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 This is a list of character actors whose last name ending in the letter B has appeared on The Rifleman — One Time Only. Whether they have appeared one time only or 168 times, they are just as important as the main characters and/or anyone else involved in The Rifleman. This is just a small tribute to those great many characters actors.
This section of character actors is dedicated to each & everyone one of the character actors that appeared on The Rifleman.
 They're among the most popular and recognizable actors. They may not be A-list stars, but they do something many actors don't. They worked all the time.

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Alice Backes ― Katherine Bard
James Barton ― Stephen Bekassy
 George Bell ― Edward Binns
 William Bishop ― Lovyss Bradley
Jim Breneman ― Diane Brewster
Brad Brown  ― Robert Burton
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Alice Backes as Isabel Dent in The Mail Order Groom.
She was the one who was to marry John Jupiter.

Alice Mayrine Backes Citron was the widow of film editor Milton Citron.
She served in the WAVES during WWII and arrived in Hollywood in post-war years.
Graduated from the University of Utah
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A talented violinist, she was concert mistress for the University Symphony Orchestra.

She served on the boards of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), SAG (Screen Actors Guild),
Theater West and Pioneer Broadcasters.
 
Alice was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).
Active in many charities, including UNICEF and The Children's Fund.

Alice made her debut in the 1948 film Up in Central Park, Backes appeared in I Want To Live! (1958), It Started with a Kiss (1959), The Glory Guys (1965), Snowball Express (1972), Gable and Lombard (1976), and The Cat From Outer Space, (1978). Her television credits include
Dragnet (1969) ― General Electric Theater (1959 - 1962) ― M Squad (1958) ― The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1963-1965) ― The Rifleman (1960) ― Ben Casey (1961) ― Leave It to Beaver (1959-1962) ― Wagon Train (1963-1965) ― Bewitched (1964-1966) ― Ironside (1974) ― Columbo (1974-1997) ― Barney Miller (1981) . she also had a recurring role on the television series Mayberry R.F.D. (1970-1971) ― Bachelor Father (1957-1958) ― Jack Benny (1962-1963).

Born: May 17, 1923, Salt Lake City, Utah
Died: March 15, 2007, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Backes died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 83. In accordance with her wishes and under arrangements made with the Neptune Society, her body was cremated, and her ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

Alice Backes ― Find A Grave
 


Raymond Bailey played Colonel Jess Whiteside in The Photographer.
He's the one Jamison killed and blamed it on Able.

He is best remembered as banker Mr. Milburn Drysdale from The Beverly Hillbillies (1962 - 1971). In 1958 he appeared in The Space Children with Johnny Crawford before The Rifleman.

After high school, Bailey headed for Hollywood with the intent on becoming a movie star, but soon found it tougher than he thought. He began his career on the Broadway stage in the 1930s, appearing in many theatre productions into the late 1940s.  

 He then went into a high finance career working as stockbroker and banker. He then became a seaman, working on various freighters and travelling all over the world. He also worked on a pineapple plantation in Hawaii, and tried his luck in the local theatre. Deciding to give Hollywood one more try in 1938, he got lucky getting several small parts in the movies which eventually evolved into bigger character roles. When television became big, Bailey was in demand for parts and it was there he got his most famous part on the hit sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), as (ironically) banker Milburn Drysdale.

His first job in Hollywood was as a laborer, but he was fired for sneaking into a mob scene during a movie shoot.

 Sabrina (1954) ― Picnic (1955) ―Vertigo (1958) ― No Time for Sergeants (1958) I Want to Live! The Lineup (1958) Al Capone (1959)  ― The Gallant Hours (1960). He also played a plantation owner in Band of Angels (1957). He also played in the low-budget horror classic, Tarantula (1955), and had a small role in Irwin Allen's Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962).

Some of his TV appearances include The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) ― Have Gun Will Travel (1959-1962) ―  Perry Mason (1959 - 1961) ― Zane Grey Theatre (1957-1960) ― Harrigan and Son (1961) ― The Untouchables (1960) ― Margie (1961-1962) ― Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962) ― Tales of Tomorrow (1952-53) Frontier Crusader (1955) ― My Friend Flicka (1956) Gunsmoke (1955-1958) ― Tightrope (1959) ― State Trooper (1957) ― Coronado 9 (1960) ― Johnny Ringo (1960)The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1956-1958) ― Private Secretary (1957) ― Playhouse 90 (1957) ― The Rifleman (1959) ― Bat Masterson (1958-1960) ― The Jack Benny Program (1959) ― Yancy Derringer (1959) ― Riverboat (1959) ― Bourbon Street Beat (1959) ― 77 Sunset Strip (1959-1960) ― Hennesey (1959) ― Bonanza (1959-1962) ― The Man and the Challenge (1959-960) ― One Step Beyond (1959) ― The Tab Hunter Show (1961) ― Pete and Gladys 1961) ― The Donna Reed Show (1959) ― Bachelor Father  (1961) Going My Way (1962) ― Mister Ed (1962-1965).
Plus many, many more credits not listed

Born: May 6, 1904, San Francisco, California
Died: April 15, 1980, Irvine, California

He died of a heart attack at aged 75.
His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea
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Raymond Bailey — Find A Grave



Bobby Barber played a cowhand in The Vision

Actor | Miscellaneous Crew

Bobby started out in show business in 1926 in Nobody's Business. Throughout the years he appeared in several shorts and movies. Throughout the years Bobby appeared in may of the Abbot & Costello Movies including Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) ― Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949) Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (1950) Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)
The Abbott and Costello Show (1952-1954 TV Series) which he appeared in twenty-six episodes.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello frequently used him as a form of "court jester" on the set of their films. It was his job to keep the energy level up through a series of pranks and practical jokes. He would even suddenly appear on camera during a take to break up the cast and crew. In Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Lou answers a knock at the door expecting to see large actor Lon Chaney Jr. Instead, the very short Barber walks in wearing a funny hat with a feather. In another outtake from that film, Bela Lugosi, in full Dracula regalia, is solemnly descending a staircase to meet Bud and Lou when all of a sudden the actors and crew burst out laughing. Lugosi, annoyed, turns around to see Barber following right behind him, mimicking his steps. Barber also appeared in bit parts, such as a delivery boy, waiter or bellhop, in many of Abbott and Costello's films, and played many different characters--often just walk-ons, sometimes just a picture of him on a wall or a "wanted" poster of him in a Post Office--in their TV series. His final film appearance was in Lou Costello's last picture. The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959). His film career included bit parts in over 100 (known) feature films.

Besides The Rifleman (1960) he did appear in several other TV Series such as: The Colgate Comedy Hour (1952-1954) ― State Trooper (1957) ― Wagon Train (1958-1959) ―Have Gun - Will Travel (1960) ― Leaver it to Beaver (1961-1962) ― I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962-1963).

He appeared with Paul Fix in To Kill a Mocking Bird (1962) as a Courtroom Spectator

December 18, 1894 in New York City, New York
May 24, 1976 (age 81) in Seal Beach, California

Bobby Barber — Find A Grave

*Thanks to Phillip Arnold for his help in giving these cowboy his credit due!


Roy Barcroft as Mr. Stevens in Outlaw's Shoes.
He was Lucas's friend from Oklahoma.

In 1956, before The Rifleman, Roy played Johnny Crawford's foster parent in The Boy Nobody Wanted. If you haven't seen this movie, it is a must, a tear jerker, but well worth watching.

 At age 15 he lied about his age to enlist in the US Army during World War I. He was sent to France and was wounded in action a year later, being sent home and discharged at age 16.

He served two hitches in the US Army, from 1915-1918 (he was wounded in action in World War I and was discharged) and from 1923-1926. After the stock-market crash of 1929, he traveled to California with his family, looking for work. In 1931 he heard of a movie studio that was looking for well-disciplined ex-soldiers as extras in a film, and because of his military past was hired to play a soldier in the Greta Garbo film Mata Hari (1931), beginning his long and extensive acting career.
 
You name it this dude has done it! I don't think there is anything he hasn't done.
He had created an image as a western heavy in the late 1960s. During his years as a freelance, Barcroft became such an asset as the villain in low budget westerns that in 1943 Republic signed him to an exclusive ten year contract. Barcroft was such a fixture in low budget westerns that as soon as his face appeared on screen.

He had a recurring role in Gunsmoke as Roy from 1964-69. He appeared many of times before that on Gunsmoke but sometimes as different characters. The Adventures of Spin and Marty: The Movie (1955)
The Adventures of Spin and Marty (TV Series / 1955) ― The New Adventures of Spin and Marty (1957/TV Series)Further Adventures of Spin and Marty (TV Series / 1956) among many other TV Shows.

I. Stanford Jolley: [on Roy Barcroft] Wonderful Roy Barcroft. We were the top heavies in Desperadoes of the West (1950). We made things tough for cowboy star Tom Keene, who for some reason we never learned, used the name of Richard Powers in the film. Roy and I were friends socially as well as on the film set. We and our wives would often travel to Las Vegas together. Roy loved to play roulette. He had a "system" and would sit at the tables for hours. He often liked to talk about a book he planned to write but never did. He wanted to entitle it, "1,001 Ways to Lose at Gambling". (IMDB)

Real Name: Howard Clifford Ravenscroft

Born: September 7, 1902, Crab Orchard, Nebraska
Died: November 28, 1969, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Barcroft died of kidney cancer at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in 1969.
Roy Barcroft — Find A Grave


 
Katharine Bard as Beth Landis in The Trade.
She was Sam Morley girlfriend.


She was an actress, known for Inside Daisy Clover (1956) ― The Interns (1962) ― The Decks Ran Red (1958)Johnny Cool (1963) ―How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968).

 Besides The Rifleman she has also appeared in Alcoa Premiere (1963) — Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958) — CBS Playhouse (1968) — Climax (1955-1958) — Gunsmoke (1958) — Kraft Television Theatre (1951-1952) — M Squad (1958) — Perry Mason (1959) — Peter Gunn (1959) — Playhouse 90 (1957-1960) — Studio 57 (1957) — Studio One (1948 -1955) — The Armstrong Circle Theatre (1952) — The Big Valley (1965) — The F.B.I. (1965) — The Jane Wyman Show (1955) — The June Allyson Show (1960) — The Lux Video Theatre (1950-1955) — The Millionaire (1955) ― Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (1951) ― The Web (1951) ― Lights Out (1952) ― Broadway Television Theatre (1952) ― The Doctor (1952-1953) ― The Revlon Mirror Theater (1953) ― The Man Behind the Badge (1953) ― Danger (1955) Robert Montgomery Presents (1953-1954) Repertory Theatre (1954) Inner Sanctum (1954) Ponds Theater (1954) You Are There (1954 ) Suspense (1951-1954) Visions (1976) CBS Playhouse (1968) Insight (1967)  ― The Big Valley (1965)  ― The F.B.I. (1965) The Farmer's Daughter (1963) The Great Adventure (1963) 
Alcoa Premiere (1963)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) Sam Benedict (1962) The Rifleman (1959) Matinee Theatre (1956-1958) Gunsmoke (1958) Omnibus (1957) Front Row Center (1955-1956) Lux Video Theatre (1959-1955).

Born: October 19, 1916, Highland Park, Illinois
Died: July 28, 1983, Los Angeles, California
Katharine passed away at the age of 66, cause of death was cancer.
Katharine Bard — Find A Grave

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