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Richard Devon
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Richard Devond - The Rifleman
Richard Devond - The Rifleman

Richard Devon has appeared in seven episodes of The Rifleman'The Spiked Rifle' as Austin Stark, the leader of the gang and the man who fooled Lucas into thinking Mark was kidnapped ― 'Blood Brother' as Jethroe, the man in charge of the People's Committee who was looking for John Stoddard ― 'The Grasshopper' as Walt Ryerson, the man in the handcuffs who Lucas applied a tourniquet to ― 'The Silent Knife' as Ben Macowan, he was the guy who picked on big Mark ― 'Miss Milly' as Jack Adams, he was the man Milly hired to be her bill collector ― 'The Most Amazing Man' as Lovett, he was the gunslinger who forced Wade Randall into a gun fight. He was so brave until he saw what a good a shot Wade was (with Lucas' help) ― 'The Stand-In' as Gus Potter, the prison guard that passed out when the two guards were drinkin'.

Richard Devon portrayed Satan in 1957's The Undead. Usually he played Latino types in such films as The Comancheros, Kid Galahad (the 1962 Elvis Presley version) and Magnum Force.  Richard Devon has cast aside his horns and cloven hooves from The Undead to play a Cardinal in Seventh Sinner. 

He has a list of credits longer then Lucas's rifle!

Richard Devon was born December 11, 1931 in Glendale, California
He died February26, 2010 in Mill Valley, California, USA (vascular disease)

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Badman Richard Devon's evil, thin-lipped smile became a TV western staple at Four Star during the late `50s and through the `60s golden years of the TV western. Four Star employed him on all its series: Big Valley ― Law of the Plainsman ― Zane Grey Theatre ― Johnny Ringo ― Trackdown ― Stagecoach West ― Wanted - Dead or Alive.  If Richard wasn't rustling cattle at Four Star, he was robbing stages on the Universal back lot.  During the late `60s and `70s, he played cops and robbers on the many police and mystery shows.  Richard was a regular on Richard Diamond, Private Eye.

Born in Glendale, California, he grew up in Hollywood.  He wanted to be an actor from the day he played a small part in a first-grade grammar-school production.  Among the various jobs he took on as a youngster was part-time work at Dubrock's Stable, a riding academy in Griffith Park.  He learned to ride so well that they made him a weekend instructor at age 14.

As a high-school graduate, he worked as a mail boy at Monogram, a nurseryman, a mechanic's helper and, at the Hollywood Palladium, a bouncer. During this time he answered a newspaper ad that offered training to the novice; Stage 8 Drama School allowed Richard to work his way through, since he didn't have tuition money. He made his first live TV appearance for experimental W6XAO, atop Mt. Lee in the Hollywood Hills. Additional work came from Armed Forces Radio, the Video Players and KTLA-TV.

Richard studied with Richard Boone's acting class for about six months, he then began to find roles on live TV shows, such as Space Patrol (on which he portrayed Molack), Marshal of Gunsight Pass ― The Tim McCoy Show and Matinee Theatre.

For more than three decades, Richard worked steadily. Then, in 1985, he and his wife moved from Hollywood to northern California, where he continued commercial voice work, a vocal dramatization of the Bible in which he portrayed Judas, and work on George Lucas' animated The Ewoks.  He portrayed a Cardinal in his most recent feature film, The Seventh Sign.

*Information taken from The Williamsburg Film Festival Newsletter.    
posted 2/10/08

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