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Strother Martin (1919–1980)


American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, but quickly returned to Indiana. Strother Jr. grew... See full bio »

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 1980 Hotwire
The Weasel
 1979 Better Late Than Never (TV Movie)
J.D. Ashcroft
 1979 The Villain
Parody Jones
 1979 Nightwing
Selwyn
 1979 The Champ
Riley
 1979 Love and Bullets
Louis Monk
 1978 Stubby Pringle's Christmas (TV Movie)
Old Hollander
 1978 Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy (TV Movie)
Turtle Ranch Boss
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
Hank Jenner
- Yes, My Darling Daughter (1978) ... Hank Jenner
 1978 Up in Smoke
Arnold Stoner
 1978 The End
Dr. Waldo Kling
 1975-1977 Baretta (TV Series)
Harris Stump / Lyman P. Dokker / Doc Stockwell / ...
- Lyman P. Dokker, Fed (1977) ... Harris Stump / Lyman P. Dokker
- Open Season (1977) ... Doc Stockwell
- On the Road (1975) ... Duke
 1977 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Thomas Tyler 'T.T.' Flowers
- The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 2 (1977) ... Thomas Tyler 'T.T.' Flowers
- The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 1 (1977) ... Thomas Tyler 'T.T.' Flowers
 1976 Steel Cowboy (TV Movie)
Pinky Pincus
 1975 Movin' On (TV Series)
Cabe Miller
- Long Way to Nowhere (1975) ... Cabe Miller
 1975 Rooster Cogburn
McCoy
 1975 Hard Times
Poe
 1975 One of Our Own (TV Movie)
LeRoy Atkins
 1975 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Clate Dobie
- Four the Hard Way (1975) ... Clate Dobie
 1956-1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Ben Snow / Timble / Billy / ...
- Island in the Desert: Part 2 (1974) ... Ben Snow
- Island in the Desert: Part 1 (1974) ... Ben Snow
- No Hands (1964) ... Timble
- The Trappers (1962) ... Billy
- The Do-Badder (1962) ... Gene Bunch
 1974 Paper Moon (TV Series)
 1974 The Rookies (TV Series)
Teacher
- The Teacher (1974) ... Teacher
 1973 Sssssss
Dr. Carl Stoner
 1973 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Buckshot
- The Boy and the Bronc Buster: Part 2 (1973) ... Buckshot
- The Boy and the Bronc Buster: Part 1 (1973) ... Buckshot
 1964-1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Cole Younger / Joad Bruder / Lonnie Stern / ...
- The Impostors (1970) ... Joad Bruder
- The Silence at Stillwater (1969) ... Lonnie Stern
- The Meredith Smith (1965) ... Little Meredith Smith
- The Saga of Muley Jones (1964) ... Yuri
 1972 Pocket Money
Bill Garrett
 1972 Nichols (TV Series)
Zachariah
- Zachariah (1972) ... Zachariah
 1971 Hannie Caulder
Rufus Clemens
 1971 Fools' Parade
Lee Cottrill
 1971 The Brotherhood of Satan
Doc Duncan
 1971 Red Sky at Morning
John Cloyd
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Dennis Wright (segment "Love and the Old Boyfriend")
- Love and the Nurse/Love and the Old Boyfriend (1970) ... Dennis Wright (segment "Love and the Old Boyfriend")
 1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Terry Riggs
- Nobody Wants a Fat Jockey (1970) ... Terry Riggs
 1965-1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Luther Watson / Finley
- You Can Lead a Horse to Water (1970) ... Luther Watson
- The Claim (1965) ... Finley
 1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Tarbot
- The Terrible Tarbots (1969) ... Tarbot
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Nanyface
- Goodbye Harry (1969) ... Nanyface
 1969 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Tyrone Lovey
- The Clock (1969) ... Tyrone Lovey
- Love a Duck (1969) ... Tyrone Lovey
 1967-1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Joby / Harvey Bains
- Joby (1968) ... Joby
- Message at Noon (1967) ... Harvey Bains
 1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Willard Knox
- Birds of a Feather (1968) ... Willard Knox
 1968 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Paul Rooney
- One for My Baby (1968) ... Paul Rooney
 1968 He & She (TV Series)
The Rev. Mr. Anderson
- The White Collar Worker (1968) ... The Rev. Mr. Anderson
 1968 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Holly Amberton
- One Bad Turn (1968) ... Holly Amberton
 1968 Gentle Ben (TV Series)
Reed Olmstock
- The Opportunist (1968) ... Reed Olmstock
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
O'Keefe / Captain Boggs
- Mountains of the Moon: Part 2 (1967) ... O'Keefe (credit only)
- Mountains of the Moon: Part 1 (1967) ... O'Keefe
- To Steal the Rising Sun (1967) ... Captain Boggs
 1966-1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Applegate / Johnny Burke
- Diablo (1967) ... Applegate
- Broken Gun (1966) ... Johnny Burke
 1967 The Flim-Flam Man
Lovick
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Charlie Coogan
- Moonshot (1967) ... Charlie Coogan
 1964-1967 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Ed Schieffelin / Charlie Neal / Arkie Monson
- Silver Tombstone (1967) ... Ed Schieffelin
- There Was Another Dalton Brother (1964) ... Charlie Neal
- The Bigger They Are (1964) ... Arkie Monson
 1966-1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Fludd / Dan'l Hawkes
- Brother Love (1967) ... Fludd
- Target (1966) ... Dan'l Hawkes
 1967 The Road West (TV Series)
Grady Couts
- A Mighty Hunter Before the Lord (1967) ... Grady Couts
 1967 Gilligan's Island (TV Series)
George Barkley
- Take a Dare (1967) ... George Barkley
 1966 Lost in Space (TV Series)
Nerim
- Blast Off Into Space (1966) ... Nerim
 1966 An Eye for an Eye
Trumbull
 1966 Nevada Smith
Barney (uncredited)
 1966 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Cowboy
- Aces and Kings (1966) ... Cowboy
 1966 Harper
Claude
 1966 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Meeker
- Return to Lawrence (1966) ... Meeker
 1961-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Roy Hutchinson / Gerald Sommers / Joe Mead / ...
- The Case of the Hasty Honeymooner (1965) ... Roy Hutchinson
- The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito (1963) ... Gerald Sommers
- The Case of the Fickle Filly (1962) ... Joe Mead
- The Case of the Brazen Bequest (1961) ... Pete Gibson
 1965 The Sons of Katie Elder
Jeb Ross
 1965 Shenandoah
Train Engineer
 1959-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Bates / Meeker
- The Gray Rock Hotel (1965) ... Bates
- Incident of the Haunted Hills (1959) ... Meeker
 1965 Brainstorm
Mr. Clyde
 1965 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Harper Worthington Yates
- Baby Fat (1965) ... Harper Worthington Yates
 1965 Kentucky Jones (TV Series)
Boney Benton
- Most Precious Gold (1965) ... Boney Benton
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
 1964 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Shirky Saulter
- Devil's Carnival (1964) ... Shirky Saulter
 1964 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Taxi Driver
- Gone the Sun (1964) ... Taxi Driver
 1963 McLintock!
Agard
 1963 Showdown
Charlie Reeder
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Private Anton Copang
- Walk Through the Badlands (1963) ... Private Anton Copang
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Charles Sloane
- Terror in Silence (1963) ... Charles Sloane
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Calvin 'Rabbits' Ross / Adam Raemecker
- The Fireman Who Raised Rabbits (1962) ... Calvin 'Rabbits' Ross
 1962 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
Buckley
- Sidewinder (1962) ... Buckley
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
 1962 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Harold Horton
- The Chocolate Cake Caper (1962) ... Harold Horton
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Garvey
- Ride the Man Down (1962) ... Garvey
 1962 The New Breed (TV Series)
Benny Kohler
- Policemen Die Alone: Part II (1962) ... Benny Kohler
- Policemen Die Alone: Part I (1962) ... Benny Kohler
 1957-1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Boise Peabody / A. Carew / Dooley Delaware / ...
- Lazarus (1962) ... Boise Peabody
- One Came Back (1959) ... A. Carew
- High Wire (1957) ... Dooley Delaware
- A Matter of Ethics (1957) ... Fred Coombs
 1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Mothershed
- The Grave (1961) ... Mothershed
 1961 The Deadly Companions
Parson
 1961 The Americans (TV Series)
Wadd
- The Guerrillas (1961) ... Wadd
 1961 Sanctuary
Dog Boy
 1961 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
- Lincoln (1961)
 1959 Lawman (TV Series)
Jack Foley
- The Hunch (1959) ... Jack Foley
 1959 The Rebel (TV Series)
Jess - Deputy
- Johnny Yuma (1959) ... Jess - Deputy
 1959 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
'The Great Herman'
- Without a Net (1959) ... 'The Great Herman'
 1959 The Horse Soldiers
Virgil
 1959 The Wild and the Innocent
Ben Stocker
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Polk Blackston
- No Place to Stop (1959) ... Polk Blackston
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Pit Thatcher
- Client: Mowery (1959) ... Pit Thatcher
 1958 Jefferson Drum (TV Series)
Pete Henke
- Pete Henke (1958) ... Pete Henke
 1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Benny French
- A Stone for Benny French (1958) ... Benny French
 1958 Bitter Heritage (TV Movie)
Earle Eheeler
 1958 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
Little Julie
- Exclusive Story: File #31 (1958) ... Little Julie
 1957-1958 The Lineup (TV Series)
 1958 Panic! (TV Series)
Hank Judson
- Fire Lookout Post (1958) ... Hank Judson
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Earle Wheeler
- Bitter Heritage (1958) ... Earle Wheeler
 1958 Navy Log (TV Series)
D'Amico
- The Draft Dodger (1958) ... D'Amico
 1958 Cowboy
Cowhand Bitten by Snake (uncredited)
 1957-1958 Broken Arrow (TV Series)
Joe Roman / Renton
- Shadow of Cochise (1958) ... Joe Roman
- Apache Dowry (1957) ... Renton
 1956-1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Obie / Gunnery Officer Daly
- Silent Ambush (1958) ... Obie
- H.M.S. Marlborough Will Enter Port (1956) ... Gunnery Officer Daly
 1958 Man Without a Gun (TV Series)
 1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Leopold Vaupel
- The Close Shave (1958) ... Leopold Vaupel
 1958 Boots and Saddles (TV Series)
Slocum
 1957 Black Patch
Deputy Petey Walker
 1957 The Web (TV Series)
- The Man Below (1957)
 1957 Copper Sky
Pokey
 1956-1957 Lassie (TV Series)
Lem Boots
- The Nest (1957) ... Lem Boots
- Quarantine (1956) ... Lem Boots
- The Marauder (1956) ... Lem Boots
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
- Elfego Baca (1957)
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Phil
- Journey into Darkness (1957) ... Phil
 1957 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Pete Hill
- The Jerry Patterson Story (1957) ... Pete Hill
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Joby
- The Necessary Breed (1957) ... Joby
 1957 The Gray Ghost (TV Series)
Michael
- Reconnaissance Mission (1957) ... Michael
 1957 The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (TV Series)
Tomar
- Blind Man's Bluff (1957) ... Tomar
 1956 The Black Whip
Thorny
 1956 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Cafe Waiter
- Off to Florida (1956) ... Cafe Waiter
 1956 Attack
Sgt. Ingersol
 1956 Johnny Concho
Townsman (uncredited)
 1953-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Bellhop / Mr. Ralph
- The Roustabout (1956)
- Part of the Game (1953) ... Bellhop
- The Governess (1953) ... Mr. Ralph
 1956 Frontier (TV Series)
Lee / Mayes
- Patrol (1956) ... Lee
- The Well (1956) ... Mayes
 1956 Crusader (TV Series)
Ray Dutcher
- Big Sneak (1956) ... Ray Dutcher
 1956 World Without End
Nihka (uncredited)
 1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Wilkins
- Barbed Wire Christmas (1955) ... Wilkins
 1955 Target Zero
Pvt. Dan O'Hirons (uncredited)
 1955 Crossroads (TV Series)
Landry Kersh
- Shadow of God (1955) ... Landry Kersh
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Pete / Lt. Bob Handley
- Fox Hunt (1955) ... Pete
- Armed (1955) ... Lt. Bob Handley
 1955 The Big Knife
Stillman (uncredited)
 1955 Kiss Me Deadly
Harvey Wallace
 1955 Strategic Air Command
Airman (uncredited)
 1955 The Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
Brother Daniel
- The Case of the Wholesale Burglaries (1955) ... Brother Daniel
 1954 The Silver Chalice
Father (uncredited)
 1954 Drum Beat
Scotty
 1954 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Pete Dutton
- The Traveling Room (1954) ... Pete Dutton
 1954 A Star Is Born
Delivery Boy (uncredited)
 1954 Mystery Is My Business (TV Series)
 1954 Prisoner of War
Man on Crutches (uncredited)
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Nick Davis
- The Boy Story ... Nick Davis
 1954 World for Ransom
Corporal (uncredited)
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Tom Blair
- The Witness (1953) ... Tom Blair (as Strather Martin)
 1953 South Sea Woman
Marine in Audience at Court-martial (uncredited)
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
 1953 The Magnetic Monster
Co-Pilot
 1952 Big Town (TV Series)
Paul Evans / Eddie Benson
- The Hero (1952) ... Paul Evans / Eddie Benson
 1952 Androcles and the Lion
Soldier (uncredited)
 1951-1952 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- The Sheriff (1952)
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- The Trail (1952)
- Munghara (1952)
 1952 Storm Over Tibet
Co-pilot
 1952 Invitation Playhouse: Mind Over Murder (TV Series)
- If Memory Serve (1952)
- Romance (1952)
 1952 Dragnet (TV Series)
- The Big Blast (1952)
 1952 Dangerous Assignment (TV Series)
Riri
- The Venetian Story (1952) ... Riri
 1951 The People Against O'Hara (uncredited)
 1951 Rhubarb
Michael 'Shorty' McGirk (uncredited)
 1951 The Red Badge of Courage
Corporal (uncredited)
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
- Prison Doctor (1951)
 1950 The Asphalt Jungle
William Doldy (uncredited)
 1950 The Damned Don't Cry
Springboard Diver (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Strather Martin

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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The Andy Devine for the Age of Anxiety."--Unknown critic See more »

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Appeared in six movies with John Wayne: The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), McLintock! (1963), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), True Grit (1969) and Rooster Cogburn (1975). See more »

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Often played grimy, unlikeable villains

Star Sign:

Aries

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