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Rain Man
07-02-2009, 09:04 AM
I'm not familiar with him, but if you want to talk about someone who made the rounds of TV shows, and often bad TV shows, this guy is hard to beat.

His name is Frank Aletter, and he apparently died recently. The photo is not one of him actually dying, but rather is from a scene of "Murder, She Wrote", so maybe it was his career dying. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0018173/

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This guy was in EVERYTHING! He got the full 1970s trifecta of Mannix, Cannon, and Kojak, and he even threw in Colombo. He was not just on Three's Company, he was also on Three's a Crowd. Love Boat and Fantasy Island? Got 'em both. He was with Jack Klugman in Quincy and Tony Randall in Love, Sidney - didn't even take the easy route with The Odd Couple. He supported minority causes with What's Happening, and women's issues with Maude, and racist issues with All in the Family. He not only got the Six Million Dollar Man, but also the Bionic Woman. Matlock, The Golden Girls, and Murder, She Wrote for the senior crowd. . My god, he not only got M*A*S*H, but he had Hello, Larry! Hello, Larry! Think about that, people! Not just Dallas, but also Falconcrest. Got an emergency? He was on Emergency, and also CHIPS. And SWAT. Need to know the birds and bees? He was on Love American Style and The Facts of Life. My Favorite Martian and Planet of the Apes for you science fiction buffs. Police Woman and TJ Hooker for those of you who like seeing Angie Dickenson or Heather Locklear in uniform (or William Shatner, I guess). If you need medical help, he was on Marcus Welby. If medical help arrived too late, he was on Quincy. (Okay, I got that one twice. Sue me.) Need to figure out why medical help arrived too late? He was on Simon and Simon.

And perhaps most amazing is that in almost every case he did one episode and then never returned. The shows where he did five or more episodes are shows I've never heard of: Insight, It's About Time, and Bringing Up Buddy.

This is truly an amazing career.

His TV show appearances include:

"General Hospital" (1963) TV series .... Mayor Richmond (unknown episodes, 1991)
"1st & Ten" (1 episode, 1988)
"Matlock" .... Judge David Spinner (1 episode, 1987)
"You Again?" (1 episode, 1987)
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986) .... Mr. Cromwell
"Falcon Crest" (1 episode, 1986)
"T.J. Hooker" .... Mr. Huntman (1 episode, 1986)
"Dallas" .... Floyd Ericson (1 episode, 1986)
"The Golden Girls" .... Harry (1 episode, 1985)
"The Fall Guy" .... O'Hara / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
"Three's a Crowd" .... Carnival Barker (1 episode, 1985)
"Hotel" .... Bill Korman (1 episode, 1985)
"Murder, She Wrote" .... Wendell Joyner (1 episode, 1985)
"Simon & Simon" .... Harker Anderson (1 episode, 1984)
"Automan" .... James Dowling (1 episode, 1984)
"The Facts of Life" .... William Ogden Smith III (1 episode, 1983)
Private School (1983) .... Mr. Leigh-Jensen
"Love, Sidney" (1 episode, 1983)
"Alice" .... Eric (1 episode, 1983)
"Capitol" (1982) TV series .... Pat O'Keefe (unknown episodes, 1982)
"Quincy M.E." .... Alan Turner / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1982)
"CHiPs" .... Dr. Johnson (1 episode, 1982)
"Three's Company" .... Tom Latham (1 episode, 1981)
The Star Maker (1981) (TV) .... Harvey Denver
"Lou Grant" .... David Ellison (1 episode, 1981)
"ABC Weekend Specials" .... Walt Thompson (1 episode, 1981)
"Hello, Larry" (1 episode, 1980)
"The Love Boat" .... Arnold James (1 episode, 1979)
"Fantasy Island" .... Lt. Draper / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Greatest Rescues of Emergency! (1978) (TV) .... Man with Back Injury
"David Cassidy - Man Undercover" .... Cross (1 episode, 1978)
"Operation Petticoat" .... Lt. Cmdr. Harry Baxter (1 episode, 1978)
Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) (TV) .... Dr. Garrison
"Police Woman" .... Henning / ... (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
"Project U.F.O." .... Milton Short (1 episode, 1978)
"The Bionic Woman" .... Spencer (1 episode, 1978)
"All in the Family" .... Mr. Prescott (1 episode, 1978)
"Switch" .... Fred Willens / ... (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
"Insight" .... Troutman / ... (5 episodes, 1972-1977)
"Blansky's Beauties" .... John (1 episode, 1977)
"What's Happening!!" .... Daniel Turner (1 episode, 1977)
"The Quest" .... Pierson (1 episode, 1976)
"Emergency!" .... Roger Mundell (2 episodes, 1972-1976)
"Holmes and Yo-Yo" (1 episode, 1976)
"Cannon" .... Jack / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1976)
"Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976) TV mini-series .... Mr. Tinker
"Petrocelli" (1 episode, 1976)
"The Invisible Man" .... Charles Hooten (1 episode, 1975)
"Marcus Welby, M.D." .... Avery Waters (4 episodes, 1973-1975)
"Kojak" .... Capt. Nolan (1 episode, 1975)
"S.W.A.T." .... Lt. Purcell (1 episode, 1975)
"Mannix" .... Lorne Marshall / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1975)
"Kolchak: The Night Stalker" .... Norman Kahill (1 episode, 1975)
"The Six Million Dollar Man" .... Borden (1 episode, 1975)
"Sierra" .... Sam (1 episode, 1974)
"Planet of the Apes" .... Leuric (1 episode, 1974)
"Adam-12" .... Harry Morrison (1 episode, 1974)
"Disneyland" .... Sam Davis (2 episodes, 1973)
"M*A*S*H" .... Maj. Stoner (1 episode, 1973)
"Ironside" .... Eli / ... (3 episodes, 1969-1973)
"Jigsaw" (1 episode, 1973)
"Temperatures Rising" .... Dr. Larkin (1 episode, 1972)
"Maude" .... George Snyder (1 episode, 1972)
Run, Cougar, Run (1972) .... Sam Davis
"Banyon" .... John Garvey (1 episode, 1972)
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) .... TV Announcer
"The Bold Ones: The Lawyers" .... William Harper (1 episode, 1972)
"The Don Rickles Show" .... Dr. Hoyt (1 episode, 1972)
"The F.B.I." .... Jim / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1972)
"Funny Face" .... Dick (1 episode, 1971)
"Nanny and the Professor" .... Tom Kerry (1 episode, 1971)
"Love, American Style" .... (segment "Love and the Naked Stranger") (1 episode, 1971)
"Medical Center" .... Morton (1 episode, 1971)
"The Name of the Game" .... Bruks Meecham (1 episode, 1970)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) .... Lt. Commander Thomas
"Nancy" (1970) TV series .... Tom Daily (unknown episodes)
"The Mod Squad" (1 episode, 1970)
Lassie: Peace Is Our Profession (1970) (TV) .... Col. Gene Cameron
"Petticoat Junction" .... Arthur Lewis / ... (2 episodes, 1966-1969)
"The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" (1968) TV series .... Prof. Irwin Hayden
"It's About Time" .... Mac (18 episodes, 1966-1967)
"Ben Casey" .... Dr. Dick Miller (2 episodes, 1963-1966)
"12 O'Clock High" .... Lt. Col. Christy (1 episode, 1965)
"The Fugitive" .... Burton Green (1 episode, 1965)
"The Cara Williams Show" .... Frank Bridges (30 episodes, 1964-1965)
"The Great Adventure" .... James Welton (1 episode, 1964)
A Tiger Walks (1964) .... Joe Riley
"Grindl" .... Mr. Sterling (1 episode, 1964)
"Perry Mason" .... Harry Collins / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
"Dr. Kildare" (1 episode, 1963)
"The Eleventh Hour" .... Wallie Jason (1 episode, 1963)
"My Favorite Martian" .... Agent No. 2 (1 episode, 1963)
The Big Brain (1963) (TV) .... Lester Bestrip
"The Wide Country" .... Mott (1 episode, 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" .... Connacher (1 episode, 1963)
"Hazel" (1 episode, 1963)
"The Lucy Show" .... Dr. Sam Eastman (1 episode, 1962)
"The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1 episode, 1962)
"Target: The Corruptors" .... Dan Wallace (1 episode, 1962)
"The Gertrude Berg Show" .... Norman Rogers (1 episode, 1962)
"General Electric Theater" .... Bob (1 episode, 1961)
"Armstrong Circle Theatre" .... Norquest (4 episodes, 1955-1961)
"Bringing Up Buddy" .... Buddy Flower (20 episodes, 1960-1961)
"The United States Steel Hour" .... Mr. Arnold (1 episode, 1959)
"The Alcoa Hour" .... Tommy Sanford (1 episode, 1956)
Mister Roberts (1955) .... Gerhart

Deberg_1990
07-02-2009, 09:24 AM
Wow. Thats impressive. Why no parade for this man?

MagicHef
07-02-2009, 09:34 AM
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986) .... Mr. Cromwell

Now that is an accomplished actor.

mikey23545
07-02-2009, 09:36 AM
If he was never one of the red-shirts on Star Trek, he wasn't poop.

Alton deFlat
07-02-2009, 09:40 AM
He was busier than a dog with two dicks.

Chief Chief
07-02-2009, 10:13 AM
Not on "Gunsmoke"...

Not on "60 Minutes"...

Not that great.

Alton deFlat
07-02-2009, 10:20 AM
The guys was on...

The Eleventh Hour
12 O'Clock High
Adam-12
Six Million Dollar MAn
Three's Company
Three's a Crowd
1st and Ten

I see a pattern here.

Slainte
07-02-2009, 10:21 AM
God needed a versatile, veteran character actor in the Great Beyond, I suppose. Safe home, sir. Our thoughts are with the widow Aletter.

John_Wayne
07-02-2009, 12:20 PM
Wow. Thats impressive. Why no parade for this man? He was a conservative republican.

Mile High Mania
07-02-2009, 03:09 PM
Well, he was on Facts of Life... too bad it didn't do for him what it did for Clooney.

Frank was in Private School, I remember that well as a 12 year old...

milkman
07-02-2009, 06:20 PM
God needed a versatile, veteran character actor in the Great Beyond, I suppose. Safe home, sir. Our thoughts are with the widow Aletter.

I recognize the guy, and "versatile" isn't an adjective that I would use to describe his acting.

Might well be the worst actor I've ever seen,

I cringed anytime he showed up on any show I was watching.

Halfcan
07-02-2009, 07:07 PM
RIP

RJ
07-02-2009, 07:22 PM
He was a conservative republican.


I had read that in real life he was a socialist, cross dressing drag queen. His stage persona was Angela Lansbury.