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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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Walter Pidgeon: Support and Authority

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Comment by Danielle on September 19, 2018 at 1:31pm

James Gleason. Appeared in over 100 films. His film career spread through out the late 20's-1959. I recently was entertained by the film "The Crooked Circle"with Zasu Pitts.(which by the way can be seen on you tube).Oh how I love those great "Who-done-It"films....

Comment by Danielle on September 19, 2018 at 1:11pm

Comment by Danielle on September 19, 2018 at 12:26pm

wish there were more pictures posted.  As alot of the faces are more  familiar than the names. 

maybe that could be a suggestion for a fun game in the group? Perhaps to post the photo and have the group members note and comment on the films they appeared in...Bonus-actors name and birth place(double bonus).

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".


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