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Also Known As: Died: January 27, 1994
Born: May 25, 1926 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Nelson, Georgia, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Seasons of the Heart (1998) as William Clay
When a pioneer couple adopt a boy after losing two daughters, the ornery orphan falls short of his new mother's expectations.
Where Evil Lives (1995) as Jack Devlin
Three 30-minute horror stories as told by Jack Devlin; they tell respectively about a mass murderer, a vampire, and a modern day witch who helps the police stop a demented doctor.
Falling From Grace (1992) as Speck Parks
A famous country singer returns to his hometown in rural Indiana to celebrate his grandfather's 80th birthday.
Mothers, Daughters and Lovers (1989) as Kibby
A single working mother is determined to make a go of it with her two daughters in a small rural community, American River, despite her eldest daughter's burning desire to leave the quaint but provincial place. She is the proprietor of a truckstop motel and diner.
Curse, The (1987) as Nathan Hayes
If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium (1987) as Mo Wyshocki
A television movie about a crazy group of American tourists on a package tour of Europe. The veteran tour-bus driver specializes in outrageous excursions with unusual sights.
Monster in the Closet (1987) as Sheriff Ketchum
Be afraid, be very afraid. The proverbial monster in the closet is out and causing terror in California in this horror comedy. No home, nor even office buildings, with a closet is safe.
Manhunt For Claude Dallas (1986) as Bill Pogue
Dallas, a self-styled mountain man who, in 1981, gunned down two Idaho Fish and Game officers, was tracked down and arrested after a long manhunt, was tried and convicted, sentenced and imprisoned, then escaped from the Idaho State Correctional Institution in Boise on Easter Sunday, 1986. A folk her
Baron and the Kid, The (1984) as Darlin' Harley Medford
A legendary pool player, known as "The Baron," is challenged by a young hustler, "The Cajun Kid," who turns out to be the son he never knew, and then must forge a relationship with him. Cash's hit song, "The Baron," provided the basis of this film, much the same way that Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler"
Concrete Cowboys, The (1979) as Woody Stone
Country singer Jerry Reed and Tom Selleck, in his first major role in a made-for-TV movie (following the miniseries, "The Sacketts"), are a pair of good old boys from Montana who make their way to Nashville, are approached by Morgan Fairchild to help locate her missing sister, an aspiring singer, an
Ebony, Ivory and Jade (1979) as Joe Blair
Tennis bum-turned-Las Vegas-song-and-dance man doubles as a private eye with two female dancers, going undercover to protect a lady scientist from international hit-men as she heads for Washington from the Near East with her super-secret formula. Pilot to a prospective series.
Murder in Music City (1979) as Billy West
A brash songwriter who buys a detective business as a tax shelter finds himself and his photographer's model cum bride involved in a puzzling murder -- when a dead body turns up in their honeymoon suite -- and a trail that leads them to Nashville.
Little Mo (1978) as Gus Berste
A fact-based drama about the tennis great who, as a teenager, was the first woman to win the Grand Slam of Tennis, became world-renowned as "Little Mo," and died of cancer in 1969 at the age of thirty-four. Anne Baxter replaced Lana Turner in the part of Maureen's mother.
B.J. and the Bear (1978) as Sheriff Lobo
An action-adventure featuring a guitar-plucking independent trucker who travels with a fun-loving chimp, hauls anything, and finds himself caught up with a bunch of girls trying to flee a white slaver who happens to be the local sheriff. The series based on this film began in January 1979, with Evig
Tarantulas (1977) as Bert Springer
The crash of a cargo plane unleashes a horde of deadly tarantulas and allows them to move unchecked through a southwestern town.
Killer on Board (1977) as Oscar Billingham
A cruise ship, with a traditional roster of TV faces, is swept with fear and panic when hit by a mysterious, deadly virus, disrupting the fun and games.
Yesterday's Child (1977) as Cliff Henley
Seventeen-year-old girl turns up on the doorstep of a wealthy family claiming to be the daughter who was kidnapped fourteen years earlier.
Tentacles (1977) as Captain Robards
A giant octopus attacks a seaside resort.
Kiss Me... Kill Me (1976) as Harry Gant
A pilot movie about a lady investigator for the district attorney's office and her relentless search for the killer of a young teacher who appeared to have been a pillar of the community.
Medical Story (1975) as Dr Matthews
Paralleling the successful format of its sister show "Police Story", this pilot for the short-lived anthology series pits an idealistic intern against three established doctors over the question of whether a young actress should have a hysterectomy. Executive producer-writer Abby Mann was said to ha
Eric (1975) as Stanley Swenson
A young man learns that he has terminal cancer but vows not to give up without an all-out fight in this drama based on Doris Lund's memoir of her son's last year.
Timber Tramps (1975)
After her husband's death, a widow continued to run their Alaskan logging camp. When her livelihood is threatened by two ruthless businessmen, a group of lumberjacks help her to fight back.
In Tandem (1974) as Sonny Pruett
Gypsy truckers -- a tough veteran driver and his young college-educated partner -- come to the aid of embattled citrus growers in this pilot for the 1974-75 series about these free-spirited, civic-minded teamsters. Akins and Converse also starred in the series, making pit stops in various locations
Death Squad, The (1974) as Connie Brennan
A television carbon of Clint Eastwood's "Magnum Force" (1973), this movie likewise has a hard-nosed cop going after a self-styled assassination squad of bad cops who are methodically eliminating criminals they feel were wrongly exonerated in court. Forster is the one rooting out the bad apples.
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) as Aldo
After conquering the oppressive humans in "Conquest for the Planet of the Apes", Caeser(Roddy McDowal) must now keep the peace amongst the humans and apes. Gorilla General Aldo(Claude Akins) views things differently, and tries to cause an ape civil war. In the meantime, other human survivors learn of the ape city, and decide they want to take back civilization for themselves, thus setting the stage of warring ape factions and humans.
Norliss Tapes, The (1973) as Sheriff Tom Hartley
In Dan Curtis' warmed-over, more straightforward version of his "Night Stalker," a pilot for a prospective new series, a humorless investigative reporter chasing down the supernatural stumbles onto the walking dead and finds himself in the clutches of a demon-spirit.
Skyjacked (1972) as Sgt. Ben Puzo
A mad bomber forces a jet to re-route to Moscow.
Night Stalker, The (1972) as Sheriff Warren Butcher
A flip, down-on-his-luck newspaper reporter stumbles across a modern-day vampire who is murdering Las Vegas showgirls, but he cannot convince his own editor, let alone the police, of the identity of the crazed maniac. The thriller that eventually spawned the regrettably brief series of the same name
River of Mystery (1971) as Ernie Dorata
A pair of free-lance explosives experts find jungle adventure while being stalked by a revolutionary leader and a diamond hunter in this tale filmed in South America early in 1969.
Flap (1970) as Lobo Jackson
An aging Native American mounts a one-man rebellion against the U.S. government.
The Great Bank Robbery (1969) as Slade
Outlaws pose as a religious group to mask their attempt to rob a Western bank.
The Devil's Brigade (1968) as Rocky Rockman
Experienced soldiers and misfits join forces to create a World War II commando unit.
First To Fight (1967) as Captain Mason
A former war hero returning to train new recruits can't decide if he should stay in the military, or settle down.
Waterhole #3 (1967) as Sgt. Henry Foggers
Some renegade Army men steal a cachet of gold and hide it in the desert for later use until a lone cowboy gets wind of it and wants it for himself.
Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966) as Elwood Coates
After being tortured and robbed of his savings, a buffalo hunter sets out to exact violent revenge on the men who branded him.
Incident at Phantom Hill (1966) as Krausman
At the end of the Civil War, a million-dollar gold shipment is hijacked and buried in the desert. One man who knows where it is hidden sets out to get it, but he must fight off outlaws who are also after it and rampaging Apaches.
Return of the Seven (1966) as Frank
A notorious gunman organizes a team of specialists to save Mexican villagers from an insane rancher.
A Distant Trumpet (1964) as Seeley Jones
A recent West Point graduate starts to fall for his commanding officer''''s wife.
The Killers (1964) as Earl Sylvester
Supposedly based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway. In this film noir, two hitmen want to find out why their latest victim (a race car driver!) "just stood there and took it" when they came to shoot him. Ronald Reagan plays a rich, double-crossing bad guy. A young Angie Dickinson (looking just like Ellen Barkin) plays the femme fatale.
Black Gold (1963) as Chick Carrington
During the 1920s Oklahoma oil boom, friends become rivals over oil and a beautiful woman.
Merrill's Marauders (1962) as Sergeant Kolowicz
A grizzled U.S. general leads his men against the Japanese in Burma during World War II.
Claudelle Inglish (1961) as S. T. Crawford
A defiant Southern girl marries a poor dirt farmer instead of the wealthy landowner her mother picked out.
Comanche Station (1960) as Ben Lane
After saving a woman kidnapped by Indians, a cowboy has to fight to get her back to civilization.
Inherit the Wind (1960) as Reverend Jeremiah Brown
In the twenties, a schoolteacher creates a national furor when he breaks the law against teaching evolution.
Rio Bravo (1959) as Joe Burdette
A sheriff enlists a drunk, a kid and an old man to help him fight off a ruthless cattle baron.
Hound-Dog Man (1959) as Hog Peyson
Two young boys spend the summer of 1912 having fun and games instead of working on the farm.
Don't Give Up the Ship (1959) as Lt. Cmdr. Farber
A newlywed cannot remember what happened to the WWII battleship he commanded.
Porgy and Bess (1959) as Detective
In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for murder. The only person willing to overlook her past and offer her shelter is the crippled Porgy. Their relationship is threatened by the disapproval of the townspeople, the presence of her old drug supplier Sportin' Life - and the threatened return of Crown.
Yellowstone Kelly (1959) as Sergeant
A trapper gets caught between his young assistant and a beautiful Arapaho woman.
Onionhead (1958) as Poznicki
An irresponsible student enlists in the Coast Guard expecting to sit out World War II.
The Defiant Ones (1958) as Mac
Two convicts, a white racist and an angry black, escape while chained to each other.
Hot Summer Night (1957) as Truck driver
A hot-shot reporter risks his life to land an interview with a notorious crook.
The Lonely Man (1957) as Blackburn
An outlaw tries to make peace with his estranged son.
Joe Dakota (1957) as Aaron Grant
The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (1957) as Pete Logan
Ma and Pa do their bit to hook lumberman Brad Johnson up with spoiled socialite Sally Flemming. Ma teaches Sally how to behave like a hick so she'll be compatible with Brad.
Johnny Concho (1956) as Lem
Frank Sinatra, Keenan Wynn, William Conrad, Phyllis Kirk, Wallace Ford, Christopher Dark, Howard Petrie, Claude Atkins, John Qualen. Frank Sinatra is branded a coward by the townspeople of Cripple Creek, Arizona when he fails to stand up to the men that killed his brother. He eventually comes to grips with his yellow streak and returns for the big showdown. Co-produced by Frank Sinatra. Directed by Don McGuire who co-wrote TOOTSIE.
The Proud and Profane (1956) as Big soldier
The Burning Hills (1956) as Ben Hindeman
A young cowboy and a Mexican girl run from a ruthless criminal.
The Sharkfighters (1956) as Chief 'Gordy' Gordon
Navy scientists race to develop a shark repellent that could save the lives of downed fliers.
Battle Stations (1956) as Marty Brennan
The Sea Chase (1955) as Winkler
A German freighter captain tries to elude the British in the early days of World War II.
Man with the Gun (1955) as Reedy
A man in search of his wayward wife agrees to defend a Western town from a ruthless landowner.
Bitter Creek (1954) as Vance Morgan
A man attempts to find the killer of his brother.
Down Three Dark Streets (1954) as Matty Pavelich
An FBI Agent takes on the three unrelated cases of a dead agent to track down his killer.
Shield for Murder (1954) as Fat Michaels
A crooked detective masterminds a robbery then fights to keep his money.
The Raid (1954) as Lt. Ramsey
A group of confederate prisoners escape to Canada and plan to rob the banks and set fire to the small town of Saint Albans in Vermont. To get the lie of the land, their leader spends a few days in the town and finds he is getting drawn into its life and especially into that of an attractive widow and her son.
The Human Jungle (1954) as George Mandy
Danforth (Gary Merrill) is assigned to take over the police department in a section of a large city saddled with juvenile delinquency, petty crimes, graft and also a recent unsolved murder of a strip-tease dancer. Recognizing the laxity of the department he implements many changes and soon finds himself under fire by the newspapers, the attorney of a racket leader and the denizens of this human jungle. He calls this a cop's war that is the same as a soldier's war with the difference being that people hate cops. His cause isn't helped when a rookie policeman accidently kills an innocent bystander. And he has to protect police informer Mary Abbott (Jan Sterling) from Swados (Chuck Connors), a killer in the hire of the man behind the petty mobsters.
Witness to Murder (1954) as Policeman
A woman fights to convince the police that she witnessed a murder.
The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954) as Aide
In Ispahan, Persia, Hajji Baba (John Derek) is leaving his father's shop to seek a greater fortune, while the Princess Fawzia (Elaine Stewart) is trying to talk her father, the Caliph (Donald Randolph) into giving her in marriage to Nur-El-Din (Paul Picerni), a rival prince known far and wide as mean and fickle. Her father intends Fawzia for Fawzia to marry a friend and ally, and makes plans to send her to him. But a courier brings word from Nur-El-Din that an escort awaits Fawzia on the outskirts of the city and she escapes the palace disguised as a boy. Hajji encounters the escort-warrior (Paul Baxley) at the rendezvous spot, is attacked and beats up the escort with his barber's tools. The princess arrives and mistakes Hajji as the escort until he mistakes the emerald ring sent by Nur-El-Din to Fawzia as the prize to be delivered. In her efforts to escape him, her turban becomes unbound and Hajji realizes that the girl herself is the treasure Nur-El-Din awaits. Hajji promises to escort her and they spend the night with the caravan of Osman Aga (Thomas Gomez), who invites them to stay for the dancing girls, among them, the incomparable Ayesha (Rosemarie Bowe). The pair are overtaken by the Caliph's guards sent to bring Fawzia back, but the guards are driven off by an invading army of Turcoman women, a band of fierce and beautiful women who prey on passing merchants.
The Caine Mutiny (1954) as Horrible
Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity.
From Here to Eternity (1953) as Sgt. Baldy Dhom
Enlisted men in Hawaii fight for love and honor on the eve of World War II.

Cast (special)

Willie Nelson's Picnic (1987) as Host
A special two-hour concert featuring country music artists, and held as part of Farm Aid, with the purpose of raising money for farmers in the United States.
Academy of Country Music's 20th Anniversary Reunion, The (1986)
Notable names in country music gather for a special celebrating two decades of the Academy of Country Music. Included are clips from past shows.
Pecos Bill, King of the Cowboys (1986) as Grandpa
According to legend (and this television adaptation), Pecos Bill was raised by coyotes and even thought he was a coyote until he met Bob, a Texas rodeo champion, who told him he was a man. Pecos's upbringing in the wild was perhaps the impetus that caused him to show all the mild-mannered Texans ho
Bus Stop (1982) as Sheriff Will Masters
The story, set at Grace's Diner -- a modest eating establishment 30 miles outside of Kansas City -- follows the romance between a second-rate saloon singer named Cherie and Bo, the love-sick cowboy who pursues her.
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day, The (1981)
Celebrity guests perform in honor of their mothers and mothers eveywhere.
Way They Were, The (1981)
A music and comedy reunion of celebrity graduates from Northwestern University.
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Look at TV's Prime Time Wars (1980)
A comedy program that satirizes the forthcoming 1980-81 television season.
Sam Hill (1961) as Sam Hill
The story, set in 1864, relates the adventures of Sam Hill, a traveling blacksmith of legendary strength who roams throughout the West with only a knife and a hammer. In the pilot episode, Sam tries to protect a piece of land he owns from a colonel who is seeking to buy it--at any cost.
Way of the West (1958) as Gus Garner
The story of Belle Starr, a lawless woman of the Old West who, despite her outlaw reputation, fights for right. Belle teams with a young doctor to help the people of a frontier town stricken by a smallpox epidemic.

Misc. Crew (special)

Willie Nelson's Picnic (1987) as Announcer
A special two-hour concert featuring country music artists, and held as part of Farm Aid, with the purpose of raising money for farmers in the United States.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Dream West (1986) as Tom Fitzpatrick
A three-part miniseries about John Charles Fremont, the American adventurer, the free-spirited woman who impelled him to dare undreamt-of feats, and the young nation they helped to shape. The story begins in 1839 when Fremont is chosen to lead the trek into the Oregon Territory with the help of Kit
Celebrity (1984) as Uncle Bun Luther
Three inseparable Fort Worth buddies from the high school class of 1950 find their destinies intertwined by a youthful crime relived 25 years later -- one (Marley) an ambitious writer who becomes a celebrated journalist (a semi-autobiographical character patterned after Thomas Thompson, the best-sel
Desperate Intruder (1983) as Carl

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Grass Roots (1992) as Sheriff Cox
A two-part miniseries based on the novel by Stuart Woods. A respected lawyer/politician about to undertake a campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate is forced to defend a young white man for the brutal murder of a black activist. Sequel to the 1983 miniseries "Chiefs."

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