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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.

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Herb Armstrong ― Phyllis Avery
John Abbott Virginia Aldridge
Melvin F. Allen ―
Henry Amargo
Ed Ames James Anderson

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Herb Armstrong played the hotel clerk in Willow Springs in The Actress.

His acting career spans over forty-five years and over sixty credits to his name.

He has done twenty Movie & Movies made for TV: Dating Games People Play (2005) ― Loose Cannons (1990) ― Big Trouble (1986) ― Return of the Rebels (1981) ― The Five of Me (1982) ― Seems Like Old Times (1980) ― Stir Crazy (1980) ― Mean Dog Blues (1978)  ― The Last of the Cowboys (1977) ― Lucas Tanner (1974) ― For Pete's Sake (1974) ― Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975) ― Something Evil (1972) ― Cape Fear (1962) ―The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) ― The Fat Man: The Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli (1959) ― The Rookie (1959) ― The Young Captives (1959) ― Party Girl (1958).

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1974-TV Short) ― Rich Man, Poor Man (1967-TV Mini-Series)


His list of TV series are: 7th Heaven (1996) ― Starman (1986) ― Airwolf (1984) ― Bret Maverick (1982) ― ABC Weekend Specials (1979-1982) ― Little House on the Prairie (1978-1981) ― The Waltons (1981) ― The Stockard Channing Show (1980) ― A Man Called Sloane (1979) ― Mrs. Columbo (1979) ― The Rockford Files (1978) ― Barnaby Jones (1974-1977 ) ― Most Wanted (1977) ― Hawaii Five-O (1975) ― Police Story (1974) ― The F.B.I. (1967-1972) ― Gunsmoke (1972) ―  McMillan & Wife (1972) ― My Three Sons (1971) ― Mod Squad (1971) ― The Most Deadly Game (1970) ― The Invaders (1968) ― Days of Our Lives (1965) ― The Munsters (1965) ― Breaking Point (1964) ― The Richard Boone Show (1964) ― Welcome Home, Dan (1964) ― Grindl (1964) ― Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) ― Empire (1963) ― Dr. Kildare (1962) ― The Detectives (1959-1962) ― Route 66 (1961-1962) ― Ben Casey 1961) ― Peter Gunn (1959-1961) ― The Rifleman (1961) ― Mr. Lucky (1959) ― The FBI Story (1959).

Born: September 24, 1924 in New York City, New York
Died: March 3, 2005 (age 80) in Los Angeles, California
Herb Armstrong Find A Grave

 


Charles Arnt as Wes Tippert, Vernon's Uncle in The Sharpshooter.
In the original script Wes was described as a tall, wiry old man, grey-haired, dust-grayed clothes, dirty hands, red drinker's face (as if we could tell in black & white), flabby stomach an old fat man growing thin.

.Charles Arnt graduated from Phillips Academy and Princeton University.
He was the president of the Triangle Club at Princeton University (1929) and founded the University Players with Margaret Sullavan, Henry Fonda, Josh Logan and Jimmy Stewart.
He started show business in 1933 until 1962. He was a character actor in more than 200 films.

He has well over one hundred credits to his name. He has appeared in one hundred movie between 1934 - 1962.

He has appeared in a several TV shows such as Maverick (1959 - 1961) ― Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1961) ― Harrigan and Son (1960)  ― Hawaiian Eye (1960) ― Sugarfoot (1960) ― Bourbon Street Beat (1960) ― The Texan (1959-1960)  ― Lassie (1960) Black Saddle ―  (1950) The Californias ― (1958) The Rifleman ― (1958) The Ed Wynn Show (1958) ― The Thin Man (1958) ― Zane Grey Theatre  ― (1958) The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (1957) ― The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1957).

He retired from acting and began importing and breeding French Charolais cattle at his ranch on Orcas Island in 1962.

Born: August 20, 1906, Michigan City, Indiana
Died: August 6, 1990, Orcas, Washington from
He died of pancreatic and liver cancer
Charles E Arnt Find A Grave
 


Larry Asmus as one of the kids that went to the town picnic out at the McCain Ranch in The Three Legged Terror. He was the boy with the checkered shirt.

Larry was one of the neighborhood kids on My Three Sons, Leave it to Beaver and some other single trips to other series. He also appeared in Judgment at Nuremberg and Inherit the Wind.
Thanks Larry & his wife for the info!
 


Phyllis Avery as Leona Pickford Bartell, Fancy's mother in The Baby Sitter.

Dance with a Dolly with a hole in her Stocking
Songs of The Rifleman

Graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Made her Broadway debut in Orchids Preferred at the Imperial Theatre in 1937.

She has done several movies - The Secret Life of Girls (1999) ― Made in America (1993) ― The Last Child (1971) ― I Love My Doctor (1962) ― The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956) ― Ruby Gentry (1952)
 Anatomy of an Accident (1961-Short)


Her TV Series are: Coach (1995) Baretta (1978) Charlie's Angels (1977) Maude (1976) All in the Family (1973) Daniel Boone (1967) Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1966) O.K. Crackerby! (1965) Mr. Novak (1964-1965) Summer Playhouse (1964) The Greatest Show on Earth (1964)
The Eleventh Hour (1963)
  Dr. Kildare (1963) Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) The Virginian (1963) Laramie (1960-1963) Sam Benedict (1962) Alcoa Premiere (1962) Have Gun - Will Travel (1962) Adventures in Paradise (1962) The Red Skelton Hour (1961-1962) Perry Mason (1958-1961) The Jim Backus Show (1961) Assignment: Underwater (1961) The Clear Horizon (1960)   Peter Gunn (1960 The Deputy (1960) The Rifleman (1959) The Millionaire (1955-1999) The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (1959) Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957-1959) Rawhide (1959) Man with a Camera (1958) Colonel Humphrey Flack (1958) Schlitz Playhouse (1953-1958) General Electric Theater (1957-1958)   Studio One in Hollywood (1958) Frontier Justice (1958) Trackdown (1957) Broken Arrow (1957) Playhouse 90 (1957) Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1957) Studio 57 (1957) Telephone Time (1957) Zane Grey Theater (1956) The Ray Milland Show (1953-1955) The Doctor (1952) The Unexpected (1952) Queen for a Day (1951).

She was the daughter of screenwriter Stephen Morehouse Avery.

After retiring from acting she became a Los Angeles real estate agent.

Born: November 14, 1922, New York City, New York
Died: May 19, 2011, Los Angeles, California
Phyllis Avery Find A Grave

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