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Fritz Ford appeared in many episodes of
The Rifleman and still counting.....
Here is a list of episodes that I've seen
The Safe Guard
as one of the townsmen, Mr. Jones
He was the man talking to Lucas in the bank.
He also was a stunt double for
as a Townsman sitting outside the stage depot
He also was a stunt double for Chuck Connors
as the stuntman
22. The Boarding House
as the cowboy reading the newspaper in the
31. The Angry Man as
the cowboy stringing barb wire
The Money Gun -
Blood Brother as one of the townsmen
Obituary as a stunt double for Chuck
as the cowboy
Quiet Fear - Is this
He was also a stunt double for Chuck Connors on
Rifleman along with many other TV Series/movies as Branded — Arrest
and Trial — 99 and 44/100% Dead — Soylent Green — Tomahawk Trail — Captain Nemo and the Underwater City — Target: Embassy — The Legend of Sea Wolf.
He started films in the early 1950's as a bit
player, stand-in, and double for such tall actors as John
Hudson, Charlton Heston, Sterling Hayden, and Vincent Price. He was still going by the name Fritz Apking when he doubled
for actor Phil Carey during the football scenes in The Long
Because his hair was
darker than Chuck's, Fritz wore a hat wired tightly to his
head so viewers wouldn't catch on. He told Enquirer reporter
John Erardi in a 2001 interview that when he doffed his hat,
he had a red line where the metal pressed into his forehead.
In honor of John Ford, who
got him the role in Mr. Roberts, Fritz decided that
he would now be known as Fritz Ford.
He was sometimes credited as Fritz Apking. He played football for the
University of Washington.
Fritz & Chuck
met while filming Tomahawk Trail in 1957. Chuck
requested that Ford double for him on The Rifleman
which led to a working relationship that lasted more than
Fritz Ford was born on November 12, 1927 in Reading, Ohio
He died August 25, 2006 in Amberley Village, Cincinnati,
Birth name: Fredrick 'Fritz' Apking
*Thanks to Phillip Arnold
for his help in giving Fritz Ford his credit due.
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