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Lyle Bettger (1915–2003)


Handsome, blond-haired, steely-eyed villain in many film Westerns. He was never the grizzled outlaw, covered in trail dust. No, he was the immaculate-looking, "respectable" (but two-faced) dandy in silk damask vest, often puffing suavely on a cheroot, whose ashes he then might contemptuously flick in the hero's face. He could confront an ... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1980 M Station: Hawaii (TV Movie)
Admiral Lincoln
 1969-1980 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Jonathan Kaye / General Dexter / Dave DiMarco / ...
- Woe to Wo Fat (1980) ... General Dexter
- Labyrinth (1979) ... Dave DiMarco
- Why Won't Linda Die? (1978) ... Dr. Fleming
- Invitation to Murder (1978) ... Malcolm Rhodes
 1979 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Capt. Groden
- Nightmare in Hawaii: Part 2 (1979) ... Capt. Groden
- Nightmare in Hawaii: Part 1 (1979) ... Capt. Groden
 1973-1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Commander Tully / Sergeant Allison
- Incident in the Kill Zone (1975) ... Commander Tully
- The Violent Homecoming (1973) ... Sergeant Allison
 1973 Ironside (TV Series)
Louis Blaine
- In the Forests of the Night (1973) ... Louis Blaine
 1972 Mannix (TV Series)
Julian Mallory
- Portrait of a Hero (1972) ... Julian Mallory
 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
 1971 The Seven Minutes
Frank Griffith
 1971 This Is the Life (TV Series)
Tom
- The Scandal (1971) ... Tom
 1971 Insight (TV Series)
Art
- Man in the Middle (1971) ... Art
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Seth Wheeler
- Experiment at New Life (1970) ... Seth Wheeler
 1970 The Hawaiians
Janders
 1969/I Impasse
Hansen
 1967-1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Joseph Montgomery / Lehman Henderson
- A Tall Tale of Prater Beaseley (1969) ... Joseph Montgomery
- Delo Jones (1967) ... Lehman Henderson
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Tate Hanson
- The Deputy (1967) ... Tate Hanson
 1967 The Fastest Guitar Alive
Charlie
 1967 Return of the Gunfighter
Clay Sutton
 1967 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Dr. King
- The Creature (1967) ... Dr. King
 1966 The Time Tunnel (TV Series)
Maj. Hoffman
- Invasion (1966) ... Maj. Hoffman
 1962-1966 Bonanza (TV Series)
Jed Ferguson / Lem Partridge
- Something Hurt, Something Wild (1966) ... Jed Ferguson
- The Guilty (1962) ... Lem Partridge
 1966 Nevada Smith
Jack Rudabough
 1966 Johnny Reno
Jess Yates
 1966 Blue Light (TV Series)
The Colonel
- Traitor's Blood (1966) ... The Colonel
 1966 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Sheriff
- A Long Way Home (1966) ... Sheriff
 1965 Town Tamer
Lee Ring
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Captain Cal Donohue
- Who Killed the Rabbit's Husband? (1965) ... Captain Cal Donohue
 1965 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Brigham
- Beat the Plowshare, Edge the Sword (1965) ... Brigham
 1964 Combat! (TV Series)
Capt. Brauer
- A Rare Vintage (1964) ... Capt. Brauer
 1964 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Ed Polk
- The Kite (1964) ... Ed Polk
 1960-1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Richard Whiting / Dan Madox / Major Victor Darius
- Incident of the Dowery Dundee (1964) ... Richard Whiting
- The Blue Spy (1961) ... Dan Madox
- Incident of the Challenge (1960) ... Major Victor Darius
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Ted Johnson
- A Truce to Terror (1964) ... Ted Johnson
 1964 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Major Ben Roberts
- Graydon's Charge (1964) ... Major Ben Roberts
 1963 Grindl (TV Series)
Norman
- Grindl: Femme Fatale (1963) ... Norman
 1959-1962 Laramie (TV Series)
Leland Emory / Frank Mannus / Calvin Hawks / ...
- Beyond Justice (1962) ... Leland Emory
- The Turn of the Wheel (1962) ... Frank Mannus
- The Lawless Seven (1961) ... Calvin Hawks
- Rimrock (1961) ... Sheriff Grant McClintock
- Night of the Quiet Men (1959) ... John McCambridge
 1959-1962 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Holt Coyle / Jay Jefferson
- Skull (1962) ... Holt Coyle
 1957-1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
John Wesley Hardin / LaPorte
- Mr. Mute (1961) ... LaPorte
 1961 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Vince Ober
- Hard Justice (1961) ... Vince Ober
 1961 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
- The Trophy (1961)
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
Aces Thompson
- The Deadly Breed (1960) ... Aces Thompson
 1960 Guns of the Timberland
Clay Bell
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Phil Ross
- Moment of Fear (1960) ... Phil Ross
 1959-1960 Grand Jury (TV Series)
Harry Driscoll
- The Magazine Scandal (1960) ... Harry Driscoll
- The Guilty Victim (1960) ... Harry Driscoll
- Private Patrol (1960) ... Harry Driscoll
- Parole (1960) ... Harry Driscoll
- No Soap (1960) ... Harry Driscoll
 1959 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series)
Sheriff Max Chaffee
- Full Circle (1959) ... Sheriff Max Chaffee
 1958-1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Marshal John Welker / Sheriff Griff Evans
- The Law and the Gun (1959) ... Marshal John Welker
- Threat of Violence (1958) ... Sheriff Griff Evans
 1959 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Al Barko
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
Police captain
- The Last Night in August (1958) ... Police captain
 1957-1958 The Court of Last Resort (TV Series)
Sam Larsen / Sam Farrell
- The Allen Cutler Case (1958) ... Sam Larsen
- The Todd-Loomis Case (1958) ... Sam Larsen
- The Joel Sheldon Case (1958) ... Sam Larsen
- The Mary Morales Case (1958) ... Sam Larsen
- The Stephen Lowell Case (1958) ... Sam Larsen
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Joe Trumbell
- The Sally Potter Story (1958) ... Joe Trumbell
 1955-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Simon / Willis
- House of Glass (1957) ... Simon
- Appointment with Destiny (1955) ... Willis
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Marshal Mark Strett
- End of a Gun (1957) ... Marshal Mark Strett
 1956 Showdown at Abilene
Dave Mosely
 1956 Warner Brothers Presents (TV Series)
Harry Parker
- Explosion (1956) ... Harry Parker
 1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Sheriff Matt Saver
- Showdown at Painted Rock (1956) ... Sheriff Matt Saver
 1956 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Lester Miller
- Return from Oblivion (1956) ... Lester Miller
 1956 The Lone Ranger
Reece Kilgore
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Joe
- The Lady Gambles (1955) ... Joe
 1955 The Sea Chase
Chief Officer Kirchner
 1954 Drums Across the River
Frank Walker
 1954 Carnival Story
Frank Colloni
 1953 Forbidden
Justin Keit
 1953 All I Desire
Dutch Heinemann
 1953 The Great Sioux Uprising
Stephen Cook
 1953 The Vanquished
Roger Hale
 1952 Hurricane Smith
Clobb
 1952 Denver and Rio Grande
Johnny Buff
 1951 Dear Brat
Mr.Baxter
 1951 The First Legion
Dr. Peter Morrell
 1950 Union Station
Joe Beacom
 1950 No Man of Her Own
Stephen 'Steve' Morley
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Other Works:

Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

It was tough being a dad at that time. I remember my two sons, then seven and eight, accompanying their mom to one of my movies. I was, of course, the villain, and near the end where you have the big fight my sons yelled out, 'Gee, I hope my Daddy wins'. But they were disappointed.

Trivia:

In 1974, he moved to Paia, on the island of Maui, and retired from acting six years later. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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