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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The original Colonel Tigh from Galactica, and Sugarman in Bilko ...

 

Terry Carter is best remembered for his roles as Colonel Tigh in the original Battlestar Galactica, and Joe Broadhurst in McCloud (working up from a Sergeant in the first episode, through to being Police Chief in the 1989 reunion TV movie).

Terry has had a multi-faceted career, often portraying police officers and military personnel. He became one of the privates – Sugarman - in Sergeant Bilko's platoon in Phil Silvers Show in 1955. That role saw him as one of the few African-Americans appearing on TV in the USA at the time. He went on to be seen in episodes of The Big Story, Playhouse 90, Naked City, Breaking Point, Dr Kildare, Combat! and The Defenders. He was also a star of the 1957 Hallmark Television Playhouse segment "The Green Pastures", alongside Harry Baird (Mark Bradley in UFO).

He became a newsreader for WBZ-TV in Boston from 1965 to 1968, seeing him gain the status of being the world's first black news anchor. Later he worked as a commercial spokesman for Standard Oil.

He then returned to television with roles in series such as The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, Mannix, Bracken’s World, and The Most Deadly Game.

His familiarity to television audiences has been cemented with roles in The Six Million Dollar Man, Search, The Jeffersons, Falcon Crest, The Fall Guy, Mr Belvedere, 227, The Highwayman and One West Waikiki.

Film work has included "Foxy Brown", "Brother on the Run" (aka "Man on the Run"), "Benji", "Abby", and Hamilton (a movie that was turned into a TV series, in which Terry played Texas Slim).

Terry has also been a director and producer – he produced the segment "A Duke Named Ellington" for American Masters - and we were delighted to welcome Terry to his first Cult TV Festival in 2006, where "A Duke Named Ellington" received a screening.

And if you want to find out more about Terry, why not visit his official website at www.terry-carter.net.

 

Our thanks to Marcel Damen for providing some additional information for this biography.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Professor Clifford Jones from Doctor Who and Max in Blake's 7 ...

 

Stewart is well remembered for his role as Professor Clifford Jones in the Doctor Who story "The Green Death", directed by Michael E Briant in the Jon Pertwee era of the series. Stewart's other notable Cult TV appearance was in the Season Three episode of Blake's 7 - "Deathwatch", as Max.

Over the years, he has been a regular face across many television series – he was Doctor Dawson in Brookside, and Doug Keele Grange Hill, as well as having roles in The Troubleshooters, Dick Turpin - "The Pursuit", Shoestring (3 episodes), Public Eye (two 1975 episodes as Martins), Secret Army, The Enigma Files, Airline, The Gentle Touch, Casualty, Silent Witness, Crocodile Shoes, Emmerdale, The Bill, The Brian Conley Show, The House of Elliott, Days That Shook The World, The Brief, Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Silk Stocking, Nanny, Murder in Mind, a 1994 Jackanory – "Who Stole A Bloater?", and even Noel's House Party.

His film credits include "Brannigan" (with John Wayne), "To Sir With Love", "4D Special Agents", "Steptoe and Son Ride Again", "Burke and Hare", "The Ghoul", "The Confessional", "Chromophobia", "Ivanhoe" (1982, directed by Douglas Camfield) and "Lord Peter Wimsey – Strong Poison".

Stage tours have included "Deathtrap", 2Separation", "Under Milk Wood", "Conduct Unbecoming", and "Macbeth" and "The Importance of Being Earnest", both which he directed himself.

Stewart plays the guitar, and enjoys horse riding, swimming and cricket. We were delighted to be able to entertain him at the 2006 Cult TV Festival.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

One of the original stars of The Tomorrow People joins us at Cult TV 2005, courtesy of Fantom Films ...

 

Sammie Winmill became famous in Cult TV circles for her role as Carol in the first season of the original version of The Tomorrow People.

During the 1970s other credits included appearances along side Frankie Howard in Up Pompeii and Up the Chastity Belt, as well as The Professionals, The New Avengers, The Duchess of Duke Street, The Professionals and of course Nurse Sandra Crumpton alongside Robin Nedwell and Geoffrey Davies in Doctor in Charge.

Her theatre credits include the "Stand and Deliver" (The Musical), "The Clandestine Marriage" with Alistair Simm, and she took the lead in the Redgrave Theatre’s opening production of "Romeo and Juliet".

Sammie made her return to acting in the late 1990s with appearances in BBV’s Only Human and MJTV's Ghostlands and Soldiers of Love. More recently she took part in The Tomorrow People documentary "Beyond Tomorrow", and made a guest appearance in chapter two of the fantasy thriller trilogy Explode.

Sammie was brought to the Cult TV Festival 2005 by Fantom Films, and performed a ten-minute extract from her one-woman show during the Cult TV Festival's Saturday night entertainment.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Star of One Foot In The Grave, Only When I Laugh, Hot Metal and Doctor Who ...

 

There are not many actors who have claim to portraying a cult icon. But with pensioner crusader Victor Meldrew, Richard Wilson did exactly that in One Foot In The Grave, a role he played between 1990 and 2001 (the last appearance being a specially written "Comic Relief" segment, where Victor does not realise he is a ghost). The character’s catch-phrase "I don't believe it" was even mercilessly sent-up, with Richard’s participation, in an episode of Channel 4's Father Ted.

One Foot In The Grave was not the first time that Richard had been written for by David Renwick who, along with Andrew Marshall, had provided the words for principled newspaper editor Richard Lipton, the character Wilson played in the satirical and much under-rated comedy series Hot Metal. He also featured in the big screen version of the duo’s Whoops Apocalypse, playing politician Nigel Lipman.

Richard starred in the single season of Duck Patrol in 1998 as PC Roland Rose, and co-starred as John Doone in the short-run hospital drama Life Support in 1999. He played Bruce Morton in 2001’s High Stakes, and journalist Alex Cameron in Life As We Know It in the same year.

In a career where he has been both an actor and an accomplished theatre director, Richard previously worked as a research scientist. He first became a well-known face when he played Gordon Thorpe in hospital comedy Only When I Laugh, which was headlined by James Bolam and Peter Bowles. He was Reverend Martin Hooper in My Good Woman, and Henshaw in A Sharp Intake of Breath, one of David Jason’s first starring vehicles, and one that never gets mentioned much these days.

Having received an OBE in 1994, Richard again played a man of medicine in 2005, with his portrayal of Doctor Constantine, in two episodes of the regenerated Doctor Who, namely "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances", the story set during the Second World War.

Other TV appearances have included The Sweeney, Inspector Morse, Under The Hammer, Mr Bean, The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Howard’s Way, Crown Court, Tutti Frutti, High And Dry, In Loving Memory, Not on Your Nellie, Room At The Bottom, Chessgame, Andy Robson, A Passage To India, In The Red, Cluedo (as Reverend Green) and Emmerdale (when it was still a Farm!).

Television mini series and specials he has appeared in include "Selling Hitler" "Jeffrey Archer: The Truth", "Gulliver's Travels", "The Four Minute Mile", "Butter", "The Vision Thing", "The Other Side of Paradise", "Lord of Misrule" and "The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything".

Big screen appearances have included "Carry On Columbus", "The Man Who Knew Too Little", and "How To Get Ahead in Advertising".

His most recent TV starring role has been in Born and Bred, playing another doctor, Donald Newman, from the third season onwards.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Paul Morrow from Space:1999, and a well-known TV face from the likes of Doctor Who, The New Avengers, and Survivors ...

 

Prentis Hancock was born and bred in Glasgow, and studied architecture at college. A keen sportsman, he played rugby and was a fencing instructor, but got the bug for acting and directing after joining an amateur theatre company. This led to him attending the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.

Many television roles followed, including the likes of Z Cars, Dixon Of Dock Green, Softly Softly, Doctor Finley's Casebook, the 1972 version of The Last Of The Mohicans, Paul Temple, Spy Trap and Colditz.

He also appeared in "Wam", the two part episode of The Protectors alongside Robert Vaughn, and several Doctor Who stories (as Jimmy in "Spearhead From Space", Vaber in "Planet Of The Daleks", Salamar in "Planet Of Evil", and the Captain in "The Ribos Operation").

It was for his role as Main Mission Controller PAUL MORROW in Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s Space: 1999 that Prentis is probably best known. He featured in 23 of the 24 episodes of the first season ("The Infernal Machine" being the exception). He was offered the role without having to audition, and was only the fourth cast member to be signed up to the production. In one episode he was able to use his guitar playing skills as part of the plotline, and to help flesh out his character.

 

Since his stint in Space 1999 he has appeared in episodes of The New Avengers, Survivors, Bergerac, Danger UXB, Bulman, Secret Army, Return Of The Saint, Armchair Thriller, The Famous Five, Life and Death of Penelope, Bodyguards, Kappatoo, Staying Alive, Finney, Civvies, The Chief, and The Bill.

He co-starred in the spooky ITV serials Chocky's Children and Chocky's Challenge, and is one of the only actors to have featured in both The Professionals and its revival, CI5: The New Professionals.

Prentis appeared in the television movies "Lime Street", "Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil", "Kim" and "Jekyll and Hyde", the mini-series "King Jamie and the Angel", the 1978 big screen version of "The 39 Steps", "The Monster Club" and "Defence Of The Realm".

Recent theatre work has included "The Cut", "Pygmalion", "Terra Nova", "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof", "Best of Friends", "The Last Tram", "My Blue Heaven", and "Striking Silence".

We were delighted when Prentis joined us for the Cult TV Festival 2005.

 

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

From Dad's Army to UFO, A Mind To Kill to Doctor Who, Philip has had a massive career on television ...

 

Born in Wales, Philip Madoc attended the Universities of Wales and Vienna, where he became an interpreter, and since entering the theatre has worked in Russian, French, German and Italian.

An extensive stage career includes productions at the Bristol Old Vic, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Royal Exchange, plus numerous national tours and West End appearances.

He is most well known for playing the title role in the BBC’s The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, the German U Boat Captain in the Dad’s Army episode "The Deadly Attachment" featuring the legendary 'Don’t Tell Him Pike' scene, plus the lead of Noel Bain in Five’s A Mind To Kill. He played Magua in the BBC adaptation of The Last of The Mohicans and Doctor Lewis in Another Bouquet.

His film work includes "Operation Crossbow", "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold", "Shadow Falls", "Best", and the feature length version of A Mind To Kill.

As one of the most prolific television character actors of the last forty years Philip has graced numerous Cult TV series including four Doctor Who stories, namely, "The Krotons", "The War Games", "The Power of Kroll" and most famously as Solon in "The Brain of Morbius". He also appeared in the 1966 "Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD" film which starred Peter Cushing.

Other series in which he has made guest appearances include Porridge, The Goodies, Emmerdale, Poldark, Fortunes of War, Redcap, R3, Manhunt, The Sweeney, Target, Survivors, Moonacre, First Born, The Good Life, Casualty, Doctors, Spine Chillers, Fun at the Funeral Parlour, He Knew He Was Right, and A Very British Coup. He played the Jordache’s Defence counsel in Brookside and took part in the BBC comedy pilot Thin Ice. He also appeared in ’Orrible, Johnny Vaughan’s BBC comedy.

In the worlds of ITC he has appeared in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) playing Rawlins in the episode "Never Trust a Ghost", Jason King playing Hoffman in the episode "A Page Before Dying", two episodes of Man in A Suitcase, The Saint, playing Alzon in the episode "The Counterfeit Countess", Paul Sabot in The Zoo Gang episode "The Counterfeit Trap", Angel Martes in The Champions episode "Get Me Out of Here", and in The Baron he was Frank Oddy in "There's Someone Close Behind You".

For Gerry and Sylvia Anderson he played outgoing Commander Anton Gorski in the premiere Space: 1999 episode "Breakaway", plus two roles in UFO - Steven Rutland in "A Question of Priorities" and "Mindbender", plus the ship’s Captain in "Destruction". He also played the role of Doctor Pontini in the Oscar nominated "Doppelganger" (aka "Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun").

He has appeared in five episodes of The Avengers, playing Slater in the episode "My Wildest Dream", Ivan in "The Correct Way To Kill", Eric Van Doren in "Death of a Batman", Julian Seabrook in "Six Hands Across a Table", and Stepan in episode "The Decapod".

On tape he has, amongst other works, recorded the Poetry of Dylan Thomas, Mallory’s "Morte D’Arthur", "How Green Was My Valley" and "Doctor Zhivago". He played the title role in "King Lear" for the BBC Open University and narrated the series "Egypt". He has numerous radio credits including Radio 2's "The Cruel Sea" with Donald Sinden and Helen Baxendale and "The Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner".

Philip appeared as a special guest at BBC Wales’ "Voice of a Nation Concert" to celebrate the opening of the Welsh Assembly. He was the Radio voice of "Cadfael" and was in the Radio 3 adaption of "The Tempest". He is shortly to be heard in the third installment of the Noise Monster audio adventure Space: 1889.

We were delighted when Philip joined us for the Cult TV Festival 2005 in Solihull.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The original Holly from Red Dwarf ...

 

Norman Lovett was well into his thirties before he decided to be a stand-up comedian. He played the original Comedy Store many times and even supported The Clash, which he considers the favourite moment in his career.

Television and radio followed, including the role that he's most known for in Cult TV circles, the original Holly in Red Dwarf - in the first, second and eighth series, along with "Nanarchy", the final episode of the seventh series.

Norman's other television appearances include Don't Miss Wax, The Young Ones, Rab C Nesbitt, Pajamarama, Happy Families, Lenny Henry Tonight, The Tube, Later… with Jools Holland, Weekend In Wallop, Seven Wonders of the Industrial World, Is It Bill Bailey?,Baby Baby, Just For Laughs, Gordon the Gopher, Eastenders, The Bill, and his own series, I, Lovett.

His film career includes playing a police computer expert in "The Criminal", written and directed by Julian Simpson and starring Bernard Hill, Eddie Izzard and Stephen Macintosh, and playing one of the leads, a driving test examiner, in "Feedback", written and directed by Chris Atkins.

Norman's radio gigs include "Loose Ends", "To Boldly Go", and "The News Quiz". He starred as Clegg the Butler in Ben Traver's “Spotted Dick” at the Watford Palace Theatre. Commercial and voiceover work includes spots for Sony, First Direct, Sugar Puffs, Blockbuster Video, BMW, Grolsch, Nationwide, UCI Cinemas, and The Discovery Channel.

He also appeared in rock band Intro2's music video "Clear", playing Holly alongside fellow Red Dwarf stars Craig Charles and Danny John Jules.

Norman has worked on "The Lovett and Barrie" stand-up tour with Chris Barrie, and has had sellout seasons of solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Festival. He's currently recording a pilot for BBC Radio 4, which he has his fingers crossed will go to a full series.

Norman was a guest at the Cult TV Festivals in 1996, 1997, and most recently in 2006.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

From Star Trek to The X Files, Kim is not only an accomplished actress but also an acting teacher...

 

For many years, Kim Darby’s entry in the Star Trek universe, playing the title character in the episode "Miri", was one of a quartet of original series stories 'withdrawn' by the BBC from being screened. In fact, it was the initial screening of "Miri" in 1971 on BBC1 that caused the Corporation to cast a careful eye over future episodes. There had been several complaints concerning the story depicting children attacking adults, and so the episode remained unseen on Auntie Beeb for over two decades.

Kim recently re-acquainted herself with Cult TV audiences when she took the role of Kathy Lee Tencate in the episode "Sein und Zeit", part of Season Seven of The X Files.

Between these two markers has been a very busy and varied career.

A show business baby, Kim's parents were Jon and Inga Zerby, a dance team that toured nationally as 'The Dancing Zerbys', primarily playing hotels in Miami and Las Vegas. The Zerbys were performers going back three generations, so it was immediately assumed that their baby would go into the family trade.

Realising that all the most popular people in her school were drama students, Kim asked to go to acting school. Her grandmother took her to coach Tony Barr, who ran the Desilu Workshop, located in what is now Paramount Pictures Studios. Barr initially refused Kim on the grounds that she was too young for his classes, but she was allowed to audition, and, much impressed, Barr accepted her into his school of professional adult actors.

Some months later, agent Jimmy McHugh Jr visited class, saw Kim's scene work, and asked to represent her. Kim made her professional acting debut on television at sixteen, guest starring in the series Mr Novack and made her first film appearance that same year, not as an actress, but as a dancer in "Bye Bye Birdie".

Television guest roles following this were many, including Run for Your Life, Judd for the Defense, Gunsmoke, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ironside, The Road West, The Fugitive, Ben Casey and Dr Kildare.

Then came "True Grit".

 

Starring opposite screen icon John Wayne, at the age of only twenty, Kim was considered for a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a drama for her performance, but actually got one that year for her role in the musical "Generation" instead (she has also received three Emmy nominations over the years, plus Best Actress awards from the New York Critics Circle Awards, the Film Editors Awards, the Dramalogue Theatre Awards, as well as the 'Star of the Year Award' from the National Association of Theatre Owners).

On television, she has gone on to appear in a host of other series, including For The People, Becker, Dark Realm, Profiler, Scarecrow and Mrs King, Riptide, Crazy Like A Fox, Murder, She Wrote, Hotel, Trapper John MD, Baretta, Petrocelli, The Streets of San Francisco, Police Story, Marcus Welby MD, and Cool Million. She also starred in the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man, and the TV movies Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, The Capture of Grizzly Adams, Embassy, Summer Girl, First Steps (with Judd Hirsch), Pretty Boy Floyd (with Martin Sheen), and Enola Gay.

Other big screen movie performances have included "Better Off Dead", "Mockingbird Don’t Sing", "Halloween – The Curse of Michael Myers", "Teen Wolf Too", "The Last Best Sunday", "Newsbreak", "The One and Only", "The Grissom Gang", "Norwood" and "The Strawberry Statement".

In 1988, Kim began teaching acting classes at the University of California, Los Angeles, and shortly thereafter in her own school as well. Highly regarded by both the university and her students, she preaches learning in a safe place, and that acting is a skill that can and should be refined by study. As an actress who is continually working in her trade, she is able to bring to her students her continuing experiences and expertise.

We were delighted when Kim joined us in October 2005 for that year's Cult TV Festival.

 

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The young star of The Rifleman, now a singer and orchestra leader, joined us for Cult TV 2005 ...

 

Johnny Crawford comes from a family of musicians and has been a performer right from the time he learned to walk. In 1955 his singing impersonation of Johnnie Ray came to the attention of the Disney empire, and a contract was offered which saw him become one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1955-6 season. As an actor, Johnny has appeared in nearly 300 television productions, 15 films, and over a dozen plays. He received an Emmy Nomination at the age of 13 for his role as Mark McCain, the son of series star Chuck Connors in the western series The Rifleman, which ran for five seasons following its debut in 1958.

Signed by Del-Fi Records in 1961, Johnny had several American Top 40 hits in the 1960s including "Cindy's Birthday", "Rumors", "Your Nose Is Gonna Grow", "Proud", and "Patti Ann", as well as four Top 40 albums.

After graduating from Hollywood High School in 1964, Johnny appeared in a number of television series, including Branded (which again saw him co-star with Chuck Connors), Whirlybirds, Lancer, The Lone Ranger, Mister Ed, Rawhide, Hawaii Five-O, Have Gun – Will Travel, Wagon Train, The Big Valley, Cade’s County, The Frank Sinatra Show, Murder, She Wrote and Paradise. He even reprised his role from The Rifleman alongside Chuck Connors, in the TV movie The Gamble Returns: The Luck of the Draw (which starred Country Music legend Kenny Rogers). Interestingly, in an earlier instalment in this TV movie series, Johnny had played a different character, Masket, in The Gambler: The Adventure Continues.

 

He became a rodeo performer for a time, using skills he had perfected filming The Rifleman, and spent two years in the Army, where he used the commission making training films.

In 1986 he co-starred in the new TV production of The Adventures of William Tell (sometimes known as William Tell, or even Crossbow) as Prince Ignatius. Unfortunately, despite this being a UK-based production, it sank without trace on these home shores, due to the powers-that-be objecting to a format that saw the hero carrying a crossbow as his weapon of choice.

A long-time fan of dance records from the first half of the 20th century, Johnny made occasional appearances during the 1980s singing songs from this period to his own guitar accompaniment. He spent the period 1987 to 1989 in New York as the vocalist in Vince Giordano's Nighthawks Orchestra. Now Johnny enjoys singing with his own dance band as well as producing period music for films and events.

Since 1990 "The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra", a 16-piece ensemble, has gathered an enthusiastic following in Southern California, appearing at such venues as The Argyle Hotel, The Atlas Supper Club, Cicada, The Derby, Moonlight Cafe, Biltmore Hotel and The Palace. Johnny's performances at The Hollywood Athletic Club in the late 1990s garnered much attention, and are even referred to in the Elmor Leonardís novel "Be Cool" (the follow-up to "Get Shorty"). He was recently heard on the soundtrack of the George Clooney film "Welcome to Collinwood".

Visit Johnny's official website at www.crawfordmusic.com

 

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

From Star Trek to McMillan and Wife, Holmes and YoYo to The Munsters Today ...

 

John has been one of the only guest characters to feature in more than one movie in the Star Trek franchise, when he portrayed the Klingon Ambassador in both "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country". He has also featured in various Trek series – as Parn, a Cardassian legate and member of Cardassian Central Command in Deep Space Nine’s "Maquis, Part II", Chorus #2 in the Voyager episode "Muse", and Klingon Doctor Antaak in the Enterprise season 4 episodes "Affliction" and "Divergence".

He was a series regular as Sergeant/Lieutenant Charles Enright in McMillan and Wifeopposite Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James for six seasons, including the pilot movie "Once Upon A Dead Man". He starred as robot cop Gregory Yoyonovic in the fondly remembered sit-com Holmes and YoYo in 1976, a series once screened early evenings on BBC1. He took on the role of Herman Munster in The Munsters Today, the 1988 reimagining of the classic format, and played Ordell in the classic mini-series "Roots", and Jair in "Greatest Heroes Of The Bible".

Another short-run TV starring role was in the sit-com Turnabout in 1979, where he played Sam Alston, in a tale of a Buddha statue that magically causes a permanent body-swap for a happily married couple. Sharon Gless played wife Penny, but just six episodes were screened. John also featured as Murray in 1982-3's The New Odd Couple, and was in four episodes of St Elsewhere as Andrew Wegener.

Further TV work has included Babylon 5 (2 episodes as Draal), Mission Impossible, Misfits of Science, MacGyver, Time Trax, The Young Riders, NYPD Blue, Diagnosis Murder, Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (3 episodes), Titus, The Golden Girls, Diff’rent Strokes, Simon & Simon (4 episodes), Murder, She Wrote (2 episodes), Gunsmoke (2 episodes), Fantasy Island (2 episodes), Live Shot (2 episodes), The Bonnie Hunt Show (2 episodes), Cade’s Country (a 2-parter), The Love Boat (another 2-parter), Matlock, L.A. Law, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bonanza, Ironside, Partners In Crime, JJ Starbuck, Sisters, Faerie Tale Theatre, Love, American Style, Movin’ On, Hey Arnold, Arli$$, and Chicken Soup For The Soul.

TV movies have included "Project: ALF", the sequel to the TV series ALF, "Shepherd’s Flock", "Hunter", "Four Eyes and Six-Guns", "Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story", "The Trial of Old Drum", and "The Halloween That Almost Wasn't".

Born Conrad John Schuck in Boston, Massachusetts in 1940, he is the son of an English professor. Graduating from Dennison University where he had appeared in a number of plays, John got himself into regional theatre, including stints at the Cleveland Playhouse, Baltimore Centre Stage, and the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco.

It was while at ACT that director Robert Altman took an interest, and featured John as Captain Walter Kosciusko 'Painless Pole' Waldowski, the dentist, in the classic film version of "M*A*S*H" in 1970. Altman used John in further big screen ventures, including "Brewster McCloud", "McCabe and Mrs Miller", and "Thieves Like Us".

Other big screen movies have included "The Moonshine War" (with Patrick McGoohan), "Hammersmith Is Out" (with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, directed by and co-starring Peter Ustinov), "Holy Matrimony" (with Patricia Arquette and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, directed by Leonard Nimoy), "Outrageous Fortune" (with Shelley Long and Bette Midler), "Just You And Me Kid" (with George Burns and Brooke Shields), "Pontiac Moon" (with Ted Danson and May Steenburgen), "My Mum’s A Werewolf" (with John Saxon and Ruth Buzzi), "Dick Tracy" (with Warren Beatty and Madonna), "Earthbound" (with Burl Ives), "Finders Keepers" (with Pamela Stephenson and a young Jim Carrey), "Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight", "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (directed by Woody Allen), and "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days" (directed by Richard Lester). He also had an uncredited role as Wilson in "Midway".

Stage musicals have become John's big love in recent years. He has regularly appeared as Daddy Warbucks in "Annie", on Broadway as well as on tours. He had great success as Frank Butler in "Annie Get Your Gun", and has appeared in "The Sound of Music", "Peter Pan", "The Most Happy Fella" and "She Loves Me".

 

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