Jack Ging

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Jack Ging

Ging as Beau Mc Cloud (center) with Suzanne Lloyd and Howard Keel in Tales of Wells Fargo, 1961.
BornJack Lee Ging
(1931-11-30) November 30, 1931 (age 80)
Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor
Years active1958-1994
Spouse(s)Ramona Apache (1978-present) 2 children
Gretchen Graening (1956-1972) (divorced) 1 child
Katie Ging (1952-1954) (divorced) 1 child
 
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Jack Ging

Ging as Beau Mc Cloud (center) with Suzanne Lloyd and Howard Keel in Tales of Wells Fargo, 1961.
BornJack Lee Ging
(1931-11-30) November 30, 1931 (age 80)
Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor
Years active1958-1994
Spouse(s)Ramona Apache (1978-present) 2 children
Gretchen Graening (1956-1972) (divorced) 1 child
Katie Ging (1952-1954) (divorced) 1 child

Jack Lee Ging (born November 30, 1931, in Alva in Woods County in northwestern Oklahoma) is an American actor best known for his role as General Harlan 'Bull' Fullbright in the NBC television series The A-Team.

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Biography

Early life

Before turning to acting, Ging served in the United States Marine Corps [1] and during the 1950s played college football at the University of Oklahoma at Norman.

Career

From 1984 to 1985, Ging played the arrogant Lieutenant Ted Quinlan on the adventure/detective series Riptide from 1984 to 1985, in which he was eventually killed off to free him up to appear in The A-Team (Ironically, in his final Riptide episode, he was killed by Carl Franklin, the sidekick of Colonel Decker - Fulbright's predecessor in The A-Team).

His character was one of only two to have died on-screen during the series. Ging was brought in to try and ease things on set when the series stars George Peppard and Mr. T quarreled; Ging having worked with Peppard previously.

In 1981, Ging played Tracy Winslow in the episode "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" on the ABC television series The Greatest American Hero.

Ging had also played Will Coleman in the 1975 adaptation of the film Where the Red Fern Grows, had the starring role in the war film Sniper's Ridge (1960), and appeared sporadically as police contact Lieutenant Dan Ives on Mike Connors's Mannix in the early 1970s.

At the age of twenty-eight, Ging was cast in the role of Dan Wright, along with George Nader as Dr. Glenn Barton, in the NBC adventure series The Man and the Challenge, which ran for thirty-six episodes during the 1959-1960 season. Thereafter, he appeared occasionally in the role of Beau McCloud on the NBC western series, Tales of Wells Fargo, starring his fellow Oklahoman, Dale Robertson.

In 1960, Ging appeared in one episode of The Twilight Zone: "The Whole Truth". In 1962, he appeared in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Lonely Eloper".

From 1962-1964, he appeared as a young psychiatrist in NBC's 62-episode medical drama The Eleventh Hour. His co-stars were Wendell Corey, the first season, and thereafter Ralph Bellamy.

He also appeared on The Bionic Woman, Wiseguy, B. J. and the Bear and The Highwayman. His movie credits include the Clint Eastwood westerns Hang 'Em High, Play Misty for Me and High Plains Drifter.

Jack Ging made two guest appearances as villains on The A-Team (in the first season episode "A Small And Deadly War" and the second season's "Bad Time On The Border") before being given the role of General Fullbright, one of the army leaders whose thankless task was to capture The A-Team. In the final episode of The A-Teams fourth season, 'The Sound Of Thunder', the team were forced to fight on the same side as Fullbright whilst on a mission in Vietnam, searching for Fullbright's long lost daughter. Fullbright was captured and tortured by an enemy soldier; the team rescued him, but he was fatally shot during the escape.

Personal life

I believe Jack may have been the first "Rapper". Back in the mid 1970s after a round of golf with all at dinner, Jack would begin reciting the day's events, including everyone involved and everything that happened. Often, he would write them down on the menus for people. He always enjoys golf, fun, and a good laugh.

He has four children from three marriages. He has two younger children from his third marriage (1978) to Ramona "Apache" Ging. He has one child each from previous marriages to Katie Ging (1952–1954) and Gretchen Graening Ging (1956–1972). He now lives in the Palm Springs, California area where he celebrated his 80th birthday with a huge surprise party thrown by Apache with friends and family in 2011. He still plays golf, and his wife Apache has surpassed him and is close to a scratch golfer.

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