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Luke Askew (I) (1932–2012)

Tall and rangy, usually sporting long mangy hair, and frequently projecting a strong and intense on-screen presence, character actor Luke Askew made a potent and lasting impression playing a substantial volume of mean and fearsome villains in both motion pictures and television shows alike in a career that spanned over forty years. Askew was born ... See full bio »


(age 80) in Portland, Oregon, USA

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 2007-2010 Big Love (TV Series)
Hollis Greene
- Blood Atonement (2010) ... Hollis Greene
- Under One Roof (2010) ... Hollis Greene
- Sacrament (2009) ... Hollis Greene
- Outer Darkness (2009) ... Hollis Greene
- Rough Edges (2009) ... Hollis Greene
 2008 Cold Case (TV Series)
Max Heidhorn '08
- Shore Leave (2008) ... Max Heidhorn '08
 2005 The 4400 (TV Series)
Lee Kendall
- Rebirth (2005) ... Lee Kendall
 2003 Everwood (TV Series)
Marvin Harrison
- Everwood Confidential (2003) ... Marvin Harrison
 1999 Vendetta (TV Movie)
William Parkerson
 1998 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Roger Dansfield
- War Cry (1998) ... Roger Dansfield
 1995 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series)
Liam Holmes
 1993 Father & Son: Dangerous Relations (TV Movie)
The Warden
 1989-1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Terry Montagne / Noah Harwood
- Thicker Than Water (1991) ... Terry Montagne
- The Sins of Castle Cove (1989) ... Noah Harwood
 1988 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Jed Wilson
- Nuevo Salvador (1988) ... Jed Wilson
 1987 MacGyver (TV Series)
Warden Renfro
- Jack in the Box (1987) ... Warden Renfro
 1987 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Ron Messer
- Pigmalion (1987) ... Ron Messer
- Oy Vey! Wilderness! (1987) ... Ron Messer
 1986 Kung Fu: The Movie (TV Movie)
Sheriff Mills
 1984 Airwolf (TV Series)
- The Truth About Holly (1984) ... Tony
 1984 Automan (TV Series)
Eric LeBlanc
- Death by Design (1984) ... Eric LeBlanc
 1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
- Olympic Quest (1984) ... Ernie
 1984 The Mississippi (TV Series)
- Wheels of Justice (1984) ... Kirby
 1983 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Brad Thurman
- The Shadow of Truth (1983) ... Brad Thurman
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
- The Ghost of Carter Gault (1983) ... McKinney
 1983 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Ron Austin
- A Nice, Indecent Little Town (1983) ... Ron Austin
 1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
- Force of Habit (1983) ... Hargrave
 1983 The Powers of Matthew Star (TV Series)
- Matthew Star D.O.A. (1983) ... Clegg
 1983 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
- Desperado (1983) ... Matt
 1978-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Turk / Union Captain Jennings / Sunglasses
- Tattoo: the Love God/Magnolia Blossoms (1979) ... Union Captain Jennings
- Carnival/The Vaudevillians (1978) ... Sunglasses
 1977-1981 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Paul Tanner / Carl DeReatis
- For Want of a Horse (1981) ... Paul Tanner
- Let Me Light the Way (1977) ... Carl DeReatis
 1979-1981 B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)
Jonah / Blackwell
- Who Is BJ? (1981) ... Jonah
- Crackers (1979) ... Blackwell
 1980 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Barney Steele
- This Lady Is Murder (1980) ... Barney Steele
 1979 How the West Was Won (TV Series)
- Hillary (1979) ... Bowdin
 1978 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
- Date with Danger: Part 2 (1978) ... Banner
- Date with Danger: Part 1 (1978) ... Banner
 1976-1977 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Benson Kelly / Robert Coffee / Al
- New Life, Old Dragons (1977) ... Benson Kelly / Robert Coffee
- Feeding Frenzy (1976) ... Al
 1977 Code R (TV Series)
- The Invaders (1977) ... Tom-Tom
 1977 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Boot Wilson
- Hang Tough (1977) ... Boot Wilson (uncredited)
 1976 The Invasion of Johnson County (TV Movie)
Deputy Sheriff Brooks
 1976 The Quest (TV Movie)
 1976 Jigsaw John (TV Series)
Billy Donager
- Eclipse (1976) ... Billy Donager
 1975-1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Blue / Nicholson
- Eamon Kinsella Royce (1976) ... Blue
- Headhunter (1975) ... Nicholson
 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
- Murder by Fire (1975) ... Todd
 1975 A Matter of Wife... and Death (TV Movie)
 1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (TV Movie)
Aaron Cord
 1974 This Is the West That Was (TV Movie)
Oscar Wellman
 1974 Cannon (TV Series)
Ben Zelko
- The Stalker (1974) ... Ben Zelko
 1974 Night Games (TV Movie)
D.D. Franklin
 1974 Manhunter (TV Movie)
Max Chabriol
 1968-1973 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Dawson / Victor Pietro Duchell
- The Fountain (1973) ... Dawson
- The Execution (1968) ... Victor Pietro Duchell
 1972 Longstreet (TV Series)
Arnold Murphy
- The Sound of Money Talking (1972) ... Arnold Murphy
 1972 The Glass House (TV Movie)
 1971 Bearcats! (TV Series)
- Man in a Cage (1971) ... Greer
 1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Sheriff Hatch
- Kingdom of Fear (1971) ... Sheriff Hatch
 1969 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Johnny Ringo
- Shadow of the Wind (1969) ... Johnny Ringo
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[about making Rolling Thunder (1977)] I received one of the best compliments ever on that film. The director, John Flynn, told me that working with me was like working with Robert Ryan, and Robert Ryan was one of my favorite actors years ago. So I asked him, "Why is that?" And he said, "Well, you can do anything--you do it by the numbers. All you gotta do is one shot and that's it." Because I am ... See more »


Used to sing blues songs in the same club (the Gaslight) as Bob Dylan in the 1960s. A 33-rpm record was issued once but sold poorly. Confessed to Philippe Garnier (in the book "Caractères") that it was not so bad because "I had lost my voice when we taped this. Had too much booze the night before . . . ". According to the same interview, his Easy Rider (1969) contract had stipulated his name ... See more »

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