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Jan Merlin

American character actor specializing in villainous types, much in television. A native of New York City, Merlin studied at P.S. 15, Mangin Junior High School, Grace Church Choir School for Boys, and Stuyvesant High School. During the Second World War, he served as a torpedoman in the U.S. Navy in both Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. Upon return to ... See full bio »
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 1992 A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story (TV Movie)
Jury Foreman
 1991 Guns of Paradise (TV Series)
Joe Miller
- The Bounty (1991) ... Joe Miller
 1990 After the Shock (TV Movie)
Mr. Wallace
 1990 False Identity
Potter - Pete
 1990 Buried Alive (TV Movie)
Attorney
 1989 Silk 2
Hancock Gish
 1989 Dallas (TV Series)
Jacob
- Fathers and Other Strangers (1989) ... Jacob
 1989 Time Trackers
Max Barker
 1989 Nowhere to Run
Mr. Groker
 1986 The Gladiator (TV Movie)
Man #2 in Class
 1985 The A-Team (TV Series)
- Mind Games (1985)
 1985 Riptide (TV Series)
Hub Wheeler
- The Bargain Department (1985) ... Hub Wheeler
 1985 Covenant (TV Movie)
Karl
 1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
Mr. Rhinehold
- Naka Jima Kill (1983) ... Mr. Rhinehold
 1977 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Mini-Series)
Philip Mitchell
- You're Not Alone (1977) ... Philip Mitchell
 1976 Switch (TV Series)
Bradner
- Quicker Than the Eye (1976) ... Bradner
 1975 The Hindenburg
Speck
 1975 Baretta (TV Series)
Slater
- If You Can't Pay the Price... (1975) ... Slater
 1974 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Jon Nordstrom
- Town Party-Country Party (1974) ... Jon Nordstrom
 1969-1974 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Colfax / Andy Clay / Frank Wanderman
- The Lost Man (1974) ... Colfax
- The Outcast (1972) ... Andy Clay
- Blood Tie (1969) ... Frank Wanderman
 1973 The Slams
Saddler
 1973 I Escaped from Devil's Island
Rosenquist
 1973 Search (TV Series)
Timothy O'Toole
- Moment of Madness (1973) ... Timothy O'Toole
 1972 The Twilight People
Steinman
 1972 Cade's County (TV Series)
Rennie
- Dead Past (1972) ... Rennie
 1969-1971 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Leon / Captain Danko
- The Merchant (1971) ... Leon
- Robot (1969) ... Captain Danko
 1970 Mannix (TV Series)
Vodich
- A Chance at the Roses (1970) ... Vodich
 1969 Take the Money and Run
Al - Bank Robber
 1969 Strategy of Terror
Jon
 1968 Garrison's Gorillas (TV Series)
Gen. Von Rauschnig / General Von Rauschnig
- The Frame-Up (1968) ... Gen. Von Rauschnig
- The Big Lie (1968) ... General Von Rauschnig (uncredited)
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Luther Zahn
- Something for Nothing (1968) ... Luther Zahn
 1968 The Invaders (TV Series)
Post
- The Peacemaker (1968) ... Post
 1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Willie Marks
 1967 The Time Tunnel (TV Series)
Centauri
- Visitors from Beyond the Stars (1967) ... Centauri
 1964-1967 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Lt. Froelich / Henderson / Victor Vail
- Death from the Past (1967) ... Lt. Froelich
- The X Factor (1965) ... Henderson
- No Way Out (1964) ... Victor Vail
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Jan
- The Blessings of Liberty (1966) ... Jan
 1966 Jericho (TV Series)
Lt. Karl Linck
- Two for the Road: Part 2 (1966) ... Lt. Karl Linck
- One for the Mountain: Part 1 (1966) ... Lt. Karl Linck
 1966 Combat! (TV Series)
Lt. Geiben / Erich
- Headcount (1966) ... Lt. Geiben
- One at a Time (1966) ... Erich
 1966 Tarzan (TV Series)
Hacker
- The Prodigal Puma (1966) ... Hacker
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Major Paul Strasser / Colonel Grulov
- Practice to Deceive (1966) ... Major Paul Strasser
- Massacre (1966) ... Colonel Grulov
 1966 The Oscar
Actor Frankie Pulls Knife on (uncredited)
 1966 The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series)
Woody Woodruff
- The Intruders (1966) ... Woody Woodruff
 1966 Branded (TV Series)
Jim Darcy
- A Destiny Which Made Us Brothers (1966) ... Jim Darcy
 1965 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Jesse's Imposter
- The Celebrity (1965) ... Jesse's Imposter
 1965 Guns of Diablo
Rance Macklin
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Jon
- In Darkness, Waiting: Part 2 (1965) ... Jon
- In Darkness, Waiting: Part 1 (1965) ... Jon
 1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Angel Galley
- The King of Knaves Affair (1964) ... Angel Galley
 1964 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Ed Sykes
- Blue Heaven (1964) ... Ed Sykes
 1964 The Virginian (TV Series)
Sam Lake / Reese
- Ryker (1964) ... Sam Lake
- First to Thine Own Self (1964) ... Reese
 1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Rance Macklin
- The Day of the Reckoning (1964) ... Rance Macklin
 1964 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Lt. Joe Worth
- Green Water, Green Flag (1964) ... Lt. Joe Worth
 1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
The Whistling Man / The Clergyman / The Workman / ... (uncredited)
 1960-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Joel Greevy / Milo Gordon / Garth / ...
- The Fugitives (1963) ... Joel Greevy
- Among the Missing (1962) ... Milo Gordon
- Trial by Fire (1962) ... Garth
- Trigger Point (1961) ... Jo Jo
- Stolen Tribute (1961) ... Clint Wade
 1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
Little Sam Talbot
- Incident at Crooked Hat (1963) ... Little Sam Talbot
 1963 Ripcord (TV Series)
- Wrong Way Down (1963)
 1960-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Johnny Fullen / Johnny
- End of a Minor God (1962) ... Johnny Fullen
- The Great Bullion Robbery (1960) ... Johnny
 1962 Bonanza (TV Series)
Bill Enders
- The Ride (1962) ... Bill Enders
 1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
Jed Evans
- The Verdict (1961) ... Jed Evans
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Weaver
- Blue Water, White Beach (1961) ... Weaver
 1958-1961 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Ralph Quentin / Tony Davis
- The Case of the Jealous Journalist (1961) ... Ralph Quentin
- The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde (1958) ... Tony Davis
 1961 Whispering Smith (TV Series)
Thad Janeck
- The Blind Gun (1961) ... Thad Janeck
 1961 Coronado 9 (TV Series)
Boxer
- Hunt Breakfast (1961) ... Boxer
 1961 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Hendry Grant
- First Blood (1961) ... Hendry Grant
 1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Kid Jimmy Fresh
- Last Stop to Austin (1960) ... Kid Jimmy Fresh
 1960 The Islanders (TV Series)
Mick Norton
- Hostage Island (1960) ... Mick Norton
 1960 Hell Bent for Leather
Travers
 1958-1959 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Lieutenant Colin Kirby / Lt. Colin Kirby
- The Last Rebel (1959) ... Lieutenant Colin Kirby
- The Holdout (1959) ... Lt. Colin Kirby
- Reluctant Hostage (1959) ... Lieutenant Colin Kirby
- Ransom of Rita Renee (1959) ... Lieutenant Colin Kirby
- The Wagon Raiders (1959) ... Lieutenant Colin Kirby
 1959 The Lawless Years (TV Series)
Tom Dirks
- The Nick Joseph Story (1959) ... Tom Dirks
 1958 Cole Younger, Gunfighter
Frank Wittrock
 1958 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Billy Clyde
- Guilt of a Town (1958) ... Billy Clyde
 1958 State Trooper (TV Series)
Ben Miller
- Wild Green Yonder (1958) ... Ben Miller
 1957 Woman and the Hunter
Robert Gifford
 1955-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Roy Turner / Gus / Joe Cable
- Hurricane Diane (1957) ... Roy Turner
- The Secret Thread (1956) ... Gus
- The Dance (1955) ... Joe Cable
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Jeff Batterson / Davey Harper
- The Bitter Land (1957) ... Jeff Batterson
- Black Creek Encounter (1957) ... Davey Harper
 1955-1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1957 Casey Jones (TV Series)
Kenny
- Way Station (1957) ... Kenny
 1957 Trackdown (TV Series)
Cece Marple
- The Marple Brothers (1957) ... Cece Marple
 1957 Broken Arrow (TV Series)
Pete
- Apache Girl (1957) ... Pete
 1957 West Point (TV Series)
Martin Grey
- Combat Proof (1957) ... Martin Grey
 1957 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Fred Colby
- Vengeance Trail (1957) ... Fred Colby
 1957 The O. Henry Playhouse (TV Series)
Johnny
- The Reformation of Calliope (1957) ... Johnny
 1956 The Peacemaker
Viggo Tomlin
 1956 A Strange Adventure
Al Kutner
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Captain Randolph
- The Gingerbread Man (1956) ... Captain Randolph
 1956 Screaming Eagles
Lt. Pauling
 1956 Frontier (TV Series)
Clay Chandler / Joe Long
- The Hunted (1956) ... Clay Chandler
- The Captivity of Joe Long (1956) ... Joe Long
 1954-1956 Passport to Danger (TV Series)
Matt Lynch / Victor Radovan
- Baja, California (1956) ... Matt Lynch
- Tangiers (1954) ... Victor Radovan
 1956 A Day of Fury
Billy Brand
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Ensign Merriett
- H.M.S. Marlborough Will Enter Port (1956) ... Ensign Merriett
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Chester
- The Morals Squad (1956) ... Chester
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
Alan
- Heart of a Dream (1956) ... Alan
 1955 Running Wild
Scotty Cluett
 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955 Illegal
Andy Garth
 1955 Big House, U.S.A.
Tommy, Accomplice on Fishing Boat (uncredited)
 1955 The Man Behind the Badge (TV Series)
Tom McKeller
- The Case of the Dying Past (1955) ... Tom McKeller
 1955 Six Bridges to Cross
Andy Norris
 1955 Public Defender (TV Series)
Hans Oberlander
- Another World (1955) ... Hans Oberlander
 1954 Dragnet (TV Series)
Gregory Moore
- The Big Rod (1954) ... Gregory Moore
 1954 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Eric
- Dr. Juliet (1954) ... Eric
 1951-1954 Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (TV Series)
Roger Manning
- The Runaway Rocket (1954) ... Roger Manning
- Death Trap (1954) ... Roger Manning
- Comet of Death (1954) ... Roger Manning
- Treachery in Space (1954) ... Roger Manning
- Space Station of Danger (1954) ... Roger Manning
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[on playing "heavies"] One of the disadvantages of being a "good guy" is having to look heroic and clean cut, while the "heavy" can be as grungy as he pleases...or sometimes wears far more fancy duds than his pursuer...maybe even be better looking!

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He won an Emmy as a writer for Another World (1964) (TV daytime series) in 1975, and was nominated again in 1979. See more »

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