Peter Whitney

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Peter Whitney
Born(1916-05-24)May 24, 1916
Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedMarch 30, 1972(1972-03-30) (aged 55)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart attack
Years active1941 - 1972
Spouse(s)Adrienne Whitney (3 children)
Barbara Engle (2 children)
 
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Peter Whitney
Born(1916-05-24)May 24, 1916
Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedMarch 30, 1972(1972-03-30) (aged 55)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart attack
Years active1941 - 1972
Spouse(s)Adrienne Whitney (3 children)
Barbara Engle (2 children)

Peter Whitney (May 24, 1916 – March 30, 1972) was an American actor in film and television. Born Peter King Engle in Long Branch, New Jersey, Whitney's corpulent, heavy build qualified him to play brutish villains in many Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s.

From the late 1950s, he played character roles in many television series, including nine appearances on ABC's The Rifleman. One of his The Rifleman roles was in "Mail Order Groom" (1960), in which he portrays John Jupiter, a man of great physical strength who must exert patience while he is harassed by two townsmen, played by John Anderson and Sandy Kenyon, who had quarreled with Whitney's intended spinster bride, Isabel Dent, played by Alice Backes (1923–2007).[1]

From 1958-1959, Whitney had a co-starring role as Buck Sinclair, a former sergeant of the Union Army, in all thirty-nine episodes of the ABC western series, The Rough Riders.

Whitney was a guest star too on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45, He played the part of Ralph in the 1958 episode "Mantrap", with Don "Red" Barry cast as Percival.[2] He also played Secret Service agent Gunnerson in the episode "Savage Hills" on Maverick. In 1960, in the episode "Surface of Truth" of another ABC/WB western series, Lawman, Whitney played Lucas Beyer, a crude white man who has lived for ten years with the Cheyenne Indians. Beyer accidentally kills his wife in a fit of rage and runs into Laramie, Wyoming, to escape the wrath of her pursuing brother. Marshal Dan Troop uses an old Indian "truth" method to try to determine what happened.[3]

Whitney made three guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason. In 1961 he played Roger Gates in "The Case of the Pathetic Patient." In 1962 he played prison escapee Stefan 'Big Steve' Jahnchek in "The Case of the Stand-in Sister," and in 1965 he played Capt. Otto Varnum in "The Case of the Wrongful Writ."

Other series on which Whitney appeared were The Public Defender, Gunsmoke, City Detective, Fury, My Friend Flicka ("A Case of Honor"), The Californians, Sheriff of Cochise, Behind Closed Doors, Northwest Passage, Tate, Tombstone Territory (episode "Apache Vendetta"), Johnny Ringo, Riverboat, Bourbon Street Beat, The Alaskans, Overland Trail (as Governor Sutcliff in episode "First Stage to Denver"), The Rebel, The Islanders, Adventures in Paradise, Straightaway, Wagon Train, Bonanza, The Monkees, The Beverly Hillbillies, Rawhide (episode "Incident of the Music Maker"), and Hawaii Five-O.

Whitney also played a French partisan fighter named Massine in the 1963 episode "Thunder from the Hill" of ABC's military drama, Combat!.

His final role was as a grave robber in writer Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Whitney died of a heart attack shortly afterwards at the age of fifty-five.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Mail Order Groom" on The Rifleman (January 12, 1960)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ ""Surface of Truth", Lawman, April 17, 1960". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 

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