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Victor Kilian (1891–1979)

American character actor of gruff demeanor who played in dozens of films through the Thirties and Forties. A native of New Jersey, he was a wagon driver for his father's laundry business before joining a vaudeville company. He played in stock and touring companies, then was cast in the Walter Huston production of 'Desire Under the Elms' on ... See full bio »

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 1979 All in the Family (TV Series)
Clerk / Mr. Burkvist
- Edith Gets Fired (1979) ... Mr. Burkvist
 1977 Forever Fernwood (TV Series)
Raymond Larkin
 1975 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Uncle Bertram
- Jenny's Grandparents (1975) ... Uncle Bertram
- Uncle Bertram (1975) ... Uncle Bertram
 1975 Kojak (TV Series)
- The Trade-Off (1975) ... Clarence (uncredited)
 1974 Apple's Way (TV Series)
Albert / Simmons
- The Christmas Party (1974) ... Albert
- The Accident (1974) ... Simmons
 1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Homer Jones
- The Fourth Victim (1974) ... Homer Jones (as Victor Killian)
 1974 Planet of the Apes (TV Series)
- The Legacy (1974) ... Human
 1974 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Frank Stover
- A Time to Grow (1974) ... Frank Stover
 1970 The Brady Bunch (TV Series)
Mr. Stoner
- The Treasure of Sierra Avenue (1970) ... Mr. Stoner (as Victor Killian)
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
- He Stuck in His Thumb (1964) ... Ericssen
 1960 Diagnosis: Unknown (TV Series)
 1960 The Robert Herridge Theater (TV Series)
- The Stone Boy (1960) ... Sheriff
 1960 The Stone Boy (TV Movie)
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1952 Face to Face
Jasper Morgan ('The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky') (uncredited)
 1951 Unknown World
Dr. Jeremiah Morley (uncredited)
 1951 The Tall Target
John K. Gannon - Flyer Express Engineer (uncredited)
 1951 Passage West
Messenger (uncredited)
 1951 The Lemon Drop Kid
Mr. Egan - Landlord (uncredited)
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Coals of Fire (1951)
 1950 Bandit Queen
Jose Montalvo
 1950 One Too Many
Frank J. Emery
 1950 The Return of Jesse James
Westfield Sheriff Rigby
 1950 No Way Out
Father (uncredited)
 1950 The Showdown
 1950 The Old Frontier
Judge Ames
 1950 The Flame and the Arrow
Apothecary Mazzoni
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- Coals of Fire (1950)
 1950 Stars in My Crown
Ned (uncredited)
 1949 Reign of Terror
Jailer (uncredited)
 1949 Madame Bovary
Speaker at Agricultural Show (uncredited)
 1949 The Wyoming Bandit
Ross Tyler
 1949 Colorado Territory
Missouri Sheriff (uncredited)
 1949 Rimfire
Sheriff Jim Jordan
 1949 I Shot Jesse James
 1948 Yellow Sky
Bartender (uncredited)
 1948 Northwest Stampede
Mel Saunders
 1947 Gentleman's Agreement
Olsen (uncredited)
 1946 Duel in the Sun
Gambler (uncredited)
 1946 The Yearling
Captain (uncredited)
 1946 Smoky
J.P. Mingo - Junkman (uncredited)
 1946 Little Giant
Gus Anderson (salesman)
 1946 The Fighting Guardsman
Montebar (uncredited)
 1945 Spellbound
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1945 The Spanish Main
Santa Madre Captain
 1945 Behind City Lights
Daniel Lowell
 1945 Bedside Manner
Board Member (uncredited)
 1945 Escape in the Desert
Rancher (uncredited)
 1945 Dillinger
Pa Dillinger (uncredited)
 1944 Dangerous Passage
Buck Harris, 1st Mate
 1944 Meet Me in St. Louis
Baggage Man (uncredited)
 1944 Barbary Coast Gent
Curry Slake
 1944 Kismet
Jehan (uncredited)
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain
Higgins (uncredited)
 1944 Uncertain Glory
Latour (uncredited)
 1943 Johnny Come Lately
Tramp in Box Car
 1943 Bomber's Moon
Henryk van Seeler
 1943 Hitler's Madman
Janek (uncredited)
 1943 The Ox-Bow Incident
 1942 Atlantic Convoy
 1942 This Gun for Hire
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
 1942 A Date with the Falcon
Max Carlson (uncredited)
 1941 You're in the Army Now
Soldier (uncredited)
 1941 Secrets of the Lone Wolf
Colonel Costals
 1941 Mob Town
Uncle Lon Barker
 1941 Sergeant York
Andrews (uncredited)
 1941 Blood and Sand
 1941 Western Union
 1940 The Happiest Man on Earth (Short)
 1940 Chad Hanna
Potato Man
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
Dispatch Rider (uncredited)
 1940 The Mark of Zorro
Boatman (uncredited)
 1940 They Knew What They Wanted
The photographer
 1940 Barnyard Follies
Hiram Crabtree
 1940 City for Conquest
Bill Poster (uncredited)
 1940 The Return of Frank James
 1940 All This, and Heaven Too
 1940 Florian
Junk Man (uncredited)
 1940 Torrid Zone
 1940 'Til We Meet Again
Herb McGillis
 1940 King of the Lumberjacks
Joe (Saloon Owner)
 1940 Young Tom Edison
Mr. Dingle
 1940 Little Old New York
 1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1939 Invisible Stripes
Loading Dock Foreman (uncredited)
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Esmeralda's Hangman (uncredited)
 1939 Old Hickory (Short)
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
Doc Saunders
 1939 Blackmail
Warden Frank Miller (uncredited)
 1939 The Story That Couldn't Be Printed (Short)
John Peter Zengler
 1939 Only Angels Have Wings
 1939 Return of the Cisco Kid
Bartender at Stage Stop
 1939 Never Say Die
Man Who Loads Pistols (uncredited)
 1939 St. Louis Blues
Sheriff Burdick
 1939 Paris Honeymoon
Old Villager aka The Ancient
 1939 Convict's Code
C.W. Bennett
 1939 Fighting Thoroughbreds
 1938 Orphans of the Street
Dave Farmer
 1938 Boys Town
The Sheriff (as Victor Killian)
 1938 Passport Husband
Gangster (uncredited)
 1938 Prison Break
Old Man Fenderson
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Guard in Louis' Cell (uncredited)
 1938 Gold Diggers in Paris
 1938 Miracle Money (Short)
Jack Saunders
 1937 It's All Yours
City Clerk
 1937 The League of Frightened Men
Pitney Scott
 1937 Fair Warning
 1936 Lady from Nowhere
Zeke Hopper
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Mr. Slade
 1936 Adventure in Manhattan
Mark Gibbs
 1936 Ramona
Father Gaspara
 1936 Blackmailer
Photographer (uncredited)
 1936 Shakedown
 1936 The Road to Glory
Tall Sergeant
 1936 The Music Goes 'Round
 1936 Riffraff
 1935 Bad Boy
 1935 The Girl Friend
Sunshine Minton
 1935 The Public Menace
 1935 Atlantic Adventure
Joe Brannigan (uncredited)
 1935 After the Dance
 1933 Before Morning
House Detective (uncredited)
 1933 Wrongorilla (Short)
Dead Eye Pete (uncredited)
 1932 Artistic Temper (Short)
 1932 The Side Show Mystery (Short)
 1932 The Wiser Sex
 1929 Gentlemen of the Press
McPhee - Reporter (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared (as "The Attorney") in "Miracle in the Mountains" on Broadway. Written / directed by Ferenc Molnár. Playhouse Theatre: 25 Apr 1947-26 Apr 1947 (3 performances). Cast included: Lawrence Tibbett. Produced by Archer King and Harrison Woodhull. See more »

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Victor Killian


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Was killed a few days after Charles Wagenheim in similar circumstances (beaten to death by burglars in his apartment). The very last appearance of both actors was on the episode of All in the Family (1971) {The Return of Stephanie's Father (#9.23)}, aired a few days before their deaths. See more »

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