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Also Known As: Died: April 6, 2015
Born: July 26, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Powderly, Kentucky, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Moondance Alexander (2007)
Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is faced with another uneventful summer until she discovers a lost pinto pony named Checkers who has jumped out of his paddock. Although Moondance returns the horse to his rightful owner, Dante Longpre, she is convinced tha
Dukes of Hazzard -- Hazzard in Hollywood, The (2000) as Roscoe P Coltrane
The second television movie that updates the adventures of "The Dukes of Hazzard," the CBS series broadcast from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. The Dukes and friends travel to Hollywood in an attempt to raise fast cash to build a much-needed hospital in their home town of Hazzard.<P>The folks
Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion (1997) as Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane
Television movie updating the adventures of "The Dukes of Hazzard," a CBS series which was broadcast from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. Cousins Bo, Luke and Daisy Duke return to Hazzard County for an annual homecoming where they come up against an unscrupulous businesswoman who wants to buil
Death Mask (1996)
A mysterious mask when held up to one's face posesses supernatural powers. Sudden and horrible death comes to those who are evil and lock gazes with the mask. Set against the creepy backdrop of a traveling carnival, exotic dancers, freaks and muscle men all are in a race for their lives as the myste
Night Train (1990) as Mr Parkinson
Two mob assassins pursue the little girl detective B.L. Stryker is escorting on the train to Manhattan.
Hooper (1978) as Cully
An aging stuntman teams up with a young hotshot.
The End (1978) as Pacemaker Patient
A dying man enlists a mental patient to help him commit suicide.
Rolling Thunder (1977) as Texan
Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver dollars from him. In the process they also manage to kill his wife and son and destroy his hand. The Major wants revenge so he enlists the help of his war buddy Johnny to meet the thugs in a final showdown.
Ode To Billy Joe (1976) as Dewey Barksdale
A country boy tries to hide from his homosexuality by courting a female friend.
Nickelodeon (1976) as Jim
A bashful lawyer gets mixed up in the movies'''' turbulent early years.
Savage Bees, The (1976) as Deputy Mayor Pelligrino
A swarm of killer bees from South America threatens New Orleans at the height of the Mardi Gras weekend. A neat little thriller that won an Emmy in the category of Film Sound Mixing.
Runaway Barge, The (1975)
An adventure drama involving three modern-day Mississippi boatmen who find themselves neck-deep in a kidnapping and hijacking plot.
Savages (1974) as Sheriff Bert Hamilton
A wealthy New York attorney, on a western hunting trip, turns into a deranged hunter after accidentally killing an old prospector and then deliberately stalking his young guide to protect his own reputation.
Sounder (1972) as Sheriff [Charlie] Young
Black sharecroppers during the Depression fight to get their children a decent education.
Firecreek (1968) as Drew
A pacifist sheriff must use tougher means when his town is threatened by a band of outlaws.
First To Fight (1967) as Sergeant Carnavan
A former war hero returning to train new recruits can't decide if he should stay in the military, or settle down.
Three on a Couch (1966) as Dr. Ben Mizer
When a psychiatrist refuses to marry until her patients are cured, her fiance sets out to do the job himself.
Shenandoah (1965) as Carter
A Virginia farmer fights to keep his family together during the Civil War.
Black Spurs (1965) as Sheriff Elkins
The Quick Gun (1964) as Scotty Grant
A gunslinger helps an ungrateful town fight off a raid by his former gang.
Black Gold (1963) as Jericho Larkin
During the 1920s Oklahoma oil boom, friends become rivals over oil and a beautiful woman.
Shock Corridor (1963) as Stuart
A reporter fakes insanity to crack a murder committed in an asylum.
The Mountain Road (1960) as Niergaard
An American officer helps villagers against the Japanese during WWII.
Cast a Long Shadow (1959) as Sam Muller
A hard-drinking drifter tries to claim a deceased cattle baron''''s estate.
Ride Lonesome (1959) as Billy John
A bounty hunter tries to bring a murderer to justice through perilous territory.
Verboten! (1959) as Sgt. David Brent
An American soldier in post-war Germany tries to get his girlfriend''''s brother out of an underground neo-Nazi group.
The Killer Shrews (1959) as Thorne Sherman
A maniacal scientist creates a formula that turns your average shrew into a giant, man-killing beast.
The Naked and the Dead (1958) as Ridges
A green lieutenant comes up against incompetent officers and a sadistic sergeant during World War II.
Cole Younger, Gunfighter (1958) as Kit Caswell
A young man in trouble with the Texas state police during the 1870''''s is forced to go on the lam, joining a gang with an infamous outlaw.
The Left Handed Gun (1958) as Tom Folliard
Billy the Kid sets out for vengeance on the men who killed his mentor.
Last of the Bad Men (1957) as Ted Hamilton
Hot Summer Night (1957) as Kermit
A hot-shot reporter risks his life to land an interview with a notorious crook.
Man on the Prowl (1957) as Doug Gerhardt
The Rack (1956) as Millard Chilson Cassidy
A Korean War veteran is accused of cracking under enemy torture.
When Gangland Strikes (1956) as Jerry Ames
Gaby (1956) as Jim
In this remake of Waterloo Bridge, a ballerina turns to prostitution when her fiance is reported killed in World War II.
Calling Homicide (1956) as Arnie Arnholf
The third of five films (Dial Red-O, Sudden Danger, Calling Homicide, Footsteps in the Night and Chain of Evidence in release order and released across a full period of two years) in which Bill Elliott played a detective lieutenant (Andy Flynn in the first one, Doyle in the others) in the Los Angeles homicide department) with all five produced by Ben Schwab but a different director on each one. Lieutenant Andy Doyle (Bill Elliott) of the Los Angeles Sheriff;s homicide department, while investigation the mysterious dynamiting death of a young policeman, discovers that the strangling-murder of Francine Norman, owner of a modeling school, is linked with the firsy killing. While questioning those connected with the school, manager Darlene Adams (Jeanne Cooper), and executives Allen Gilmore (Thomas B. Henry) and Tony Fuller (Lyle Talbot), Lt. Doyle and his aide, Detective Sergeant Mike Duncan (Don Haggerty), find there is a blackmailing "baby racket" being run in conjunction with the school. Suspicion points to construction company owner Jim Haddix (Myron Healey) who had been in love with Francine. All evidence of the baby extortion racket is destroyed by an explosion, and the hunt narrows down to one man, the school handyman.
Forbidden Planet (1956) as Crewman
A group of space troopers investigates the destruction of a colony on a remote planet.
Come Next Spring (1956) as Bill Jackson
Matt Ballot has returned home after 12 years of hard drinking in all 48 states. His wife has managed to raise their 14 year daughter and 12 year old sun nicely without his help. Matt is considered a disgrace to the town he came from and now he finds himself trying to win the love of his children, his wife and the respect of the towns people. Set in Arkansaw in the 1920's.
Seven Angry Men (1955) as Jason Brown
A fanatical abolitionist leads a personal war against slave owners in Kansas.
The Eternal Sea (1955) as Student
The Yellow Tomahawk (1954) as Private Bliss
A western guide tries to stop an Indian attack on settlers.
The Caine Mutiny (1954) as Lt. Jorgensen
Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity.
The Raid (1954) as Lt. Robinson
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.
They Rode West (1954) as Lt. Finlay
A Cavalry doctor defies orders to treat Native Americans.
Riders to the Stars (1954) as Sidney Fuller
Early astronauts try to solve the mysteries of space travel by capturing a meteor.
Return from the Sea (1954) as Barr
A sailor vows to give up his wandering ways when he falls for a waitress.
Seminole (1953) as Corp. Gerad
19th-century army officer Lance Caldwell is assigned to Fort King in the Everglades. Immediately clashing with his commanding officer Major Dade, Caldwell opposes Dade's plans to wipe out the Seminole Indians. The fact that Caldwell was the boyhood chum of Seminole chief Osceola is all the more reas
The President's Lady (1953) as Samuel Donelson
Future president Andrew Jackson defies scandal to marry a divorced woman.
Column South (1953) as Primrose
As Lt. Jed Sayre struggles to prevent pre-Civil War tensions and a racist commanding officer from triggering war between the U.S. Cavalry and Navajo Indians, he finds his efforts are being undermined by the machinations of Confederate sympathizers.
City of Bad Men (1953) as Gig
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) as Radar man
Nuclear tests set a dormant prehistoric monster on a path of destruction.
The Battle at Apache Pass (1952) as Corp. Hassett
Geronimo conspires with a corrupt government agent to frame Cochise for a stagecoach raid.
About Face (1952) as Hal's roommate
Two military school cadets discover their best friend is married.
Steel Town (1952) as Joe Rakich
Steve Kostain (Lund), nephew of the owner, begins working at a steel mill to learn the business from the bottom up. He rooms with a steel working family, the McNamaras, and falls for the daughter, "Red" (Sheridan), who is already involved with another steelworker, Jim (Duff.) Although he is at first has a hard time with his co-workers, he eventually wins them over, and also wins the girl.
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952) as Marvin Johnson
The hillbilly farmers try to raise money to send their daughter to college.
The Cimarron Kid (1952) as Bitter Creek Dalton
Audie Murphy comes into his own as a Western star in this story. Wrongly accused by crooked railroad officials of aiding a train heist by his old friends the Daltons, he joins their gang and becomes an active participant in other robberies. Betrayed by a fellow gang member, Murphy becomes a fugitive in the end. Seeking refuge at the ranch of a reformed gang member, he hopes to flee with the man's daughter to South America, but he's captured in the end and led off to jail. The girl promises to wait.
Flat Top (1952) as Radar operator
Francis Goes to West Point (1952) as Corp. Ransom
Peter Sterling (Donald O'Conner) is working at a government plant. His friend Francis (the talking mule) tells him the plant is going to be bombed. Peter passes the information to the plant manager. The bombers are caught and the plant is saved. Because of his help in saving the plant, Peter is sent to West Point. After his arrival, he finds out that Francis is there as one of the mascots. As usual, Peter gets himself in trouble by telling the commander that Francis can talk.
Target Unknown (1951) as Ralph [G.] Phelps
In 1944, an American bomber squadron is tense and discontented from too many missions over France. Luck runs out for Capt. Stevens and his crew; they must bail out and are promptly taken prisoner. Their wily German captors, sensing that they have valuable information unknown even to themselves, use every form of velvet-glove trickery to worm it out of them. Will Stevens discover the danger? If so, what can he do about it? The fate of 100 planes depends on the answer...
Apache Drums (1951) as Bert Keon
Air Cadet (1951) as Jerry Connell
A new group of plebes (including roommates Joe, Russ, Jerry and Walt) arrive at an Air Force training camp and go through the usual "course of sprouts." Then on to jet training, where cadet Russ Coulter meets lovely Janet...who just happens to be the estranged wife of Major Page. Will a potential romantic triangle prevent Russ from qualifying as a fighter pilot? Or does the two men's rivalry run even deeper?
One Way Street (1950) as Driver
Peggy (1950) as Frank
When Professor Brookfield and his pretty daughters Peggy and Susan move into the small town Pasadena in California, their new neighbor Mrs. Fielding immediately takes over control, helps them moving in, and urges the girls to participate in the annual Rose Bowl beauty pageant. Although they're not thrilled, they enter the competition. Meanwhile Mrs. Fielding's son Tom makes eyes at Peggy, unknowing that her heart already belongs to a famous football star. So she tries to redirect his interest to her sister Susan.
Winchester '73 (1950) as Crater
A man combs the West in search of his stolen rifle.
Kansas Raiders (1950) as Cole Younger
Audie Murphy plays a young Jesse James falling under the Svengali-like spell of the outlaw William Quantrill, played by Brian Donlevy. Jesse and his youthful gang join the rebels to avenge the death of his parents only to become disillusioned with the senseless violence and looting of innocent civilians. Goaded by Quantrill's girl to leave, Jesse vacillates until the Yankess close in. Quantrill forces Jesse to leave and faces the Yankess gunfire alone. Jesse rides off with his gang and the rest is history.
Comanche Territory (1950) as Sam
Silver has been found on comanche territory and the government accomplished a peaceful agreement with the indians. When James 'Jim' Bowie comes into the scene he finds the white settlers living near by planning to attack the indians although they know about that agreement and the beautiful Katie seems to play a leading role in this intrigue.

Cinematography (feature film)

King Kong (2005) as 2d unit digital assist asst
It is 1933, and vaudeville actress Ann Darrow has found herself--like so many other New Yorkers during the Great Depression--without the means to earn a living. Unwilling to compromise and allow herself to sink into a career in burlesque, she considers her limited options while aimlessly wandering the streets of Manhattan. When her hunger drives her to unsuccessfully try to steal an apple from a fruit vendor''s stall, she is rescued--literally--by filmmaker and multiple hyphenate Carl Denham. It seems that the entrepreneur-raconteur-adventurer is no stranger to theft, having that day lifted the only existing print of his most recent and unfinished film from under his studio executives'' noses when they threatened to pull his completion funds. Carl has until the end of the day to get his crew onboard the Singapore-bound tramp steamer, the S.S. Venture, in hopes of completing his travelogue/action film. With that, the showman is certain he will finally achieve the personal greatness he knows awaits him around the corner--and although the crew believe that corner to be Singapore, Denham actually hopes to find and capture on film the mysterious place of legend: Skull Island. Unfortunately for Carl, his headlining actress has pulled out of his project, but his search for a size-four leading lady (the costumes have all been made) has, fatefully, led him to Ann. The struggling actress is reluctant to sign on with Denham, until she learns that the up-and-coming, socially relevant playwright Jack Driscoll is penning the screenplay--the fees his friend Carl pays for potboiling adventure are a welcome supplement to Driscoll''s nominal income from his stage plays. With his newly discovered star and coerced screenwriter reluctantly onboard, Denham''s "moving picture ship" heads out of New York Harbor--and toward a destiny that none aboard could possibly foresee.

Producer (feature film)

The End (1978) as Associate Producer
A dying man enlists a mental patient to help him commit suicide.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

Cookout, The (2004)
When Todd Anderson is chosen as the #1 NBA draft pick by the New Jersey Nets, he signs a contract for thirty million dollars that instantly changes his life. Whether he likes it or not his mom, Lady Em, is not going to let her son forget his roots. When Todd buys a new house and mistakenly invites family from the old neighborhood for a cookout on the same day he scheduled an endorsement interview, chaos erupts and Todd must choose between his down home roots and his newfound celebrity.
Cookout, The (2004)
When Todd Anderson is chosen as the #1 NBA draft pick by the New Jersey Nets, he signs a contract for thirty million dollars that instantly changes his life. Whether he likes it or not his mom, Lady Em, is not going to let her son forget his roots. When Todd buys a new house and mistakenly invites family from the old neighborhood for a cookout on the same day he scheduled an endorsement interview, chaos erupts and Todd must choose between his down home roots and his newfound celebrity.

Cast (special)

McLaren's Riders (1977) as Lamarr Skinner
The story of Sam Downing and T. Wood, two highly trained policemen and members of the McLaren Project, a federal law-enforcement program that assists understaffed small-town police departments around the country. In the pilot episode, Downing and Wood assist Sheriff Bill Willett in his investigation
Code of Jonathan West, The (1960) as Hardy Couter (Guest)
The post-Civil War story of Jonathan West, a fighting man with principles, who is called "Preach" as he roams throughout the West. In the pilot episode, set in Arkansas in 1865, West attempts to help a man who is being falsely accused of murder.
Gentry's People (1959) as Frank Simms (Guest)
The story of Gentry, a two-fisted, warm-hearted Los Angeles newspaper reporter-columnist. In the pilot episode, Gentry attempts to help Frank Simms, a cop killer who is afraid to give himself up, fearing he will be shot on sight. Broadcast as "Good Deed" on "The David Niven Theater" ("Gentry's Peop

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