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Overview (5)

Born in San Francisco, California, USA
Died in Encino, California, USA
Birth NamePalmer Lee
Nickname Grizzly
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Norwegian by heritage and a San Franciscan by birth, brown-haired, brown-eyed Gregg Palmer (born Palmer Lee) broke into show biz as a radio announcer. After an early '50s stint as a contract player at Universal, he turned to freelancing, closing out the decade by starring and co-starring in a number of detective, Western and sci-fi adventures. In the '60s, Palmer drifted into supporting roles and much TV work, and reinforced his growing rep with Western fans by becoming a regular member of John Wayne's latter-day stock company.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Ruth Stump Brooks (1967 - 1999) ( her death)

Trivia (7)

Living in Encino, California after retiring, he played a lot of golf and made frequent personal appearances for charity purposes. Developed an interest in Native American lore and history and spoke a little Navajo.
Early jobs during his salad days in Hollywood include truck driver, construction worker and bouncer.
Auditioned for an early 1950s TV show based on Al Capp's popular comic strip character "Li'l Abner." His Daisy Mae for the audition was none other than Marilyn Monroe. Neither got the job.
Joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. He became a cryptographer and finished his hitch in 1946, being discharged with the rank of sergeant.
Son of Norwegian immigrants. Father a carpenter, came from Norway in 1907 (served with the US Army in Europe during WW I). Mother came from Norway in 1922.
Known for his work in westerns, in 2004 he attended the Golden Boot Awards.
His remains were cremated.

Personal Quotes (2)

[about Mari Blanchard, with whom he worked at Universal Pictures in the 1950s] She was a sweetheart. She was reserved, but outgoing. She wasn't pushy, a class act.
[about working with Neville Brand on Brand's series Laredo (1965)] I did a scene and got a little applause from the crew for taking a gunshot. The crew said that's the way to take a gunshot in the gut. Offstage Neville says, "Well, he should, he's done enough of those things". Someone said, "How would you know, Neville? Have you ever been shot?" He says, "Hell yes, I got shot here" and he pointed to his shoulder, "Came out here. I got shot here, came out here", pointing to his side. The interesting thing was, when I talked to him later, he said, "Gregg, in the war I could smell the Krauts in the morning. I'd go on patrol down through the gully and I could just smell the sauerkraut in the morning they were cooking".

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