he allies himself with John Dillinger...
Jubal (1956) as McCoy
A rancher''s wife falls for a wandering cowhand.
Pardners (1956) as Pete
A cowardly tenderfoot goes west to help the son of his father''''s best friend.
Thunder over Arizona (1956) as Slats Callahan
Artists and Models (1956) as Ivan
A struggling artist uses his roommate''s dreams to create a hit comic book.
Man Without a Star (1955) as Grifter
A wandering cowboy gets caught up in a range war.
Wichita (1955) as Al
Wyatt Earp fights to straighten out a crooked cow town.
Kismet (1955) as Hasan-Ben
In this Arabian Nights musical, the "king of the beggars" infiltrates high society when his daughter is wooed by a handsome prince.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) as Charlie Max
Detective Mike Hammer fights to solve the murder of a beautiful hitchhiker with a mysterious connection to the Mob.
The Far Country (1955) as Newberry
Two cowboys on the road to Alaska help a wagon train in trouble.
The Man from Laramie (1955) as Chris Boldt
A wandering cowboy gets caught in the rivalry between an aging rancher's sons.
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955) as Burger
Hunters drive animals out of a sanctuary so they can shoot them.
Moonfleet (1955) as Damen
A British buccaneer is torn between three seductive women.
Ride Clear of Diablo (1954) as Tim Lowerie
Jubilee Trail (1954) as Whitey
A pregnant widow ventures West in search of a new life.
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954) as Yost
The Jones family, about to prove claim to prime Montana land, is raided by renegade Indians in league with villainous neighbor McCord, who gets most of the stolen cattle. Two survivors are helped by college-educated chief's son Colorados. Now Sierra Nevada Jones must fight for her land against legal technicalities and assorted villains. Can she gain the help of McCord's hired gun, Farrell?
Princess of the Nile (1954) as Basra
Time: A.D. 1249. Shalimar, an Egyptian princess, striving to rid her country of its Bedouin conquerors, forms an alliance with Prince Haidi, son of the Caliph of Bagdad. She practices her intrigues both at the court and, disguised as a dancing girl, in the market place.
Vera Cruz (1954) as Tex
During the Mexican Revolution, rival mercenaries team to steal a fortune in gold.
Appointment in Honduras (1953) as Castro
The Moonlighter (1953) as Strawboss
A former jailbird makes good after the wrong man is accused for his crime.
Count the Hours (1953) as Max Verne
A lawyer defends a migrant worker in a sensational murder trial.
Ride, Vaquero! (1953) as Barton
Ranchers in New Mexico have to face Indians and bandits.
Gun Belt (1953) as Kolloway
A notorious outlaw tries to go straight, only to be framed by his former gang.
Rancho Notorious (1952) as Mort Geary
A cowboy infiltrates a bandit hideout in search of his girlfriend's killer.
The Ring (1952) as Harry Jackson
Lure of the Wilderness (1952) as Dave Longden
A young girl and her father, who is unjustly accused of murder, seek refuge in a Georgia swamp until they are befriended by a trapper who penetrates the swamp in search of his dog.
My Man and I (1952) as Celestino Garcia
A Mexican-American laborer fights for his dignity.
Finders Keepers (1952) as Eddie
Bushwackers, The (1952)
Plot here has Confederate veteran Jeff Waring (John Ireland) arriving in Independence, Missouri shortly after the Civil War, and intending never again to use a gun. He finds that rancher Artemus Taylor, an arthritic despot, and his henchies, Sam Tobin (Lawrence Tierney) and Cree (Jack Elam), are forcing out the settlers in order to claim their land for the incoming railroad. The plot nearly predates "The Great Train Robbery" in age but the gritty execution and well-acted performances take it out of the norm...way out, in a couple of instances. Brassy Myrna Dell is on hand as Taylor's independent daughter, only slightly less meaner than her father, and the always welcome Dorothy Malone is the pretty school marm on the side of good. Needless to say, Ireland's passive outlook on life changes before the end.
The Battle at Apache Pass (1952) as Mescal Jack
Geronimo conspires with a corrupt government agent to frame Cochise for a stagecoach raid.
High Noon (1952) as Charlie
A retired Marshal must defend his town from a revengeful villain.
Montana Territory (1952) as Gimp
(Wes ''52). Lon McCallister, Wanda Hendrix, Preston Foster, Hugh Sanders, Jack Elam, Clayton Moore, Myron Headley, & George Chesebro as Weasel. A young deputy sheriff takes action when he learns that the marshall is using his badge as a license to commit murder.
Kansas City Confidential (1952) as Pete Harris
To commit the perfect crime, a former detective keeps his colleagues' identities secret from each other.
Rawhide (1951) as Tevis
Two individuals on a stage coach find themselves at the mercy of four outlaws.
Bird of Paradise (1951) as The Trader
The Bushwhackers (1951) as Cree
A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950) as Fargo
In 1876 Dawson wants to prevent a train from getting to Tomahawk CO on time, to keep it from competing with his stage coach line. Kit, who must get the train to its goal, forces Johnny aboard as the needed passenger. Madame Adelaide's showgirls (including Marilyn as Clara) ride along and, en route to Tomahawk, join Johnny in "Oh, What a Forward Young Man You Are."
Love That Brute (1950) as Gunman
In 1928, Big Ed Hanley (Paul Douglas), boss of a gang of Chicago racketeers, has money and power, but he is bored. Watching some kids play in the park, he sees Ruth Manning (Jean Peters) and is interested at once. He tells her he has a couple of kids and gives her the job of taking care of them. He moves Mamie (Joan Davis) in as a housekeeper, but the best he can scrape up as a son is Harry, a pint-sized monster. A couple of henchmen sent by to rub Big Ed out by his rival, Pretty Willie (Cesar Romero), are relieved of their hardware by Quentin (Arthur Treacher), Ed's butler, and Bugs, his right-hand man. They march them downstairs, supposedly to drop in the river, but actually leave them in a very nice jail maintained by Ed for gangsters who drop by to rub him out. Ed's problems include keeping Ruth, who has begun to like him, from finding out about his activities, increasing his family and keeping uninvited guests from dropping by.
The Sundowners (1950) as Earl Boyce
High Lonesome (1950) as Smiling Man
Key to the City (1950) as Councilman
Two mayors meet and fall in love during a convention in San Francisco.
One Way Street (1950) as Arnie

Cast (special)

Ride a Northbound Horse (1987) as Sheriff
A "WonderWorks" presentation about Cav Rand, a young boy newly orphaned, who sells the family belongings so he can buy a horse and join a cattle drive. When the horse is stolen by a crooked peddler, he becomes a cook in the cattle drive and, along with his new friends, outwits the peddler to get his
Scrooge's Rock 'n' Roll Christmas (1984) as Scrooge
The story of a young girl who helps a Scrooge-like character celebrate a musical Christmas in southern California.
Sawyer and Finn (1983) as Boot Mcgraw (Guest)
The story, set ten years after Mark Twain's immortal penning of "Tom Sawyer," finds Tom heading west when the river life no longer excites him. He unexpectably encounters his old friend Huckleberry Finn and the two join forces to seek adventure. The would-be series was to follow their various advent
Legends of the West: Truth and Tall Tales (1981)
A program that attempts to separate western fact from fiction through dramatizations and film clips from various western feature films.
Skyward Christmas (1981) as Clay Haller
A story of courage as seen through the experiences of Julie Ward, a sixteen-year-old paraplegic who learns to live with and overcome the disadvantages of her handicap. The program is based on NBC's 1980 television movie, "Skyward," and attempts to continue the story where the television film left of
Revenge of Red Chief, The (1979) as Sam
A sequel to "The Ransom of Red Chief." Drifters Sam and Billy again encounter the boy called Red Chief, this time while attempting to fleece a town out of $2000 with a phony rain-making machine.
Ransom of Red Chief, The (1977) as Sam
Desperate for money for a journey to California, two drifters hit upon a kidnapping plan and abduct a young boy they see playing in a field. The story relates the problems that occur when Sam and Billy find that the boy, who calls himself Red Chief, is a holy terror and the only way to rid themselv
Cat Ballou (1971) as Kid Sheleen; Boozing Ex-Gunman
The adventures of Cat Ballou, a beautiful and outrageous Old West heroine. In the first of two pilot episodes, Cat attempts to start a school against the wishes of a boneheaded sheriff and a foppish land developer.
Six Guns for Donegan (1959) as Clinton (Guest)
The story of Orville Darrow, an aging sheriff, and his attempts to maintain law and order in the town of Donegan. In the pilot episode, Darrow attempts to protect a cowardly citizen, acquitted of killing one of the notorious Clinton brothers, from the remaining brothers who have come to town seeking

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite, The (1981) as Seth Beaumont
In this Operation Prime Time sequel to 1980''s adaptation of John D. MacDonald''s best-selling science-fiction fantasy, "The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything," true-blue Kirby Winter, who inherited a floundering business and a magical watch that can stop time, and free-spirited Bonnie Lee Beaumont have their wedding interrupted by a frantic call from her mother to help save the family farm from a nasty land tycoon. Philip MacHale and Lee Purcell are in the roles played initially by Robert Hays and Pam Dawber.
Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts (1979) as Ira Bigelow
A traditional sagebrush saga based on two novels by Louis L'Amour, the foremost Western author on the contemporary scene, and the first dramatized for television of the seventy-four he has written (eleven are about the Sackett family). This four-hour movie focuses on the three Sackett brothers in Ne

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