Roy Engel


Biography

Roy Engel was a 20th-century character actor who appeared in a remarkably even balance of 101 television shows and 101 films over his prolific career, though most of the latter roles were without on-screen credit. Engel began his career in film, with two barely registering roles in the 1940s, and from the early '50s to the later '70s he was frequently cast as cops, sheriffs, or detectiv...

Biography

Roy Engel was a 20th-century character actor who appeared in a remarkably even balance of 101 television shows and 101 films over his prolific career, though most of the latter roles were without on-screen credit. Engel began his career in film, with two barely registering roles in the 1940s, and from the early '50s to the later '70s he was frequently cast as cops, sheriffs, or detectives. A later role, as a prison guard captain in Woody Allen's 1969 comedy, "Take the Money and Run," exemplified his lot as a journeyman on the big screen. One of his few intriguing film projects was a key supporting part in Dennis Hopper's 1971 Peru-based drama, "The Last Movie," a film that was a tremendous bomb for Hopper at the time but has more recently become something of a cult favorite. Television was a far more productive venue for Engel: from the late '50s into the '70s, he hit every major Western, from "Death Valley Days" to "Gunsmoke." He played Doc Martin over 18 episodes of "Bonanza," and appeared as Barney Wingate and other less distinguished characters on 18 episodes of "The Virginian," with James Drury in the title role. In 1977, his final year of acting, Engel played Mayor Connors in the William Shatner-starring horror flick "Kingdom of the Spiders," a movie both beloved and hated, and as a production manager in the Tommy Lee Jones-starring TV biopic, "The Amazing Howard Hughes." Engle passed away at the age of 67.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
Mayor Connors
Switchblade Sisters (1975)
Jobo
Charley and the Angel (1973)
When the Legends Die (1972)
Sam Turner
Skyjacked (1972)
Bonanza pilot
Silent Running (1972)
Voice of Anderson
The Last Movie (1971)
Harry Anderson
Lawman (1971)
Bartender
The Last Child (1971)
Your Cheatin' Heart (1964)
Joe Rauch
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962)
Welby
The Sergeant Was a Lady (1961)
Sergeant Bricker
Flight That Disappeared (1961)
Jamison
Wake Me When It's Over (1960)
General
Spartacus (1960)
Roman businessman
Hell Bent for Leather (1960)
Blacksmith
A Dog's Best Friend (1960)
Sheriff Dan Murdock
Some Came Running (1959)
Sheriff
All Mine to Give (1958)
Mr. Harry Bradley
The Colossus of New York (1958)
Inspector
Satan's Satellites (1958)
Joy Ride (1958)
Barrett
The Law and Jake Wade (1958)
Avery
Three Violent People (1957)
Carpetbagger
The Storm Rider (1957)
Major Bonnard
Escape from San Quentin (1957)
Hap Graham
Death in Small Doses (1957)
Wally
Not of This Earth (1957)
Sgt. Walton
The Price of Fear (1956)
Conductor
Edge of Hell (1956)
Frontier Gambler (1956)
Tom McBride
Indestructible Man (1956)
Sergeant
Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)
Buyer
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Reporter
The Naked Dawn (1955)
Gunts
A Bullet for Joey (1955)
Truck driver
Strange Lady in Town (1955)
Deputy
Dangerous Mission (1954)
Hume
Executive Suite (1954)
Jimmy Farrell
Suddenly (1954)
First driver
I Love Melvin (1953)
Policeman
Code Two (1953)
Sergeant
Count the Hours (1953)
Deputy
Forbidden (1953)
Al
Champ for a Day (1953)
Spectator
The Band Wagon (1953)
Reporter
The Golden Blade (1953)
Heavy scientist
The Mississippi Gambler (1953)
Captain of the <I>Sultana</I>
Dragon's Gold (1953)
Police sergeant
Vicki (1953)
Detective
Thy Neighbor's Wife (1953)
The Glass Wall (1953)
Police news broadcaster
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
Major
The Magnetic Monster (1953)
General [Meehan]
Carbine Williams (1952)
Prisoner
Something for the Birds (1952)
Congressman Roy Farrow
Paula (1952)
Weagent
It Grows on Trees (1952)
Motor cop
Thunderbirds (1952)
Mailman
The Sellout (1952)
Sam F. Slaper
The Black Castle (1952)
Burgher
Strange Fascination (1952)
Mr. Frim
Thundering Caravans (1952)
Deputy Marshal Frank
Chicago Calling (1952)
Pete
Breakdown (1952)
Al Bell
Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Policeman
The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951)
Bibi
The Sea Hornet (1951)
Gus, bartender
You Never Can Tell (1951)
Jailer
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Government man
The Well (1951)
Gleason
Missing Women (1951)
Baumholtz
M (1951)
The Man from Planet X (1951)
Village constable
Never Trust a Gambler (1951)
Under sheriff
I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)
Jackie's father
Fighting Coast Guard (1951)
Voice from crowd
The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)
Colonel
Outrage (1950)
Sheriff Charlie Hanlon
Rogue River (1950)
Editor Colby
The Flying Saucer (1950)
Dr. Carl Lawton
Shakedown (1950)
Captain
D.O.A. (1950)
Police captain
Wyoming Mail (1950)
Ticket seller

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977)

Life Events

Bibliography