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Born: October 17, 1928 – Died: September 13, 2021

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Early Life and Career

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Year Title Role
2022 No Name and Dynamite Davenport Angus
2020 Legend Unknown
2019 The Marshal Red
2008 Jake's Corner Eight Seconds
2006 Incident at Alma (Short) Sherrif Carter
1997 Vanishing Point (TV Movie) Sheriff
1995 Legend (TV Series) Hank Vine
1995 Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Movie) U.S. Marshal
1994 Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (TV Movie) Sheriff at Dillion Ranch
1993 Tombstone High Roller
1993 Benefit of the Doubt Charlie
1993 Telling Secrets (TV Movie) Sgt. Barnett
1992 Renegade (TV Series) Clint the Rancher
1989–1992 The Young Riders (TV Series) William Tompkins, Shop Keeper | Tompkins | Storekeeper Tompkins ...
1992 Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV Movie) Sheriff Tom, Tombstone
1991 Living a Lie (TV Movie) Sheriff
1990 Kid Clarke
1990 El Diablo (TV Movie) Jake
1988–1989 War and Remembrance (TV Mini Series) Adm. Russ Carton
1988 The Cellar Sheriff
1988 Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Movie) Warden
1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series) Jake
1983 September Gun (TV Movie) Sheriff Mills
1976–1983 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series) Sheriff | Schultz
1983 The Winds of War (TV Mini Series) Russell Carton
1983 Highway Honeys (TV Movie) Cannonball Shepherd
1979 The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (TV Movie) Frank Dalton
1979 The Sacketts (TV Mini Series) L.P. Seeker
1979 Mr. Horn (TV Mini Series) Mr. Nickell
1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (TV Movie) Tim
1978 How the West Was Won (TV Series) Captain Poynton
1977 Aspen (TV Mini Series) Coker
1976 Sara (TV Series) Karl
1974 Chase (TV Series) Unknown
1964–1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series) Eli Baines | Price
1974 Banacek (TV Series) Jimmy Scarne
1973 Key West (TV Movie) Chief Jim Miller
1973 The Waltons (TV Series) Dr. Miller
1960–1972 Bonanza (TV Series) Paul Walker | Sheriff Fenton | Ira Tatum ...
1971 The Man and the City (TV Series) Ross
1967–1971 The High Chaparral (TV Series) Sam Butler
1970 Flap Mike Lyons
1969 The Undefeated Goodyear
1969 Land of the Giants (TV Series) Father - Mr. Bara
1968 5 Card Stud Rowan
1967 Hondo (TV Series) Drover
1967 The War Wagon Shack
1962–1967 Death Valley Days (TV Series) Josiah Wilbarger | Frank Dalton | Jack Slade ...
1966 El Dorado Deputy Joe Braddock (uncredited)
1966 Paradise, Hawaiian Style Andy Lowell
1966 Incident at Phantom Hill Drum
1966 Moment to Moment 1st Officer (uncredited)
1966 The Wackiest Ship in the Army (TV Series) Capt. Foley
1965 Branded (TV Series) Jud Foley | Wilkes - Brawler
1965 Peyton Place (TV Series) John Pearson (uncredited)
1963–1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) Luke Adams | Detective Sgt. Newsome
1965 Wagon Train (TV Series) Wyatt Earp
1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series) Colonel Hinkle
1964 The Virginian (TV Series) Marshal Cass
1964 Perry Mason (TV Series) Peter Hayes
1963 Temple Houston (TV Series) Seth Warrener
1963 Ben Jerrod (TV Series) Abel Forsythe
1962 Wide Country (TV Series) Detective Sgt. Van Anda
1960–1962 Outlaws (TV Series) Marshal Will Foreman | Deputy Marshal Will Foreman | Marshal Will Forman
1962 Safe at Home! Ken Lawton
1960 Seven Ways from Sundown Duncan
1960 Twelve Hours to Kill Andy - Policeman



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