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Jack Starrett (1936–1989)

Jack Starrett was a superbly talented and versatile actor and director who specialized in making hugely enjoyable down-'n'-dirty low-budget drive-in exploitation pictures. Starrett was born on November 2, 1936, in Refugio, TX. He attended San Marcos Academy in the 1940s and the 1950s. He made his acting debut as "Coach Jennings" in Like Father, ... See full bio »

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First Blood
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles Gabby Johnson
Race with the Devil
Race with the Devil Gas Station Attendant
The Losers
The Losers Chet Davis


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 1990 Hollywood Heartbreak
Lou Budowski
 1989 Nightwish
 1989 Family Reunion
 1988 Brothers in Arms
 1988 Death Chase
Lt. MacGrew
 1987 Like Father Like Son
Coach Jennings (uncredited)
 1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
Wade Blackburn
- The Duke of Whispering Pines (1986) ... Wade Blackburn
 1985 Hunter (TV Series)
Bartender / Dennis Balzer
- Rape and Revenge: Part 2 (1985) ... Bartender
- Rape and Revenge: Part 1 (1985) ... Bartender (uncredited)
- Sniper (1985) ... Dennis Balzer
 1983-1985 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Sheriff / Lt. George Barth / Hagen
- Sky Knight (1985) ... Sheriff
- K.I.T.T. the Cat (1983) ... Lt. George Barth
- The Topaz Connection (1983) ... Hagen
 1985 Wildside (TV Series)
General Abraham Wollack
- Well Known Secret (1985) ... General Abraham Wollack
 1984 The River
 1983 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
- Moon Over Uranus (1983) ... Farley
 1982 First Blood
 1979 The Rose
 1979 Survival of Dana (TV Movie)
Police Photographer (voice, uncredited)
 1979 Mr. Horn (TV Movie)
Gen. George Crook
 1977 Nowhere to Hide (TV Movie)
 1976 A Small Town in Texas
Buford Tyler (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
 1975 Race with the Devil
Gas Station Attendant
 1974 The Gravy Train
Gentleman Rancher (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
 1974 Blazing Saddles
Gabby Johnson (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
 1973 Kid Blue
Tough Guy (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Wilbur Bain
- The Mustangers (1971) ... Wilbur Bain
 1970 Cry Blood, Apache
The Deacon
 1970 The Losers
Chet Davis (uncredited)
 1970 Hell's Bloody Devils
 1969 The Gay Deceivers
Colonel Dixon
 1968 Angels from Hell
 1967 The Born Losers
Deputy Fred
 1967 Hells Angels on Wheels
Sgt. Bingham
 1961 Like Father, Like Son
Football Coach Jennings
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Claud Ennis | Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

I jump in with both feet. I figure if you ain't got balls you're in the wrong business.


He used to perform a comedic drunk routine at parties. Mel Brooks was in attendance at one of these parties and decided that Starrett would be a perfect Gabby Johnson for [Link=tt0071230]. See more »

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