Steve Railsback

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Steve Railsback
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Steve Railsback (2010)
Born(1945-11-16) November 16, 1945 (age 67)[1]
Dallas, Texas
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Steve Railsback
Steve Railsback.jpg
Steve Railsback (2010)
Born(1945-11-16) November 16, 1945 (age 67)[1]
Dallas, Texas

Steve Railsback (born 16 November 1945[1]) is an American theatre, film and television actor, born in Dallas, Texas. He is best known for his performances in the films The Stunt Man and Turkey Shoot and his portrayal of Charles Manson in the television miniseries Helter Skelter.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Railsback was born Stephen Hall Railsback,[1] in Dallas, Texas, the son of Emerett Spencer (née Sanford) and Clyde Webb Railsback.[2]

Career[edit source | edit]

Railsback was a student of Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio and in the late sixties and early seventies spent ten years working in theatre in New York.

He made his film debut in The Visitors, directed by Elia Kazan. He played the parts of two notorious murderers, appearing as Charles Manson in the 1976 television mini-series, Helter Skelter, and as Ed Gein in the 2000 film In the Light of the Moon. He also served as executive producer of the latter film.

Other notable roles include the part of Cameron in The Stunt Man with Peter O'Toole, the astronaut in Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce, Duane Barry in two episodes of The X-Files and Joseph Welch in the Pilot episode of Supernatural.

In 2008, he appeared in the science fiction/horror movie film Plaguers.[3]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

YearFilmRoleOther notes
1972The VisitorsMike Nickerson
1976Helter SkelterCharles Manson
1978AngelaJean Lebrecque
1980The Stunt ManCameron
1982Deadly GamesBilly Owens
Trick or TreatsThe Boyfriend
Turkey ShootPaul Anders
1983The Golden SealJim Lee
Veliki transportPavle
1985LifeforceCol. Tom Carlsen
TorchlightJake Gregory
1986Armed and DangerousThe Cowboy
1987Scenes from the GoldmineHarry Spiros
DistortionsScott Marshall
The SurvivalistJack Tillman
The WindKesner
Blue MonkeyDetective Jim Bishop
1988Deadly IntentJeff Kirkwood
1989The AssassinHank Knight
1990La Cruz de IberiaNovak
1991Alligator II: The MutationVincent 'Vinnie' Brown
ScissorsAlex Morgan/Cole Morgan
1992ForeverWilliam Desmond Taylor
NukieDr. Eric Harvey
Private WarsJack Manning
Final MissionCol. Anderson
Save MeRobbins
Calendar GirlRoy's Father
In the Line of FireCIA Agent David Coppingeuncredited
1996Street Corner JusticeSergeant Ryan Freeborn
Barb WireColonel Pryzer
1997Stranger in the HouseJack Derby
Pressure PointArno Taylor
1998Disturbing BehaviorOfficer Cox
1999Me and WillRob
Made MenKyle
2000Say Goodnight, Michael
Termination ManDylan Pope
In the Light of the MoonEd Gein
2001StorytellingMr. Kirk ('Non-fiction')
2003The Hitcher II: I've Been WaitingPolice officeruncredited
The BoxJake Ragna
2005Neo NedMr. Day
IntermedioOld Man
The Devil's RejectsSheriff Ken Dwyeruncredited
King of the Lost WorldLarry
2008Follow the ProfitSenator Stanton
Ready or NotPilot
Rest Stop: Don't Look BackStore Clerk
2012BarstowIn development

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b c According to the State of Texas, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 at
  2. ^ Steve Railsback Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ Plaguers DVD Art and Specs

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