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Lonny Chapman (1920–2007)

Utilitarian actor Lonny Chapman remains one of those highly familiar character faces to which you can't quite place the name. While he appeared in over 30 films and well over 300 TV programs over a five-decade career, the theater remained his first and foremost passion and for which he is best remembered. From 1973 until his death 34 years later, ... See full bio »

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 2003 The Hunted
Zander
 2000 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Timothy O'Leary
- This Old Spouse (2000) ... Timothy O'Leary
 1998 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)
- Pilot (1998)
 1997 Nightwatch
Johnson, Old Watchman
 1985-1993 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Frank Hemet / Addison Langley / Jack Bowen
- Dead Eye (1993) ... Frank Hemet
- Indian Giver (1987) ... Addison Langley
- Dead Heat (1985) ... Jack Bowen
 1989-1991 Matlock (TV Series)
Sheriff Harry Casey / John Donovan
- The Dame (1991) ... Sheriff Harry Casey
- The Thoroughbred (1989) ... John Donovan
 1991 The Rape of Doctor Willis (TV Movie)
Dr. McMahon
 1990 The China Lake Murders (TV Movie)
 1989 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Clancy
- My Shining Hour (1989) ... Clancy
 1987 Stingray (TV Series)
Chuck Mitchell
- One Way Ticket to the End of the Line (1987) ... Chuck Mitchell
 1987 The A-Team (TV Series)
Henderson
- Without Reservations (1987) ... Henderson
 1986 52 Pick-Up
Jim O'Boyle
 1986 Riptide (TV Series)
Sheriff Emile Caine
- Echoes (1986) ... Sheriff Emile Caine
 1982-1985 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Big Ed / Sheriff
- Semi-Catastrophe (1985) ... Big Ed
- Reluctant Traveling Companion (1982) ... Sheriff
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Edgar Ellsworth
- Trials (1984) ... Edgar Ellsworth
 1984 Matt Houston (TV Series)
- Houston Is Dead (1984)
 1983 The Yellow Rose (TV Series)
Del Horton
- Trail's End (1983) ... Del Horton
- Moving Targets (1983) ... Del Horton
- Breaking Trail (1983) ... Del Horton
 1979-1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Peter Jenkins / Police Detective
- All About Everett (1983) ... Peter Jenkins
- Flashback (1979) ... Police Detective
 1983 Cave In! (TV Movie)
Walt Charles
 1983 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Falker
- Knight Moves (1983) ... Falker
 1983 Who Will Love My Children? (TV Movie)
Milton Hammond
 1977-1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Mr. Tourneau / Jack LaFollette / Police Sgt. Ernie Spool / ...
- Across the Line (1982) ... Mr. Tourneau
- For Want of a Horse (1981) ... Jack LaFollette
- Vigil of Fear (1981) ... Police Sgt. Ernie Spool
- Unhappy Hour (1980) ... Robert Waite
- Promises to Keep (1979) ... Dr. Jim Jordan
 1982 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
FBI Agent Grover
- The Ten Thousand Dollar Deductible (1982) ... FBI Agent Grover
 1982 The Rainmaker (TV Movie)
 1982 The Border
Andy
 1981 Amy
Virgil Goodloe
 1981 Vega$ (TV Series)
James Rayborn
- Backlash (1981) ... James Rayborn
 1980 Running Scared
Pa Beecher (as Lonnie Chapman)
 1980 When Time Ran Out...
Kelly
 1980 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
J.J. Hendren
- Deathmask (1980) ... J.J. Hendren
 1979 Blind Ambition (TV Mini-Series)
L. Patrick Gray
 1979 Hanging by a Thread (TV Movie)
Charles Minton
 1979 Norma Rae
Gardner (as Lonnie Chapman)
 1979 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (TV Series)
 1978 Terror Out of the Sky (TV Movie)
Earl Logan
 1978 Lawman Without a Gun (TV Movie)
Sheriff Harvey Johnson
 1978 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Eddie Cobb
- Pom Pom Angels (1978) ... Eddie Cobb
 1978 The American Girls (TV Series)
- Firefly (1978)
 1978 The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
Louis the Gambler
 1978 The Runaways (TV Series)
Ray Farris
- Lies We Live With (1978) ... Ray Farris
 1978 Police Story (TV Series)
Commissioner Martin
- No Margin for Error (1978) ... Commissioner Martin
 1978 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
Hopewell International Chairman
- The Man Who Wouldn't Tell (1978) ... Hopewell International Chairman (uncredited)
 1978 Black Beauty (TV Mini-Series)
Samuel Livingston
 1977 The Oregon Trail (TV Series)
Coe Webster
- The Waterhole (1977) ... Coe Webster
 1977 Riding High (TV Movie)
 1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (TV Movie)
Eddie Duncan (as Lonnie Chapman)
 1977 Nashville 99 (TV Series)
Dave Hargrove
- The Fallen Idol (1977) ... Dave Hargrove
 1976 Moving Violation
Sheriff Rankin
 1976 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
- A Slower Beat (1976)
 1976 Bronk (TV Series)
Captain Miller
- The Deadlier Sex (1976) ... Captain Miller
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Lt. Follmer
- A House of Prayer, a Den of Thieves (1975) ... Lt. Follmer
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
 1970-1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Carter / Sheriff / Mr. Kaufman
- One Last Rebellion (1975) ... Carter
- Time of Darkness (1973) ... Sheriff
- The Combatants (1970) ... Mr. Kaufman
 1975 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Mr. Hale
- Merchants of Death (1975) ... Mr. Hale
 1972-1975 McCloud (TV Series)
Forman / Kramer / Gabe Lester
- Fire! (1975) ... Forman
- The Concrete Jungle Caper (1974) ... Kramer
- A Little Plot at Tranquil Valley (1972) ... Gabe Lester
 1975 The Family Holvak (TV Series)
Hopkins
- First Love: Part 2 (1975) ... Hopkins
 1975 The Last Survivors (TV Movie)
David Broadhead
 1973-1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Arnie Brody / Crater
- Cliffy (1975) ... Arnie Brody
- Easy Money (1973) ... Crater
 1972-1974 Ironside (TV Series)
Jason Mowbray / Harry Amstead
- Speak No Evil (1974) ... Jason Mowbray
- Buddy, Can You Spare a Life? (1972) ... Harry Amstead
 1974 Earthquake
L.A.P.D. Captain (uncredited)
 1973-1974 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Frank Brannen / Fred Benson / Harry Walker
- Return of the Big Cat: Part 2 (1974) ... Frank Brannen
- Return of the Big Cat: Part 1 (1974) ... Frank Brannen
- Run, Cougar, Run: Part 2 (1973) ... Harry Walker
 1974 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)
Joe Garfield
- Winners and Losers (1974) ... Joe Garfield
 1974 Return of the Big Cat (TV Movie)
Frank Brannen
 1974 Planet of the Apes (TV Series)
Polar
- The Good Seeds (1974) ... Polar
 1974 Kodiak (TV Series)
- Death Chase (1974)
 1974 Hurricane (TV Movie)
Pappy
 1974 Big Rose: Double Trouble (TV Movie)
Lieutenant John Moore
 1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Richards
- To Keep and Bear Arms (1974) ... Richards
 1974 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Everett Graham
- The Carrier (1974) ... Everett Graham
 1974 The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton (TV Movie)
Fred Benson
 1973 Cotter
 1973 Running Wild
Senator Frank Coombs
 1973 Hunter (TV Movie)
Albert Treadway
 1972 Run, Cougar, Run
Harry Walker
 1972 Visions... (TV Movie)
Martin Binzech
 1972 Banacek (TV Series)
Bartender
- Detour to Nowhere (1972) ... Bartender (uncredited)
 1972 Mannix (TV Series)
Phil Rand
- A Walk in the Shadows (1972) ... Phil Rand
 1972 The Screaming Woman (TV Movie)
Police Sergeant
 1972 The Cowboys
Homer's Father
 1972 Cade's County (TV Series)
Kettenbach
- Shakedown (1972) ... Kettenbach
 1972 Longstreet (TV Series)
Lieutenant Crane
- Let the Memories Be Happy Ones (1972) ... Lieutenant Crane
 1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Joe Perino
- Cross-Match (1971) ... Joe Perino
 1971 Welcome Home, Soldier Boys
Danny's Father
 1971 Rod Serling's Night Gallery (TV Series)
Father (segment "Silent Snow, Secret Snow")
- The Phantom Farmhouse/Silent Snow, Secret Snow (1971) ... Father (segment "Silent Snow, Secret Snow")
 1967-1971 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Lt. Bill Orcott / Edward Hughes
- Shape-Up (1971) ... Lt. Bill Orcott
- The Traitor (1967) ... Edward Hughes
 1971 Marriage: Year One (TV Movie)
Phil
 1971 The Interns (TV Series)
McElhenny
- The Secret (1971) ... McElhenny
 1970 I Walk the Line
Bascomb
 1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
George Barton
- First: No Harm to the Patient (1970) ... George Barton
 1970 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Fowler
- The Glass Prison (1970) ... Fowler
 1970 Men at Law (TV Series)
Jacobs
- Murph Collins vs. Tomorrow (1970) ... Jacobs
 1966-1970 Bonanza (TV Series)
Major Paul Colter / William 'Will' Smith
- The Weary Willies (1970) ... Major Paul Colter
- The Genius (1966) ... William 'Will' Smith
 1966-1969 The Virginian (TV Series)
Weasel Willie Burr / Carl Luther / Donovan Young / ...
- The Long Ride Home (1969) ... Weasel Willie Burr
- Last Grave at Socorro Creek (1969) ... Carl Luther
- Without Mercy (1967) ... Donovan Young
- Chaff in the Wind (1966) ... Clemmet Ellis
 1969 Take the Money and Run
Jake - Convict
 1969 The Outcasts (TV Series)
Cecil
- Gideon (1969) ... Cecil
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Ralph Currier
- The Bobby Currier Story (1969) ... Ralph Currier
 1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
District Attorney Jack Martin
- The Poisoned Tree (1969) ... District Attorney Jack Martin
 1968 The Stalking Moon
Purdue
 1967-1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Newspaper Editor O'Brian / Sheriff Tom Landry
- A Difference of Opinion (1968) ... Newspaper Editor O'Brian
- Message at Noon (1967) ... Sheriff Tom Landry
 1968 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Lt. Wheeler
- The Teeth of the Barracuda (1968) ... Lt. Wheeler
 1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Jack Dobbs / Cody Grell
- The Buffalo Man (1967) ... Jack Dobbs
- Plunder! (1967) ... Cody Grell
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
Henry Taylor
- The 3:10 to a Lynching Brief (1967) ... Henry Taylor
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Ike Bridger
- Grapes of Grass Valley (1967) ... Ike Bridger
 1967 Hour of the Gun
Turkey Creek Johnson
 1967 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Buzzer
- Major Horace Bell (1967) ... Buzzer (as Lonnie Chapman)
 1967 A Covenant with Death
Musgrave
 1966 The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones (TV Movie)
Roy
 1966 The Road West (TV Series)
Sergeant
- Lone Woman (1966) ... Sergeant
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Tommy Alperts
- The Man Who Owned Everyone (1966) ... Tommy Alperts
 1963-1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Sipes / Dove Bailey / Wade
- Parson Comes to Town (1966) ... Sipes
- Outlaw's Woman (1965) ... Dove Bailey
- Tell Chester (1963) ... Wade
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Jock Sims
- Ill Wind (1966) ... Jock Sims
 1966 The Loner (TV Series)
Chad Mitchell
- The Burden of the Badge (1966) ... Chad Mitchell
 1965 Laredo (TV Series)
Julius
- The Heroes of San Gill (1965) ... Julius
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Lou Stakley
- What Can You Do with a Wounded Tiger? (1965) ... Lou Stakley
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Frank Malloy
- A Competent Witness (1965) ... Frank Malloy
- Any Benevolent Purpose (1965) ... Frank Malloy
- Seized, Confined and Detained (1965) ... Frank Malloy
- With Intent to Influence (1965) ... Frank Malloy
- The Right to Kill (1965) ... Frank Malloy
 1961-1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
District Attorney / Barney Fox / District Attorney O'Hara / ...
- Eyewitness (1965) ... Barney Fox
- A Voice Loud and Clear (1964) ... District Attorney
- Whitewash (1964) ... District Attorney O'Hara
- Comeback (1964) ... District Attorney
- The Non-Violent (1964) ... Vincent Bevalaqua
 1964 Brenner (TV Series)
George Hirsch
- The Plain Truth (1964) ... George Hirsch
 1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
J.S. (Jack) Talley
- The Case of the Tandem Target (1964) ... J.S. (Jack) Talley
 1964 Suspense (TV Series)
- I, Dan Krolik (1964)
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Lt. Wymar
- Ten Minutes from Now (1964) ... Lt. Wymar
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Charles Freel
- Rage Against the Dying Light (1963) ... Dr. Charles Freel
 1963 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Jess Carter
- The Courtship (1963) ... Jess Carter
 1963 Wide Country (TV Series)
Chuck Martin
- To Cindy, with Love (1963) ... Chuck Martin
 1961-1963 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Scully Potter / Stanley
- And the Devil Makes Five (1963) ... Scully Potter
- Long Trek (1961) ... Stanley
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Seaman Cromwell
- Mutiny (1962) ... Seaman Cromwell (as Lonnie Chapman)
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Dr. Mehli
- Dr. Lillian (1962) ... Dr. Mehli
 1951-1962 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Richard McIntyre
- Smash Up (1962) ... Richard McIntyre
- Transfusion (1953)
- Buckaroo (1951)
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Asst. D.A. Chuck Smith
- The Sweetly Smiling Face of Truth (1962) ... Asst. D.A. Chuck Smith
 1962 Everglades (TV Series)
Faust / Benjamin
- Fatal Information (1962) ... Faust
- The Hostage (1962) ... Benjamin
 1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
Silas Brathwaite
- The Brathwaite Brothers (1961) ... Silas Brathwaite
 1961 The Americans (TV Series)
Chester Longbaugh
- The Gun (1961) ... Chester Longbaugh
 1961 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Private Jud Baker
- School of the Soldier (1961) ... Private Jud Baker
 1961 The Detectives (TV Series)
Link Merriwether
- Kinfolk (1961) ... Link Merriwether
 1961 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Phillip Werris
- Dead Man's Tale (1961) ... Phillip Werris
 1960 The Witness (TV Series)
Dutch Schultz
- Dutch Schultz (1960) ... Dutch Schultz
 1960 World Wide '60 (TV Series)
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
 1959 Deadline (TV Series)
McWilliams
- Mass Murder (1959) ... McWilliams
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Tom
- Time of Your Life (1958) ... Tom
 1958 Harbormaster (TV Series)
Engineer
- Pirate's Curse (1958) ... Engineer
 1957 Decoy (TV Series)
Howard Farley
- Cry Revenge ... Howard Farley
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Will Landis
- The Staring Match (1957) ... Will Landis
 1956 Baby Doll
Rock
 1955 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Along Came Jones (1955)
 1954-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Cadet O.D.
- Black Frost (1955)
- The Bold and the Brave (1955) ... Cadet O.D. (as Lonnie Chapman)
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Bert
- Mr. Dorothy Allen (1955) ... Bert
 1955 East of Eden
Roy Turner - Automobile Mechanic (uncredited)
 1954 Young at Heart
Ernie Nichols
 1953 Danger (TV Series)
- Prelude to Death (1953)
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Tom
- Nightmare at Ground Zero (1953) ... Tom (as Lonnie Chapman)
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
Harry Santis
- Miss Buell (1951) ... Harry Santis
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The theatre is a place of sharing. At its best, it is audience, play and actor participating at the same given moment in an experience. The theatre is unique in that respect. All three of the elements above must be involved for this to come about. One of them, by itself, cannot exist. So we are dependent upon each other; we must share the experience.

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A memorial was held for Lonny on December 4, 2007, at his Group Repertory Theatre in North Hollywood. Among those in attendance were actress Barbara Bain, director Mark Rydell, actor Jim Antonio and his brother, actor/director Lou Antonio. Sean Penn and Jennifer Tilly, plus nonagenarians Karl Malden and R.G. Armstrong gave their respective tributes via written notes of appreciation. See more »

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