James Gregory


Actor
James Gregory

About

Birth Place
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Born
December 23, 1911
Died
September 16, 2002
Cause of Death
Died Of Undisclosed Causes

Biography

A slim, wavy-haired, yet tough character actor of films and TV, often seen as cops or other authority figures, Gregory acted in summer stock in the late 1930s, hitting Broadway in "Key Largo" (1939), "Journey to Jerusalem" (1940) and "In Time to Come" (1941). The war interrupted his career; Gregory served in the Marines and abandoned a potential Wall Street career to continue acting. Tho...

Family & Companions

Ann Catherine Miltner
Wife
Married on May 25, 1944.

Notes

Not to be confused with the vocal coach of the same name who died in 1998 at age 77.

Biography

A slim, wavy-haired, yet tough character actor of films and TV, often seen as cops or other authority figures, Gregory acted in summer stock in the late 1930s, hitting Broadway in "Key Largo" (1939), "Journey to Jerusalem" (1940) and "In Time to Come" (1941). The war interrupted his career; Gregory served in the Marines and abandoned a potential Wall Street career to continue acting. Though he concentrated mostly on films and TV, his latter-day Broadway appearances included "Dream Girl" (1945), "All My Sons" (1947), "Death of a Salesman" (1948-49) and "The Desperate Hours" (1956-57).

His film debut came in 1948 with "The Naked City," and Gregory spent the next two decades turning in memorable supporting roles, mostly in actioners, crime dramas and Westerns. His commanding sneer and razor-sharp voice gained him good roles in Michael Curtiz's crime drama "The Scarlet Hour" (1956), the rebellious youth film "The Young Stranger" (1957), the William Wyler oater "The Big Country" (1958), the political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate" (as a senator, 1962), "P.T. 109" (1963, as Kennedy's commander), the crime spoof "The Silencers" (1966), "Clambake" (1967, as Elvis Presley's dad), "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (1970, unrecognizable beneath a rubber mask) and the Barbra Streisand-Ryan O'Neal boxing romance "The Main Event" (1979). In all, he made some 40 films.

Gregory broke into TV in the early 50s, with such anthologies as "Eye Witness," "Star Tonight," "Pursuit," "Buick Electra Playhouse" and the 15-minute "Short, Short Drama." He had his own series--as a Prohibition agent--in the hard-boiled "The Lawless Years" (NBC, 1959-61). Gregory made his first TV-movie in 1961, the comedy "Happily Ever After" (NBC), and went on to become a reliable presence as a supporting player in more than a dozen more. He was in the pilot for "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS, 1968) as well as "The Flim-Flam Man" (NBC, 1969), "A Very Missing Person" (ABC, 1972), "Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident" (NBC, 1976), the syndicated miniseries "The Bastard" (1978), "The Great American Traffic Jam" (NBC, 1980) and "Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home" (NBC, 1983).

But it is as a series regular that Gregory is best-remembered. After "The Lawless Years," he turned up on a semi-regular basis in three Westerns: "The Big Valley" (ABC, 1965-69), as President Grant in "The Wild, Wild West" (CBS, 1965-70), and as the gruff Major Duncan in the comic "F Troop" (ABC, 1965-67). He played Don Hollinger's boss in "That Girl" (ABC, 1966-71) and Police Inspector Luger in "Barney Miller" (ABC, 1975-82). That last role led to another starring series, the short-lived "Detective School" (ABC, 1979). He guested on shows into the 1980s, including "Mr. Belvedere" (1986) and "Dolly" (1988).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Double Take (2001)
Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home! (1983)
Goldie and the Boxer Go to Hollywood (1981)
Leo Hackett
The Great American Traffic Jam (1980)
The Comeback Kid (1980)
The Main Event (1979)
Leo Gough
Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident (1976)
The Strongest Man in the World (1975)
The Abduction of Saint Anne (1975)
Pete Haggerty
Miracle on 34th Street (1973)
District Attorney
A Very Missing Person (1972)
The Weekend Nun (1972)
Sid Richardson
The Late Liz (1971)
Sam Burns
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
Rutledge
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Ursus
The Hawaiians (1970)
Dr. Whipple, Sr.
The Love God? (1969)
Darrell Evans Hughes
The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
Gen. Homer Prentiss
The Ambushers (1967)
MacDonald
Clambake (1967)
Duster Heyward
The Silencers (1966)
MacDonald
Murderers' Row (1966)
MacDonald
A Rage To Live (1965)
Dr. O'Brien
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Morgan Hastings
Quick, Before It Melts (1965)
Vice Admiral
A Distant Trumpet (1964)
Gen. Alexander Quait
Captain Newman, M. D. (1963)
Col. Edgar Pyser
Twilight of Honor (1963)
Norris Bixby
PT 109 (1963)
Comdr. C. R. Ritchie
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
Brad Byrd
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Sen. John Iselin
X-15 (1961)
Torn Deparma
Al Capone (1959)
Sgt. Schaefer
Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (1959)
Father Burton
Onionhead (1958)
The Captain
Underwater Warrior (1958)
Lt. Cmdr. William Arnold
Nightfall (1957)
Ben Fraser
The Big Caper (1957)
Flood
Gun Glory (1957)
Grimsell
The Young Stranger (1957)
Sgt. Shipley
The Scarlet Hour (1956)
Ralph Nevins
The Frogmen (1951)
Chief Petty Officer Lane
The Naked City (1948)
Albert Hicks, policeman

Producer (Feature Film)

Off the Wall (1976)
Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

Off the Wall (1976)
Editor

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Bastard (1978)

Life Events

1936

Made stage debut in summer stock (Deer Lake, PA)

1939

Broadway debut, "Key Largo"

1942

Served in the US Naval Reserve and US Marine Corps

1948

Film debut, "The Naked City"

1979

Starred in short-lived sitcom "Detective School" (ABC)

Videos

Movie Clip

Twilight Of Honor (1963) - What Sort Of Dance Was It? In court now, Nick Adams (as Ben Brown) on trial for the murder of a popular local cop, who had befriended him and his young wife (Joey Heatherton), their encounter recalled in testimony by Arch Johnson as barkeeper MacWade, James Gregory the prosecutor, top-billed Richard Chamberlain for the defense, in MGM’s Twilight Of Honor, 1963.
Ambushers, The (1967) - I Go Pretty Fast Little besides clever skimpy outfits for the first scene with Dean Martin in the lead role in the third film in the Matt Helm spy-spoof series, first with Linda Foster, then Janice Rule whom we saw captured and maybe-brainwashed in the opening, in The Ambushers 1967, also starring Senta Berger.
Silencers, The (1966) - I Haven't Seen All Latest Models Fleeing an Acapulco night-club assassination, Matt Helm (Dean Martin) and Tina (Daliah Lavi) hustle back to the hotel to interrogate Gail (Stella Stevens) who turns out to be wearing a tear-away dress, in The Silencers, 1966.
Manchurian Candidate, The (1962) - I'm Kinda New At This Job Busy scene by director John Frankenheimer, Marco (Frank Sinatra) is press aide to the defense secretary (Barry Kelley), who is ambushed by Senator Iselin (James Gregory), husband of Angela Lansbury, the scheming mom of his fellow Korean War POW friend, in The Manchurian Candidate, 1962.
Manchurian Candidate, The (1962) - My Two Little Boys Early on, we know only that returning Korean War hero Raymond (Laurence Harvey) was part of a squad kidnapped by the enemy, his mother (Angela Lansbury) and her husband, dopey senator Iselin (James Gregory), stealing the march, in John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate, 1962.
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970) - It's A City Of Apes! Mute native Nova (Linda Harrison), who can't explain, shows Astronaut Brent (James Franciscus) the apes,with Ursus (James Gregory) urging Zaius (Maurice Evans) and dissenting Zira and (the new!) Cornelius (Kim Hunter, David Watson) to war, in the sequel Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, 1970.
PT 109 (1963) - Chain Up That Monkey Lt. Cluster (Grant Williams) brings Lt.j.g. Kennedy (Cliff Robertson) to meet Cmdr. Ritchie (James Gregory), the cranky officer in charge of boats at the U.S. Navy base at Tulagi, Solomon Islands, April 1943, in the Hollywood treatment of JFK's Navy service, PT 109, 1963.
Quick Before It Melts - (Original Trailer) The team at an Antarctic station try to fly in a planeload of girls in Quick, Before It Melts (1965).

Trailer

Manchurian Candidate, The (1962) - (Original Trailer) A Korean War hero doesn't realize he's been programmed to kill in the original The Manchurian Candidate (1962) starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury, from the novel by Richard Condon.
Rage To Live, A - (Original Trailer) Suzanne Pleshette plays a wife who doesn't let her marriage vows hold her back in A Rage To Live (1965).
Two Weeks in Another Town - (Original Trailer) A recovering alcoholic film director tries for a comeback in Rome in Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) starring Kirk Douglas & Edward G. Robinson.
Sons of Katie Elder, The - (Original Trailer) John Wayne stars in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) about four sons of a ranch owner out to avenge his death.
Captain Newman, M.D. - (Original Trailer) A World War II Army psychiatrist (Gregory Peck) tries to help his battle-shocked patients in Captain Newman, M.D. (1964).
Young Stranger, The - (Original Trailer) A neglected teen gets into trouble with the law in director John Frankenheimer's first movie The Young Stranger (1957).
Underwater Warrior - (Original Trailer) A naval reserve man trains divers during the last days of World War II in Underwater Warrior (1958) starring Dan Dailey.
Hawaiians, The - (Original Trailer) James A. Michener's story of Hawaii continues in The Hawaiians (1970) with Charlton Heston seeking power and finding love in the islands.
PT 109 - (Original Trailer) Future president John Kennedy (Cliff Robertson) fights to save his crew when their PT boat sinks in the Pacific in PT 109 (1963).
Twilight of Honor - (Original Trailer) A struggling lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) takes on a controversial murder case that could make or break him.
Gun Glory - (Original Trailer) Stewart Granger is a gunslinger who tries to make up to his son for his past by hanging up his weapons. Guess how long he until he reverts to Gun Glory (1957).

Family

James Gillen Gregory
Father
Axennia Theresa Gregory
Mother

Companions

Ann Catherine Miltner
Wife
Married on May 25, 1944.

Bibliography

Notes

Not to be confused with the vocal coach of the same name who died in 1998 at age 77.