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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 ―
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James Barton as Matt
'Pop' Simmons in The Legacy.
James Barton was an
American vaudevillian, stage performer, and a character
actor in films and on television. Barton began
performing in minstrel shows and burlesque houses
throughout the country in 1898, his years of experience
working with African American performers led to his
becoming one of the first jazz dancers in America.
After working with repertory companies in the South
and Midwest, he made his Broadway debut in the musical
revue The Passing Show of 1919
in a role originally intended for Ed Wynn. Barton's
other theatre credits include Sweet and Low in 1930,
Tobacco Road in 1933, Bright Lights of 1944 (which ran
for only four performances), The Iceman Cometh in 1946,
and Paint Your Wagon in 1951.
While appearing on Broadway, Barton also achieved
the highest pinnacle of status in vaudeville, headlining
at the Palace Theater on Broadway not once but eight
times, from March 1928 through April 1932.
Barton's film career was also concurrent to his
stage performances, it began in the silent era, in 1923,
and he appeared in a number of Paramount Pictures short
subjects in 1929. Some of his films credits are: Why
Women Remarry (1923) ― Helldorado (1935) ― Captain
Hurricane (1935) ― His Family Tree (1935) ― Back to
Nature (1936) ― Hideaway Girl (1936) ― The
Shepherd of the Hills (1941) ― The Time of Your
Life (1948) ― Yellow Sky (1951) ― The Daughter of
Rosie O'Grady (1950) ― Wabash Avenue (1950) ― The
Scarf (1951) ― Here Comes the Groom (1951) ―
Golden Girl (1951) ― The Naked Hills (1956) ―
Quantez (1957) ― The Misfits (1961)
On television he appeared in The Ford Television Theatre
(1954) ― Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955)
― Lux Video Theatre( 1952-1956) ― Studio One in
Hollywood (1956) ― The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956)
Playhouse 90 (1958) ― Hotel Pardee (1959) ― Kraft
Television Theatre (1954-1957) ― The Rifleman (1959) ―
Loretta Young (1960) ― The Americans ― (1961) Adventures
in Paradise ― (1961) Naked City ― (1959-1961) ― Frontier
Bing Crosby considered James Barton to be one his ten
favorite performers of all time, alongside names such as Al
Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Judy
Garland, and Nat King Cole.
Born: November 1, 1890,
Gloucester City, New Jersey
Died: February 19, 1962, Mineola, New York of a heart attack
James Barton — Find A Grave
played Little Boy Sherman Old Man Running.
He was the dude that Lou shot.
He became interested in acting after performing
stand-up routines in front of fellow GIs in Europe, during World War
II. Educated in dramatic art at the Actors' Lab in Los Angeles,
followed by extensive stage experience.
In the 1959-1960 season, Batanides appeared in a supporting role as
police Sergeant Olivera in the syndicated crime drama, Johnny
Batanides was in several TV series: Crusader
(1956) ― Zorro
The Twilight Zone
― The Asphalt Jungle
(1961) ― Blue Light
Lost in Space
Mission: Impossible (1967-1972)
― The Silent Force
I Spy (1966-1967) ―
The Dick Van Dyke
Show (1963-1964) ― The Wild
Wild West (1960-1961) ― Alfred
The Odd Couple (1972-1974) ―
(1963) ― Happy Days
One of his more recognizable roles was that
of the unfortunate Starfleet officer/geologist D'Amato in the Star Trek episode
That Which Survives..
Among his film
credits are The Unearthly
The Leech Woman
Maltese Bippy — Evil Roy Slade (1972)
Brannigan (1975). He also appeared in The Ten Commandments
(1956) — Spartacus (1960) — Violent Road (1958) — The Maltese Bippy
(1969) — Brannigan (1975) — The
Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976).
He appeared as Mr. Kirkland in four of the Police Academy
film series, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
(1985) ― Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986) ―
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) and the 6th
installment (City Under Siege) was his final
was once married to Midge Ware. Midge was in
The Illustrator as Hannah Shaw.
Born: April 9, 1923, Tacoma, Washington
Died: January 10, 2000, Los Angeles, California
Arthur Bantanides — Find A Grave
Alan Baxter as Sid Fallon, the bully with
the knife in
The Boarding House.
Baxter attended Williams College, where
he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity
War Service: Baxter served in the United States Army Air Corps during
World War II.
He appeared with Chuck in
Romany Roundup as the sheriff.
Alan Baxter's TV career spanned over thirty-five years .
He also appeared in other TV series
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury
Smith and Jones ― Green Acres ― The Bold Ones: The Lawyers ― Adam-12
― Bonanza ― Becker ― Get Smart ― Ironside ― Bob Hope Presents the
Chrysler Theatre ― Run for Your Life ― My Three Sons ― The Monroes ―
Daniel Boone ― The Wild Wild West ― Outer Limits.
Some of his movies credits are
Welcome to Hard
This Property Is Condemned
Thirteen Hours by Air
Trail of the Lonesome Pine
appeared in two musicals, Tea and Sympathy (1955) and
South Pacific (1957) (in a non-singing role).
Born: November 19, 1908, East Cleveland, Ohio
Died: May 7, 1976, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Alan Baxter — Find A Grave
Hal Baylor played Charlie Crown. in
Short Rope for A Tall Man.
He was the son of Ben Crown and the guy so eager to hang our Lucas!
He held the California Heavyweight
Boxing Championship, posting a professional record of 52-5. He also
attended Washington State on an athletic scholarship. His
great-great grandfather was the original founder of Baylor
almost 200 credits to his name and is known for
A Boy and His Dog (1975) ― The Set-Up
(1949) ― Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) ― Kraft
Mystery Theater (1959) ― Emergency! (1972) among
His fight with Robert Ryan in
Set-Up (1949) is still considered one of the best-choreographed boxing
scenes in film history.
His acting career
has spanned over thirty years including one hundred and eighty-six
credits to his name.
Here is one of those faces you see
often, but you don't remember the name. He has been in a lot of TV
classics and had a starring role in The Life and Legend of Wyatt
Earp. He had appeared on Gunsmoke seven times.
& Son casting.....I saw episode #103 Short Rope for a Tall Man
the other day, and took an interest in the actor (Hal Baylor) who
played Bert Freed's son. The Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb) says
that Hal was born in 1918, and Bert was born in 1919. That's
In this case the son was older then the father.....go figure!
Thanks Glenn Gilbert for this piddlin' stuff.....keep up the good
work! ~ I tip my cowgirl hat to ya'!
Birth Name: Hal
Born: December 10,
1918, Banner County, Nebraska, Nebraska
Died: January 5, 1998, Los Angeles, California
has over one-hundred and
fifty credits to his name.
His first appearance was
in the 1934 movie Gentlemen Are Born as the Third
Broker. He had appeared in over one hundred movies
including: His most current movies were: Made in
Paris (1966) ― O.K. Crackerby! (1965)
The Great Race (1965)
The Love Affair (1965)
How to Murder Your
Dear Heart (1964)
Youngblood Hawke (1964)
Fate Is the Hunter (1964)
Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
Bedtime Story (1964)
4 for Texas (1963)
Critic's Choice (1963)
The Music Man (1962)
Advise & Consent (1962)
Rome Adventure (1962)
King of the Roaring 20's:
The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
A Fever in the Blood
of his TV Series are: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1965) ― Dr.
― Bonanza (1963)
(1963) ―The Westerner (1960) ― Perry Mason (1958-1961)
― The Rifleman (1960)
― Bronco (1959)
― The Untouchables (1959-1960)
― The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
― U.S. Marshal (1959)
(1958) ― The Millionaire (1958)
77 Sunset Strip (1958)
― The Adventures of Jim Bowie
― Have Gun -
Will Travel (1957-1958) ― Maverick (1957-1958)―
Tombstone Territory (1957) ― Death Valley Days (1953-1957)
― Playhouse 90 (1957)
― I Love Lucy (1955)
― Playhouse 90 (1957).
Born: October 18, 1879 in Washington, District of Columbia
Died: November 22, 1974 (age 95) in Costa Mesa, California
Stephen Bekassy as Count Brissard in
Stephen Bekassy, born István Békássy
in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, was a Hungarian-born American film actor,
in Hollywood from the 1940's.
Bekassy's American stage
debut came in Errand for Berenice in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, in 1944, his American film debut was in A Song
to Remember (1945).
He appeared in films such as
Beyond the Time Barrier (1960) ― The Light in the Forest
(1958) ― The Racers (1955) ― Prisoner of War (1954) ― Hell and
High Water (1954) ― Fair Wind to Java (1953) ― The Pathfinder
(1952) ― Woman of the North Country (1952) ― Ten Tall Men
(1951) ― Secrets of Monte Carlo (1951) ― Black Magic (1949) ―
Arch of Triumph (1948).
Some of his TV Show appearances include: The Rogues (1964) ―
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1964)
― The Rifleman
The Bob Cummings Show (1961)
― Adventures in
― Follow the Sun
― Hong Kong
― Checkmate (1961)
Surfside 6 (1960)
Diamond, Private Detective (1960)
― One Step Beyond
― Bat Masterson
― Pony Express
― Perry Mason
― Maverick (1957).
Born: February 10, 1907,
Died: October 30, 1995, Budapest, Hungary
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