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Dolph Sweet (1920–1985)

A barrel-chested, bull-necked presence on stage, film and TV, the tough-minded character actor was born Adolphus Jean Sweet in New York City on July 18, 1920, the son of an auto mechanic. He initially attended the University of Alabama in 1939, but his studies were interrupted by WWII Air Force duty. As a navigator of B-24s, he was shot down ... See full bio »

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Heaven Can Wait
Heaven Can Wait Head Coach
The Wanderers
The Wanderers Chubby Galasso
Gimme a Break!
Gimme a Break! Chief Carl Kanisky / Carl Kanisky
The New Centurions
The New Centurions Sgt. Runyon


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 1981-1985 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Chief Carl Kanisky / Carl Kanisky
- Julie's Birthday (1985) ... Chief Carl Kanisky
- Friendship (1985) ... Chief Carl Kanisky
- Monkey See, Monkey Do (1985) ... Chief Carl Kanisky
- Police Mamas (1985) ... Chief Carl Kanisky
- Cat Story (1985) ... Chief Carl Kanisky
 1981 Reds
Big Bill Haywood
 1981 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (TV Movie)
 1981 The Two Lives of Carol Letner (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Ron Vance
 1981 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Lt. Emil Schneider
- I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin (1981) ... Lt. Emil Schneider
- Life, Death, Eternity (1981) ... Lt. Emil Schneider
- Gatorbait (1981) ... Lt. Emil Schneider
 1981 I'm a Big Girl Now (TV Series)
- Cops (1981)
 1981 The Acorn People (TV Movie)
Donald Bradshaw
 1981 Hart to Hart (TV Series)
Ed Perkis
- Murder in Paradise (1981) ... Ed Perkis
 1980 Enos (TV Series)
 1980 Below the Belt
 1980 When the Whistle Blows (TV Series)
Norm Jenkins
- Run for the Roses (1980) ... Norm Jenkins
- Love in the Fast Lane (1980) ... Norm Jenkins
- Miss Hard Hat USA (1980) ... Norm Jenkins
- Beauty Pageant (1980) ... Norm Jenkins
- God's Country (1980) ... Norm Jenkins
 1980 Gideon's Trumpet (TV Movie)
 1980 Hagen (TV Series)
- Hagen (Pilot) (1980) ... Captain
 1980 Stone (TV Series)
 1980 Paris (TV Series)
James 'Red' McTigue
- America the Beautiful (1980) ... James 'Red' McTigue
 1979 Aunt Mary (TV Movie)
Amos Jones
 1979 Act of Violence (TV Movie)
Detective O'Brien
 1979 Marciano (TV Movie)
Si Menchlemann
 1979 Flesh & Blood (TV Movie)
 1979 Rendezvous Hotel (TV Movie)
Harvey Greenwood
 1979 The Wanderers
Chubby Galasso
 1979 Studs Lonigan (TV Mini-Series)
Father Gilhooley
 1979 Mrs. Columbo (TV Series)
Sergeant Boone
- Murder Is a Parlor Game (1979) ... Sergeant Boone
 1979 Angie (TV Series)
The Sheriff
- The Elopement (1979) ... The Sheriff
 1979 The Amazing Spider-Man (TV Series)
Ben Sorgenson
- Wolfpack (1979) ... Ben Sorgenson
 1979 Kaz (TV Series)
 1978 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
- The Godsister (1978) ... Swaggart
 1978 Taxi (TV Series)
Mr. Caruthers
- The Great Line (1978) ... Mr. Caruthers
 1978 Heaven Can Wait
Head Coach
 1978 Go Tell the Spartans
Gen. Harnitz
 1978 Deathmoon (TV Movie)
Lt. Russ Cort
 1978 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? (TV Series)
Captain Mullins
- Reunion in Terror (1978) ... Captain Mullins
 1978 King (TV Mini-Series)
J. Edgar Hoover
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... J. Edgar Hoover
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... J. Edgar Hoover
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... J. Edgar Hoover
 1977 Which Way Is Up?
The Boss
 1977 A Killing Affair (TV Movie)
Scotty Neilson
 1977 Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (TV Movie)
 1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Police Capt. Costello (voice, uncredited)
 1974 Amazing Grace
Mayor Scott
 1974 The Lords of Flatbush
Mr. Rosiello
 1974 The Migrants (TV Movie)
 1973 Cops and Robbers
 1972 Fear Is the Key
 1972 Sisters
Detective Kelly
 1972 The New Centurions
Sgt. Runyon
 1972 Between Time and Timbuktu (TV Movie)
 1971 The Telephone Book
 1970 The Out of Towners
Police Sergeant
 1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project
Missile Commander
 1970 Somerset (TV Series)
Gerald Davis #2 (1971) (temporary substitute for Walter Matthews)
 1969 The Lost Man
Police Captain
 1968 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
 1968 Finian's Rainbow
 1968 The Swimmer
Henry Biswanger
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die
Captain Haver
 1967 The Edge of Night (TV Series)
Harry Constable
- Episode #1.3050 (1967) ... Harry Constable (uncredited)
- Episode #1.3048 (1967) ... Harry Constable (credit only)
 1967 The Desperate Hours (TV Movie)
Jesse Bard
 1966 You're a Big Boy Now
Patrolman Francis Graf
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Cab Dispatcher
- Ulysses and the Republic (1966) ... Cab Dispatcher
 1966 Dark Shadows (TV Series)
Ezra Hern
- Episode #1.99 (1966) ... Ezra Hern
 1965-1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Sgt. Garrison / Garrison / Lt. Garrison
- The Greatest Game: Part 1 (1966) ... Sgt. Garrison
- Charlie's Got All the Luck (1965) ... Garrison
- A Gaggle of Girls (1965) ... Lt. Garrison
- What Can Go Wrong (1965) ... Sgt. Garrison
- Never Bet on Anything That Talks (1965) ... Sgt. Garrison
 1963-1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Detective Roberts / Detective Al Roberts / 2nd Detective
- The Witnesses (1965) ... Detective Roberts
- Where There's Smoke (1965) ... Detective Al Roberts
- A Question of Mercy (1963) ... 2nd Detective
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Detective Bernstein
- Dangerous to the Public Peace and Safety (1965) ... Detective Bernstein
- To Prosecute All Crimes (1965) ... Detective Bernstein
 1961-1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Police Captain Halloman / Detective Barker / Detective Hank Andrews / ...
- The Non-Violent (1964) ... Police Captain Halloman
- The Empty Heart (1963) ... Detective Barker
- The Eye of Fear (1963) ... Detective Hank Andrews
- The Best Defense (1961) ... Detective #3
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Police Chief Gil McGowan #2 (1972-1977)
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
 1961 The Young Doctors
Police Car Driver

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Was a navigator on B-24 "Liberator" bomber aircraft. Was a 2nd Lieutenant assigned to the 44th Bomb Group. Shot down on 1 August 1943 during Operation "Tidal Wave," the first major mission flown against Axis oil refineries at Ploseti, Romania. Sweet was captured and held POW in Italy until 1944. See more »

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