Ray Teal


Actor
Ray Teal

About

Birth Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Born
January 12, 1902
Died
April 02, 1976

Biography

Never a big star, Ray Teal managed to have a nearly 40-year stint as a scowling character actor. He was best known for playing Sheriff Roy Coffee on the classic TV Western "Bonanza" from 1960 to 1972. Teal didn't aspire to be an actor, not landing his first role until his mid-30s. Before then, he was a saxophone player and a bandleader, but the late start did not affect his employability...

Biography

Never a big star, Ray Teal managed to have a nearly 40-year stint as a scowling character actor. He was best known for playing Sheriff Roy Coffee on the classic TV Western "Bonanza" from 1960 to 1972. Teal didn't aspire to be an actor, not landing his first role until his mid-30s. Before then, he was a saxophone player and a bandleader, but the late start did not affect his employability. Aside from his work on "Bonanza," Teal appeared in over 300 television shows and movies (including the classics "Inherit the Wind" and "The Best Years of Our Lives") until his retirement in 1974. Among the highlights: a judge who disagrees with Spencer Tracy over the treatment of Nazi war criminals in the 1961 Oscar-winner "Judgment at Nuremberg" and playing Little John in 1946's "The Bandit of Sherwood Forest." Perhaps the biggest irony in a career playing mean-spirited hombres is that, by all accounts, Teal was a very nice man.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Hanged Man (1974)
Judge Homer Bayne
The Liberation of L. B. Jones (1970)
Chief of police
Chisum (1970)
Justice Wilson
Bullet for a Badman (1964)
Taggart (1964)
Ralph Taggart
Cattle King (1963)
Editor Winters
A Girl Named Tamiko (1962)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Judge Curtiss Ives
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Bartender
Posse From Hell (1961)
Larson
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Jesse H. Dunlap
Home from the Hill (1960)
Dr. Reuben Carson
Saddle the Wind (1958)
Brick Larson
Gunman's Walk (1958)
Jensen Sieverts
The Wayward Girl (1957)
Sheriff
The Tall Stranger (1957)
Cap
The Phantom Stagecoach (1957)
Sheriff Ned Riorden
Utah Blaine (1957)
Russ Nevers
Decision at Sundown (1957)
Morley Chase
The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
Salt Pork
The Oklahoman (1957)
Stableman
Band of Angels (1957)
Mr. Calloway
Canyon River (1956)
Reed
The Young Guns (1956)
Hagberd
The Burning Hills (1956)
Joe Sutton
Run for Cover (1955)
Sheriff
The Desperate Hours (1955)
Fredericks
The Man from Bitter Ridge (1955)
Shep Bascom
The Indian Fighter (1955)
Morgan
Apache Ambush (1955)
Sgt. Tim O'Roarke
Rage at Dawn (1955)
Constable Brant
The Command (1954)
Regimental Surgeon Trent
About Mrs. Leslie (1954)
Barney
Rogue Cop (1954)
Patrolman Mullins
The Wild One (1954)
Frank Bleeker
Lucky Me (1954)
Crony
Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)
Doc
Jumping Jacks (1952)
Gen. W. W. Timmons
The Wild North (1952)
Ruger
Hangman's Knot (1952)
Quincey
Flaming Feather (1952)
Brad Larkin
The Turning Point (1952)
Clint
The Lion and the Horse (1952)
Dave Tracy
Montana Belle (1952)
Emmett Dalton
The Captive City (1952)
Chief Gillette
Carrie (1952)
Allen
Cattle Town (1952)
Judd Hastings
Along the Great Divide (1951)
Lou Gray
Distant Drums (1951)
Private Mohair
The Redhead and the Cowboy (1951)
Brock
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
Henry Dawson
Fort Worth (1951)
Gabe Clevenger
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Sheriff [Gus Kretzer]
Home Town Story (1951)
Light and power man
Oh! Susanna (1951)
Corporal
Lorna Doone (1951)
Farmer Ridd
The Great Missouri Raid (1951)
Union sergeant
The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)
Sheriff Bramwell
The Petty Girl (1950)
Policeman
Samson and Delilah (1950)
Tax collector
Convicted (1950)
Guard
Southside 1-1000 (1950)
Detective
No Way Out (1950)
Day deputy
Winchester '73 (1950)
Marshall Noonan
Edge of Doom (1950)
Ned Moore
Quicksand (1950)
Motorcycle officer
Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950)
Captain McHale
The Men (1950)
Man at bar
When You're Smiling (1950)
Steve
The Kid from Texas (1950)
Sheriff Rand
Ambush (1950)
Capt. J. R. Wolverson
Our Very Own (1950)
Mr. [Jim] Lynch
Where Danger Lives (1950)
Joe Borden
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Policeman
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Policeman
Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949)
Policeman
One Sunday Afternoon (1949)
Policeman
Once More, My Darling (1949)
Truck driver
Scene of the Crime (1949)
Patrolman
Whispering Smith (1949)
Seagrue
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
Mac
Rusty's Birthday (1949)
Virgil Neeley
Streets of Laredo (1949)
Cantrel
Harbor of Missing Men (1949)
Frank
Kazan (1949)
McCready
Blondie Hits the Jackpot (1949)
Gus
Bad Boy (1949)
Officer
Mr. Soft Touch (1949)
Policeman
The Snake Pit (1948)
Doctor
Raw Deal (1948)
Police commanding officer
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948)
Guard
The Mating of Millie (1948)
Mike
An Act of Murder (1948)
Dr. McDermott
Road House (1948)
Policeman
Black Eagle: The Story of a Horse (1948)
Engineer
Black Bart (1948)
Pete
Daredevils of the Clouds (1948)
Mitchell
Joan of Arc (1948)
Betrand de Poulengy, a squire
The Black Arrow (1948)
Nick Appleyard
The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948)
Charlie
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
Koslick
Fury at Furnace Creek (1948)
Sergeant
High Wall (1948)
Lieutenant of police
Hazard (1948)
Plainclothesman
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)
Orchestra conductor
Unconquered (1947)
Gilded Beaver soldier
Road to Rio (1947)
Buck
Devil Ship (1947)
The Swordsman (1947)
Drover
Killer McCoy (1947)
Walsh's bodyguard
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
State trooper
Brute Force (1947)
Jackson
Roses Are Red (1947)
Weston
Cheyenne (1947)
Gambler
Driftwood (1947)
Clem Perkins
Deep Valley (1947)
Prison official
Pursued (1947)
A Callum
Undercover Maisie (1947)
Man at Union Station
Desert Fury (1947)
Bus driver
Michigan Kid (1947)
Sergeant
The Peanut Man (1947)
Dr. Miller
Ramrod (1947)
Editor Burma
Northwest Outpost (1947)
Wounded trapper
Louisiana (1947)
Politician
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Motorcycle policeman
The Fabulous Texan (1947)
State police captain
The Sea of Grass (1947)
Cattleman
Dangerous Business (1946)
Plainclothesman
A Letter for Evie (1946)
Cab driver
Decoy (1946)
Policeman
The Harvey Girls (1946)
Conductor
The Missing Lady (1946)
Slater
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Mr. Mollett
Canyon Passage (1946)
Neil Howison
Blonde Alibi (1946)
Jones
Deadline for Murder (1946)
Frank Adams
Strange Voyage (1946)
Captain Andrews
The Runaround (1946)
Cagan
The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946)
Little John
Three Wise Fools (1946)
Foreman
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Special officer in "Pay the Two Dollars"
Adventure (1946)
Rico
Nothing But Trouble (1945)
Policeman
Shady Lady (1945)
Andy
Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)
Officer
Circumstantial Evidence (1945)
Policeman
Don't Fence Me In (1945)
Ryan
Snafu (1945)
Legionnaire
Back to Bataan (1945)
Lt. Col. Roberts
The Clock (1945)
Policeman
Sudan (1945)
Trader
The Fighting Guardsman (1945)
Albert
Main Street After Dark (1945)
Policeman
Along Came Jones (1945)
Kriendler
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Assistant movie director
Wonder Man (1945)
Ticket taker
Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)
Policeman
The Missing Juror (1944)
Chief of detectives
Once Upon a Time (1944)
Ship yard worker
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
Executive officer
U-Boat Prisoner (1944)
C.P.O. Shaw
The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Guard
Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
Bouncer
Strange Affair (1944)
Truck driver
Gentle Annie (1944)
Expressman
Song of Russia (1944)
Motorcycle rider
None Shall Escape (1944)
Oremski
The Soul of a Monster (1944)
Truck driver
Lost Angel (1944)
Guard
An American Romance (1944)
Paymaster
Madame Curie (1944)
Driver
Thousands Cheer (1944)
Ringmaster
Bathing Beauty (1944)
Maitre d'hotel
Dangerous Blondes (1943)
Detective Temple
The Heat's On (1943)
Stagehand
Northwest Rangers (1943)
Poker player
The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)
Policeman
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Pedestrian
A Gentle Gangster (1943)
Joe Barton
Prairie Chickens (1943)
Sam
She Has What It Takes (1943)
Police officer
The North Star (1943)
German motorcycle officer
The Youngest Profession (1943)
Taxi driver
Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942)
Policeman
Fingers at the Window (1942)
Policeman
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942)
Beadle
Secret Enemies (1942)
Motor cop
The Bugle Sounds (1942)
Sergeant
Tennessee Johnson (1942)
Sergeant at arms
Apache Trail (1942)
Editor Cotton
Escape from Crime (1942)
Gangster guard
Juke Girl (1942)
Woman of the Year (1942)
Reporter
The Big Shot (1942)
Motor cop
They Died with Their Boots On (1942)
Barfly
Nazi Agent (1942)
Officer Graves
Captain Midnight (1942)
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Pawnbroker
Sergeant York (1941)
Soldier
Billy the Kid (1941)
Axel
Honky Tonk (1941)
Poker player
Outlaws of the Panhandle (1941)
Walt Burnett
They Met in Bombay (1941)
Private
Unholy Partners (1941)
Waiter
Bad Men of Missouri (1941)
Deputy
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Cab driver
Strange Cargo (1940)
Guard
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Saxaphonist
Gold Rush Maisie (1940)
Prospector
Trail of the Vigilantes (1940)
Deputy sheriff
Northwest Passage (Book I--Rogers' Rangers) (1940)
Bradley McNeil
I Love You Again (1940)
Watchman
Viva Cisco Kid (1940)
Josh
Cherokee Strip (1940)
Smokey [Morrell]
Prairie Schooners (1940)
Wolf Tanner
Pony Post (1940)
Claud Richards
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
Cameraman
New Moon (1940)
Bondsman
Adventures of Red Ryder (1940)
Western Jamboree (1938)
McCall

Cast (Special)

Girl on the Run (1958)
Lieutenant Harper (Guest)

Cast (Short)

A Gun in His Hand (1945)
Main Street Today (1944)
Ode to Victory (1943)
AMERICAN SPOKEN HERE (1940)
XXX Medico (1940)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Ace In The Hole (1951) - Maybe He'd Like A Little Raw Hamburger New Mexico highway cafe business booming for Lorraine (Jan Sterling) as word of her husband trapped in the cave spreads, scheming reporter Tatum (Kirk Douglas) recruits the sheriff (Ray Teal) who joins him pressuring the engineer (Frank Jaquet), in Billy Wilder's Ace In The Hole 1951.
Gunman's Walk (1958) - Put That Gun Away! Rebellious son Ed Hackett (accomplished rider Tab Hunter, in the saddle) has been challenged by his prominent rancher father Lee (Van Heflin) to see who can get to the saloon quicker, leading to stunts then a confrontation in the barroom, Paul Bryar the bartender, Ray Teal the observant stranger, in director Phil Karlson’s Gunman’s Walk, 1958.
Burning Hills, The (1956) - Don't Let Him Go Soft! Rancher Sutton (Ray Teal) has been shot and chews out son Jack (Skip Homeler) and crew (Claude Akins, Earl Holliman, Tyler MacDuff) on local politics, in The Burning Hills, 1956.
Joan Of Arc (1948) - The Devil Has No Part Joan (Ingrid Bergman) with her displeased mother (Selena Royle), when Sir Robert (George Coulouris) arrives with news confirming her visions, and a curate (David Bond) finds her righteous, in Victor Fleming's Joan Of Arc, 1948.
Along The Great Divide (1951) -- He'll Hang By Government Rope Opening scenes, new marshal Merrick (Kirk Douglas) with deputies (John Agar, Ray Teal) tries to stop rancher Roden (Morris Ankrum) from hanging Pop (Walter Brennan), in Raoul Walsh's Along The Great Divide, 1951.
Joan Of Arc (1948) - God Bothers Very Little Ingrid Bergman (title character) with supporters (Richard Derr, Ray Teal), not fooled by an impostor (Richard Ney), dazzles the court by detecting the real Dauphin (Jose Ferrer), in Joan Of Arc, 1948, from the Maxwell Anderson play.

Bibliography