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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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 1979 Better Late Than Never (TV Movie)
J.D. Ashcroft
 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
 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 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 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 Nichols (TV Series)
Zachariah
- Zachariah (1972) ... Zachariah
 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 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 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Cowboy
- Aces and Kings (1966) ... Cowboy
 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
 1959-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Bates / Meeker
- The Gray Rock Hotel (1965) ... Bates
- Incident of the Haunted Hills (1959) ... Meeker
 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 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 Americans (TV Series)
Wadd
- The Guerrillas (1961) ... Wadd
 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 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
 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 The Web (TV Series)
- The Man Below (1957)
 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 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Cafe Waiter
- Off to Florida (1956) ... Cafe Waiter
 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
 1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Wilkins
- Barbed Wire Christmas (1955) ... Wilkins
 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 Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
Brother Daniel
- The Case of the Wholesale Burglaries (1955) ... Brother Daniel
 1954 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Pete Dutton
- The Traveling Room (1954) ... Pete Dutton
 1954 Mystery Is My Business (TV Series)
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Nick Davis
- The Boy Story ... Nick Davis
 1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Tom Blair
- The Witness (1953) ... Tom Blair (as Strather Martin)
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
 1952 Big Town (TV Series)
Paul Evans / Eddie Benson
- The Hero (1952) ... Paul Evans / Eddie Benson
 1951-1952 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- The Sheriff (1952)
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- The Trail (1952)
- Munghara (1952)
 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 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
- Prison Doctor (1951)
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Alternate Names:

Strather Martin

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

The Andy Devine for the Age of Anxiety."--Unknown critic See more »

Trivia:

No relation to Dewey Martin although erroneously claimed as such in some sources. See more »

Trademark:

Often played grimy, unlikeable villains

Star Sign:

Aries

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