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Joe Higgins played Nils
Swenson. Is it Nils or is it Nels/Niles? What is his last name.....Swenson/Svenson
Blacksmith? Joe Higgins holds the record for playing Nils or was it
Niles or Nels? There were four episodes that Joe did not play Nils or was
it Niles or Nels?
played the bartender in Strange Town — Rafe the blacksmith in The Wyoming
Story part 2 — Short Rope for a Tall Man as Henry Schneider the
horse thief — Stopover as
Scotty the Stagecoach Driver.
Stopover was the only episode to run one day over
Here is a list of episodes that you can see
Joe Higgins was born on July 12, 1925 in Logansport, Indiana
He died June 18, 1998 in Los Angeles, California of a heart attack
at the age of 73
Higgins got his start in
acting at the age of 9, and also worked in radio while
A character actor most prominent playing the character of a sheriff in commercials and public service announcements. An actor from the age of nine, he attended the University of Dayton (Ohio) and worked in radio while a student. He entered television and played recurring roles on such television series as
The Rifleman and Arrest and Trial.
He also appeared with Chuck in Flipper and Geronimo.
Joe also appeared in numerous TV commercials
including Sheriff JW in commercials for Dodge in 1969 -
1970's. Higgins travelled across America promoting Dodge and
was made an honorary sheriff in every city in which he has
His 1969 automobile commercial as a gravel-voiced sheriff became enormously popular, and Higgins played the character in scores of commercials, print ads, and public appearances, twice winning the CLIO award for commercial actors. In addition to his acting, he earned a Ph.D. in Aviation Education from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Noted for the tag line
"Your in a heap of trouble boy" while appearing in ads as the sheriff character.
Chuck and Joe in a car accident
/ Sheriff Higgins Riding High
Character Actors Index Page
Have you ever been watching TV or a movie and wondered who is that guy?
around The McCain Ranch