James Gregory Born December 23, 1911 Bronx, New York, U.S. Died September 16, 2002 (aged 90) Sedona, Arizona, U.S.
Sedona Community Cemetery Years active 1939–2000 Spouse(s) Ann Miltner Gregory (1917-2005) (married, 1944–2002, his death) James Gregory (December 23, 1911 – September 16, 2002) was an American character actor noted for his deep, gravelly voice and playing brash roles such as the McCarthy-like Senator John Iselin in (1962), the audacious The Manchurian Candidate General Ursus in , and loudmouthed Inspector Frank Luger in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1975–1982). Barney Miller Biography [edit ]
Gregory was born in the
Bronx, New York City, New York, and reared in New Rochelle north of the city. In high school he was president of the Drama Club. He briefly worked on Wall Street as a runner in 1929 and thought of being a stockbroker, but, by 1935, had become a professional actor instead. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in a production of and worked in about twenty-five more Broadway productions over the next sixteen years. Gregory served three years in the Key Largo United States Navy and Marine Corps during World War II. His early acting work included Army training films; one such appearance is excerpted in . The Atomic Café
From 1959 to 1961, Gregory had his own series, a 1920s crime drama entitled
, which aired forty-five episodes on The Lawless Years NBC. He played a New York City police detective named Barney Ruditsky. After his appearance as Senator Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate in 1962, Gregory starred in 1963 in the film with PT 109 Cliff Robertson.
He was also cast as
Dean Martin's spy boss MacDonald, in the film series, and is fondly remembered for his role as Dr. Tristan Adams, the villainous director of the Tantalus IV Penal Colony on the Matt Helm Original Series episode, " Star Trek Dagger of the Mind". Another of his roles was playing the father of Scott Hayward in Elvis Presley's 1967 film . Clambake
Gregory was also a regular on the TV series "Barney Miller" as Deputy Inspector Frank Lugar.
Gregory died of natural causes in
Sedona, Arizona. He and his wife, the former Anne Miltner, are interred at the Sedona Community Cemetery. Selected filmography [edit ] in "The Big Frame" (NBC, 1955) Justice 7 episodes (1954-1958) Studio One in Hollywood The Scarlet Hour (1956) , CBS, as John Gregory in episode "The Perfect Crime The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1957) [1 ] Gun Glory (1957) (1957) Nightfall (1958) Onionhead The Twilight Zone Episode 001 "Where Is Everybody?" (10/02/1959) as Johnny Warcheck in "Deathtrap" (1959) Lux Playhouse as Father Elliott in "Man Of God" (1959) and as Richards in "The Sometime Gambler" (1963) Laramie as John Kramer in "I Hit And Ran" ( The DuPont Show with June Allyson CBS, 1960) as Ricky Bell in "The Ricky And Laura Bell Story" with Wagon Train June Lockhart as Laurie Bell (1960) as Swandy Green in "Sarah's Laughter" (1960) General Electric Theater (1961) X-15 as Father Al in "Prime Target" (1961) The New Breed as Walter Trager in "Jigsaw" (1961) The Untouchables as Jacob Carno in "Depths Of Fear" (1961) Frontier Circus The Twilight Zone Episode 069 "The Passersby" (10/06/1961) (1962) The Manchurian Candidate as Terran in "The Malignant Hearts" (1962) Target: The Corruptors , The Virginian NBC, Season 1, Episode 12, 50 Days To Moosejaw (12/12/1962), joins the Shiloh hands for a cattle drive to Moose Jaw Canada and befriends a "greenhorn" ( Brandon deWilde) as Theron Haskell in "When The Gods Laugh" (1962) Empire (1963) PT 109 as John Paul Elcott in "Of Rusted Cannons And Fallen Sparrows" (1963) Sam Benedict The Eleventh Hour NBC medical drama, as Eddie Forman in episode "Try To Keep Alive Until Next Tuesday" (1963) , CBS The Alfred Hitchcock Hour anthology series, as Fred in episode "The Dividing Wall" (1963) as Owen Spencer in "Incident at Crooked Hat" (1963), as Mr. Brothers in "Incident of the Peyote Cup" (1964) and as Lash Whitcomb in "Six Weeks To Bent Fork" (1965) Rawhide as Sgt. Horace Capp in "A Very Private Affair" (1963) and "Capp's Lady" (1964) The Lieutenant Breaking Point ABC medical drama as Malcolm in episode "Glass Flowers Never Drop Petals" (1964) as Paul Tasso in "All The Silent Voices" (1964) The Defenders (1964) A Distant Trumpet (TV Series) "A Man To Admire" (1964) Bonanza in "Two Tall Men" (1965) Gunsmoke (1965) The Sons of Katie Elder as Jake Roberts in "The Last Diablo" (1965) A Man Called Shenandoah "The Pursuit" (1966) as Simon Carter The Big Valley (1965–1969) as The Wild, Wild West Ulysses S. Grant "Too Many Cooks Spoil The Troop" (ABC, March, 29th, 1966) F Troop "Lieutenant O'Rourke , Front And Center" (ABC, April 26, 1966) F Troop The Silencers (1966) Episode "Hogan Gives A Birthday Party". German General Biedenbender; a general who seems to know everything about Col. Hogan (Bob Crane) except his final trick. Hogan's Heroes Murderers' Row (1966) Episode "Wine Is A Traitor" (1966) The Fugitive " Star Trek: The Original Series Dagger of the Mind" (1966) (TV series) Episode "Without Mercy" (TV Series) 1967 The Virginian "Carpetbagging, Anyone?" (ABC, March 16, 1967) F Troop (1967) The Ambushers (1968) The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968) Clambake - Episode "A Quiet Weekend in the Country" (1968) The Mod Squad (1969) The Love God? as gorilla General Ursus (1970) Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1971) Million Dollar Duck - One episode "Edith Flips Her Wig" (1972) (TV) All in the Family (1972) (TV) Columbo: Short Fuse "The Bride" (1972) (TV series) Mission: Impossible (1973)(TV) as Deputy District Attorney Thomas Mara Miracle On 34th Street M*A*S*H "Iron Guts Kelly" (1974)(TV) (1975- 1982) as Inspector Frank Luger (TV series) Barney Miller (1975) The Strongest Man in the World (1982) The Flight of Dragons (1983)(TV) Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home! References [edit ] External links [edit ]