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Ralph Sanford (I) (1899–1963)

Born on May 21, 1899 in Springfield, Massachusetts, veteran character actor Ralph Sanford came from a theatrical family. His parents were in the business, although not as actors. An actor and stage manager on the Broadway stage in the early years of his career, Sanford appeared in such productions as "Half a Widow" (1927), "The Constant Sinner" (... See full bio »

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The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Mayor Jim Kelley / Bartender Larsen / Butch McGuire / Slip Madigan / Whitty
My Pal Trigger
My Pal Trigger Auctioneer Al
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 1955-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Watchman / Sergeant Waters / Backstage Doorman / ...
- The $200 Parlay (1961) ... Watchman
- The Legend That Walks Like a Man (1961) ... Sergeant Waters
- The Camel's Foot (1960) ... Backstage Doorman
- Big Shot (1955) ... Norris
 1957-1961 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Fats Flannaghan / Mr. Garvey
- Wally's Car (1961) ... Mr. Garvey
- The Broken Window (1958) ... Fats Flannaghan
- Beaver Gets 'Spelled' (1957) ... Fats Flannaghan
 1961 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
- Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Wow (1961) ... Fred (uncredited)
 1961 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
the Admiral
- Clem the Genius (1961) ... the Admiral
 1961 Mister Ed (TV Series)
- Ed the Stoolpigeon (1961) ... Policeman
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
- The Nellie Jefferson Story (1961) ... Manager (uncredited)
 1960 The Comedy Spot (TV Series)
Moving Man
- Meet the Girls (1960) ... Moving Man
 1960 Cage of Evil
Bartender at Tony's Cellar (uncredited)
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
- Palace of Chance (1960) ... Townsman (uncredited)
 1959-1960 Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
Man in Park / Sleeping Man
- Dennis and the Bike (1960) ... Man in Park (uncredited)
- Dennis Goes to the Movies (1959) ... Sleeping Man (uncredited)
 1960 The Betty Hutton Show (TV Series)
House Officer
- Roy Runs Away (1960) ... House Officer
 1959 The Purple Gang
Fish Scofield (uncredited)
 1959 The Oregon Trail
John Decker
 1959 Maverick (TV Series)
- Pappy (1959) ... Sheriff (uncredited)
 1959 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Gas Station Customer
- Gas Station (1959) ... Gas Station Customer
 1955-1959 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Mayor Jim Kelley / Whitty / Slip Madigan / ...
- Dodge City: Hail and Farewell (1959) ... Mayor Jim Kelley
- Kelley Was Irish (1959) ... Mayor Jim Kelley
- The Cyclone (1959) ... Mayor Jim Kelley
- Dodge Is Civilized (1959) ... Mayor Jim Kelley
- The Judas Goat (1959) ... Mayor Jim Kelley
 1959 The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
The Fire Chief (uncredited)
 1958 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
- The Nowhere Kid (1958) ... Gallagher
 1958 The Big Country
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Norman Peters
- The Case of the Double Face (1958) ... Norman Peters
 1958 The Millionaire (TV Series)
- The Wally Bannister Story (1958) ... Collins
 1958 St. Louis Blues
McInerny (uncredited)
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
- The Duel (1958) ... Gehman
 1958 Perry Mason (TV Series)
 1957 Up in Smoke
 1955-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Policeman / The Warden
- A Matter of Life and Death (1957) ... Policeman
- Public Pigeon #1 (1955) ... The Warden
 1957 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV Series)
Lem Carslake
- Ghost Mine (1957) ... Lem Carslake
 1957 God Is My Partner
Mr. Barstow, Juror (uncredited)
 1957 Beginning of the End
Extra beside Red Cross Representative (uncredited)
 1957 Badlands of Montana
Marshal at Cascade (uncredited)
 1957 Footsteps in the Night
Bartender (uncredited)
 1955-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- O'Brien (1955)
 1952-1957 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Sheriff Wirt / Ben Chalmers
- A Harp for Hannah (1957) ... Sheriff Wirt
- Best Laid Plans (1952) ... Ben Chalmers
 1956-1957 Hey, Jeannie! (TV Series)
Expressman No. 2 / Policeman
- Jeannie the Heiress (1957) ... Expressman No. 2
- Jeannie the Cook (1956) ... Policeman
 1956 December Bride (TV Series)
- Football Hero (1956)
 1956 Don't Knock the Rock
Cop at Stage Door (uncredited)
 1956 Friendly Persuasion
Businessman (uncredited)
 1956 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
- Lucy and Bob Hope (1956) ... Guard
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- The Guardian (1956)
 1956 So You Want to Play the Piano (Short)
Piano Mover (uncredited)
 1956 Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado
Happy Harrow (uncredited)
 1956 Uranium Boom
Old Timer
 1955-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
McConigle / McGee / Police Sgt.
- Here Comes the Groom (1956) ... McConigle
- The Bride Came C.O.D. (1955) ... McGee
- It Grows on Trees (1955) ... Police Sgt.
 1955-1956 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
- Do It Yourself (1955) ... Hawkins
 1950-1955 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series)
Harper, the Hustler / 'Doc' Bailey
- The Golden Chariot (1955) ... Harper, the Hustler
- Gold Dust Charlie (1950) ... 'Doc' Bailey
 1955 The Roy Rogers Show (TV Series)
Harry Kent / Bart Benton
- Ranch War (1955) ... Harry Kent
- The Showdown (1955) ... Bart Benton
 1955 Crossroads (TV Series)
- Cleanup (1955) ... (uncredited)
 1955 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Butch McGinty
- A Birthday for Earl (1955) ... Butch McGinty
 1953-1955 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Buckets / George, customer
- Flight to the North (1955) ... Buckets
- My Friend Superman (1953) ... George, customer
 1955 Night Freight
 1955 To Hell and Back
Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
 1955 The Donald O'Connor Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.17 (1955)
 1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Frightened Woman (1955) ... Man (voice)
 1955 The Road to Denver
Denver Restaurant Owner (uncredited)
 1955 The Seven Year Itch
Train Station Gateman (uncredited)
 1955 Shotgun
 1954-1955 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Chief of Police / Clancy - Bartender
- Rube Burrows (1955) ... Chief of Police
- Johnny Ringo (1954) ... Clancy - Bartender
 1952-1955 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Saloon owner / Detective / Auctioneer / ...
- Death and Taxes (1955) ... Saloon owner (uncredited)
- Black Bart (1954) ... Detective (uncredited)
- Little Oscar's Millions (1953) ... Auctioneer
- The Lost Pegleg Mine (1952) ... Pegleg Smith
 1951-1955 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
Storekeeper Buck Jameson / Doc Bunion / Harvey Stokes - Blacksmith
- The Sheriff's Secret (1955) ... Storekeeper Buck Jameson
- Medicine Show (1952) ... Doc Bunion
- The Widow Muldane (1951) ... Harvey Stokes - Blacksmith
 1954 Cattle Queen of Montana
Store Clerk (uncredited)
 1954 Adventures of the Falcon (TV Series)
Victor Savoy
- The Guilty Stamps (1954) ... Victor Savoy
 1954 Silver Lode
Joe, the Bartender (uncredited)
 1954 My Little Margie (TV Series)
- Margie and the Shah (1954) ... Policeman
 1954 The Forty-Niners
Bartender Joe
 1954 River of No Return
Bartender (uncredited)
 1954 Annie Oakley (TV Series)
- Gunplay (1954) ... Pete
 1954 The Pride of the Family (TV Series)
Uncle Harry
- Uncle Harry's Visit (1954) ... Uncle Harry
 1954 The Joe Palooka Story (TV Series)
Al Davis
- The Last Fight (1954) ... Al Davis
 1953 Wicked Woman
Mr. Ronnie (uncredited)
 1953 The Ray Milland Show (TV Series)
 1953 The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV Series)
- Frontier Mail (1953)
 1953 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
- Gallagher (1953)
 1953 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Quack (uncredited)
 1953 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Dutch Mandel
- Busy Signal (1953) ... Dutch Mandel
 1953 Count the Hours
Alvin Taylor
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Chief Bates
- Adventure in Connecticut (1953) ... Chief Bates
 1953 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Police Sergeant
- $1000 TV Prize (1953) ... Police Sergeant
 1952 Torpedo Alley
Charles Hedley
 1952 Stop, You're Killing Me
Cop (uncredited)
 1952 The Turning Point
Harry (uncredited)
 1952 Springfield Rifle
Barfly (uncredited)
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
 1952 Somebody Loves Me
Frazer (uncredited)
 1952 Sea Tiger
Fat Harry, Innkeeper
 1952 Barbed Wire
Cattle Buyer (uncredited)
 1952 Carrie
Older Waiter at Slawson's (uncredited)
 1952 Gang Busters (TV Series)
Lt. Denk
- The Dennis Case (1952) ... Lt. Denk
 1951-1952 Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series)
- Al Haddon's Lamp (1952)
 1952 Rancho Notorious
Politician (uncredited)
 1952 A Girl in Every Port
Track Announcer (uncredited)
 1951 My Favorite Spy
Burlesque Husband (uncredited)
 1951 Let's Make It Legal
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1951 Fort Defiance
Jed Brown, Stagecoach Driver
 1951 Two Dollar Bettor
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1951 Behave Yourself!
Plainclothesman (uncredited)
 1951 Rhubarb
Eddie - Brooklyn Police Chief (uncredited)
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Cabbie (uncredited)
 1951 Kentucky Jubilee
Steve Frome
 1951 Appointment with Danger
Maxie Wilder (uncredited)
 1951 Danger Zone
Larry Dunlap (1st Episode)
 1951 Santa Fe
Fiddle Contest Bettor (uncredited)
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Missing Women
Sam (uncredited)
 1951 Rogue River
Max Bonner
 1951 Rhythm Inn
Pete Harris
 1951 Front Page Detective (TV Series)
Inspector Edwards
- The Other Face (1951)
- Alibi for Suicide (1951) ... Inspector Edwards
 1950 Father's Wild Game
First Policeman
 1950 Union Station
Detective Fay
 1950 So You Want to Move (Short)
Policeman (uncredited)
 1950 Hi-Jacked
Stephen Clark
 1950 Cow Town
Martin Dalrymple
 1950 So You Think You're Not Guilty (Short)
Prison Warden (uncredited)
 1950 The Damned Don't Cry
Norman Riley (uncredited)
 1950 So You Want to Throw a Party (Short)
Postman (uncredited)
 1949 Bodyhold
Big Spectator in Crowd (uncredited)
 1949 So You Want to Be an Actor (Short)
Mr. Sherbert (uncredited)
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing
Entertainment Chairman (uncredited)
 1949 The Heiress
Captain of the Castle Queen (uncredited)
 1949 In the Good Old Summertime
Burly Policeman (uncredited)
 1949 Champion
 1948 Blondie's Secret
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1948 Joe Palooka in Winner Take All
Lt. Steve Mulford
 1948 A Southern Yankee
Plaza Hotel Carriage Driver (uncredited)
 1948 Easter Parade
Hotel Detective (uncredited)
 1948 Shaggy
 1948 Smart Woman
Petitioner / Man's Voice (uncredited)
 1948 French Leave
Skipper Muldoon
 1948 Let's Live Again
Policeman (uncredited)
 1947 Linda, Be Good
Nunnally LaVitte
 1947 Web of Danger
Peterson, 2nd Crew Foreman
 1947 So You Want to Be in Pictures (Short)
Anthony Anguish (uncredited)
 1947 Copacabana
 1947 Out of the Blue
Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1947 Hit Parade of 1947
 1947 It's a Joke, Son!
Knifey, Healey's Henchman
 1946 That Brennan Girl
Fatso (uncredited)
 1946/I Sioux City Sue
Big Gulliver
 1946 The Best Years of Our Lives
George H. Gibbons (uncredited)
 1946 Never Say Goodbye
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1946 My Pal Trigger
Auctioneer Al
 1946 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog
Nick - Bartender (uncredited)
 1946 Two Sisters from Boston
Recording Studio Doorman (uncredited)
 1946 They Made Me a Killer
Patrolman Roach
 1946 Girl on the Spot
Det. Thomas (uncredited)
 1945 State Fair
Police Chief (uncredited)
 1945 Nob Hill
Politician (uncredited)
 1945 Where Do We Go from Here?
Cop at End (uncredited)
 1945 The Bullfighters
Richard K. Muldoon (uncredited)
 1945 There Goes Kelly
Police Lt. Marty Phillips
 1945 High Powered
 1945 Adventures of Kitty O'Day
Mike, Police Detective Sergeant
 1944 Army Wives
 1944 Lost in a Harem
Mr. Ormulu
 1944 Barbary Coast Gent
Bouncer (scenes deleted)
 1944 The Doughgirls
Plumber (uncredited)
 1944 Maisie Goes to Reno
Policeman (uncredited)
 1944 Take It or Leave It
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1944 Wilson
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1944 Bermuda Mystery
Wrong Mr. Best (uncredited)
 1944 Cover Girl
Truckman (uncredited)
 1944 Sweethearts of the U.S.A.
 1943 Minesweeper
Seaman Cox
 1943 Alaska Highway
Frosty Gimble
 1943 Ladies' Day
First Umpire
 1943 High Explosive
Squinchy Andrews
 1943 Aerial Gunner
Pvt. Barclay - Target-Tow Operator (uncredited)
 1943 Submarine Alert
Agent Freddie Grayson
 1943 No Place for a Lady
 1943 A Night for Crime
Det. Hoffman
 1942 When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Detective (uncredited)
 1942 Underground Agent
Big Guy (uncredited)
 1942 Wrecking Crew
Wrecking-Crew Worker (uncredited)
 1942 Lucky Legs
Bartender (uncredited)
 1942 Wildcat
'Grits' O'Malley
 1942 The Old Homestead
Plant Workman Farley (uncredited)
 1942 I Live on Danger
Angie Moss
 1942 They All Kissed the Bride
Detective (scenes deleted)
 1942 Come on Danger
Bartender (uncredited)
 1942 Meet the Stewarts
Cop (uncredited)
 1942 The Bashful Bachelor
Butch, Kidnapper (uncredited)
 1942 Sing Your Worries Away
Doorman (uncredited)
 1942 Obliging Young Lady
Pudgy - Court Policeman (uncredited)
 1942 Torpedo Boat
Hector Bobry
 1941 No Hands on the Clock
Officer Gimble
 1941 Who's a Dummy? (Short)
 1941 Sun Valley Serenade
Doorman (uncredited)
 1941 Three Sons o' Guns
Furniture Mover (uncredited)
 1941 Down in San Diego
Man (uncredited)
 1941 Country Fair (uncredited)
 1941 Men of the Timberland
Cafe Owner (uncredited)
 1941 Strange Alibi
Police Officer (uncredited)
 1941 Melody for Three
Landing Field worker (uncredited)
 1941 Las Vegas Nights
Soupy - Henchman (uncredited)
 1941 The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance
Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1941 Blondie Goes Latin
Sailor Chasing Dagwood (uncredited)
 1941 Blonde Inspiration
Turkish Bath Attendant (uncredited)
 1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Store Checker (uncredited)
 1941 Arkansas Judge
Townsman (uncredited)
 1941 High Sierra
Tom the Fat Man at Drugstore (uncredited)
 1941 Four Mothers
Bill (uncredited)
 1940 Girls Under 21
Second Detective (uncredited)
 1940 East of the River
Policeman (uncredited)
 1940 So You Won't Talk
Stagehand (uncredited)
 1940 Pleased to Mitt You (Short)
Roadhouse Manager (uncredited)
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1940 Stranger on the Third Floor
Truck Driver in Accident (uncredited)
 1940 They Drive by Night
Driver in Cafe (uncredited)
 1940 Black Diamonds
Time-Clock Guard (uncredited)
 1940 Carolina Moon
Foreman Nelson
 1940 Cross-Country Romance
Henry - Millie's Husband (uncredited)
 1940 Sandy Is a Lady
Workman (uncredited)
 1940 Gaucho Serenade
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
 1940 Tear Gas Squad
Policeman (uncredited)
 1940 3 Cheers for the Irish
Policeman Driving (uncredited)
 1939 Kid Nightingale
First Drunk at Soxey's (uncredited)
 1939/I Jeepers Creepers
 1939 Little Accident
Conductor (uncredited)
 1939 Smashing the Money Ring
Second Night Guard (uncredited)
 1939 The Star Maker
Uniformed Doorman
 1939 Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite
First Officer Arresting Torchy (uncredited)
 1939 Quiet, Please (Short)
Tony (uncredited)
 1939 They Asked for It
Barton (uncredited)
 1939 Undercover Agent
Joe Blake
 1939 Dodge City
Brawler (uncredited)
 1939 You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
Truck Driver (uncredited)
 1938 Sweethearts
3rd Stage Hand (uncredited)
 1938 Ride a Crooked Mile
Officer (uncredited)
 1938 Angels with Dirty Faces
Policeman on El Toro Club Phone (uncredited)
 1938 The Great Waltz
Policeman Outside Hohenfried's (uncredited)
 1938 Girls on Probation
First Detective (uncredited)
 1938 Broadway Musketeers
Policeman Breaking Door Down (uncredited)
 1938 If I Were King
Cook (uncredited)
 1938 Give Me a Sailor
Iceman (uncredited)
 1938 The Devil's Party
Policeman at Warehouse (uncredited)
 1938 Reckless Living
Brownie (uncredited)
 1938 Blondes at Work
Detective Ed Healy (uncredited)
 1938 The Patient in Room 18
Detective Donahue
 1937 Prescription for Romance
Hungarian Policeman (uncredited)
 1937 Escape by Night
Big George - Regan Henchman (uncredited)
 1937 Bad Guy
Moving Man (uncredited)
 1937 Sea Racketeers
Henchman Turk
 1936 Can't Think of It (Short)
 1936 Sheik to Sheik (Short)
Pierre - Georges' Aide (uncredited)
 1936 Shop Talk (Short)
Sheet Music Customer (uncredited)
 1936 While the Cat's Away (Short)
Superintendent (uncredited)
 1934 The Policy Girl (Short)
Radio Station Usher (uncredited)
 1934 Darling Enemy (Short)
 1934 Pugs and Kisses (Short)
Frenchy's Crew Member (uncredited)
 1933 Beer Is Here (Short)
The Mayor
 1933 Kissing Time (Short)
Corporal (uncredited)
 1933 Salt Water Daffy (Short)
Cop (uncredited)
 1933 The Radio Murder Mystery (Short)
Pat, a Detective
 1933 Nearly Naked
 1932 In the Dough (Short)
Cop (uncredited)
 1931 What Price Pants (Short)
Bartender (uncredited)
 1930 Grounds for Murder (Short)
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He appeared in the first episode of Leave It to Beaver (1957) and, coincidentally, died on the same day (June 20, 1963) that the series finale Leave It to Beaver: Family Scrapbook (1963) was first broadcast.

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