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Ralph Dumke (1899–1964)

Ralph Dumke was born on July 25, 1899 in South Bend, Indiana, USA as Ralph Ernest Dumke. He was an actor, known for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), All the King's Men (1949) and Lili (1953). He was married to Greta Leona Edner. He died on January 4, 1964 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Police Chief Nick Grivett
All the King's Men
All the King's Men Tiny Duffy
Lili M. Corvier
Loving You
Loving You Jim Tallman


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 1961 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Mayor Purdy
- Sheriff Barney (1961) ... Mayor Purdy
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Judge Aikens
- Incident of the Night on the Town (1961) ... Judge Aikens
 1961 All in a Night's Work
 1960 Elmer Gantry
Salesman in Saloon (uncredited)
 1960 Wake Me When It's Over
Sen. Gillespie (uncredited)
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- R.S.V.P. (1960)
 1959 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Judge Albert Humboldt
- The Artichoke King (1959) ... Judge Albert Humboldt (uncredited)
 1959 Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
Mr. Burnley
- The New Neighbors (1959) ... Mr. Burnley
 1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Jerry Daggett
- Forced Landing (1959) ... Jerry Daggett
 1958-1959 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Hudson Nichols / Roland Carter
- The Case of the Blushing Pearls (1959) ... Hudson Nichols
- The Case of the Substitute Face (1958) ... Roland Carter
 1959 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Mr. Saunders
- Bentley, the Hero (1959) ... Mr. Saunders
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Doc Fry
- Letter of the Law (1959) ... Doc Fry
 1959 Lassie (TV Series)
Mr. Tumulty
- The Horse Show (1959) ... Mr. Tumulty (uncredited)
 1959 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
 1958 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Mr. Johnson
- Sing for Your Supper (1958) ... Mr. Johnson
 1958 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
- The Bridal Suite (1958)
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
- Rip Van Winkle (1958) ... Tooley
 1958 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Clem Thompson
- Ghosts Aboard (1958) ... Clem Thompson
 1958 Annette (TV Series)
Mr. Abernathy
- The Fight (1958) ... Mr. Abernathy
- The Barbecue (1958) ... Mr. Abernathy
 1957 Date with the Angels (TV Series)
Mr. Olson
- Return of the Wheel (1957) ... Mr. Olson (as Ralph Dumkey)
 1954-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Granger / Kabner / Thurston / ...
- High Tension (1957) ... Granger
- A Marriage Day (1956) ... Kabner
- One Foot in Heaven (1955) ... Thurston
- A Medal for Benny (1954) ... Kibbe
 1957 Loving You
Jim Tallman
 1957 The Buster Keaton Story
Mr. Jennings
 1957 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
- Lucy and Superman (1957) ... Husband
 1956 December Bride (TV Series)
Henry, Tourist
- The Indian Show (1956) ... Henry, Tourist
 1953-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Mayor / Sam / Mayor Holcomb
- Sudden Silence (1956) ... Mayor
- Husband (1955) ... Sam
- Adventure in Connecticut (1953) ... Mayor Holcomb
 1956 The Solid Gold Cadillac
Warren Gillie
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
The Warden
- Rosalinda (1956) ... The Warden
 1956 Francis in the Haunted House
Mayor Hargrove
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
 1956 When Gangland Strikes
Walter Pritchard
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- Deadline (1956) ... MacMurdo
 1956 Forever, Darling
Henry Opdyke
 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Police Chief Nick Grivett
 1955 Artists and Models
Mr. Trimm (uncredited)
 1955 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series)
Senator Goodlove
- State of Confusion (1955) ... Senator Goodlove
 1955 The Desperate Hours
Clint (uncredited)
 1955 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Howard 'Mac' McGrath
- Art of Salesmanship (1955) ... Howard 'Mac' McGrath
 1954-1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Rogers / Fenley / Richard
- A Ring for Nell (1955)
- A Dream for Jimmy (1955) ... Mr. Rogers
- The Failure (1955) ... Fenley
- The Grass Is Greener (1954) ... Richard
 1955 Hell's Island
Casino Drunk
 1955 Daddy Long Legs
Mr. Bronson (uncredited)
 1955 Violent Saturday
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
- The American Master Counterfeiters (1955) ... Thompson
 1953-1955 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Calvin Burns
- Margie's Millionth Member (1953) ... Calvin Burns
 1955 Professional Father (TV Series)
Mr. Patterson
- Episode #1.4 (1955) ... Mr. Patterson
 1954-1955 Waterfront (TV Series)
Zack Morgan / Zach Morgan
- Beached (1955) ... Zack Morgan
- Oil Island (1954) ... Zack Morgan
- The Rift (1954) ... Zack Morgan (uncredited)
- Tug O'War (1954) ... Zack Morgan
- Family Problems (1954) ... Zack Morgan
 1954 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
 1954 Massacre Canyon
Phineas J. 'Parson' Canfield
 1954 Rails Into Laramie
Mayor Frank Logan
 1954 They Rode West
Dr. Gibson
 1954 She Couldn't Say No
 1954 Alaska Seas
Dad Jackson
 1954 It Should Happen to You
Beckhard (uncredited)
 1953 Big Town (TV Series)
Judge White
- On Their Own (1953) ... Judge White
 1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Wilmer Medford
- Sale Value (1953) ... Wilmer Medford
 1953 The President's Lady
Col. Stark
 1953 Count the Hours
Bartender (uncredited)
 1953 Lili
M. Corvier
 1953 The War of the Worlds
Buck Monahan (uncredited)
 1953 The Mississippi Gambler
F. Montague Caldwell
 1952 Hurricane Smith
Ben Hawkins
 1952 Holiday for Sinners
Mike Hennighan
 1952 We're Not Married!
Twitchell (uncredited)
 1952 China Smith (TV Series)
Papa Norgren
- Pagoda in the Jungle ... Papa Norgren
 1952 The San Francisco Story
Winfield Holbert (as Ralph E. Dumke)
 1952 Carbine Williams
Andrew White
 1952 Boots Malone
 1951 The Mob
Police Commissioner
 1951 The Law and the Lady
James Horace Caighn
 1951 When I Grow Up
 1950 The Breaking Point
 1950 Mystery Street
A Tattooist
 1950 Where Danger Lives
 1948 Captain Billy's Mississippi Music Hall (TV Series)
Captain Billy Bryant (1948)
 1945 The Bourgeois Gentleman (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 1939 Gals and Gallons (Short)
Ralph Dumke (as Sisters of the Skillet)
 1939 Arcade Varieties (Short)
Ralph (as Sisters of the Skillet)
 1938 Stars in Stripes (Short)
Performer (as Sisters of the Skillet)
 1937 Holding the Bag (Short) (as Sisters of the Skillet)
 1937 Practically Perfect (Short) (as Sisters of the Skillet)
 1934 Sea Sore (Short)
Member Sisters of the Skillet (uncredited)
Show Show Self (2 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Played the role of Cap'n Andy in the 1946 Broadway revival of "Show Boat".

Alternate Names:

Ralph E. Dumke | Ralph Dumkey | Sisters of the Skillet

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Heavy-set American character actor, on screen usually in tough or authoritarian roles. Began in vaudeville during the early 1920's, appearing with Ed East in an act as the "Sisters of the Skillet". They later performed the routine on NBC and CBS radio. In 1937 and 1938, Dumke worked as a musician with the Charlie Davis Orchestra. See more »

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