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John Archer (I) (1915–1999)

Born Ralph Bowman, the future film and TV star moved to California with his family when he was five; he attended Hollywood High and the University of Southern California. He first set his sights on a job behind the camera, taking a cinematography course at USC, but then couldn't even land an entry-level position. He later drifted into acting, on ... See full bio »

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 2003 Claverdeek (Short)
Claverdeek
 1996 Command & Conquer: Red Alert (Video Game)
Soviet Soldier
 1986 The Little Sister
Warehouse Cop
 1985 L'anniversaire de Georges (Short)
L'oncle
 1977 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (TV Series)
Gentleman
- Chapter XIII (1977) ... Gentleman
 1976 Amelia Earhart (TV Movie)
Dr. Paterson
 1974 Thursday's Game (TV Movie)
Mr. Wood
 1973 Columbo (TV Series)
Paul
- Requiem for a Falling Star (1973) ... Paul
 1972 Class of '55 (TV Movie)
 1971 How to Frame a Figg
Gerard
 1969-1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Professor Appleton / Dr. Evans
- From Hrûska, with Love (1971) ... Professor Appleton
- A Bullet for Mark (1969) ... Dr. Evans
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Charles Talbot
- Together Again, for the Last Time (1970) ... Charles Talbot
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Mr. Reeder
- The Garden (1970) ... Mr. Reeder
 1969 The Outsider (TV Series)
Businessman
- Service for One (1969) ... Businessman
 1969 Mannix (TV Series)
Judge John Leigh
- The Solid Gold Web (1969) ... Judge John Leigh
 1962-1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Marshal Vern Ludlow / Prosecutor / Dave Sinclair / ...
- A World Full of Cannibals (1968) ... Marshal Vern Ludlow
- The Crime of Johnny Mule (1968) ... Prosecutor
- Ballad of the Ponderosa (1966) ... Dave Sinclair
- The Dilemma (1965) ... Powell
- The Last Haircut (1963) ... Wilson Reed
 1961-1968 Lassie (TV Series)
Dr. Ed Bryce / Kirby Norman / Major Thornton
- Hanford's Point: Part 3 (1968) ... Dr. Ed Bryce
- Hanford's Point: Part 2 (1968) ... Dr. Ed Bryce (credit only)
- Hanford's Point: Part 1 (1968) ... Dr. Ed Bryce (credit only)
- A Time of Decision (1967) ... Kirby Norman
- Lassie's Busy Day (1967) ... Kirby Norman
 1966-1967 Batman (TV Series)
Captain Carlisle / Guest
- Ice Spy (1967) ... Captain Carlisle
- A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away (1966) ... Guest (uncredited)
 1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Connally / Paul Nelson
- Girl on the Glass Mountain (1966) ... Connally
- Beloved Outlaw (1966) ... Paul Nelson
 1957-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Harry Arnold / Burt Farwell / J. R. Bradbury / ...
- The Case of the Candy Queen (1965) ... Harry Arnold
- The Case of the Red Riding Boots (1960) ... Burt Farwell
- The Case of the Lucky Legs (1959) ... J. R. Bradbury
- The Case of the Sardonic Sergeant (1958) ... Major Frank Lessing
- The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece (1957) ... Frank Maddox
 1965 I Saw What You Did
John Austin
 1964 McHale's Navy (TV Series)
George Gregory
- Fuji's Big Romance (1964) ... George Gregory
 1964 Apache Rifles
Col. Perry
 1964 This Is the Life (TV Series)
Turner
- Out of Bondage (1964) ... Turner
 1962-1964 Hazel (TV Series)
Mr. Belomont / Mr. Johnson / John Lucius
- The Reluctant Witness (1964) ... Mr. Belomont
- Hazel Scores a Touchdown (1963) ... Mr. Johnson
- Hazel's Cousin (1962) ... John Lucius
 1964 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Adam Ballard
- The Guardian (1964) ... Adam Ballard
 1961-1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Jonathan Lott / Matt Kirby
- The Sandra Cummings Story (1963) ... Jonathan Lott
- The Prairie Story (1961) ... Matt Kirby
 1962-1963 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Donald Abbott / Gerald Meade
- Boar Hunt (1963) ... Donald Abbott
- Big Fever (1962) ... Gerald Meade
 1961-1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Thayer / David Wiley
- The Raiders (1962) ... Thayer
- The Cold Cash Caper (1961) ... David Wiley
 1960-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Grant Reynolds / Dean Chase / Pete
- Who Lives by the Gun (1962) ... Grant Reynolds
- That Washburn Girl (1961) ... Dean Chase
- The Outlaw's Wife (1960) ... Pete
 1961-1962 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Wilbur Law / Arnold Henderson
- The Artful Deceit (1962) ... Wilbur Law
- Race Against Time (1961) ... Arnold Henderson
 1961 87th Precinct (TV Series)
James Mencken
- Killer's Payoff (1961) ... James Mencken
 1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Trooper Bill Padgett
- Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (1961) ... Trooper Bill Padgett
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Maj. John Reidinger
- The Devil's Necklace: Part 2 (1961) ... Maj. John Reidinger
- The Devil's Necklace: Part 1 (1961) ... Maj. John Reidinger
 1961 Coronado 9 (TV Series)
Roger Nash
- Three's a Shroud (1961) ... Roger Nash
 1961 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Ben Webster
- The Reversed Blade (1961) ... Ben Webster
 1960 Men Into Space (TV Series)
- Mystery Satellite (1960) ... (uncredited)
 1960 Sea Hunt (TV Series)
Jack Clayton
- Synthetic Hero (1960) ... Jack Clayton
 1960 Lock Up (TV Series)
Mark Clayton
- Murder Is a Gamble (1960) ... Mark Clayton
 1957-1960 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Prescott / Colonel Ted Wilson
- Home Is the Brave (1960) ... Prescott
- Test of Courage (1957) ... Colonel Ted Wilson
 1960 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Joe Holman
- Phantom Trail (1960) ... Joe Holman
 1960 Riverboat (TV Series)
Dunnigan
- The Fight at New Canal (1960) ... Dunnigan
 1960 The Man and the Challenge (TV Series)
Captain Morris / Sawyer
- Recovery (1960) ... Captain Morris
- Killer River (1960) ... Sawyer
 1960 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Charlie
- Olive's Dream Man (1960) ... Charlie
 1960 Philip Marlowe (TV Series)
Jeff Varden
- A Standard for Murder (1960) ... Jeff Varden
 1959 M Squad (TV Series)
Brad Morgan
- Another Face, Another Life (1959) ... Brad Morgan
 1959 Laramie (TV Series)
Arnold DeWalt
- The Run to Tumavaca (1959) ... Arnold DeWalt
 1959 Border Patrol (TV Series)
Chief
- The Deadman's Float (1959) ... Chief
 1959 This Man Dawson (TV Series)
- The Assassin (1959)
 1959 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Jim
- Wanted: Dead (1959) ... Jim
 1959 How to Marry a Millionaire (TV Series)
Tony Marsh
- A Husband for Julia (1959) ... Tony Marsh
 1959 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Roland
- Doll Trouble (1959) ... Roland
 1959 State Trooper (TV Series)
Cliff Bateman
- Pistols for Two (1959) ... Cliff Bateman
 1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Fred Pauson
- Forty Five Fathoms, Dead or Alive (1959) ... Fred Pauson
 1959 City of Fear
Lt. Mark Richards
 1959 Mackenzie's Raiders (TV Series)
Sam Whitfield
- Drought (1959) ... Sam Whitfield
 1958 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series)
John Archer
- The Bachelor (1958) ... John Archer
 1958 Broken Arrow (TV Series)
Major Stone
- War Trail (1958) ... Major Stone
 1957-1958 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
Bill Lear
- Bob Goes to the Moon (1958) ... Bill Lear
- Bob Goes Birdwatching (1958) ... Bill Lear
- Bob Meets Bill Lear (1957) ... Bill Lear
 1957-1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Jim Maston / Clint
- J. Jimmerson Jones, Inc. (1958) ... Jim Maston
- Little Lost Man (1957) ... Clint
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series)
Clay Welles
- A Time to Cry (1958) ... Clay Welles
 1958 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Ad Masters
- The Freighter (1958) ... Ad Masters
 1955-1957 Navy Log (TV Series)
Commander Welby / Lieutenant Commander Vance Crawford / Skipper
- The Amateurs (1957) ... Commander Welby
- Dr. Van (1956) ... Lieutenant Commander Vance Crawford
- Hiya Pam (1955) ... Skipper
 1957 Decision at Sundown
Dr. John Storrow
 1957 The Silent Service (TV Series)
Crowley
- The Flier Story (1957) ... Crowley
- The Wahoo Story (1957)
 1957 The George Sanders Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Francis Parnell
- And the Birds Still Sing (1957) ... Francis Parnell
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series)
Det. Sgt. Robert Peters
- Gold in an Old Tin Can (1957) ... Det. Sgt. Robert Peters
 1957 Ten Thousand Bedrooms
Bob Dudley
 1957 She Devil
Barton Kendall
 1957 Affair in Reno
Tony Lamarr
 1956 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Lucky Malloy
- A Night in Monte Carlo (1956) ... Lucky Malloy
 1956 Emergency Hospital
Dr. Herb Ellis
 1956 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Walter Light
- How to Handle a Boss (1956) ... Walter Light
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Wallace
- Apples on the Lilac Tree (1956) ... Dr. Wallace
 1955-1956 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Prof. Arthur Gress / Police Lt. Mike Redding
- The Phantom Car (1956) ... Prof. Arthur Gress
- 100 Years Young (1955) ... Police Lt. Mike Redding
 1956 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
B.J. Andrews / Magistrate Halleck
- Uncle Sam's C Men (1956) ... B.J. Andrews
- Night Court (1956) ... Magistrate Halleck
 1956 Rock Around the Clock
Mike Dodd
 1955 No Man's Woman
Harlow Grant
 1955 Crossroads (TV Series)
Ramsey Carr
- Shadow of God (1955) ... Ramsey Carr
 1955 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Rensch
- Gusher City (1955) ... Rensch
 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Barney Wallace
- The Direct Approach (1955) ... Barney Wallace
 1955 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
L.H. Musgrove
- L.H. Musgrove (1955) ... L.H. Musgrove
 1954-1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Gene Vernon / Perry Blodgett
- The Case of Mrs. Bannister (1955) ... Gene Vernon
- On Your Honor, Your Honor (1954) ... Perry Blodgett
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Tom Williams
- The Amy Moore Story (1955) ... Tom Williams
 1951-1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Run to the Magic (1954)
- Silver Service (1951)
 1954 Dragon's Gold
Mack Rossiter
 1954 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Haunted (1954)
 1954 Mayor of the Town (TV Series)
Steele
- Minnie's Romance (1954) ... Steele
 1953 Footlights Theater (TV Series)
Martin Baxter
- Life, Liberty and Orrin Dooley (1953) ... Martin Baxter
 1953 America for Me (Short)
Rodeo Cowboy
 1953 The Stars Are Singing
Dave Parish
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Mrs. Genius (1953)
 1952 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Martin Baxter
- Life, Liberty and Orrin Dooley (1952) ... Martin Baxter
 1952 Sea Tiger
Ben McGrun
 1952 A Yank in Indo-China
Mulvaney
 1952 The Unexpected (TV Series)
Author
- The Man from Yesterday (1952) ... Author
 1952 Rodeo
Slim Martin
 1952 The Big Trees
Frenchy LeCroix
 1951 My Favorite Spy
Henderson
 1951 Best of the Badmen
Curley Ringo
 1951 Home Town Story
Don (uncredited)
 1951 Santa Fe
Clint Canfield
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Bad Guy (1951)
 1950 High Lonesome
Pat Farrell
 1950 The Great Jewel Robber
Police Detective Lou Sampter
 1950 Destination Moon
Jim Barnes
 1950 Fireside Theatre (TV Series) (segment "Dinner for Three")
- Dinner for Three/The Devil's Due (1950) ... (segment "Dinner for Three")
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- Bad Guy (1950)
 1949 Colorado Territory
Reno Blake
 1949 Your Show Time (TV Series)
- The Real Thing (1949)
 1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster
FBI Agent Kerrigan
 1944 The Eve of St. Mark
Pvt. Carter
 1943 No Exceptions (Short)
Letter Writing Soldier / Narrator
 1943 Guadalcanal Diary
Lt. Thurmond
 1943 Crash Dive
Curly Bowman (uncredited)
 1943 Shantytown
Bill Allen
 1943 Sherlock Holmes in Washington
Naval Lt. Pete Merriam
 1943 The Purple V
Jimmy Thorne
 1943 Hello Frisco, Hello
Ned Clark
 1942 Bowery at Midnight
Richard Dennison
 1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Dr. Robert Redmond (uncredited)
 1942 Scattergood Survives a Murder
Dunker Gilson
 1942 Police Bullets
Prof. J. Thomas Quincy
 1942 Hi, Neighbor
Dr. Hall
 1941 Sucker List (Short)
William 'Bill' Allen
 1941 Mountain Moonlight
Dr. Ed
 1941 Paper Bullets
Bob Elliott
 1941 The People vs. Dr. Kildare
Intern (uncredited)
 1941 City of Missing Girls
James Horton
 1941 Cheers for Miss Bishop
Richard Clark (as Ralph Bowman)
 1941 Scattergood Baines
Johnny Bones
 1940 Barnyard Follies
Jeff Hill (as Ralph Bowman)
 1940 Curtain Call
Ted Palmer
 1939 Career
Ray Cruthers
 1938 Spring Madness
Dartmouth College Student (uncredited)
 1938 Overland Stage Raiders
Bob Whitney (as Ralph Bowman)
 1938 Dick Tracy Returns
Mr. Clark (uncredited)
 1938 Letter of Introduction
Reporter (uncredited)
 1938 Flaming Frontiers
Tom Grant (as Ralph Bowman)
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(9/44-4/45) Radio: Voice of "The Shadow". See more »

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Alternate Names:

Ralph Bowman
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Personal Quote:

"I didn't give the business up, it gave me up. I had a nice career and I felt that I should move along, so I went into something else which I enjoyed very much. In the sixties I went into the trucking business with my brother and we built that sucker up to quite an important arena in Los Angeles. I'd always go back and do a TV show if anybody hollered, but then I lost my agent and I just became ... See more »

Trivia:

Lost the lead role in the film The Egg and I (1947) to Fred MacMurray. See more »

Star Sign:

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