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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.
of character actors is dedicated to each & everyone one of the
actors that appeared on
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.
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
She served in the WAVES during WWII and arrived in Hollywood
in post-war years.
Graduated from the University of Utah
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
Active in many charities, including UNICEF and The
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) ―
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1963-1965) ―
The Rifleman (1960) ―
Leave It to Beaver (1959-1962) ―
Wagon Train (1963-1965) ―
Ironside (1974) ―
Barney Miller (1981) . she also had a recurring role on the
television series Mayberry R.F.D.
Bachelor Father (1957-1958) ―
Jack Benny (1962-1963).
Born: May 17, 1923, Salt Lake
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.
Find A Grave
Raymond Bailey played Colonel Jess Whiteside in
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
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
His first job in
Hollywood was as a laborer, but he was fired for
sneaking into a mob scene during a movie shoot.
(1954) ― Picnic (1955) ―Vertigo (1958) ― No Time for
I Want to Live!
The Lineup (1958)
― Al Capone
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
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
Gunsmoke (1955-1958) ―
Tightrope (1959) ― State Trooper (1957) ― Coronado 9
(1960) ― Johnny Ringo (1960)
― The George Burns and
Gracie Allen Show
The Jack Benny Program
Bourbon Street Beat
77 Sunset Strip
The Man and the Challenge
One Step Beyond
The Tab Hunter Show
Pete and Gladys
The Donna Reed Show
Going My Way
Mister Ed (1962-1965).
Plus many, many more
credits not listed
Born: May 6, 1904, San
Died: April 15, 1980, Irvine, California
He died of a heart attack at
His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.
Raymond Bailey Find A Grave
Bobby Barber played a cowhand in The
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
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
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
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.
Adventures of Spin and Marty: The Movie (1955) ―
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
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
Born: September 7, 1902, Crab
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
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
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
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)
Ponds Theater (1954)
You Are There (1954 )
The Big Valley
Farmer's Daughter (1963)
Great Adventure (1963)
Alcoa Premiere (1963)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962)
Matinee Theatre (1956-1958)
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
Katharine Bard Find A Grave
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