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This is a list of character actors whose last name
ending in the letter W 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
This section of character actors is dedicated to each & everyone one of
character actors that
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.
Dick Wilson as the guy on Doc's table getting buckshot taken out of his butt in
Sins of the Father.
He also appeared with Chuck in
Arrest and Trial
Dick Wilson, was a
British-born Canadian character actor who played the role of finicky
grocery store manager Mr. George Whipple in more than 500 Charmin
toilet paper television commercials. In appreciation for his over
500 performances of the highly recognizable Mr. Whipple character,
Procter & Gamble provided Wilson with a free lifetime supply of
Charmin toilet tissue.
He started out as a radio announcer when he was a teenager. He was
employed as an acrobatic vaudeville dancer in New York City before
heading to California in 1954 for movie and TV work.
His acting career spanned over thirty years with one hundred
and seventeen credits. His first acting appearance was in the TV
Series, I Led 3
Lives (1956) as an Airman. Some of his recurring roles on
television were: Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1956 - 1957) ― Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
(1958 - 1959) ― M Squad (1958 - 1960) ― The Lawless Years
(1959 - 1961) ― My Favorite
Martian (1963 - 1964) ― The Donna Reed Show (1960 - 1965) ― McHale's Navy
(1963 - 1966) ― Mr. Terrific (1966 - 1967) ― Get
Smart (1966 - 1968) ― That Girl (1967 - 1968).
Some of his films
were: Get Out of My Room (1985) ― The Incredible Shrinking Woman
(1981) ― The World's Greatest Athlete (1973) ― The Shakiest
Gun in the West (1968) ― The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) and
Our Man Flint (1966).
Personal quote: I've done thirty-eight pictures and nobody remembers
any of them, but they all remember me selling toilet paper.
Born: July 30, 1916, City of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died: November 19, 2007, Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, California
Jeanne Wood as Mrs. Swenson in
Jeanne Wood acting career began with a movie called The Sins of
the Children (1930). Her career spanned in film and television
thirty-seven years and forty-nine credits.
She appeared with Chuck Connors in
Designing Woman (1957).
She also appeared in The Ten Commandments (1956) ― Sorority Girl
(1957) ― A Life at Stake (1955) ― Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956).
Some of her recurring roles were:
Lux Video Theatre (1953 - 1955)
― Bachelor Father (1958- 1960) and Checkmate (1961-1962).
Jeanne is the older sister of actress
K.T. Stevens, who also appeared on
Born: November 22, 1909 in Los Angeles, California
Died: July 26, 1997 (age 87) in Los Angeles, California
William Woodson as the Sheriff of Red Wood in
Besides film, radio and television, Woodson appeared on stage and
later did voice-over.
Woodson was the narrator for the crime drama series: This is Your
FBI from 1948-53 on ABC radio. Woodson's television work included
the opening narrative of The Odd Couple ― the narration for
the pilot of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams ― Dick
Tracey (TV Series), narrator (1951) and the narrator for the TV
Series The Invaders. He also voice-over the announcer
for WKRP In Cincinnati. It was his voice, inviting the
audience to stay tuned for the epilogue for each episode. He also
did a number of voice roles in several episodes, including the
pre-recorded announcer of the intro to Les Nessman's newscasts. Also
many cartoon characters.
In 1983, the actor served as the narrator for the miniseries
adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel, The Winds of War, and its
sequel miniseries, War and Remembrance. In this capacity, he
would explain to the television audience the large-scale historical
events that provide the context for the storylines of the two
He was a regular on the TV Series This Man Dawson (1959-1960)
as Sgt. Ed Blankley. He had recurring roles on Perry Mason (1962
- 1965) ― The
Lucy Show (1963 - 1966) ― F Troop (1966) ― The Fugitive (1965
July 16, 1917 in San Bernardino, California
Stephen Wootton as Willie in
Stephens acting career spanned
ten years. He first appeared in the 1952 movie, Room for One More.
His last appearance was on The Rifleman (1962).
He appeared in the 1957 tear-jerker/classic All Mine to Give
as Jimmy Eunson, one of the children to be given away.
In the early days he was known as "Stevie Wootton", a cute,
freckle-faced child actor seen on various television series: Jack
Benny Show (1950) ― This is Alice (11958) ― Superman
(1957) ― I Love Lucy (1954) and many
motion pictures until his early teens. He attended University of
Portland and received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1967.
Steve had a long career in insurance and management, starting at
Allstate and later retiring from CNA in Chicago. Steve retired from
his career in Chicago to the Henderson area to be closer to family
Born: July 8, 1945 in Los Angeles, California
Died: April 4, 2014 (age 68) in Las Vegas, Nevada
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