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Also Known As: Died: July 3, 1989
Born: February 25, 1913 Cause of Death: double pneumonia
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Prince Jack (1984) as Dealy
Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island, The (1981)
The title tells the plot of this third pilot to a prospective new "Gilligan's Island" series after the team's chartered plane crash lands on the atoll inhabited by the happily marooned Gilligan and fellow castaways, with the Globetrotters and Gilligan's gang playing basketball against a specially pr
Angels Brigade (1980)
Against the advice of her manager Alan Hale, Jr. (the Skipper from Gilligan's Isle), a disco singer decides to avenge the beating up of her young brother who is on drugs. She recruits an entire bevy of buxom multicultural models, stunt drivers, and her younger sister to combat the evil Jack Palance and Peter Lawford
There Goes the Bride (1979) as Mr Perkins
C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979) as Mr Gibbs
Young inventor Brian Foster works for a company and creates a mechanical dog to be part of their new home protection system. But the head of a rival company wants the invention and has someone steal the dog.
Castaways On Gilligan's Island (1979)
In the second of three additional "Gilligan's Island" movies, the gang finds a way of getting rescued from their "uncharted desert isle" for a second time through a series of misadventures but comes back to turn it into a tropical resort for uptight mainlanders.
Good Guys Wear Black (1978)
The former leader of a commando rescue attempt into Vietnam tries to discover why his squad members are being murdered, one-by-one, after the war is over.
Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978)
The gang from the legendary "Gilligan's Island" series that ran from 1964-67 finds its way off the island after 14 years, being carried back to civilization by a giant tidal wave. The castaways (the six original members and Judith Baldwin, replacing Tina Louise) go their separate ways and try to co
Pete's Dragon (1977) as Mayor
A boy leaves his abusive foster family and becomes friends with a dragon.
Never Con a Killer (1977) as Stanley
In this movie pilot, shown some time after "The Feather and Father Gang" series came and went in the spring of 1977, detective Powers and con-man dad Gould team up to outwit Runyonesque horseplayer Forsythe.
Crazy Mama (1976)
Jonathan Demme directs this joyous unrelentlessly kitchy celebration of 50's America: opportunity, rock'n'roll, and the road. He follows three generations of women and the men they pick up, for a crime spree from California to the old family homestead in Arkansas.
Return of Joe Forrester, The (1975)
Aging street cop goes after a gang of toughs involved in several robbery-rapes on his beat in this pilot (a spin-off from "Police Story") for the 1975-76 series. The veteran cop concept also was the basis for "The Blue Knight" series at the same time -- and that too was based on a Joseph Wambaugh cr
Friday Foster (1975) as Enos Griffith
Friday Foster, an ex-model magazine photographer, goes to Los Angeles International airport to photograph the arrival of Blake Tarr, the richest black man in America. Three men attempt to assassinate Tarr. Foster photographs the melee and is plunged into a web of conspiracy involving the murder of her childhood friend, a US senator, and a shadowy plan called "Black Widow".
Miracle on 34th Street (1973) as Mr Shellhammer
The story of a department store Santa who causes worldwide repercussions when he claims to be the real Santa Claus. The television movie is based on the story by Valentine Davies and the theatrial film of the same title.
Girl Most Likely To..., The (1973)
A black comedy about the trials of an ugly girl who undergoes plastic surgery and then takes revenge on those who have been mean to her through a series of bizarre killings.
Getting Away From It All (1972) as Mike Lorimar
A comedy about two urban couples who decide to chuck big-city life and return to nature, only to find that rural living has its own set of infuriating problems.
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) as Timothy Forsythe
Dexter Riley is studying science at Medfield College. While working with two of his science major friends, they invent an invisibility spray. Before long, a group of thieves find out about the spray which would be the perfect tool in helping them in their next bank robbery and Dexter and his friends
Magic Carpet (1972) as George Benson
A language student living in Rome hires on as a tour guide and falls for a mysterious stowaway who is sought by the police in this filmed-on-location stellar (by TV standards) romp.
Myra Breckinridge (1970) as Doctor
After undergoing gender reassignment surgery, an aspiring actress travels to Hollywood, where she also wants to make a claim on her wealthy uncle's estate.
Mr. Magoo's Holiday Festival (1970) as Mr. Magoo/7 dwarfs
Mr. Magoo's Holiday Festival (1970) as Mr. Magoo--Ebenezer Scrooge
Myra Breckinridge (1970) as Doctor
Hello Down There (1969) as T. R. Hollister
A wacky inventor creates an underwater home and takes his family, including his teenage rock-band playing kids, to live in it.
Wake Me When the War Is Over (1969) as Colonel
A comedy about a World War II pilot who falls out of his plane and is hidden by a baroness to protect him from the enemy -- long after the war has ended.
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) as Tru-Blue Lou
A married woman can't figure out how she got pregnant during the New York blackout.
Hurry Sundown (1967) as Carter Sillens
An unscrupulous Southern landowner takes advantage of racial tensions to extend his holdings.
Don't Make Waves (1967) as Himself
A swimming-pool salesman gets mixed up with beauty queens and bodybuilders when he falls in love.
Fluffy (1965) as Sergeant
A scientist proves that he can domesticate a lion, but nobody seems to believe him.
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965) as Miles Whitepaper
A former Notre Dame football star crash lands over a mythical Arabian country while on spy mission to the USSR. He is then forced by the football-obsessed king of that country to coach their football team and falls in love with an American reporter covering stories there.
Billie (1965) as Howard G. Carol
A high school girl''''s athletic prowess scandalizes a conservative small town.
Advance to the Rear (1964) as General Willoughby
Civil War rejects are sent to the West, supposedly out of harm's way.
Sunday in New York (1964) as Flight dispatcher
A philandering pilot gets real moral, real fast when his sister contemplates a premarital fling.
Critic's Choice (1963) as Dr. William von Hagedorn
A Broadway critic must write a negative review about his wife's play.
The Wheeler Dealers (1963) as Bullard Bear
Texas tycoons try to mix love with finance on a trip to New York.
My Six Loves (1963) as The sheriff
Successful Broadway star Janice Courtney collapses from exhaustion and is ordered to rest for six weeks at her country home in Connecticut. While there, she meets some people who change her life permanently, and discovers true love and happiness.
Johnny Cool (1963) as Louis Murphy
A deported gangster trains an Italian convict to take over his operations in the U.S.
Operation Bikini (1963) as Bosun's Mate Ed Fennelly
An underwater demolition team goes behind Japanese lines during World War II to re-take a strategic island.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) as Tyler Fitzgerald
A group of greedy clowns tears up the countryside in search of buried treasure.
Zotz! (1962) as Horatio Kellgore
A college professor finds a mystical coin that gives him super powers.
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) as The King
Fanciful biography of the German fairy-tale collectors, with reenactments of three of their stories.
Boys' Night Out (1962) as Peter Bowers
A psychology student researches infidelity by becoming a platonic kept woman for four buddies.
The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962) as Comdr. Jerry Hammerslag
During World War II, an inept intelligence officer falls hard for a military nurse.
Ice Palace (1960) as Dave Husack
A money-hungry white man tries to plunder post-World War I Alaska for all that he can, but goes up against a local fisherman who resents his ways, and they battle it out up until Alaska becomes a State.
A Private's Affair (1959) as Jim Gordon
The Wild and the Innocent (1959) as Mr. [Cecil] Forbes
A young mountaineer gets his first taste of city life.
The Big Operator (1959) as Cliff Heldon
A tough hood goes wild when federal agents investigate him.
1001 arabian nights (1959) as Uncle Abdul Azziz Magoo
An Arabian merchant falls in love with a princess.
Ask Any Girl (1959) as Mr. Maxwell
A businessman uses scientific research to turn his secretary into the perfect match for his playboy brother.
Macabre (1958) as Jim Tyloe
A doctor's daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her.
The High Cost of Loving (1958) as Paul Mason
An office worker thinks he's going to lose his job just as his wife announces she may be pregnant.
Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) as Clarence Locan
Chameleon-like actor Lon Chaney becomes a star while coping with his first wife's insanity.
Eighteen and Anxious (1957) as Harvey Graham
Top Secret Affair (1957) as Col. Homer W. Gooch
A female publishing magnate tries to keep a general she hates from securing a prestigious appointment.
The Great Man (1957) as Nick Cellantano
A radio writer preparing a tribute to a recently passed colleague discovers his idol had feet of clay.
The Square Jungle (1956) as Pat Quaid
Grocery clerk Eddie Quaid, in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing. His cop friend McBride finances him; ex-con Bernie Browne trains him. Three years later, he is a challenger for the championship, and Julie re-enters his life. Can she win him back from a predatory blonde? And why does the prospect of Eddie's winning worry Bernie more than his losing?
You Can't Run Away From It (1956) as Danker
A reporter stumbles on a runaway heiress whose story could salvage his career.
The Girl He Left Behind (1956) as Sgt. Hanna
The misadventures of a new army recruit.
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) as Tom Culdane
A ballerina becomes a gambler's lucky charm.
The Naked Hills (1956) as Willis Havers
An Indiana farmer heads to California in search of gold.
The Opposite Sex (1956) as Psychiatrist
In this musical remake of The Women, a happily married singer lets her catty friends convince her to file for divorce.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) as Jim's father, Frank Stark
An alienated teenager tries to handle life's troubles and an apron-wearing dad.
Francis in the Navy (1955) as Commander Hutch
Deep in My Heart (1954) as Ben Judson
Musical biography of composer Sigmund Romberg, who fought to bring serious music to Broadway.
Geraldine (1954) as Jason Ambrose
Angel Face (1953) as Judson
An unscrupulous woman murders her loved ones for profit.
Above and Beyond (1953) as Gen. Curtis E. LeMay
The pilot who helped drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima struggles with the demands of the dangerous mission.
Androcles and the Lion (1953) as Centurian
Androcles is a Christian who follows that religion's teachings even as they apply to the treatment of animals. Seeing a lion in pain, he removes a huge thorn from the beast's paw, creating a friend for life. Androcles and a number of other Christians are evenutally arrested and condemned to death in the arena. They are to die by being eaten by lions. Is it too much to hope that one of the lions may have a paw that has healed recently and might remember who helped heal it?
I Love Melvin (1953) as Mergo
A photographer''''s assistant promises to turn a chorus girl into a cover girl.
Bright Victory (1952) as Bill Grayson
A blinded veteran struggles to adjust to peacetime life.
The Rose Bowl Story (1952) as "Iron Mike" Burke
Here Come the Nelsons (1952) as Joe Randolph
The entire Nelson family become embroiled in confusion by the misunderstandings caused when Ozzie invites the attractive grown-up sister of a school chum to stay with the family during a centennial celebration in the community of Hillsdale. Meanwhile, Harriet unknowingly duplicates Ozzie's hospitality by extending an invitation to a male guest. The tranquility of the Nelson home is shattered when Ozzie and Harriet are pitted against one another in a game of tolerance while trying to keep their emotions at bay. Meanwhile, Ricky is kidnapped at the Fair by a pair of hoodlums, who have come to rob the Fair office.
Pat and Mike (1952) as Charles Barry
Romance blooms between a female athlete and her manager.
I'll See You In My Dreams (1952) as Sam Harris
Songwriter Gus Kahn fights to make his name, then has to fight again to survive the Depression.
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) as Peter Jones
A man with anger issues finds himself drawn to an unstable young beauty.
Deadline--U.S.A. (1952) as Jim Cleary
With three days before his paper folds, a crusading editor tries to expose a vicious gangster.
Half Angel (1951) as Michael Hogan
A prim and proper lady has an alter ego that comes out while she sleepwalks.
The Man with a Cloak (1951) as Flaherty
A mystery man tries to help a young innocent escape a murderous housekeeper.
Hollywood Story (1951) as Mitch Davis
Hollywood 1950: The successful producer Larry O'Brian arrives in Los Angeles to found a motion picture company. He buys an old studio which was unused since the days of silent movies. He's shown the office where the famous director Franklin Farrara was shot. The case hasn't been solved until now, although there were many suspects. O'Brian becomes fascinated by the subject and wants to shoot a movie about it. He investigates himself and soon gets into danger himself.
I Want You (1951) as Harvey Landrum
The draft and the Korean War threaten a small-town romance.
His Kind of Woman (1951) as Myron Winton
A deported gangster causes problems for guests at a Mexican resort.
M (1951) as
When the police hunt for a child killer cramps their style, the criminal underworld tries to track him down.
Iron Man (1951) as Max Watkins
In Coaltown, Pennsylvania, miner Coke Mason hopes to better himself, buy a radio store, and marry Rose Warren. His gambler brother George thinks Coke can be more successful as a boxer, knowing that when he fights he's consumed with a murderous rage that makes him an "iron man." Seeing dollar signs in Rose's eyes, Coke reluctantly agrees, though he's fearful of the "killer instinct" that makes him a knockout success in the ring...and brings him the booing hatred of the fans. Will Coke throw off his personal demon before he kills someone?
Emergency Wedding (1950) as Ed Hamley
The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) as Willie Dennis
Married jewel thieves struggle with infidelity, federal agents and the deadly smallpox virus.
Customs Agent (1950) as Thomas Jacoby
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950) as Little Joe
The hillbilly farmers win a contest and take off for New York City.
Easy Living (1949) as Dr. Franklin
An aging football star risks his health when his greedy wife won't let him retire.
The Great Lover (1949) as Higgins
The French Surete and private eye Higgins are after a killer who uses innocent young Americans in a crooked gambling racket, and who sets sail on an ocean liner that also carries inept scoutmaster Freddie Hunter and his troop of boys. Freddie, who's been a "boy scout" too long, has designs on gorgeous Duchess Alexandria. The boys, far better organized than Freddie, are determined to save him from himself. But who will save Freddie from being the killer's next victim?
One Last Fling (1949) as Howard Prichard
A jealous wife decides working for her husband is the best way to keep tabs on him.
A Dangerous Profession (1949) as Nick Ferrone
A bail bondsman is asked to raise money to free his girlfriend's husband.
Father Was a Fullback (1949) as Prof. Sullivan

Cast (special)

Have I Got a Christmas For You! (1977) as Kevin Grady
The story of a group of Jewish people who become on-the-job surrogates for lonely Gentiles wishing to spend Christmas Eve with their families.
Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon, The (1976)
The story follows the plight of Duffy Moon, an undersized but multi-talented sixth grade boy.
Happy Birthday, America (1976)
A Fourth of July bicentennial spectacular from the National Broadcasting Company.
Of Thee I Sing (1972) as Senator Robert F Lyons
A musical about John P. Wintergreen, a presidential candidate with an irresistible platform based on silver linings and love.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1961) as King's emissary
A musical adaptation of the German legend about a town infested with rats, and of a wanderer who uses his magical flute to lure the rodents out of the town of Hamelin.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Misc. Crew (TV Mini-Series)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Rebels, The (1979)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1974) as Narration
An animated special based on the 1897 letter written by eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun asking if Santa Claus really exists and the editor's rousing response in the affirmative.
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) as Voice Of Ebenezer Scrooge/ Mr Magoo
Children's animated special based on Charles Dickens' story "A Christmas Carol." Mr. Magoo is the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who adopts a new attitude as a result of visits by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

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