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Tristram Coffin (1909–1990)

Tristram Coffin was born in a Utah mining community, grew up in Salt Lake City, and started acting while in high school. He later continued acting with traveling stock companies. Having earned a degree in speech at the University of Washington, he worked as a news analyst and sportscaster until a Hollywood talent scout approached him with the idea... See full bio »

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 1982 Deadly Alliance
 1977 Mission to Glory: A True Story (as Tris Coffin)
 1972 Night Call Nurses
Miles Bailey (as Tris Coffin)
 1971 The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler
Dr. Keating (as Tris Coffin)
 1971 The Barefoot Executive
Sponsor (as Tris Coffin)
 1965 Zebra in the Kitchen
Councilman Lawrence (as Tris Coffin)
 1964 Good Neighbor Sam
Sonny Blatchford (as Tris Coffin)
 1964 Iron Angel
 1963 The Crawling Hand
Security Chief Meidel (as Tristam Coffin)
 1962 The Silent Witness
Lt. Williams
 1960 Ma Barker's Killer Brood
Arthur Dunlop (as Tristam Coffin)
 1958 Kathy O'
Director (uncredited)
 1957 Escape from San Quentin
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1957 The Last Stagecoach West
 1957 The Night the World Exploded
Dr. Ellis Morton (as Tris Coffin)
 1956 Back from Eternity
Paul, Rena's 'Patron' (uncredited)
 1956 The First Traveling Saleslady
Day Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1956 Three for Jamie Dawn
Granville 'Granny' Dixon (uncredited)
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Byron Holgate (scenes deleted)
 1956 The Maverick Queen
Card Player (uncredited)
 1955 The Scarlet Coat
Col. Varick (uncredited)
 1955 Creature with the Atom Brain
Dist. Atty. MacGraw
 1954 Dawn at Socorro
Saloon Patron at Table (uncredited)
 1954 Fireman Save My Child
 1953 The Eddie Cantor Story
Director (uncredited)
 1953 Wicked Woman
Mr. Cutler (uncredited)
 1953 Combat Squad
Captain Johnson (as Tris Coffin)
 1953 City of Bad Men
Easterner Wanting Hotel Room (uncredited)
 1953 Clipped Wings
Air Show Radio Announcer (uncredited)
 1953 Latin Lovers
Paul's Business Associate (uncredited)
 1953 So This Is Love
Frank Boland - Booking Agent (uncredited)
 1953 Hannah Lee: An American Primitive
Paulson, Bartender
 1953 Law and Order
Parker (uncredited)
 1953 I Love Melvin
Look Magazine Board of Directors (uncredited)
 1953 Salome
Guard (uncredited)
 1952 The Legend of the Lone Ranger
Reid (uncredited)
 1952 My Man and I
Fingerprint Expert in Courtroom (uncredited)
 1952 The Kid from Broken Gun
Martin Donohugh
 1952 At Sword's Point
Regent's Guardman at Fallen Tree (uncredited)
 1952 Smoky Canyon
Carl Buckley
 1952 The Cimarron Kid
Silk Conrad (uncredited)
 1952 Indian Uprising
Maj. Kirby (uncredited)
 1951 Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere
Prof. Anton Dean [Chs. 4-5, 11] (uncredited)
 1951 Northwest Territory
 1951 I'll See You in My Dreams
Nightclub Maitre D' (uncredited)
 1951 Flight to Mars
Commentator (uncredited)
 1951 The Lady Pays Off
 1951 Disc Jockey
Announcer (uncredited)
 1951 On the Loose
Judge (uncredited)
 1951 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
Manager (uncredited)
 1951 Rhubarb
Dr. Henry J. Stillman (uncredited)
 1951 Rodeo King and the Senorita
Jack Foster
 1951 Queen for a Day
 1951 Mask of the Avenger
Noncommissioned Officer (uncredited)
 1951 Sirocco
Guard (uncredited)
 1951 According to Mrs. Hoyle
Pat Dennison
 1951 The Fat Man
Missing Persons Officer (uncredited)
 1951 Buckaroo Sheriff of Texas
Jim Tulane
 1950 Short Grass
John Devore (as Tris Coffin)
 1950 Pygmy Island
Novak (as Tris Coffin)
 1950 Pirates of the High Seas
Walter Castell (as Tris Coffin)
 1950 Undercover Girl
 1950 Outrage
Judge McKenzie
 1950 The Old Frontier
John Wagner
 1950 The Big Hangover
Jenkins, B.P.E. & H. Associate (uncredited)
 1950 The Damned Don't Cry
George - Maitre d'Hotel at Grady's (uncredited)
 1950 Square Dance Katy
 1950 The Baron of Arizona
 1950 Radar Secret Service
 1949 Lawless Code
Judge Harmon Steele
 1949 Radar Patrol vs. Spy King
Franklyn Lord [Chs. 1, 10]
 1949 Riders of the Dusk
J.J. Hall
 1949 Angels in Disguise
Machine Works Bookkeeper
 1949 Range Justice
Ed Dutton
 1949 The Fountainhead
Toohey's Secretary (uncredited)
 1949 Flamingo Road
Ed Parker (uncredited)
 1949 My Dream Is Yours
Coconut Grove Head Waiter (uncredited)
 1949 Desert Vigilante
Thomas Hadley
 1949 Homicide
Telephone Company Representative (uncredited)
 1949 Duke of Chicago
Dr. Kendall (uncredited)
 1949 Bruce Gentry
 1949 Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc.
Frank Chambers [Ch. 8]
 1949 Crashing Thru
Cliff Devin
 1948 The Gallant Blade
Prison Governor's Aide (uncredited)
 1948 Desperadoes of Dodge City
Ace Durant
 1948 The Shanghai Chest
Edward Seward
 1948 Romance on the High Seas
Headwaiter on Ship (uncredited)
 1948 The Hunted
 1948 California Firebrand
Jim Requa aka Jud Babbit
 1947 The Voice of the Turtle
Part of a Theater Party (uncredited)
 1947 The Fabulous Texan
Vigilante (uncredited)
 1947 Louisiana
 1947 Blackmail
 1947 Swing the Western Way
 1947 Possessed
Tom - Man at Concert (uncredited)
 1947 Land of the Lawless
Cameo Carson
 1947 Valley of Fear
Henry Stevens
 1947 The Unfaithful
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1947 Trail to San Antone
Cal Young
 1946/I Sioux City Sue
Rhodes' Assistant (uncredited)
 1946 Dangerous Money
Scott Pearson
 1946 The Brute Man
Police Lieutenant / voice of radio announcer (uncredited)
 1946 Rio Grande Raiders
Marc Redmond
 1946 The Mysterious Mr. Valentine
John Armstrong
 1946 The Invisible Informer
David Baylor
 1946 G.I. War Brides
Officer (uncredited)
 1946 Two Guys from Milwaukee
Polly's Customer (uncredited)
 1946 Rendezvous with Annie
Clerk (uncredited)
 1946 The Gentleman from Texas
Steve Corbin
 1946 Under Arizona Skies
Blackie Evans
 1946 The Gay Cavalier
 1944 Wyoming Hurricane
Steve Kirby (uncredited)
 1944 Lady in the Dark
Man (uncredited)
 1943 The Vigilantes Ride
Anse Rankin (uncredited)
 1943 Destroyer
Doctor #1 (uncredited)
 1943 Idaho
Blackie (uncredited)
 1943 Silver Skates
Stage Manager (uncredited)
 1943 Cosmo Jones in the Crime Smasher
Jake Pelotti
 1943 You Can't Beat the Law
Gang Lawyer (uncredited)
 1942 Dawn on the Great Divide
Matt Rand (as Tris Coffin)
 1942 A Tornado in the Saddle
Hutch Dalton
 1942 Police Bullets
Slater, the mouthpiece
 1942 Bells of Capistrano
Jed Johnson
 1942 Prairie Gunsmoke
Jim Kelton
 1942 Lure of the Islands
Skipper, Secret Service Chief (uncredited)
 1942 Perils of Nyoka
Benito Torrini [Chs.1-10]
 1942 Not a Ladies' Man
Attorney (uncredited)
 1942 The Devil's Trail
Henchman Ed Scott
 1942 The Corpse Vanishes
Dr. Foster (as Tris Coffin)
 1942 So's Your Aunt Emma!
Flower Henderson
 1942 Spy Smasher
 1942 Man with Two Lives
Radio Newscaster (voice, uncredited)
 1942 A Tragedy at Midnight
Landeck's Secretary (uncredited)
 1942 Cowboy Serenade
Dixie Trambeau
 1941 Forbidden Trails
Ed Nelson (as Tris Coffin)
 1941 Tuxedo Junction
Rose Parade Commentator (uncredited)
 1941 Holt of the Secret Service
Ed Valdin [Chs. 1-10]
 1941 Appointment for Love
Jennifer's Friend (uncredited)
 1941 Hard Guy
Tremaine's Assistant (uncredited)
 1941 Roaring Frontiers
Bert (Flint Adams in credits)
 1941 Tonto Basin Outlaws
Jeff Miller
 1941 Sailors on Leave
Officer (uncredited)
 1941 Let's Go Collegiate
Slugger Wilson
 1941 No Greater Sin
Maj. Raleigh
 1941 King of Dodge City
Crooked Gambler (uncredited)
 1941 Arizona Bound
Steve Taggert (as Tris Coffin)
 1941 Father Steps Out
Dr. R. G. Stafford
 1941 They Met in Bombay
Captain in Car (uncredited)
 1941 Blossoms in the Dust
Mr. Teddy Howard (adopting Oliver) (uncredited)
 1941 Sky Raiders
Coast Guard Commander [Ch. 12] (uncredited)
 1941 A Man Betrayed
Night Club Patron with Blonde (uncredited)
 1941 You're Out of Luck
Roger C. Whitman / Dick Whitney
 1940 Mysterious Doctor Satan
Wells - Governor's Secretary [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
 1940 West of Pinto Basin
 1940 Meet the Wildcat
Sleepy Policeman at Headquarters (uncredited)
 1940 Melody and Moonlight
Sailor (uncredited)
 1940 Up in the Air
 1940 Queen of the Yukon
Carson (as Tris Coffin)
 1940 Arizona Frontier
Lt. James
 1940 Doomed to Die
Mr. Baldwin - Adjuster (uncredited)
 1940 On the Spot
Robert Ames
 1940 The Cowboy from Sundown
Ben Varco
 1940 Son of the Navy
Service Station Attendant (uncredited)
 1940 Rhythm of the Rio Grande
Jim Banister
 1940 Chasing Trouble
Phillips (as Tristram C. Coffin)
 1940 Hidden Enemy
Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
 1940 The Fatal Hour
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1939 Overland Mail
Joe Polini (as Tris Coffin)
 1939 Dick Tracy's G-Men
Emissary Zobar (uncredited)
 1939 Oklahoma Terror
Mason (as Tristram C. Coffin)
 1939 Irish Luck
Mr. Mace - Hotel Desk Clerk (as Tristram C. Coffin)
 1939 The Saint Strikes Back
Second Newscaster (uncredited)
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Tristam Coffin | Tristan Coffin | Tristram C. Coffin | Tris Coffin


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[on why he played so many "heavies"] I asked for it. I pleaded for it, and fought for it. I was doing leading man and romance roles but I loved westerns. I talked to [Scott R. Dunlap], who was producing westerns at Monogram, and asked him if I could do some heavies. He said, "Tris, you're too dignified. You're strictly a leading man and romance type. You can't work in westerns as a heavy". I said... See more »


He was the infamous "dead man walking" from early television, an often-told tale about the "corpse" who got up and walked out of a scene on live TV. The incident was so well known that Los Angeles Times ran an article a few days after the incident, saying, "It seems that on the new high-budgeted CBS dramatic series, Climax! (1954), which had its debut on KNXT (2) Thursday night, actor Tristam ... See more »



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