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Kenneth Tobey (1917–2002)


Born in Oakland, California, Kenneth Tobey was headed for a law career when he first dabbled in acting at the University of California Little Theater. That experience led to a year and a half of study at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, where his classmates included Gregory Peck, Eli Wallach and Tony Randall. Throughout the 1940s Tobey acted on ... See full bio »

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 1997 The Angry Beavers (TV Series)
Scientist / General
- Bummer of Love/Food of the Clods (1997) ... Scientist / General (voice, as Kenneth Toby)
 1996 Hellraiser: Bloodline
Hologram-Priest (uncredited)
 1994 Body Shot
Arthur Lassen
 1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series)
Rurigan
- Shadowplay (1994) ... Rurigan
 1992 Single White Female
Desk Clerk (as Ken Tobey)
 1992 Honey I Blew Up the Kid
Smitty
 1991 Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel
Capt. Holiday
 1991 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Judge Kent Watson
- Speak, Lawyers, for Me (1991) ... Judge Kent Watson (as Ken Tobey)
- As God Is My Co-Defendant (1991) ... Judge Kent Watson (as Ken Tobey)
 1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Projectionist
 1989 Ghost Writer
Cop #2
 1988 Freeway
Monsignor Kavanaugh
 1988 Big Top Pee-wee
Sheriff
 1987 Hunter (TV Series)
Father Cusack
- Playing God (1987) ... Father Cusack
 1987 Innerspace
Man in Restroom (as Ken Tobey)
 1986 Starman (TV Series)
Conrad Bennett
- Fatal Flaw (1986) ... Conrad Bennett
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Sheriff (segment "A Day in Beaumont")
- A Day in Beaumont/The Last Defender of Camelot (1986) ... Sheriff (segment "A Day in Beaumont")
 1985 The Lost Empire
Capt. Hendry
 1984 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Judge Randolph Winthrop
- Power Play (1984) ... Judge Randolph Winthrop
 1983 Strange Invaders
Arthur Newman
 1981 The Howling
Older Cop
 1980 Airplane!
Air Controller Neubauer
 1980 Galactica 1980 (TV Series)
Sheriff
- Space Croppers (1980) ... Sheriff (uncredited)
 1980 Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die (TV Movie)
Chuck Parks
 1980 Hero at Large
Firechief
 1979 Vega$ (TV Series)
Bill Woods
- The Way to Live (1979) ... Bill Woods (as Ken Tobey)
 1975-1979 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Ron Hagarty / Sheriff Tommy Allen / Sheriff
- Master of Deception (1979) ... Ron Hagarty
- Band of Evil (1976) ... Sheriff Tommy Allen
- Fantasy of Fear (1975) ... Sheriff
 1973-1978 Emergency! (TV Series)
Captain Gordon Trigg / Crane Operator / Doug Barton
- The Most Deadly Passage (1978) ... Captain Gordon Trigg
- Surprise (1974) ... Crane Operator
- Body Language (1973) ... Doug Barton
 1978 Goodbye, Franklin High
Police Captain
 1978 Wild and Wooly (TV Movie)
Mark Hannah
 1977-1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
University Police Chief Max Kilmore / Captain
- The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall (1978) ... University Police Chief Max Kilmore
- There's One in Every Port (1977) ... Captain
 1978 Nowhere to Run (TV Movie)
Mohr (as Ken Tobey)
 1977 Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm Ready (TV Movie)
Oliver
 1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Philip Chandler
- The Mystery of the Silent Scream (1977) ... Philip Chandler
 1977 Most Wanted (TV Series)
Harbor Master
- The Pirate (1977) ... Harbor Master
 1976-1977 Gibbsville (TV Series)
Chief Edmundson
- In the Silence (1977)
- How Old, How Young (1976) ... Chief Edmundson
 1974-1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Commander Judd / Sheriff Kenney / Sheriff Holloway
- The Thrill Killers: Part 2 (1976) ... Commander Judd (as Ken Tobey)
- Trail of Terror (1975) ... Sheriff Kenney
- Jacob's Boy (1974) ... Sheriff Holloway (as Ken Tobey)
 1976 Gus
Asst. Warden
 1976 Baby Blue Marine
Buick Driver
 1976 W.C. Fields and Me
Parker (uncredited)
 1976 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Barrett
- A Matter of Faith (1976) ... Barrett
 1975 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Andy Wilkins
- Terror on the Docks (1975) ... Andy Wilkins
 1975 Columbo (TV Series)
Police Commissioner
- A Case of Immunity (1975) ... Police Commissioner
 1975 The Family Holvak (TV Series)
McGrath
- First Love: Part 2 (1975) ... McGrath
 1975 The Wild McCullochs
Larry Carpenter
 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series)
Sergeant
- The Killing Ground (1975) ... Sergeant (as Kenneth Toby)
 1974-1975 Get Christie Love! (TV Series)
- The Big Rematch (1975)
- Pawn Ticket for Murder (1974) ... (as Ken Tobey)
 1975 Movin' On (TV Series)
Richardson
- Explosion (1975) ... Richardson (as Ken Tobey)
 1974 The Missiles of October (TV Movie)
Adm. George W. Anderson Jr., Chief of Naval Operations
 1973-1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Det. Fowler / McWalters
- Glamour Boy (1974) ... Det. Fowler
- Requiem for an Informer (1973) ... McWalters (as Ken Tobey)
 1974 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Sgt. Halliday
- The Game of Survival (1974) ... Sgt. Halliday
 1974 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (TV Series)
Powell
- Can I Save My Children? (1974) ... Powell
 1972-1974 The Rookies (TV Series)
Officer Corbett / Radio Officer / Officer Rankin
- Death at 6 A.M. (1974) ... Officer Corbett (as Ken Tobet)
- The Good Die Young (1972) ... Radio Officer
- The Bear That Didn't Get Up (1972) ... Officer Rankin
 1970-1974 Ironside (TV Series)
Mahoney / Lt. Reynolds
- What's New with Mark? (1974) ... Mahoney
- Little Jerry Jessup (1970) ... Lt. Reynolds
 1974 Homebodies
Construction Boss
 1974 Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
Carl Donahue
 1974 Chopper One (TV Series)
Sergeant Reardon
- Downtime (1974) ... Sergeant Reardon
 1974 Firehouse (TV Series)
Barkham
- A Gift for Grumper (1974) ... Barkham
 1970-1974 Adam-12 (TV Series)
Don Bates / Sgt. Bert Strong / Lt. King
- Clinic on 18th Street (1974) ... Don Bates
- Log 174: Loan Sharks (1970) ... Sgt. Bert Strong
- Log 34: Astro Division (1970) ... Lt. King
 1974 The Death Squad (TV Movie)
Hartman
 1973 The New Perry Mason (TV Series)
Detective Naismith
- The Case of the Cagey Cager (1973) ... Detective Naismith (as Ken Tobey)
 1970-1973 Mannix (TV Series)
Ted Bailey / Sheriff / Sheriff Wells
- Desert Run (1973) ... Ted Bailey
- A Game of Shadows (1972) ... Sheriff
- Sunburst (1970) ... Sheriff Wells
 1973 The Alpha Caper (TV Movie)
Police Captain
 1973 Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV Movie)
Captain
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Sheriff Ingram
- Alethea (1973) ... Sheriff Ingram
 1973 Walking Tall
Augie McCullah
 1971-1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Sheriff Kimball / Sheriff Slocum
- Witness to a Lynching (1972) ... Sheriff Kimball
- Jailbreak at Junction City (1971) ... Sheriff Slocum
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Warden
- Finnegan's Flight (1972) ... Warden
 1972 Rage
Col. Alan A. Nickerson
 1960-1972 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Ed Terrall / Bob Mathison / Fickett / ...
- Tatum (1972) ... Ed Terrall
- The Prisoner (1969) ... Bob Mathison
- Once a Haggen (1964) ... Fickett
- The Worm (1960) ... Ben Spadden
 1972 The Crooked Hearts (TV Movie)
Fisherman
 1972 Cannon (TV Series)
Sgt. Fred Macklin
- Stakeout (1972) ... Sgt. Fred Macklin
 1972 The Candidate
Floyd J. Starkey
 1972 Ben
Engineer
 1972 Cade's County (TV Series)
- Jessie (1972)
 1972 Fireball Forward (TV Movie)
Gen. Dawson
 1972 Longstreet (TV Series)
Lieutenant
- Through Shattering Glass (1972) ... Lieutenant
 1968-1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Notary / Josiah Heath
- Search in Limbo (1972) ... Notary
- The Thirteenth Man (1968) ... Josiah Heath (as Ken Tobey)
 1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Colonel Phillips
- Operation: Spread (1971) ... Colonel Phillips
 1971 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Barstow
- Recurring Nightmare (1971) ... Barstow
 1971 Terror in the Sky (TV Movie)
Capt. Wilson
 1971 Billy Jack
Deputy Mike (as Ken Tobey)
 1970 Lassie: Peace Is Our Profession (TV Movie)
Colonel Bill Morgan
 1970 Breakout (TV Movie)
Ranger
 1970 Men at Law (TV Series)
Lt. Everton
- Where Are You At? (1970) ... Lt. Everton
 1967-1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Sheriff Howard Acton / Joe Pierce / Sheriff Dan Porter / ...
- Lady at the Bar (1970) ... Sheriff Howard Acton
- Rich Man, Poor Man (1970) ... Joe Pierce
- The Decision (1968) ... Sheriff Dan Porter
- The Reckoning (1967) ... Sheriff Kirby
 1970 The Andersonville Trial (TV Movie)
The Board of Military Judges (as Ken Tobey)
 1970 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Captain
- Project X (1970) ... Captain
 1960-1969 Lassie (TV Series)
Luke Moran / Tom Anderson / Jim Dixon / ...
- Success Story (1969) ... Luke Moran
- Fury at Wind River (1967) ... Tom Anderson
- Lure of the Wild (1967) ... Jim Dixon
- A Career for Lassie (1962) ... Dan Fuller
- The Rescue (1960) ... Chuck Martin (as Kenneth Toby)
 1969 Marlowe
Sgt. Fred Beifus
 1969 The Outsider (TV Series)
Joe Kester
- All the Social Graces (1969) ... Joe Kester
 1969 Family Affair (TV Series)
Steve Jackson
- To Love with Buffy (1969) ... Steve Jackson
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Dr. Yale Udall
- Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live (1968) ... Dr. Yale Udall
 1967-1968 I Spy (TV Series)
Russ Conway / Gabe
- Pinwheel (1968) ... Russ Conway (as Ken Tobey)
- The Name of the Game (1968) ... Russ Conway (as Ken Tobey)
- This Guy Smith (1968) ... Russ Conway (as Ken Tobey)
- Anyplace I Hang Myself Is Home (1968) ... Russ Conway (as Ken Tobey)
- Oedipus at Colonus (1967) ... Russ Conway (as Ken Tobey)
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Patch
- T Is for Traitor (1967) ... Patch
 1967 A Time for Killing
Sgt. Cleehan
 1967 40 Guns to Apache Pass
Corporal Bodine
 1967 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Taggart
- The Wolf Man (1967) ... Taggart
 1966 A Man Called Adam
Club Owner
 1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
Blakey
- Nobody Asks What Side You're On (1965) ... Blakey (as Ken Tobey)
 1964 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Dan Powers
- Sam's Boy (1964) ... Dan Powers
 1964 Grindl (TV Series)
Jack
- Grindl, Private Eye (1964) ... Jack
 1963 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Sgt. Baker
- Captain Thomson (1963) ... Sgt. Baker
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Bill Latham
- My Name Is Martin Burnham (1963) ... Bill Latham
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Burke O'Hara
- The Old Man and the City (1963) ... Burke O'Hara
 1963 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
Ryan
- Forget No More (1963) ... Ryan
 1962 Stark Fear
Cliff Kane
 1962 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Frank Mitchell / Marshal Walden
- The Good Fight (1962) ... Marshal Walden
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Delaney
- Viva Vegas (1962) ... Delaney
 1962 Ripcord (TV Series)
Reverend Dr. Darrell
- The Human Kind (1962) ... Reverend Dr. Darrell
 1960-1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Duncan Clooney / Tom Bishop / Tom Gibson
- Trojan Horse (1961) ... Duncan Clooney (as Ken Tobey)
- The Parting (1960) ... Tom Bishop / Tom Gibson
 1961 X-15
Col. Craig Brewster
 1961 Sea Hunt (TV Series)
Pete Butler
- Roustabout (1961) ... Pete Butler
 1961 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Tim Decker
- Broken Image (1961) ... Tim Decker
 1961 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Coach Fred Farrell
- Rusty's Punishment (1961) ... Coach Fred Farrell
 1961 The Americans (TV Series)
Lt. Jones
- Harper's Ferry (1961) ... Lt. Jones
 1960 Bronco (TV Series)
Campbell
- The Mustangers (1960) ... Campbell
 1960 Seven Ways from Sundown
Texas Ranger Lieutenant Herly
 1960 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Coach Jarech
- Fraternity of Fear (1960) ... Coach Jarech
 1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
Wyatt Cady
- West of Boston (1960) ... Wyatt Cady
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series)
Major Quincy Bannister
- Noblesse Oblige (1960) ... Major Quincy Bannister (as Ken Tobey)
 1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Reed Amherst
- Deadly Diamonds (1960) ... Reed Amherst
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Jeff
 1959 Laramie (TV Series)
Joe Tanner
- The Lonesome Gun (1959) ... Joe Tanner (uncredited)
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Vince Slater
- The Legend (1959) ... Vince Slater
 1955-1959 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Jocko / Shorty / Anthoney Murphy / ...
- Elfego Baca, Attorney at Law (1959) ... Shorty
- Behind the Scenes with Fess Parker (1956) ... Anthoney Murphy
- Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race (1955) ... Jocko
 1958 Jefferson Drum (TV Series)
John Wallach
- $50 for a Dead Man (1958) ... John Wallach
 1958 Behind Closed Doors (TV Series)
Colonel Pete Kellogg
- Mig 9 (1958) ... Colonel Pete Kellogg
 1958 Cry Terror!
Agent Frank Cole
 1958 Navy Log (TV Series)
Captain Bright
- The Way of the Wrangell (1958) ... Captain Bright
 1957 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Sheriff Cash Harcourt
- Revenge at Harness Creek (1957) ... Sheriff Cash Harcourt
 1957 Jet Pilot
Sergeant (uncredited)
 1957 The Vampire
Sheriff Buck Donnelly
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series)
Ward Hooper
- Road Block (1957) ... Ward Hooper
 1957 Panic! (TV Series)
John Edward Brester
- The Prisoner (1957) ... John Edward Brester
 1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Mr. Alston
- Call for Help (1957) ... Mr. Alston
 1957 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
Jim Callahan
- Bandit Chief (1957) ... Jim Callahan (as Ken Tobey)
 1957 The Wings of Eagles
Capt. Herbert Allen Hazard
 1956 The Search for Bridey Murphy
Rex Simmons
 1956 Conflict (TV Series)
Larry
- Shock Wave (1956) ... Larry
 1955-1956 Frontier (TV Series)
Gabe Sharp / Wade Trippe
- The Hostage (1956) ... (as Ken Tobey)
- Out from Texas (1956) ... Gabe Sharp (as Ken Tobey)
- In Nebraska (1955) ... Wade Trippe (as Ken Tobey)
 1953-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Lt. Lambert / Sergeant Tim Vernon
- The Happy Sun (1956)
- Ordeal (1956) ... Lt. Lambert
- Jury of One (1955) ... (as Ken Tobey)
- Storm Swept (1953) ... Sergeant Tim Vernon
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
- Smith of Ecuador (1956)
 1956 The Great Locomotive Chase
Anthony Murphy
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Jim Weston
- Faith (1956) ... Jim Weston
 1956 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Jack Bramer
- Hero Father (1956) ... Jack Bramer
 1955-1956 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Frank Davis / Lieutenant Dunne
- The Green Bomb (1956) ... Frank Davis
- Y.O.R.D. (1955) ... Lieutenant Dunne (as Ken Tobey)
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Lt. Hank Mahoney (uncredited)
 1956 The Steel Jungle
Dr. Lewy
 1954-1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Harry Potter / David Whitney
- Slander (1955) ... Harry Potter (as Ken Tobey)
- A Family Out of Us (1954) ... David Whitney
 1952-1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Ellison / Larsen
- Retribution (1954) ... Joe Ellison
- The Roof (1952) ... Larsen
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Herbert
- Mr. Pak Takes Over (1955) ... Herbert
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Captain Coppedge
- Flight 951 (1955) ... Captain Coppedge
 1955 Rage at Dawn
Monk Claxton
 1954-1955 Public Defender (TV Series)
Sgt. Angel / Don Nelson
- Cornered (1955) ... Sgt. Angel
- Road to Nowhere (1954) ... Don Nelson
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
Frank
- A Hunting We Will Go (1955) ... Frank
 1955 Captain Fathom (TV Movie)
Jack Clyde (as Ken Tobey)
 1954 The Steel Cage
Steinberg, Convict Painter (segment "The Face")
 1954 Down Three Dark Streets
FBI Agent Zack Stewart
 1954 Ring of Fear
Shreveport
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Johnny Martin
- The Honolulu Story (1954) ... Johnny Martin
 1953-1954 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
- Strange Valley (1954)
- The Dynamiter (1953)
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1954 Mayor of the Town (TV Series)
Driscoll
- His Honor, Butch (1954) ... Driscoll
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Alias Nora Hale (1953)
 1953 The Bigamist
Tom Morgan, Defense Attorney
 1953 Fighter Attack
George
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Women Who Wait (1953)
 1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Col. Jack Evans
 1953 Dragnet (TV Series)
- The Big Friend (1953) ... (as Ken Tobey)
 1952 Biff Baker, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Tommy Allen
- Counterfeit Plates (1952) ... Tommy Allen (as Ken Tobey)
 1952 Angel Face
Bill Crompton
 1952 The Unexpected (TV Series)
Brode
- The Perfectionists (1952) ... Brode
 1951 Rawhide
Lt. Wingate (uncredited)
 1951 Up Front
Cooper (uncredited)
 1951 The Company She Keeps
Rex Fisher (uncredited)
 1950 The Flying Missile
Crewman Pete McEvoy
 1950 Three Secrets
Officer (uncredited)
 1950 Right Cross
Ken, the Third Reporter (as Ken Tobey)
 1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Det. Fowler
 1950 The Gunfighter
Swede (uncredited)
 1950 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Deputy Gil Jackson
- Spanish Gold (1950) ... Deputy Gil Jackson
 1950 Love That Brute
Henchman #1 in Cigar Store (uncredited)
 1950 One Way Street
Cop at Second Accident (uncredited)
 1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home
Lt. K. Geiger (uncredited)
 1950 The File on Thelma Jordon
Police Photographer (uncredited)
 1949 Twelve O'Clock High
Sgt. Keller - Guard at Gate (uncredited)
 1949 Free for All
Pilot
 1949 The Doctor and the Girl
Surgeon at Bellevue (uncredited)
 1949 Task Force
Capt. Ken Willliamson (uncredited)
 1949 I Was a Male War Bride
Red - Seaman (uncredited)
 1949 The Great Sinner
Cabbie (uncredited)
 1949 Illegal Entry
Dave (uncredited)
 1949 The Stratton Story
Detroit Player (uncredited)
 1948 He Walked by Night
Detective Questioning Pete (uncredited)
 1948 Beyond Glory
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1947 This Time for Keeps
Redheaded Soldier at Pool (uncredited)
 1947 Dangerous Venture
Red (as Ken Tobey)
 1945 The Front Page (TV Movie)
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Height:

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Stepbrother-in-law of Ina Ray Hutton. See more »

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Aries

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