William Bryant (actor)

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William Bryant
Born(1924-01-31)January 31, 1924
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedJune 26, 2001(2001-06-26) (aged 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1950-1995
 
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William Bryant
Born(1924-01-31)January 31, 1924
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedJune 26, 2001(2001-06-26) (aged 77)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1950-1995

William Bryant (January 31, 1924 - June 26, 2001), was an American actor. He is one of the more recognizable television character actors of the 1960s and 1970s.

Career[edit]

Born in Detroit, Bryant was a character actor who appeared in films such as King Dinosaur (1955), Escape from San Quentin (1957), Experiment in Terror (1962), with Glenn Ford, How to Murder Your Wife and The Great Race with Jack Lemmon, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966), McQ (1973), Walking Tall Part II (1975).

He also played several roles in the classic western movies Heaven with a Gun (1969), Chisum (1970), Macho Callahan (1970), Wild Rovers (1971), The Deadly Trackers (1973).

Television[edit]

Most of his career was made on television, including Hallmark Hall of Fame, Frontier, Casey Jones, Tales of the Texas Rangers, The Gray Ghost, Maverick, The Rebel, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Rifleman, Laramie, The Virginian, Rawhide, Branded, Combat!, Mission Impossible, Bonanza, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mannix, The Wild Wild West, Alias Smith and Jones, Banacek, McCloud, Columbo, Gunsmoke, Petrocelli, Cannon, The Rockford Files, Barnaby Jones and many more. He also played the role of Colonel Crook, in the TV series Hondo and part of the cast in Emergency! (1972–1978) as Captain, Branded (1965) as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Lancer (1968), as Sheriff Gabe.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1953The 49th ManFBI Agent in Montageas William R. Klein
1953Sky CommandoLt. John 'Johnny' Willardas William R. Klein
1954Battle of Rogue RiverCorporalas Bill Bryant
1955A Bullet for JoeyJack Allenas Bill Bryant
1955King DinosaurDr. Ralph Martinas Bill Bryant
1957Escape from San QuentinRichie
1962Experiment in TerrorChuck
1965How to Murder Your WifeConstruction Worker
1965Branded (TV series)President Ulysses S. Grant
1965The Great RaceBaron's Guard
1966Ride Beyond VengeanceBartender
1966What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?Minow
1967HondoCol. Crook
1968/1969LancerSheriff Gabe
1969Smith!Corporal/Court Bailiff (uncredited)
1969Heaven with a GunBart Paterson (cattleman)
1970The AnimalsSheriff Martin Lord
1970ChisumJeff
1970Macho CallahanDealer
1971Wild RoversHereford
1971The Resurrection of Zachary WheelerCraig Harmon
1972Conquest of the Planet of the ApesMan at Auction (uncredited)
1973The Deadly TrackersDeputy Bill
1974McQStan Boyle
1975Walking Tall Part IIF.B.I. Man
1975The Other Side of the MountainBill Kinmont
1976The Macahans (TV film)Major at Shiloh
1976Gable and LombardColonel
1976Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV film)
1976Two-Minute WarningLt. Calloway
1972/1978Emergency! (TV series)Captain Engine
1978Switch (TV series)Lt. Shilton
1978The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2Bill Kinmont
1978Corvette SummerPlain Clothes Police Lecturer
1979Mountain Family RobinsonForest Ranger
1979The Legend of the Golden Gun (TV film)William Ford
1979The Billion Dollar Threat (TV film)Harry Grebe
1982/1984The Fall Guy (TV series)The Director
1986The Education of Allison TateChauffer
1986Hell SquadNightclub owner
1987Amazon Women on the MoonMale Republicanas Bill Bryant

References[edit]

Encyclopedia of Television Series, Pilots and Specials: 1974-1984, by Vincent Terrace

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