Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while she was a nurse at a hospital in Truro...
“ Memorable in: "Jaws", "A Man for All Seasons", "From Russia With Love", "Taking of Pelham 123" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Dark-haired, Ivy League-looking Bradford Dillman, whose white-collar career spanned nearly five decades, possessed charm and confident good looks that were slightly tainted by a bent smile, darting glance and edgy countenance that often provoked suspicion. Sure enough, the camera picked up on it and he played shady, highly suspect characters throughout most of his career...
“ Memorable in: "Piranha", "The Way We Were", "Compulsion", "Escape From the Planet of the Apes" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Tall, handsome, and charismatic actor Robert Quarry was born on November 3, 1925 in Santa Rosa, California. His father was a doctor. Robert's grandmother first introduced him to the world of theater. Quarry finished school at age 14 and was on the swimming team in high school. In the early 1940s he was a busy juvenile actor on the radio; he even had a regular part on the "Dr...
“ Memorable in: "Count Yorga Vampire", "Return of Count Yorga" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Born in Upminster, Essex, England in 1927, Richard Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and then performed in John Gielgud
's repertory company until joining the navy in 1945 until 1948. After the war, he appeared successfully in the West End and made his film debut in the early 1950s...
“ Memorable in: "Zombie Flesh Eaters", "Khartoum", "80,000 Suspects", "The Haunting" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
He was David Thayer Hersey from an upper crust Winchester, Massachusetts family. After secondary school he began attending Harvard University. Along with several students he founded the Brattle Theatre Company in 1946. After working closely on Brattle with fellow Harvard graduates and his father,Thayer Frye Hersey, David took the stage name Thayer David in honor of his father...
“ Memorable in: "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", "The Eiger Sanction", "Rocky" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
“ Memorable in: "Incredible Melting Man", "Beach Red" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Michael Pataki had a long, varied and impressive career in both movies and TV shows, alike, that spanned a little over 50 years. Pataki was born on January 16, 1938 in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended the University of Southern California as a double major in Drama and Political Science...
“ Memorable in: "Bat People", "Zoltan Hound of Dracula" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Underated British leading man predominantly of the Seventies and Eighties, Collins made his mark in the 1970s action drama The Professionals
. As hard man "William Bodie", Collins became a household name, worldwide. Unfortunately, since the show ended in 1983, Lewis Collins has been miscast in a number of cheap straight-to-video foreign actioners.
“ Memorable in: "Who Dares Wins", "The Professionals" (TV), "Jack the Ripper" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Larger than life, Laughtonesque, and with an eloquent, king-sized appetite for maniacal merriment, a good portion of the work of actor Victor Buono was squandered on hokey villainy on both film and television. Ostensibly perceived as bizarre or demented, seldom did Hollywood give this cultivated cut-up...
“ Memorable in: "The Mad Butcher", "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane", "Target Harry" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Robert Lansing was an actor whose tall stature, tough looks and commanding manner belied an often thoughtful and introspective screen personality. Not that acting had necessarily been his only choice - there was jazz. As a youngster, he played drums with various dance bands and was bitten by the acting bug after performing in and directing high school plays...
“ Memorable in: "Empire of the Ants", "Island Claws", "The Nest", "Scalpel", "4D Man" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
James Grover Franciscus graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1957 with a B.A. in English and theater. His father, John Allen Franciscus, was a pilot killed in action during WWII. His mother was named Loraine (nee Grover) and he had one sibling, a brother named John. Mr. Franciscus is best known for his work in television...
“ Memorable in: "Valley of Gwangi", "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", "Killer Fish", "One of My Wives is Missing" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
William Smith is probably best known for his portrayal as "Falconetti" in Rich Man, Poor Man
. He first came to the screen as a child actor in films such as Going My Way
and The Song of Bernadette
, before entering the service during the Korean War. There, his fluency in five languages landed him in the N.S.A...
“ Memorable in: "Invasion of the Bee Girls", "Scorchy", "The Mean Season", "Any Which Way You Can" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You
and George Cukor
's A Star Is Born
. Born Carmine Orrico on August 5...
“ Memorable in: "Black Christmas", "Tenebrae", "Blood Beach", "Enter the Dragon" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
“ Memorable in: "Island of the Fishmen", "Slave of the Cannibal God", "Great Alligator" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Musclebound actor Richard Harrison was one of a slew of handsome young American pectoral hunks of the late 50s whose career in Hollywood amounted to little more than brawny bits until being lured to Italy and churning out the sword-and-sandal pictures that became an early 60s craze. Harrison would end up making over 100 films due to this lucky trek abroad...
Harvard-educated stage and screen actor Richard Jordan was born into a socially prominent family on July 19, 1937 in New York City, the grandson of Learned Hand
, the greatest American jurist never to have served on the U.S. Supreme Court. Newbold Morris, his stepfather, was a member of the New York City Council during Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia
“ Memorable in: "The Mean Season", "Les Miserables", "Raise the Titanic" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Stanley Baker was unusual star material to emerge during the Fifties - when impossibly handsome and engagingly romantic leading men were almost de rigueur. Baker was forged from a rougher mould. His was good-looking, but his features were angular, taut, austere and unwelcoming. His screen persona was taciturn...
“ Memorable in: "Zulu", "Guns of Navarone", "Sea Fury", "Sands of the Kalahari" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Keenan Wynn was also the father to Edwina "Wynnie" Wynn, (his father, Ed Wynn's name sake). Wynnie, as she is known to her friends and family, is employed by MusiCares (a charity founded by The Recording Academy). Keenan Wynn is also the grandfather to Jessica Keenan Wynn (Wynnie's daughter) who is a singer/actress on Broadway.
“ Memorable in: "Piranha", "Orca", "The Last Precinct", "A Woman for All Men", "The Mechanic" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Michael V. Gazzo
Michael Vincente Gazzo was born in Hillside, New Jersey, on April 5, 1923. He attended Erwin Piscator
's Dramatic Workshop at the New School on the GI Bill after being demobilized from the US Army Air Force after World War II. Gazzo's first major success was as a playwright. His play about drug addiction...
“ Memorable in: "Alligator", "The Godfather Part II", "Black Sunday" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Norman Burton is reportedly a graduate of The Actor's Studio in New York. He appeared in professional stage productions of "Sound of Hunting", "Anna Christie" and José Quintero
's production of Brendan Behan
's "The Quare Fellow" in New York City. His film and TV career ran hot and cold, varying from good roles in major films to supporting roles in grade-B outings...
“ Memorable in: "The Towering Inferno", "Scorchy", "The Planet of the Apes", "Bloodsport" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Hailing from Long Beach, California, talented character actor Anthony Zerbe has kept busy in Hollywood and on stage since the late 1960s, often playing villainous or untrustworthy characters, with his narrow gaze and unsettling smirk. Zerbe was born May 20, 1936 in Long Beach, and served a stint in...
“ Memorable in: "Papillon", "The Dead Zone", "Cool Hand Luke", "The Omega Man" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Parfrey was born Sydney Woodrow Parfrey in New York City, New York, to Hazel (James) and Sidney Parfrey, both Welsh immigrants. One of the most interesting character actors to emerge on American film and television in the 1960s, Parfrey brought a quirky charisma to every role he played, from shopkeepers to space-age simians...
“ Memorable in: "Charley Varrick", "Dirty Harry", "Planet of the Apes", "Papillon" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
With a mysterious past and a mouth marred by burns, Reggie Nalder has a unique, if under appreciated, place in the history of cinema. Born Alfred Reginald Natzick in Vienna, Austria, the year of his birth has been a matter of speculation. While his obituary in the New York Times claimed 1922, photographic evidence has revealed that it was significantly earlier; most sources now cite 1911...
“ Memorable in: "Salem's Lot", "Zoltan Hound of Dracula", "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Jack Taylor was born as George Brown Randall on October 21, 1936. Tall, slim and handsome, with a lean face, a pencil thin mustache, and a distinguished air about him, Taylor began his acting career in the early 1950's on "The Jack Benny Show," in which he co-starred with Marilyn Monroe. Jack also had roles on the TV shows "Sheena...
“ Memorable in: "Pieces", "The Ninth Gate" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
John Vernon was a prolific stage-trained Canadian character player who made a career out of convincingly playing crafty villains, morally-bankrupt officials and heartless authority figures in American films and television since the 1960s. Vernon has been directed by some stellar filmmakers including...
“ Memorable in: "Golden Rendezvous", "Charley Varrick", "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Although his actress wife Paula Prentiss
became a star by the early 1960s, it took Richard Benjamin
almost fifteen years to establish his screen persona, but the wait was rewarding. After extensive work in theatre as actor and director, and his participation in the cult TV series He & She
, in which he co-starred with Prentiss...
“ Memorable in: "Marriage of a Young Stockbroker", "Westworld", "The Last of Sheila" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Marvelously quirky, distinctive and versatile character actor William Franklin Finley was born on September 20, 1940 in New York City. Finley attended Columbia University, where he first met future filmmaker Brian De Palma
. The lanky 6'4" Finley first began acting on the New York stage. He made his film debut in De Palma's odd short movie Woton's Wake...
“ Memorable in: "Phantom of the Paradise", "Eaten Alive", "Silent Rage" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Stocky tough-guy character actor Richard Jaeckel remains one of Hollywood's most prolific supporting stars. Born in Long Island, New York, on October 10, 1926, Jaeckel's family moved to Los Angeles when he was still in his teens. After graduation from Hollywood High School, Jaeckel was discovered by a casting director while working as a mailboy for 20th Century-Fox...
“ Memorable in: "Grizzly", "Jaws of Death", "Dirty Dozen" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Tough-looking New Zealander, with a long string of credits as an actor in Australian films and theatre. He was also prolific on radio as actor, announcer and compère. In August 1952, Doleman won a £300 prize for his performance in an Actor's Choice half-hourly play, entitled "The Coward". He used this...
“ Memorable in: "The Deadly Bees", "The Ipcress File", "Funeral in Berlin" ” - Chase_Witherspoon
Born in St. Anthony, a small town in eastern Idaho, Bradford Harris attended UCLA in the early 1950s, where he played fullback on the football team while studying economics. His studies may have been intended as the groundwork for a career in his family's banking business, but Harris instead drifted into the fringes of Los Angeles' movie industry...