Todd Armstrong

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Todd Armstrong
BornJohn Harris Armstrong
(1937-07-25)July 25, 1937
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
DiedNovember 17, 1992(1992-11-17) (aged 55)
Butte, California, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1961–1982
 
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Todd Armstrong
BornJohn Harris Armstrong
(1937-07-25)July 25, 1937
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
DiedNovember 17, 1992(1992-11-17) (aged 55)
Butte, California, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1961–1982

John "Todd" Armstrong (July 25, 1937 – November 17, 1992), also known as Todd Anderson,[1] was an American actor in ten films and several television series.

He is probably best known for playing the titular role of Jason in the film Jason and the Argonauts (1963). He had also starred, during 1961, in the later segments of the syndicated crime drama Manhunt.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born John Harris Armstrong in St. Louis, Missouri, son of Harris Armstrong, a well-known architect[2] and Louise McClelland Armstrong. In 1956, Armstrong graduated from Ladue High School, where one of his classmates was Auggie Busch, a great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch brewing magnate Adolphus Busch. He moved to California and studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts, where his classmates included Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman.

Career[edit]

His entry into films came when he was working as landscape gardener for actress Gloria Henry, who played the mother on the Dennis the Menace television series. Henry learned of her gardner's acting aspirations and successfully arranged for Armstrong to get a screen test at Columbia.

Armstrong appeared in 13 episodes of the series Manhunt and had supporting roles in the 1962 films Walk On The Wild Side (where he was credited as Todd Anderson) and Five Finger Exercise. Jason And The Argonauts was his first starring role, although his voice was redubbed by an uncredited British actor, Tim Turner.[3]

He had only one additional leading role, in the World War II film King Rat (1965),directed by Bryan Forbes; his later work consisted of supporting parts in films and guest work on television work.

Filmography[edit]

Armstrong appeared in the following film and television roles:[1]

- "Target? the Lady" (1975) television episode (as Curt Anderson)
  • Nakia (1 television episode, 1974)
  • Gunsmoke as John Wing / John August (2 TV episodes, 1968)
    aka Gun Law (UK), aka Marshal Dillon (USA: rerun title)
- "9:12 to Dodge" (1968) television episode (as Johnny August)
- "The First People" (1968) television episode (as John Eagle Wing)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b See IMDb entry in "External links".
  2. ^ "St. Louisan Todd Armstrong Starred in JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS in 1963". December 19, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jason and the Argonauts at the Internet Movie Database

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