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Supporting and Character Actors. Walt Oleksy, administrator


Supporting and Character Actors. Walt Oleksy, administrator

Paying tribute to those who enriched every film they were in and gave support to the stars. We remember many of them as mothers, aunts, uncles, bartenders, cab drivers, wimps, floozies, etc. Members can post names of their favorites, and tell why.

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The Many Faces of Una O’Connor

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Comment by Dave Miller on June 30, 2015 at 9:07am

About John Doucette.

Comment by Dave Miller on January 29, 2015 at 5:29pm

Ian Wolfe, veteran character actor who appeared in a dozen Broadway plays, more than 200 films and as many television episodes, has died. He was 95.

The actor, who played everything from dithery judges to prim priests and Star Trek's librarian Mr. Atoz (A to Z), died Thursday in Los Angeles, his agent said Friday.

In his seven-decade career, Wolfe supported legendary stars from Lionel Barrymore to Clark Gable and Marlene Dietrich to Helen Hayes.

"I was the dust that made them twinkle," he once told the Los Angeles Times.

"I declare lightly, but seriously," he wrote in autobiographical material prepared for his agent, "that my main claim to fame in theater, films and television is that I have survived."

Born in Canton, Ill., on Nov. 4, 1896, Wolfe was a volunteer medical specialist in World War I. He studied singing, dancing and pantomime, and took a short course at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. (January 26, 1992 by Myrna Oliver, Los AngelesTimes Staff Writer)

Comment by William on December 25, 2014 at 1:44pm

Hi,    I always liked Barton Mac Lane.,..He was a good actor...And especially the films with Glenda Farrell...his daughter worked for the F.B.I.  ...........................................

Comment by Dave Miller on December 25, 2014 at 11:29am

BARTON MacLANE (1902 – 1969), who was born on December 25th. During the 1930s, MacLane was highly active in film, with major supporting roles in such productions as The Case of the Curious Bride, G Men, The Prince and the Pauper, and Lang's You Only Live Once and You and Me. He also played the role of detective Steve McBride in the many films involving fictional news reporter Torchy Blane. During the 1930s and 1940s, MacLane worked alongside legendary movie star Humphrey Bogart in several films. Perhaps most notably, MacLane played Lieutenant Dundy opposite Bogart's Sam Spade in writer/director John Huston's acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated film classic, The Maltese Falcon. MacLane again collaborated with both Bogart and Huston on the Academy Award-winning 1948 adventure film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. MacLane's many other film credits during the 1940s include The Big Street, Victor Fleming's Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Fritz Lang's Western Union, Reginald Le Borg's The Mummy's Ghost, and Frank Borzage's The Spanish Main. Some of MacLane's films during the 1950s include Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, The Glenn Miller Story, and Three Violent People. Between 1953 and 1967, he guest starred on such television programs as Conflict, Lux Video Theatre, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Laramie, and Gunsmoke. During the 1960-1961 television season, MacLane was a series regular on twenty-seven episodes of NBC's western, Outlaws, in which he played Marshal Frank Caine. He was cast in 1965 in the recurring role of General Martin Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie. He appeared in thirty-five episodes of the series between 1965 and 1969.

Comment by Dave Miller on December 25, 2014 at 9:29am

FRANK FERGUSON (1906 – 1978), who was born on December 25th. His best known role was as the Swedish ranch handyman, Gus Broeberg, on the CBS television series, My Friend Flicka, based on a novel of the same name. Ferguson also portrayed the Calverton veterinarian in the first several seasons of CBS's Lassie. In 1948, he appeared as "McDougal"- the quickly agitated owner of "McDougal's House of Horrors"- in the Universal comedy/horror film "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein". In the 1963-1964 season, Ferguson was cast in the recurring role of Judge Gurney in the NBC/Warner Brothers western series Temple Houston, with Jeffrey Hunter as an historical person, the frontier lawyer Temple Lea Houston, youngest son of Sam Houston. Ferguson played three different characters on The Andy Griffith Show, two different characters on Petticoat Junction, four different characters on Bonanza, four different characters on Perry Mason (including three episodes as a sheriff), and four different characters on the ABC/WB western, Maverick. He guest starred on other series, including the syndicated Rescue 8, Whirlybirds, and The Everglades; NBC's The Restless Gun, Riverboat, Overland Trail, National Velvet, and Mr. Novak; ABC's The Rifleman, The Alaskans, Target: The Corruptors, The Asphalt Jungle, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and CBS's General Electric Theater.

Comment by Dave Miller on December 25, 2014 at 9:10am

DICK MILLER; he’s 86 years old today. He has appeared in over 100 films, particularly those produced by Roger Corman, and later in films of directors who started their careers with Corman, including James Cameron and Joe Dante, with the distinction of appearing in almost every film made by Dante. Miller's main roles have been in films such as Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Explorers, Piranha, The Howling, A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors, Chopping Mall, Night of the Creeps, The Terminator, The 'Burbs and Small Soldiers.

Comment by Dave Miller on December 21, 2014 at 10:23am

ED NELSON (1928 – 2014), who was born on December 21st. Early in his career he worked with famed B-movie producer Roger Corman on the films such as The Cry Baby Killer, A Bucket of Blood, Teenage Cave Man, and Attack of the Crab Monsters. His television career featured many guest starring roles, such as the talented but arrogant Dr. Wade Parsons in the 1962 episode "Doctor on Horseback" of the NBC western series, The Tall Man, starring Barry Sullivan as Sheriff Pat Garrett and Clu Gulager as Billy the Kid. Nelson was also cast in episodes of such other westerns as Maverick, Wagon Train, Black Saddle, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Rebel (five times), Johnny Ringo, Gunsmoke, Tombstone Territory, Laramie, Bonanza, Stoney Burke, The Dakotas, "The Rifleman" and Redigo. He appeared on drama and adventure series too, such as The Fugitive, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Harbor Command, Tightrope, The Blue Angels (as the arrogant flight instructor Lieutenant Dayl Martin in "The Jarheads"), COronado 9, The Eleventh Hour, Thriller, and Channing, an ABC drama that romanticizes college life. He guest starred on Mission: Impossible and Jackie Cooper CBS military sitcom/drama, Hennesey. He made two guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, both times as the defendant; in 1961, he played Ward Nichols in "The Case of the Left-Handed Liar," and in 1964, he played Dirk Blake, father of the title character, in "The Case of the Missing Button".

Comment by Dave Miller on December 15, 2014 at 9:19pm

When sound came to Hollywood in the late 1920's, Hollywood went to Broadway to find stars who could speak. One they found was Ruth Chatterton (1892-1961). Brittle, intense, sophisticated and always on the verge of the jitters, she sandwiched a 10 year film career between her stage hits. An early idol of Bette Davis, she received two Oscar nominations in the Academy's first years, including one for the first sound version of MADAME X (1929). She played several sacrificing mothers (SARAH AND SON 1930, FRISCO JENNY 1933) and had one of her best roles as the automotive tycoon in the pre-feminist melodrama FEMALE (1933) opposite her then-husband George Brent. Her greatest performance was as Fran, the wife of another automotive tycoon (Walter Huston) so frightened by the onrush of years in DODSWORTH (1936). Sadly, her film career all but ended there with only 2 more low budget quickies in 1938. She might have had a longer film career had she been a decade or so younger at the start of the sound era. But she left a memorable mark on film history while she was a part of it,

Comment by Dave Miller on December 15, 2014 at 10:24am

JEFF CHANDLER (1918 – 1961), who was born on December 15th. He is best remembered for portraying Cochise in Broken Arrow (1950). He later reprised the role as the legendary Apache chief in The Battle at Apache Pass (1952) and in a cameo in Taza, Son of Cochise (1954). He was the first actor nominated for an Academy Award for portraying an American Indian. Chandler's success in Broken Arrow led to him being cast as a variety of nationalities from different historical periods, such as an Arab chief in Flame of Araby (1951) and a Polynesian in Bird of Paradise (1951). He also played an embittered Union cavalryman in Two Flags West (1950). During the latter part of the decade and into the early 1960s, Chandler became a top leading man. His sex appeal, prematurely gray hair, and ruggedly handsome tanned features put him into drama and costume movies. Among the movies of this period are Female on the Beach (1955), Foxfire (1955), Away All Boats (1956), Toy Tiger (1956), Drango (1957), The Tattered Dress (1957), Man in the Shadow (1957), A Stranger in My Arms (1959), The Jayhawkers! (1959), Thunder in the Sun (1959), and Return to Peyton Place (1961).

Comment by Dave Miller on December 14, 2014 at 12:36pm

MARK STEVENS (1916-1994), who was born on Dec.13th. At first he was billed as Stephen Richards, but it was changed to Mark Stevens at the suggestion of Darryl Zanuck when he moved to 20th Century Fox. Stevens emerged as a film noir leading man in such films as WITHIN THESE WALLS (1945) and THE DARK CORNER (1946), the latter pairing him with Lucille Ball. He played an FBI man going undercover to arrest a gangster played by Richard Widmark in THE STREET WITH NO NAME (1948), and appeared as Olivia de Havilland's loyal husband in THE SNAKE PIT (1948). Stevens also performed in musicals including I WONDER WHO'S KISSING HER NOW? (1947) and OH, YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL (1949), as well as in the western films "JACK SLADE" (1953), GUNSITE RIDGE (1957 and GUN FEVER (1957). In 1951, he starred in the Dumont series NEWS GAL which was later syndicated on ABC in 1957. From 1954-1956 he played a newspaper managing editor in the CBS Television series BIG TOWN, having replaced Patrick McVey, who starred in the role from 1950-1954.


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