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Royal Dano (1922–1994)


Royal Dano was undoubtedly one of the best, most quirky and striking character actors to ever grace the big and small screen alike in a lengthy and impressive career which spanned 42 years. Dano was born on November 22nd, 1922 in New York. He ran away from home at age 12 and lived in such states as Texas, Florida and California. He struck a deal ... See full bio »

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 1993 The Dark Half
Digger Holt
 1990 Spaced Invaders
Wrenchmuller
 1988 Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Movie)
Nitro Jones
 1987 Date with an Angel
Treating Doctor in Hospital (uncredited)
 1987 LBJ: The Early Years (TV Movie)
Southern Senator
 1986 Red Headed Stranger
Larn Claver
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Elmer / Salvation Army Officer
- Gather Ye Acorns (1986) ... Elmer
- One for the Road (1986) ... Salvation Army Officer
 1985 Cocaine Wars
Bailey
 1984 Teachers
Ditto Stiles
 1983 The Mississippi (TV Series)
Jansen
- The Shooting (1983) ... Jansen
 1983 The Right Stuff
Minister
 1983 Murder 1, Dancer 0 (TV Movie)
Cow John
 1983 CHiPs (TV Series)
Coroner
- Things That Go Creep in the Night (1983) ... Coroner
 1982 Hammett
Pops
 1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Preacher
- Challenge, The/A Genie Named Joe (1982) ... Preacher
 1979-1981 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Mr. Hector Webb / Harold
- Sylvia: Part 2 (1981) ... Mr. Hector Webb
- Sylvia: Part 1 (1981) ... Mr. Hector Webb
- Crossed Connections (1979) ... Harold
 1980 From Here to Eternity (TV Series)
- Pearl Harbor (1980)
 1979 The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (TV Movie)
Pa Dalton
 1979 In Search of Historic Jesus (Documentary)
Prophet
 1979 Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (TV Movie)
Mr. Willis
 1977-1979 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Dr. Williams / Holsang
- A Question of Death (1979) ... Dr. Williams
- Tissue of Truth (1977) ... Holsang
 1978 Crash (TV Movie)
 1978 Donner Pass: The Road to Survival (TV Movie)
Sutter
 1978 The One Man Jury
Bartender
 1978 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Elam Hanks
- Episode #1.4 (1978) ... Elam Hanks
 1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Grant
- The House on Possessed Hill (1978) ... Grant
 1977 Murder in Peyton Place (TV Movie)
Bo Buehler
 1977 Bad Georgia Road
Arthur Pennyrich
 1977 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Uncle 'Sherlock' George
- My Dear Uncle Sherlock (1977) ... Uncle 'Sherlock' George
 1977 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Elam Hanks
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Elam Hanks
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Elam Hanks
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Elam Hanks
 1977 Code R (TV Series)
Carson
- A Federal Case (1977) ... Carson
 1976 The Killer Inside Me
Father
 1976 The Quest (TV Series)
- The Captive (1976)
 1976 Drum
Zeke Montgomery
 1976 Police Woman (TV Series)
Country Store Owner
- Task Force: Cop Killer: Part 2 (1976) ... Country Store Owner
 1972-1976 Emergency! (TV Series)
Sam / Hallucinating Man
- Grateful (1976) ... Sam
- Nurse's Wild (1972) ... Hallucinating Man
 1974-1975 Police Story (TV Series)
McGee / Drivas
- Test of Brotherhood (1975) ... McGee
- Love, Mabel (1974) ... Drivas
 1975 Huckleberry Finn (TV Movie)
Mark Twain
 1975 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Walter Covey
- Follow Up (1975) ... Walter Covey
 1975 The Wild Party
Tex
 1974 Big Bad Mama
Reverend Johnson
 1974 Planet of the Apes (TV Series)
Farrow
 1974 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Jesse Paulsen
- The Touch of God (1974) ... Jesse Paulsen
 1973 Cannon (TV Series)
Doctor
- He Who Digs a Grave (1973) ... Doctor
 1973 Electra Glide in Blue
Coroner
 1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal
MacDonald
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Henry Skowrin
- Nine Lives (1973) ... Henry Skowrin
 1973 Howzer
Nick Murack
 1973 Messiah of Evil
Joseph Long
 1972 Banyon (TV Series)
Dr. Frank Jefferson
- Time to Kill (1972) ... Dr. Frank Jefferson
 1972 Moon of the Wolf (TV Movie)
Tom Sr.
 1972 The Culpepper Cattle Co.
Cattle Rustler
 1972 The Manhunter (TV Movie)
Pa Bocock
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Owen (segment "I'll Never Leave You - Ever")
- I'll Never Leave You - Ever/There Aren't Any More MacBanes (1972) ... Owen (segment "I'll Never Leave You - Ever")
 1971 Slingshot
 1971 Chandler
Sal Sachese (scenes deleted)
 1955-1971 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Rory Luken / Henry Mather / Watney / ...
- The Lost (1971) ... Henry Mather
- Captain Sligo (1971) ... Watney
- The Thieves (1970) ... Gideon Hale
- Stryker (1969) ... Jessup
- Hard Luck Henry (1967) ... Jefferson Dooley
 1971 Decisions! Decisions! (TV Movie)
Tex
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
John Lambert
- The Girl in Boxcar #3 (1971) ... John Lambert
 1970 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Hody Linquist
- Paniolo (1970) ... Hody Linquist
 1970 Run, Simon, Run (TV Movie)
Sheriff Tacksberry
 1967-1970 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Jess Buford / Newman
- The Condemned (1970) ... Jess Buford
- The Legend of John Rim (1967) ... Newman
 1965-1970 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Hannibal / Winters / Aaron Winters
- The Mezcla Man (1970) ... Hannibal
- Traveling Trees (1965)
 1969 The Undefeated
Maj. Sanders
 1969 My World and Welcome to It (TV Series)
General Lee
- Man Against the World (1969) ... General Lee
 1969 Death of a Gunfighter
Arch Brandt
 1966-1969 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Rufus Morton / Jesse Bleeck / The Vet / ...
- Joshua Watson (1969) ... Rufus Morton
- Ladykiller (1967) ... Jesse Bleeck
- Hide the Children (1966) ... The Vet
 1968 The Outcasts (TV Series)
Walt Madsen
- The Heroes (1968) ... Walt Madsen
 1968 If He Hollers, Let Him Go!
Carl Blair
 1967-1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Arvis Peebles / Vance Murdock
- The Trap (1968) ... Arvis Peebles
- A Son for a Son (1967) ... Vance Murdock
 1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Steven Cromwell
- The Lions (1968) ... Steven Cromwell
 1968 Day of the Evil Gun
Dr. Eli Prather
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Walking Man / Matthew Mark Lukenjohn
- The Beast That Walks Like a Man (1967) ... Walking Man
- Broken Wing (1967) ... Matthew Mark Lukenjohn
 1967 Hondo (TV Series)
Liebel
- Hondo and the Mad Dog (1967) ... Liebel
 1966-1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
John Maddox / Matty Brenner
- The Inheritance (1967) ... John Maddox
- Cibola (1966) ... Matty Brenner
 1967 The Last Challenge
Pretty Horse
 1967 Welcome to Hard Times
John Bear
 1962-1967 Bonanza (TV Series)
Matt Jeffers / Hank Penn / Jason Ganther
- A Man Without Land (1967) ... Matt Jeffers
- The Reluctant Rebel (1965) ... Hank Penn
- Gift of Water (1962) ... Jason Ganther
 1967 Pistols 'n' Petticoats (TV Series)
Virgil
- Petrified Wretched (1967) ... Virgil
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Captain Hugh Sinclair
- Welcome for the General (1967) ... Captain Hugh Sinclair
 1966 The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones (TV Movie)
Otto
 1966 Lost in Space (TV Series)
Major Domo
- The Lost Civilization (1966) ... Major Domo
 1962-1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Uncle Dell Benton / Daniels / Faraway McPhail / ...
- A Bald-Faced Boy (1966) ... Uncle Dell Benton
- Ring of Silence (1965) ... Daniels
- Ride a Dark Trail (1963) ... Faraway McPhail
- The Brazen Bell (1962) ... Dan Molder
 1966 Gunpoint
Ode
 1965 The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series)
Joe Hagen
- Track the Man Down (1965) ... Joe Hagen
 1965 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Jailer
- Jail Break (1965) ... Jailer
 1962-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Sam Wentworth / Mr. Teisner / Jeb Newton / ...
- Texas Fever (1965) ... Sam Wentworth
- The Lost Herd (1964) ... Mr. Teisner
- Incident at Ten Trees (1964) ... Jeb Newton
- Incident at Quivira (1962) ... Monty Fox
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Miley
- Change of Address (1964) ... Mr. Miley
 1964 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Preacher
- When the Bough Breaks (1964) ... Preacher
 1964 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
Carey
 1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
James Weston
- The Day of the Haunted Trail (1964) ... James Weston
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Morris Harper
- There Was Once a Man in the Land of Uz (1964) ... Morris Harper
 1963 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Mr. Metcalfe
- To Break a Camel's Back (1963) ... Mr. Metcalfe
 1963 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Sheriff Smiley
- Toll the Bell Slowly (1963) ... Sheriff Smiley
 1959-1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
John Bouchette / Boone Caulder
- The Robert Harrison Clarke Story (1963) ... John Bouchette
- The Kate Parker Story (1959) ... Boone Caulder
 1963 Savage Sam
Pack Underwood (uncredited)
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Walter Wyman
- Terror at Heart River (1963) ... Walter Wyman
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Andy
- A Pair of Boots (1962) ... Andy
 1960-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Robert Mapes / Cole Younger
- Don't Wake a Tiger (1962) ... Robert Mapes
- Cole Younger (1960) ... Cole Younger
 1961-1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Sepic / Jesse
- Journey Into Mourning (1962) ... Sepic
- To Wear a Badge (1961) ... Jesse
 1959-1962 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Reverend Jamison / Able 'Abe' Lincoln / Aaron Wingate / ...
- Day of Reckoning (1962) ... Reverend Jamison
- Honest Abe (1961) ... Able 'Abe' Lincoln
 1962 The New Breed (TV Series)
Harry Tilden
- Care Is No Cure (1962) ... Harry Tilden
 1961 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Jethro Hedges
- Patriarch of Purgatory (1961) ... Jethro Hedges
 1961 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Will
- Image of a Drawn Sword (1961) ... Will
 1961 Posse from Hell
Uncle Billy
 1959-1961 The Rebel (TV Series)
Ben Crowe / Amos Cooper
- The Proxy (1961) ... Ben Crowe
- Yellow Hair (1959) ... Amos Cooper
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series)
Dr. Clemente
- Most Vanquished, Most Victorious (1961) ... Dr. Clemente
 1961 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Curley Ashburne
- The Fatal Flaw (1961) ... Curley Ashburne
 1961 Gunslinger (TV Series)
El Señor
- The Buried People (1961) ... El Señor
 1960 Cimarron
Ike Howes
 1960 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Sheriff of Harlan
 1960 Tate (TV Series)
Marshal Morty Taw
- Home Town (1960) ... Marshal Morty Taw
 1957-1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mr. Atkins / Martin Ross
- Party Line (1960) ... Mr. Atkins
- My Brother, Richard (1957) ... Martin Ross
 1960 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Lucas Frome
- Black Harvest (1960) ... Lucas Frome
 1959 Hound-Dog Man
Fiddling Tom Waller
 1959 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Sam Crail
- Vein of Ore (1959) ... Sam Crail
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Charlie Wright
- The Matchmaker (1959) ... Charlie Wright
 1959 Face of Fire
Jake Winter
 1959 The Boy and the Bridge
Evangelist
 1959 These Thousand Hills
Ike Carmichael
 1959 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Roy Henry
- 810 Franklin Street (1959) ... Roy Henry
 1959 Never Steal Anything Small
Words Cannon
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Willie
- Happy Hill (1959) ... Willie
 1958 Man of the West
Trout
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
 1958 Handle with Care
Al Lees
 1958 Saddle the Wind
Clay Ellison
 1956-1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Doctor / Sergeant
- Sound of the Moon (1958) ... Doctor
- Dark Wall (1956)
- Flame-Out in T-6 (1956) ... Sergeant
 1957 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Wilbur English
- Cheyenne Express (1957) ... Wilbur English
 1957 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Hap Connolly
- The Hap Connolly Story (1957) ... Hap Connolly
 1957 The Web (TV Series)
 1957/I Man in the Shadow
Aiken Clay
 1957 Trooper Hook
Mr. Trude
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1957 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Sageman
- Shoot for the Moon (1957) ... Sageman
 1957 Wire Service (TV Series)
Carl Strawn
- Violence Preferred (1957) ... Carl Strawn
 1957 All Mine to Give
Howard Tyler
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Undetermined Role
- The Blackwell Story (1957) ... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1957 Crime of Passion
Police Capt. Charlie Alidos
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Confederate Deserter
- The Enemies (1956) ... Confederate Deserter
 1956 Tension at Table Rock
Harry Jameson
 1956 Santiago
Lobo
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Jed
- Gun in His Hand (1956) ... Jed
 1956 Cavalry Patrol (TV Movie)
Chattez
 1955 The Trouble with Harry
Deputy Sheriff Calvin Wiggs
 1955 Camera Three (TV Series)
- The Forty-Niners (1955)
 1952-1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Zack / Doan
- The Broken Spur (1955) ... Zack
- Fandango at War Bonnet (1954) ... Doan
- One in a Million (1952)
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
- Death for Sale (1954)
- Call Me Guilty (1954)
 1954 The Far Country
Luke
 1954 Johnny Guitar
Corey
 1954 The Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
Robert Butzler
- The Case of the Blues (1954) ... Robert Butzler
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Don Gerrasio
- Love Song (1954) ... Don Gerrasio
 1954 The Big Story (TV Series)
Charles G. Clayton
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- The Last Notch (1954)
 1949-1954 Suspense (TV Series)
Strang / Barney the Bookie / Lucky / ...
- Frisco Payoff (1951) ... Strang
- Double Entry (1951) ... Barney the Bookie
- The Brush Off (1950) ... Lucky
- The Parcel (1950) ... Marvin the Push
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
Brack
- Elisha and the Long Knives (1954) ... Brack
 1954 The Web (TV Series)
- The Barrier (1954)
 1952 Carrie
Captain (uncredited)
 1952 Bend of the River
Long Tom
 1951 Flame of Araby
Basra
 1951 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Shadow
- Winterset (1951) ... Shadow
 1951 The Red Badge of Courage
The Tattered Man
 1951 Under the Gun
Sam Nugent, trustee-gunner
 1950 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Sergeant Finley
- To Thine Own Self (1950) ... Sergeant Finley
 1950 Undercover Girl
The Moocher
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Canton Story (1950)
 1949 Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Elevator (1949)
 1949 Reign of Terror
Citizen (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Finian's Rainbow. Musical comedy. Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy. Music by Burton Lane. Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett and Don Walker. Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock. Vocal arrangements by Lyn Murray. Dance arrangements by Trude Rittman. Assistant Vocal arrangements: Ray Charles. ... See more »

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6' 2" (1.88 m)
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A supporting actor only has to work that much harder, carefully planning his or her performance to enhance the entire storyline and star players.

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Was nominated by the New York Critic's Circle as one of the promising actors of 1949. See more »

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Deep croaky voice

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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