Dan White


Dan White

Biography

At the age of 14, Dan White left Lakeland, Florida, where he had grown up with his large family of 12 siblings. He began traveling the southern United States and performing in a variety of minstrel, vaudeville, tent, and theater shows. He finally stopped and spent nine years performing with his brother Willard in a stock theater company at the Rialto Theater in Tampa. In 1933, during the...

Biography

At the age of 14, Dan White left Lakeland, Florida, where he had grown up with his large family of 12 siblings. He began traveling the southern United States and performing in a variety of minstrel, vaudeville, tent, and theater shows. He finally stopped and spent nine years performing with his brother Willard in a stock theater company at the Rialto Theater in Tampa. In 1933, during the lean years of the Great Depression, he had to take a break from performing in order to support his new wife and her child. By 1935, he had decided to pursue his dream of acting full time and relocated to Los Angeles. His decision seemed at first to be ill-advised, as he had trouble finding work, but finally he began to get work with the Republic Pictures Corporation. That first year, he appeared in six films though, as with many of the movies he was in during his career, he was uncredited in most of them. He was extremely prolific, claiming to have appeared in over 300 films, the vast majority of which were westerns. Some films he appeared in included "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), "Giant" (1956), "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), and "The Yearling" (1946). He also said he appeared in over 150 television cameos, on programs like the Westerns "Bonanza," "The Virginian," and "Rawhide." After 40 years in Hollywood, he retired in Tampa, Florida, making occasional guest appearances as himself on programs like TV talk shows and specials.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Skyjacked (1972)
Weber's father
Smoke in the Wind (1971)
They Call It Murder (1971)
Red Tomahawk (1967)
1st prospector, Ned Crone
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)
Apache Uprising (1966)
Waco (1966)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Sergeant Was a Lady (1961)
General Payson
Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)
Sheriff #2
Beloved Infidel (1959)
Bookshop proprietor
Gunmen from Laredo (1959)
Jury foreman
King of the Wild Stallions (1959)
Townsman
This Earth Is Mine (1959)
Judge Gruber
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
Porky Reed
The Sheepman (1958)
Rancher
Escape from Red Rock (1958)
Al Farris
Frontier Gun (1958)
Sam Kilgore
Quantrill's Raiders (1958)
Fred Thomas
Band of Angels (1957)
Mourner
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Paymaster
The Lonely Man (1957)
Storekeeper
Gunfire at Indian Gap (1957)
Fred Moran
Giant (1956)
Truck driver
The Last Hunt (1956)
Deputy
The Rainmaker (1956)
Deputy
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Slave
Great Day in the Morning (1956)
Rogers
Red Sundown (1956)
The Americano (1955)
Barney Dent
The Man from Bitter Ridge (1955)
Bender
The Tall Men (1955)
Hotel clerk
The Road to Denver (1955)
Joslyn
Tennessee Champ (1954)
Minister
Yankee Pasha (1954)
Dan
She Couldn't Say No (1954)
Harley
Taza, Son of Cochise (1954)
Tiswin Charlie
Suddenly (1954)
Burge
Gun Fury (1953)
Sheepman
The Silver Whip (1953)
Dodd Burdette
Inferno (1953)
Lee
Horizons West (1952)
Dennis
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952)
Doc Thomas
Red Mountain (1952)
Jim Braden
Lone Star (1952)
Born to the Saddle (1952)
Sheriff
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Sergeant
Texas Carnival (1951)
Card player
Comin' Round the Mountain (1951)
Mountaineer
Vengeance Valley (1951)
Cowman
The Tall Target (1951)
Texan
David and Bathsheba (1951)
Soldier
Raton Pass (1951)
Scout
His Kind of Woman (1951)
Tex Kearns
Distant Drums (1951)
Cpt. Peachtree
Rawhide (1951)
Gilchrist
Drums in the Deep South (1951)
Cpl. Jennings
Sugarfoot (1951)
Rancher
Oh! Susanna (1951)
Clerk
The Gunfighter (1950)
Card player
A Lady Without Passport (1950)
Dispatcher
Never a Dull Moment (1950)
Intruder in the Dust (1950)
Will Legate
Return of the Frontiersman (1950)
Nicol
Cover Up (1949)
Gabe
Outlaw Country (1949)
Jim McCord
Roseanna McCoy (1949)
Abel Hatfield
South of St. Louis (1949)
Sentry
Silver River (1948)
Miner
Gunning for Justice (1948)
Sheriff
Four Faces West (1948)
Clint Waters [Garrett's deputy]
Shaggy (1948)
Joe
Station West (1948)
Pete
Albuquerque (1948)
Jackson
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948)
Prisoner
Red River (1948)
Laredo
Unknown Island (1948)
Edwards
The Walls of Jericho (1948)
Loafer
Sunset Carson Rides Again (1947)
Sheriff
The Sea of Grass (1947)
Ike Randall
Duel in the Sun (1947)
Editor
The Yearling (1947)
Millwheel
Gun Town (1946)
Joe
Sudan (1945)
Beyond the Pecos (1945)
Sheriff
Trail to Vengeance (1945)
Thug
Rough Ridin' Justice (1945)
Mike
The Return of the Durango Kid (1945)
Heavy
San Antonio (1945)
Joey Sims
Crazy Knights (1944)
Electrician
Arizona Whirlwind (1944)
Jim Lockwood
Voodoo Man (1944)
Deputy
Harmony Trail (1944)
Bronco
The Utah Kid (1944)
Slim
Marshal of Gunsmoke (1944)
Editor Gardner
Westward Bound (1944)
The Big Bonanza (1944)
Willis
Boss of Rawhide (1943)
Minstrel
Arizona Trail (1943)
Sheriff
Outlaws of Stampede Pass (1943)
Blazing Guns (1943)
Our Town (1940)
Wedding guest

Music (Feature Film)

Kiss & Kill (1969)
Music
The Diabolical Dr. Z (1967)
Music
Soft Skin on Black Silk (1964)
Music (see note)
Hot Hours (1963)
Music Score

Film Production - Construction/Set (Feature Film)

Beautiful Dreamers (1991)
Carpenter

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Duel in the Sun (1947)
Tech adv on Texas dialect

Life Events

Bibliography