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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.
This section of character actors is dedicated to each & everyone one of the character actors that appeared on The Rifleman.
 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.

Melvin F. Allen ― Henry Amargo
Ed Ames James Anderson
Herb Armstrong ― Phyllis Avery

John Abbott Virginia Aldridge
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Melvin F. Allen as the wrangler in Miss Bertie.
He was the guy in the beginning of the episode that Duke Jennings had the shootout with.

Melvin got his start in The Return of Dracula (1958) as Mel the Baggage Clerk. His acting career spanned thirty years with twenty-six credits to his name.

Besides The Rifleman Mel appeared in The Big Valley (1965 - 1967). He also appeared in Long Time Gone (1896) The A-Team (1983) The Greatest American Hero (1981 - 1983) The Waltons (1980) The Rockford Files (1974 - 1978) ABC Afterschool Specials as Mr. Phelps (1978) Cannon (1976) Shazam! (1975) Kojak (1973) Ironside (1973).

His movies include Riding Fast (1988) Long Time Gone (1986 / TV Movie) On the Nickel (1980) Money to Burn (TV Movie / 1973) Clambake (1967) Rough Night in Jericho (1967).

I found it interesting that most of Melvin's work, Arnold Laven was the Director. I wonder if they knew each other?

Born: November 23, 1933 in Los Angeles, California
Died: September 1, 1992 (age 58) in Los Angeles, California

Henry Allin played Tom Burroughs in The Assailants.
He was the one who asked the question in the Cattlemen's Association meeting why the Senator was coming to North Fork.

It looks like The Rifleman (1962) was Henry's first acting appearance.

Henry Allin was an actor, known for Call to Danger (1968) ― Nichols (1972) ― Showdown (1973) ― Police Story (1973).
Call to Danger
was a TV pilot that in 1968. Although the show was favorably received by CBS, the network decided that they would rather have Peter Graves replace Stephen Hill as the star of Mission Impossible than start a whole new series from scratch.

Born: October 6, 1919 in Vermillion, South Dakota
Died: March 15, 1999 (age 79) in Dallas, Texas


Jean Allison played the lady killed by Jason Gowdy in the opening scene of Flowers By the Door.

Her first acting role was in General Electric Theatre (1957). Her acting career spanned twenty-seven years and ninety-eight credits to her name.

Jean Allison guest starred in episodes of various television series between the late1950s through the mid-1980s some of them were: Highway to Heaven (1984) ― Simon & Simon (1984)St. Elsewhere (1983) Vega$ (1979 How the West Was Won (1978)Lou Grant (1978)Starsky and Hutch ( 1977) Charlie's Angels (1977)The Waltons (1977)Code R (1977)Emergency! (1972-1977) Jigsaw John (1976) The Bionic Woman (1976 ) Marcus Welby, M.D. (1976) S.W.A.T. (1975) Ironside (1974)The Rockford Files (1974) Adam-12 (1973-1974) Sons and Daughters (1974) Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971-1974) Hawkins (1974) Gunsmoke (1970-1974) Hec Ramsey (1973) Chase (1973) The Rookies (1973) McCloud (1971) The Man and the City (1971)Cannon (1971) Matt Lincoln (1970) Then Came Bronson (1970) The Third Man (1964) Dr. Kildare (1962-1963) Laramie (1962-1963) The Dick Van Dyke Show (1963) Saints and Sinners (1962) 77 Sunset Strip (1960-1962) The Law and Mr. Jones (1962) The Dick Powell Theatre (1962) Cain's Hundred (1962) The Detectives (1960-1962) Devil's Partner (1961) The Brothers Brannagan (1961) Bat Masterson (1961)The Roaring 20's (1961) Perry Mason (1961) Outlaws (1961) The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1961) Hennesey 1961) Wanted: Dead or Alive (1959-1961) ― Trackdown (1958)
― Rough Riders (1958) ― Maverick (1958) ― M Squad (1958)  ― The Restless Gun (1958)  ―Californians (1959) ― Sugarfoot (1959) ― Lawman(1959).

Jean had done three movies: Edge of Fury (1958) The Steagle (1971)Hardcore (1971) and seven made for TV Movies: The Death of Me Yet (1971)Brock's Last Case (1973) The Elevator (1974)A Cry for Help (1975) Man on the Outside (1975)  ― The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977) Runamuk (1978).

 She was happy in her mothering role for many years and never returned to acting.

Born: October 24, 1929, New York City, New York

John Alvin played Applegate, the Deputy in Skull.
He was the deputy and the one who found Mark at the pond.

John Alvin was an American film, stage and television actor. He appeared in over 25 films for Warner Brothers and numerous television and theater roles throughout his career, which spanned from the 1940s to the 1990s.

He was in Milk Money in 1994. He appeared in Somewhere in Time (1980) as young Arthur's Father.
Alvin later enjoyed a separate television career, which spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s. His television credits included various roles on Leave It to Beaver (1961) ― All in the Family (1975) Lou Grant (1977 - 1980) Dragnet (1952 - 1955) ― The Beverly Hillbillies (1964 - 1967) Murder, She Wrote (1986) ― Four Star Playhouse (1953 - 1956) ― The Incredible Hulk (1978) and I Spy (1967) ― Perry Mason (1958 - 1962).
 Alvin's also appeared in numerous television commercial and advertising for such products as Mattel, H&R Block, McDonald's, Porsche and Audi.

Birth Name: John Alvin Hoffstadt
Born: October 24, 1917, Chicago, IL
Died: February 27, 2009, Thousand Oaks, California.
He died of complications from his injuries a week after the accident at a nursing home in, at the age of 91.


Henry Amargo as Juanin in Baranca.
He was the one who took Micah out to the Sanchez's Ranch.

He was an known for I Spy (1966) ―The Outsider (1961) Flaming Star (1960)― The Magnificent Seven (1960) ― Wagon Train (1959) Alcoa Theatre ((1959) Never So Few (1959) Border Patrol (1959) ― Pork Chop Hill (1959) ―The Wild and the Innocent (1959) ― Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958) The Naked and the Dead (1958).

Born: July 18, 1933 in San Diego, California
Died: September 24, 1978 (age 45) in San Diego, California

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