Judson Pratt

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Judson Pratt
Born(1916-12-06)December 6, 1916
Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedFebruary 9, 2002(2002-02-09) (aged 85)
Northridge, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active1941–1980
Spouse(s)Roberta Jonay (m. 1950–76)
Children2
 
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Judson Pratt
Born(1916-12-06)December 6, 1916
Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedFebruary 9, 2002(2002-02-09) (aged 85)
Northridge, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active1941–1980
Spouse(s)Roberta Jonay (m. 1950–76)
Children2

Judson Pratt (December 6, 1916 – February 9, 2002) was an American character actor. Pratt began his professional career on stage in the 1940s. From the 1950s to 1980, he appeared in over 100 film and television roles.

Pratt retired from acting in 1980. He died in February 2002.

Early life and career[edit]

Pratt was born in Hingham, Massachusetts. In 1941, he made his Broadway debut in the play Popsy. The play closed after two days. In 1950, Pratt made his television debut on Armstrong Circle Theatre. Throughout the rest of the decade, he had guest roles on numerous television shows including Shadow of the Cloak, Have Gun – Will Travel, Kraft Television Theatre, Westinghouse Studio One, Men of Annapolis, The Web, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, General Electric Theater, The Donna Reed Show, and Riverboat.

In 1951, Pratt made his film debut in an uncredited role in the 1953 Alfred Hitchcock film I Confess. In 1956, he co-starred in The Toy Tiger, starring Jeff Chandler, Outside the Law, and Somebody Up There Likes Me. From 1958 to 1959, Pratt had a recurring role on the syndicated Western series Union Pacific.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Pratt became a staple on television with appearances on a variety of series. In 1966 he appeared on the only color episode of Perry Mason, "The Case of the Twice-Told Twist," as theater director Tom Loman. Other television appearances include Father Knows Best, Hotel de Paree, The Man from Blackhawk, Overland Trail, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, Kondike, Bronco, Saints and Sinners, The Iron Horse, That Girl, Circle of Fear, S.W.A.T., Charlie's Angels, and The Quest.

He also made multiple appearances on Western series including This Man Dawson, Cain's Hundred, Laramie, Outlaws, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Death Valley Days, Slattery's People, Daniel Boone, The Virginian,and Bonanza. Pratt also had multiple roles on dramas and comedies including Bracken's World, Mayberry RFD, Kojak, Disney's Wonderful World, and Police Story.

In addition to his extensive work in television, Pratt also had roles in numerous film during the 1960s including The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960), Kid Galahad (1962), starring Elvis Presley, The Ugly American (1963), with Marlon Brando, Cheyenne Autumn (1964), and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969). In the 1970s, Pratt had roles in The Barefoot Executive (1971), Futureworld (1976), Vigilante Force, starring Kris Kristofferson and Jan-Michael Vincent. Pratt's final film role was in the 1978 drama film F.I.S.T., starring Sylvester Stallone. In the film, Pratt portrayed Stallone's character's attorney. Pratt made his final on-screen appearance a 1980 episode of Quincy, M.E..

Personal life[edit]

On May 21, 1950, Pratt married Broadway actress Roberta Jonay. The couple had two sons. They remained married until Jonay's death from cancer in April 1976.[1][2]

Death[edit]

On February 9, 2002, Pratt died at the age of 85.[3]

Stage career[edit]

DateProductionRole
February 10–12, 1941PopsyWestern Union Messenger
February 10 – May 12, 1951Billy BuddPayne
Talbot (Replacement)
April 29–29, 1952Hook n' LadderSam Ross
February 10 – August 13, 1955The Desperate HoursTom Winston

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1953I ConfessMurphyUncredited
1956The Toy TigerMike Wyman
1956Outside the LawAgent Maury Saxton
1956Somebody Up There Likes MeJohnny HylandUncredited
1957Four Girls in TownWilliam PurdyUncredited
1958Monster on the CampusWilbur Fletcher
1959The Horse SoldiersSgt. Maj. Kirby
1960The Rise and Fall of Legs DiamondFats Walsh
1960Sergeant RutledgeLt. Mulqueen
1962Kid GalahadHowie Zimmerman
1963The Ugly AmericanJoe Bing
1964A Distant TrumpetCapt. Cedric Gray MD
1964Cheyenne AutumnMayor Dog Kelly
1969The Computer Wore Tennis ShoesDetective in Gambling RaidUncredited
1971The Barefoot ExecutivePoliceman
1976FutureworldBartender
1976Vigilante ForceHarry Lee
1978F.I.S.TKovak's Attorney
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1956The 20th Century-Fox HourMacIntyreEpisode: "The Moneymaker"
1957Dick Powell's Zane Grey TheaterClay RamseyEpisode: "No Man Living"
1957Ford TheatreCaptain BrooksEpisode: "House of Glass"
1958SuspicionPolice SergeantEpisode: "Fraction of a Second"
1958Jefferson DrumFather Andrew DamonEpisode: "Prison Hill"
1959The Rough RidersJack McCoyEpisode: "The Rifle"
1959The Lawless YearsRuditsky's PartnerEpisode: "The Big Greeny Story"
1959Goodyear Television PlayhouseCol. HoltEpisode: "Point of Impact"
1960Bourbon Street BeatSergeant BogartEpisode: "Twice Betrayed"
1960ThrillerPolice Lt. Bill GordonEpisode: "The Mark of the Hand"
1960Dan RavenMarkinEpisode: "Tinge of Red"
1961The AmericansSgt. WillersEpisode: "The Sentry"
1961Dennis the MenaceMr. KowalskiEpisode: "The Pioneers"
1961Adventures in ParadiseHarry SummersEpisode: "The Assassins"
1962CheyenneVince HarperEpisode: "One Way Ticket"
1963Stoney BurkeEd MitchnetEpisode: "Color Him Lucky"
1964The FugitiveBowersEpisode: "Come Watch Me Die"
1959The Rough RidersJack McCoyEpisode: "The Rifle"
1966Mister EdPark PolicemanEpisode: "Ed and the Motorcycle"
1966The Donna Reed ShowMetcalfeEpisode: " Is There a Small Hotel?"
1966Perry MasonTom LomanEpisode: "The Case of the Twice Told Twist"
1967BewitchedEastwoodEpisode: "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
1967The Second Hundred YearsPolicemanEpisode: "Dear Father Come Home with Me Now"
1967LassiePat RockfordEpisode: "Inferno"
1969The Guns of Will SonnettJohn HardwickEpisode: "On Angry Juror"
1969The Mod SquadDr. Arthur SteelmanEpisode: "Never Give the Fuzz an Even Break"
1970Nanny and the ProfessorMr. HilderEpisode: "The New Butch"
1970IronsideParrishEpisode: "The Man on the Inside"
1971Room 222PolicemanEpisode: "I Hate You, Silas Marner"
1972CannonMikeEpisode: "Treasure of San Ignacio"
1972The Partridge FamilyCab DriverEpisode: "Fellini, Bergman, and Partridge"
1972Mission: ImpossibleWarden LorimerEpisode: "Hit"
1973Kung FuCottonEpisode: "An Eye for an Eye"
1973Runaway!Bill TraversTelevision movie
1973The RookiesAllen MaysonEpisode: "A Matter of Justice"
1974Marcus Welby, M.D.Fred BlaineyEpisode: "The Fatal Challenge"
1975Barney MillerLt. FaradayEpisode: "Escape Artist"
1975Matt HelmGuardEpisode: "Death Rods"
1976The Blue KnightCliffEpisode: "The Creeper"
1976Little House on the PrairieSam WallaceEpisode: "The Long Road Home"
1976SwitchJarvisEpisode: "Maggie's Hero"
1977The Streets of San FranciscoMr. StewartEpisode: "One Last Trick"
1978ABC Weekend SpecialSheriffEpisode: "If I'm Lost, How Come I Found You?"
1978The Incredible HulkGuard SamuelsonEpisode: "Stop the Presses"
1979-1980Quincy, M.E.Various2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Final Curtin: Marriages". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 62 (22): 51. June 3, 1950. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  2. ^ Theatre World 32. Crown Publishers. 1977. p. 264. 
  3. ^ Abbott, Doug; Jackson, Ronald (2009). 50 Years of the Television Western: A Pictorial History. AuthorHouse. p. 46. ISBN 1-434-35925-5. 

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