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John Alderson (I) (1916–2006)

John "Basher" Alderson led a colorful life considering his origins in a mining village in the north of England. After spending all of two weeks as a miner, he lied about his age, joined the British Army and attained the rank of Major. Leaving for the US, he married a General's secretary and got into the movies, often playing villains. He played (... See full bio »

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 1990 Young Guns II
Guano Miner
 1987 The Beiderbecke Tapes (TV Mini-Series)
Tracy
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Tracy
 1987 Boon (TV Series)
Ed Slatterley
- Taken for a Ride (1987) ... Ed Slatterley
 1985 Reunion at Fairborough (TV Movie)
 1983 Automan (TV Series)
Rummy
- Club Ten ... Rummy
 1983 Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (TV Series)
Gaff Talley
- The King in Yellow (1983) ... Gaff Talley
 1980 Haywire (TV Movie)
Andrew (uncredited)
 1980 The Memory of Eva Ryker (TV Movie)
Sheriff
 1979 Tropic (TV Series)
Bert White
 1979 Sunnyside
Jack Flynn
 1978 The Wild Geese
Randy
 1978 The Cat from Outer Space
Mr. Smith
 1977 Candleshoe
Jenkins
 1977 Valentino
Cop
 1976 Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (TV Movie)
Moose Matlock
 1975-1976 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Turnbull / Henry Holbrook
- A Matter of Faith (1976) ... Turnbull
- Money Crop (1975) ... Henry Holbrook
 1975 Swiss Family Robinson (TV Series)
Fogerty
- The Castaway (1975) ... Fogerty
 1975 The Log of the Black Pearl (TV Movie)
Eric Kort
 1974 Klansman
Vernon Hodo
 1974 Blazing Saddles
Gum Chewer (uncredited)
 1973 Hec Ramsey (TV Series)
Walter Brewster
- A Hard Road to Vengeance (1973) ... Walter Brewster
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Wray
- The Third Man (1973) ... Wray
 1973 Play for Today (TV Series)
Audrey's Husband
- Kisses at Fifty (1973) ... Audrey's Husband
 1972 Fear Is the Key
Tanner (uncredited)
 1972 The Onedin Line (TV Series)
Bosun
- A Woman Alone (1972) ... Bosun
 1972 Top of the Heap
Captain Walsh
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Granger (segment "Lindemann's Catch")
- Lindemann's Catch/A Feast of Blood/The Late Mr. Peddington (1972) ... Granger (segment "Lindemann's Catch")
 1971 The Persuaders! (TV Series)
Kyle Sandor
- Angie... Angie (1971) ... Kyle Sandor
 1971 Brett (TV Series)
Adams
- Welcome to the City (1971) ... Adams
 1971 A Kiss Is Just a Kiss (TV Movie)
Al Baur
 1971 The Deserter
O'Toole
 1970 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Follet
- Hunted (1970) ... Follet
 1970 Mogul (TV Series)
Ed Brockhauser
- Let's See the Colour of Your Money (1970) ... Ed Brockhauser
 1970 You Can't Win 'Em All
U.S. Army major
 1970 The Borderers (TV Series)
The Sea-Cole Man
- The Sea-Cole Man (1970) ... The Sea-Cole Man
 1970 Marty Amok (TV Movie)
 1970 The Molly Maguires
Jenkins
 1969 Mannix (TV Series)
Sam Tallis
- Last Rites for Miss Emma (1969) ... Sam Tallis
 1968 Hellfighters
Jim Hatch
 1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Baron
- A Man of Value (1968) ... Baron
 1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Sheriff
- Look for the Hound Dog (1968) ... Sheriff
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Molsen
- Jai's Amnesia (1967) ... Molsen
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Clive Marchmount
- The Night of the Falcon (1967) ... Clive Marchmount
 1967 Green Acres (TV Series)
Corporal
- Das Lumpen (1967) ... Corporal
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
MacIntosh
- Tanner (1967) ... MacIntosh
 1967 Double Trouble
Iceman
 1966 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Swede
- The Death Wind (1966) ... Swede
 1966 I Deal in Danger
Gorleck
 1964-1966 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
John Tunstall / Hank Butterford / Hugh Glass / ...
- An Organ for Brother Brigham (1966) ... Hank Butterford
- Hugh Glass Meets the Bear (1966) ... Hugh Glass
- From the Earth, a Heritage (1964) ... Joe Meek
 1966 Blue Light (TV Series)
Gorleck
- The Last Man (1966) ... Gorleck
 1966 I Spy (TV Series)
Koski
- The Barter (1966) ... Koski
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Sgt. Dunbar
- The Slaughter Pen (1966) ... Sgt. Dunbar
 1961-1965 Bonanza (TV Series)
Hugh Gwylnedd / Montague
- Five Sundowns to Sunup (1965) ... Hugh Gwylnedd
- The Countess (1961) ... Montague
 1965 The War Lord
Holbracht
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Jenkins
- The Gazebo in the Maze Affair (1965) ... Jenkins
 1965 Strange Bedfellows
The Truck Driver (uncredited)
 1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Bill
- Money Is for Burning (1965) ... Bill
 1964 My Fair Lady
Jamie - Doolittle's crony (uncredited)
 1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Round-Face
- The City Beneath the Sea (1964) ... Round-Face
 1964 Combat! (TV Series)
Sgt. Rawlings
- What Are the Bugles Blowin' For?: Part 2 (1964) ... Sgt. Rawlings
- What Are the Bugles Blowin' For?: Part 1 (1964) ... Sgt. Rawlings
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
The 3rd Guard
- Final Escape (1964) ... The 3rd Guard
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Bartender
- Journey into Darkness (1963) ... Bartender
 1963 Cleopatra
Roman Officer (uncredited)
 1963 Donovan's Reef
Officer (uncredited)
 1955-1963 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Canby / Ab Laster / Nash
- Blind Man's Bluff (1963) ... Canby
- Sweet and Sour (1957) ... Ab Laster
- General Parsley Smith (1955) ... Nash
 1963 The Hook
Crewman Svenson
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Mr. Larkin
- Tell Me When You Get to Heaven (1963) ... Mr. Larkin
 1959-1962 Maverick (TV Series)
Simon Girty / Captain Bly / Zindler / ...
- The Art Lovers (1961) ... Captain Bly
- Benefit of the Doubt (1961) ... Zindler
- Passage to Fort Doom (1959) ... Ben Chapman
 1962 Bronco (TV Series)
Francis Randolph
- A Town That Lived and Died (1962) ... Francis Randolph
 1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Gage
- Who Lives by the Gun (1962) ... Gage
 1958-1962 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Rusty Doggett / Max Clay
- Justice in Hell (1962) ... Rusty Doggett
- Duel at Florence (1958) ... Max Clay
 1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Grote
- The Canada Run (1962) ... Grote
 1961 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Mervin Taggert
- The Longest Crap Game in History (1961) ... Mervin Taggert
 1959-1961 Laramie (TV Series)
Burrows / George Hanover
- Siege at Jubilee (1961) ... Burrows
- The Run to Tumavaca (1959) ... George Hanover
 1960-1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Sean Casey / Darcy / Palsson / ...
- The Reluctant Hero (1961) ... Sean Casey
- Flamin' Lady (1961) ... Darcy
- The Jonah Stone (1961) ... Palsson
- The Color of Venom (1960) ... Harry Pine
 1961 Romanoff and Juliet
Randle Wix
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Sgt.M Browne
- Marking Time (1961) ... Sgt.M Browne
 1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
 1959-1960 The Texan (TV Series)
Jake / Swede Yocum
- Badman (1960) ... Jake
- Return to Friendly (1959) ... Swede Yocum
 1959 Lawman (TV Series)
Jack Brace
- The Shelter (1959) ... Jack Brace
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Miguel
- The Power and the Glory (1959) ... Miguel
 1958-1959 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Sgt. Duncan MacGregor / Sergeant McDonald
- The Swamp Fox: Brother Against Brother (1959) ... Sergeant McDonald
- The Swamp Fox: The Birth of the Swamp Fox (1959) ... Sergeant McDonald
- Texas John Slaughter: Killers from Kansas (1959) ... Sgt. Duncan MacGregor
- Texas John Slaughter: Ambush in Laredo (1958) ... Sgt. Duncan MacGregor
- Texas John Slaughter (1958) ... Sgt. Duncan MacGregor
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Big Sam Davis
- The Hotel (1959) ... Big Sam Davis
 1959 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Captain
- Queen of Dixie (1959) ... Captain
 1959 Border Patrol (TV Series)
Curley
- Time Out (1959) ... Curley
 1959 No Name on the Bullet
Chaffee
 1959 Hudson's Bay (TV Series)
Boggs
- Black Barrier (1959) ... Boggs
 1958 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Marble Fingers
- Marble Fingers (1958) ... Marble Fingers
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Dolph Parker / Slater / Sorley Boy McDonald
- Bridal Bouquet (1958) ... Dolph Parker
- The Marshal (1958) ... Slater
- Sorley Boy (1958) ... Sorley Boy McDonald
 1956-1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Inspector Karsiak / Attendant
- The Crocodile Case (1958) ... Inspector Karsiak
- The Gentleman from America (1956) ... Attendant
 1958 The Young Lions
Cpl. Kraus (uncredited)
 1957-1958 Boots and Saddles (TV Series)
Sgt. Bullock
- The Decision (1958) ... Sgt. Bullock
- The Captain's Leave (1958) ... Sgt. Bullock
- Weight of Command (1958) ... Sgt. Bullock
- The Holdout (1958) ... Sgt. Bullock
- Iron John (1958) ... Sgt. Bullock
 1957 Don't Go Near the Water
Lt. Cmdr. Diplock
 1957 The Last Stagecoach West
Angus MacKendrick
 1957 Something of Value
Policeman (uncredited)
 1957 Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend
Clyde Walters
 1956-1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Jagger / Patrolman Ben Steiner / Tim Hogan
- Big Sombrero (1957) ... Jagger
- Call for Help (1957) ... Patrolman Ben Steiner
- Timberland Preacher (1956) ... Tim Hogan
 1957 Spoilers of the Forest
Big Jack Milna
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
 1957 Conflict (TV Series)
 1956 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Corporal Durkin
- Death Watch (1956) ... Corporal Durkin
 1956 The Adventures of Hiram Holliday (TV Series)
Policeman
- Lapidary Wheel (1956) ... Policeman
 1953-1956 You Are There (TV Series)
Thomas Burkitt / Virgil Earp / First Soldier
- The Boston Tea Party (December 12, 1773) (1953) ... First Soldier
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Swede
- High Air (1956) ... Swede
 1956 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Beef Simpkins
- Quicksand (1956) ... Beef Simpkins
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Barker
- Banana Boat to Blanca Cay (1956) ... Barker
 1955 Crusader (TV Series)
Stoker
- Sea Voyage (1955) ... Stoker
 1955 Kings Row (TV Series)
Mike Polich
- Introduction to Erica (1955) ... Mike Polich
 1955 Target Zero
Cpl. Devon Enoch
 1954-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Blunt
- On Leave (1955)
- The Argonauts (1955) ... Mr. Blunt
 1955 To Catch a Thief
Detective at the Costume Ball (uncredited)
 1955 The Scarlet Coat
Mr. Durkin
 1955 Moonfleet
Greening
 1955 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Willie
- Thunder on the Hill (1955) ... Willie
 1955 Violent Saturday
Amish Farmer on Train (uncredited)
 1955 City Detective (TV Series)
Hill
- The Derelict (1955) ... Hill
 1955 Medic (TV Series)
Stan Janochek
- Mercy Wears an Apron (1955) ... Stan Janochek
 1954 King Richard and the Crusaders
Mob Leader (uncredited)
 1954 Living It Up
Yankee Catcher (uncredited)
 1954 Casanova's Big Night
Outside Guard (uncredited)
 1954 Knock on Wood
English Bobby (uncredited)
 1953-1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
- The Absent Host (1954)
- John Yankee (1953)
 1952-1953 Space Patrol (TV Series)
Bolen / Danton / Butler
- The Space Patrol Microscope (1953) ... Bolen
- The Human Targets (1953) ... Danton
- Frontier Epidemic (1952) ... Butler
 1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
 1953 Julius Caesar
Citizen of Rome (uncredited)
 1953 The Desert Rats
Corporal (uncredited)
 1952 Against All Flags
Jonathan Harris
 1952 Plymouth Adventure
Salterne (uncredited)
 1951 The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
German Sergeant / Hospital Staffer (uncredited)
 1951 The Highwayman
British Soldier (uncredited)
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Was an expert horseman and appeared in many film and TV westerns. He starred in his own western series as Sgt. Bullock in Boots and Saddles (1957). See more »

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