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Donald Woods (I) (1906–1998)

Donald Woods, a prolific cinema and television character actor whose career spanned 75 films and 150 TV programs over 40 years, was born Ralph L. Zink on December 2, 1906, in Brandon, Manitoba. (He legally changed his name to Donald Woods in 1945.) His family eventually departed Canada for California, and young Ralph was raised in Burbank. He ... See full bio »

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 1984 The Mississippi (TV Series)
Jordan
- Home Again (1984) ... Jordan
 1976 Sweet Revenge
Car Salesman (uncredited)
 1971-1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Judge / Judge Richard McDowell
- The Ghost of Buzz Stevens (1974) ... Judge
- Love Child (1972) ... Judge
- Shadow of a Name (1971) ... Judge Richard McDowell
 1973 Police Story (TV Series)
Dr. Chambers
- The Ho Chi Minh Trail (1973) ... Dr. Chambers
 1973 Love Story (TV Series)
Dr. Newman
- Love Came Laughing (1973) ... Dr. Newman
 1972 The Sandy Duncan Show (TV Series)
Mr. Ellsworth
- Play It Again Samuelson (1972) ... Mr. Ellsworth
 1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Halberstam
- The Biggest Game in the West (1972) ... Halberstam
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Dr. Latham
- The Gambling Game (1971) ... Dr. Latham
 1971 The D.A. (TV Series)
Stanley Squire
- The People versus Swammerdam (1971) ... Stanley Squire
 1969 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (TV Series)
- Pilot (1969)
 1969 True Grit
Barlow
 1968 Istanbul Express (TV Movie)
Shepherd
 1968 Lassie (TV Series)
Forest Service Official
- Holocaust: Part 2 (1968) ... Forest Service Official
- The Holocaust: Part 1 (1968) ... Forest Service Official (credit only)
 1968 Felony Squad (TV Series)
Martin Anderson
- The Deadly Innocents (1968) ... Martin Anderson
 1968 A Time to Sing
Vernon Carter
 1967 Hondo (TV Series)
Doc Stanton
- Hondo and the Singing Wire (1967) ... Doc Stanton
 1966-1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Griswold / Senator Stephen Fenlow
- The Night of the Assassin (1967) ... Griswold
- The Night of the Skulls (1966) ... Senator Stephen Fenlow
 1967 Coronet Blue (TV Series)
Paul Frame
- A Time to Be Born (1967) ... Paul Frame
 1967 Bonanza (TV Series)
Gurney
- The Deed and the Dilemma (1967) ... Gurney
 1966 Dimension 5
Kane
 1965 Moment to Moment
Mr. Singer
 1964 Kissin' Cousins
General Alvin Donford
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Chet Hayes
- Some Weeks Are All Mondays (1963) ... Chet Hayes
 1963 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
Dave Jenson
- A Girl Named Amy (1963) ... Dave Jenson
 1963 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Byron Leonard
- Read No Evil (1963) ... Byron Leonard
 1962 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Mort Schwann
- Location Shooting (1962) ... Mort Schwann
 1960-1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Gilbert Cannon / Frank Baker
- Jennifer (1962) ... Gilbert Cannon
- The Duncan Shrine (1960) ... Frank Baker
 1961 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Frank Dixon
- A Certain Time, a Certain Darkness (1961) ... Frank Dixon
 1961 Five Minutes to Live
Ken Wilson
 1961 Laramie (TV Series)
Morgan Bennett
- Two for the Gallows (1961) ... Morgan Bennett
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Dr. John Carmody
- Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (1961) ... Dr. John Carmody
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
George Thruxton
- One for the Book (1961) ... George Thruxton
 1961 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
John Cole
- The End Justifies the End (1961) ... John Cole
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
Douglas Brainard
- Trail of Darkness (1960) ... Douglas Brainard
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Luke Grant / Phillip Ayers
- The Luke Grant Story (1960) ... Luke Grant
- The Christine Elliott Story (1960) ... Phillip Ayers
 1960 Men Into Space (TV Series)
Colonel Jim Benson
- Emergency Mission (1960) ... Colonel Jim Benson
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series)
Sam Moss / Lick Stribling
- He's Only a Boy (1960) ... Sam Moss / Lick Stribling
 1960 I'll Give My Life
Pastor Goodwin
 1960 Tightrope (TV Series)
Paul Keel
- Appointment in Jericho (1960) ... Paul Keel
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Edmund Horton
- Knock on Any Tombstone (1960) ... Edmund Horton
 1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Roger Purcell
- A Picture of Death (1960) ... Roger Purcell
 1954-1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Norman Frost Bennett
- R.S.V.P. (1960) ... Norman Frost Bennett
 1959 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Ferguson
- The Writer (1959) ... Ferguson
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- You and I (1958)
 1957 Hotel Cosmopolitan (TV Series)
Host (1957-1958)
 1956-1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Father Francis L. Sampson / Rev. Hiram Frakes
- The Light (1957) ... Father Francis L. Sampson
- Paratroop Padre (1957) ... Father Francis L. Sampson
- Sky Pilot of the Cumberlands (1956) ... Rev. Hiram Frakes
 1956 Afternoon Film Festival (TV Series)
Host (mid to late 1956)
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
- The Knife (1955)
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Robert
- A Wind from the South (1955) ... Robert
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Cobb Marley
- The Cobb Marley Story (1955) ... Cobb Marley
 1951-1954 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- The Gentleman (1954)
- I Am Still Alive (1951)
 1954 Inner Sanctum (TV Series)
Blake
- The Third Fate (1954) ... Blake
 1954 Center Stage (TV Series)
 1954 The Inner Flame (TV Series)
Walter Manning
- Episode #1.1 (1954) ... Walter Manning (unconfirmed)
 1954 Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson (TV Series)
Eric Sandler
- A Fond Farewell (1954) ... Eric Sandler
 1953 The Studebaker Story (Short)
John Mohler Studebaker
 1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Capt. Phil Jackson
 1953 Born to the Saddle
Matt Daggett
 1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1953 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Steve Trent
- I Cover Korea (1953) ... Steve Trent
 1950-1951 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Night Song (1951)
- It's Only a Game (1950)
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
Fred Pollard
- Dark Image (1951) ... Fred Pollard
 1951 All That I Have
Pastor William Goodwin
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. King / Herbert
- Closeup (1951) ... Mr. King
- Minor Incident (1951) ... Herbert
 1950 The Du Pont Story
Irénée du Pont
 1950 Mr. Music
Tippy Carpenter
 1950 The Lost Volcano
Paul Gordon
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. King / Herbert
- Closeup (1950) ... Mr. King
- Minor Incident (1950) ... Herbert
 1950 Johnny One-Eye
Vet
 1950 Famous Jury Trials (TV Series)
Narrator
- The People vs. William Tait (1950) ... Narrator
 1949 Free for All
Roger Abernathy
 1949 Barbary Pirate
Maj. Tom Blake
 1949 Scene of the Crime
Bob Herkimer
 1949 Daughter of the West
Commissioner Ralph C. Connors
 1947 The Return of Rin Tin Tin
Father Matthew
 1947 Stepchild
Ken Bullock
 1946 Never Say Goodbye
Rex DeVallon
 1946 Night and Day
Ward Blackburn
 1946 Goodbye, Weeds (Short)
Henry
 1945 Star in the Night (Short)
Hitchhiker
 1945 Wonder Man
Monte Rossen
 1945 God Is My Co-Pilot (scenes deleted)
 1945 Roughly Speaking
Rodney Crane
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Donald Woods
 1944 Enemy of Women
Dr. Hans Traeger, MD
 1943 Hi'ya, Sailor
Bob Jackson
 1943 So's Your Uncle
Steve Curtis
 1943 Corregidor
Dr. Michael
 1942 The Gay Sisters
Penn Sutherland Gaylord
 1942 Thru Different Eyes
Ted Farnsworth
 1941 I Was a Prisoner on Devil's Island
Joel Grant / Joseph Elmer
 1941 Bachelor Daddy
Edward Smith
 1941 Sky Raiders
Captain Bob Dayton / John Kane
 1940 Young America Flies (Short)
John Woodward
 1940 Love, Honor and Oh-Baby!
Brian McGrath
 1940 If I Had My Way
Fred Johnson
 1940 Forgotten Girls
Dan Donahue
 1940 City of Chance
Steve Walker
 1939 Heritage of the Desert
John Abbott
 1939 Beauty for the Asking
Jeffrey Martin
 1938 Danger on the Air
Benjamin Franklin Butts
 1938 Romance on the Run
Barry Drake
 1938 The Black Doll
Nick Halstead
 1937 Big Town Girl
Mark Tracey
 1937 Charlie Chan on Broadway
Speed Patten
 1937 Talent Scout
Steve Stewart
 1937 Sea Devils
Steve Webb
 1937 Once a Doctor
Dr.Steven Brace
 1936 Isle of Fury
Eric Blake
 1936 A Son Comes Home
Denny
 1936 The White Angel
Charles Cooper
 1936 Road Gang
James 'Jim' Larrabie
 1936 The Story of Louis Pasteur
Dr. Jean Martel
 1935 Frisco Kid
Charles Ford
 1935 Stranded
John Wesley
 1935 The Florentine Dagger
Cesare
 1934 Sweet Adeline
Sid Barnett
 1934 She Was a Lady
Tommy Traill
 1934 Charlie Chan's Courage
Bob Crawford
 1934 Fog Over Frisco
Tony
 1934 Merry Wives of Reno
Frank
 1934 As the Earth Turns
Stan
 1928 Motorboat Mamas (Short)
Yacht Club Patron (uncredited)
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In 1962, he co-starred an unsold pilot for a proposed NBC comedy series called "Amy". The sitcom, which starred Sharon Farrell, revolved around the misadventures of a madcap teenager and the problems they caused for her family. See more »
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I try to do at least one play per year whatever else I'm doing--such as selling $300,000 worth of real estate in Palm Springs.

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Pleasant, boyish leading man of the 1930s who later moved into mature character roles. Played Perry Mason in one of a series of Warner Brothers B pictures. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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