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This is a list of character actors
whose last name ending in the letter A 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 actors.
of character actors is dedicated to each & everyone one of the
actors that appeared on
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.
John Abbott as
Dr. Hennekin in The Vision.
Actor | Soundtrack
John Abbott worked for the British
Embassy in Moscow during World War II. After leaving his
position and returning home to England, he made a stop in the
United States and was offered a Hollywood film role in 1941.
Wound up staying and settling there for the rest of his life.
In his later years, he taught acting and inspired some of
Hollywood's most famous young actors of that time.
With well over
160 credits to his name, he also appeared in
Gigi (1958) as Manuel
― Aben in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and he was
the voice of Akela the Wolf in Disney's The Jungle
Book (1967). He has appeared in everything imaginable, from
Westerns to Mysteries, Comedies, Sci-Fi and he has done
many things in the theater.
Abbott had only one
singing role, playing Manuel in the 1958 film Gigi
(1958), It's a Bore (contains solo lines) with Maurice
television between the 1950s and 1970s, Abbott had roles
on a wide variety of series such as Kraft Television
Theatre (1958) ― Studio 57 (1956) ― Gunsmoke (1956-1960)
― Matinee Theatre (1955-1958) ― Bonanza (1961) ― Thriller
(1961) ―Star Trek (1967) ― Mannix (1967) ― Iron Horse
(1967) and Bewitched (1967).
Although he was blacklisted during the Red Scare of
the 1950s, a producer who wanted to hire him eventually
succeeded in getting the actor removed from the list.
In his final years, Abbott taught acting to students
free of charge.
He frequently played leaders
or authority figures, sinister and ruthless villains.
Tennessee Williams wrote
the one-act play Auto-da-Fe (his only verse play)
specifically for Abbott.
Birth Name: John Albert
Born: June 5, 1905,
London, United Kingdom
Died: May 24, 1996, Los Angeles, California
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Stanley Adams as Dr. Jay
Carter in Outlaw's Shoes.
Actor | Writer | Soundtrack
His first acting appearance
was in Mayor of the Town (1954). His career spanned over
twenty years with over two hundred credits to his name.
He played numerous villains,
bartenders and fast-talking characters. On television, he proved
himself quite a scene-stealer, particularly in the 1960's and
early 70's, when his face appeared on just about every major
show. He appeared as baby-faced millionaire Rusty Trawler in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). He was at his best as pool
hustler Sure-shot Wilson in an episode of The Odd Couple
(1970), Rollo, a quirky time-traveling scientist on The
Twilight Zone (1959), a 'asteroid detecting', tribble
dealing galactic entrepreneur Cyrano Jones on Star Trek
(1966). He was also a space carrot named Tybo on Lost in
Space (1965). He appeared as Captain Courageous in Batman
(TV Series / 1967).
He co-starred in a unsold
comedy pilot based on an Elvis Presley film called Kissin'
Cousins (1964). The pilot starred Edd Byrnes.
Besides a list of credits
that is unbelievable, he also was a writer for shows like
Homegrown (1974) ― The Name of the Game (1971) ― The Flying Nun
(1969 - 1970) ― Mannix (1968) ― Daniel Boone (1969)― Love American Style (1969) ― Star Trek (1969) ― The Rounders
(1966) ― Mister Ed (1961 - 1964) ― Hondo (1967) ― Iron Horse
(1967) ― Bonanza (1966) ― T.H.E. Cat (1966) ― Pistols n'
Petticoats (1966) ― It's Always Jan (1956) ― The Ford Television
Stanley was born April 7, 1915 in
New York City, New York
He died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April
27, 1977 in Santa Monica, California.
How sad, his suicide has been
attributed to severe depression as a result of a back injury, sustained earlier
in the decade. Apart from the obvious pain, it would almost certainly have
limited his employment opportunities.
Following his death, his body was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.
Norman Alden as Duff
in The Anvil Chorus.
He was one of Platt's gang.
Actor | Miscellaneous Crew
Norman Alden served in
the Army during World War II. At the end of the conflict he
had the opportunity to benefit from the GI Bill program
meant to help returning soldiers to start or resume
studying. That is how, while attending Texas Christian
University, he discovered on the boards of on-campus theater
that he had a talent for acting.
Alden was frequently
cast in tough guy roles throughout his 50 year career and
appeared or did voice work in about 2,500 movies, TV series and
He was a regular on Hennessey
Remember this show? He played Johnny Ringo in the TV
series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1961). His
list of credits is, well.....I can't even begin to tell
you, I thought it was never gonna end. He also
appeared on Hardcastle and McCormick (1984).
It was when Peter Criss
failed to show for looping that Alden's voice was overdubbed
(uncredited) for the KISS drummer in the TV movie, "KISS
Meets the Phantom of the Park," which was produced by Hanna-Barbera,
the same folks that employed Alden to voice Aquaman in the
"Super Friends" cartoon series. He voiced Sir Kay in Disney's
The Sword in the
Stone (1963) and
featured in films such as Back to the Future (1985).
He played Lou the mechanic in a series of
commercials. He was so convincing that people would
actually come up to him and tell him their car problems.
Born: September 13, 1924,
Fort Worth, Texas
Died: July 27, 2012, Los Angeles, California
Norman died of natural causes
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Virginia Aldridge as the waitress in the restaurant
of the hotel in The
Actress | Writer
She has appeared several TV Westerns such
shows as The Adventure of Ozzie & Harriet (1957) ― Cheyenne
(1958) — Zane Grey Theater (1958) — Wagon
Train (1958) — Star Trek as Lieutenant Karen Tracy
Father Knows Best (1959) — The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
(1962 - 1965)
and movies such as High School Big Shot (1959) — Riot in
Juvenile Prison (1959)
Virginia went on to become a writer for such popular
series Beauty and the Beast (TV Series / 1988 - 1989)
McMillan & Wife (1986).
Born: September 1, 1938,
United States of America.
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