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 This is a list of character actors whose last name ending in the letter B 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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James Barton ― Stephen Bekassy
 George Bell ― Edward Binns
 William Bishop ― Lovyss Bradley
Jim Breneman ― Diane Brewster
Brad Brown  ― Robert Burton

Alice Backes ― Katherine Bard
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James Barton as Matt 'Pop' Simmons in The Legacy.

James Barton was an American vaudevillian, stage performer, and a character actor in films and on television. Barton began performing in minstrel shows and burlesque houses throughout the country in 1898, his years of experience working with African American performers led to his becoming one of the first jazz dancers in America.

After working with repertory companies in the South and Midwest, he made his Broadway debut in the musical revue The Passing Show of 1919 in a role originally intended for Ed Wynn. Barton's other theatre credits include Sweet and Low in 1930, Tobacco Road in 1933, Bright Lights of 1944 (which ran for only four performances), The Iceman Cometh in 1946, and Paint Your Wagon in 1951.

While appearing on Broadway, Barton also achieved the highest pinnacle of status in vaudeville, headlining at the Palace Theater on Broadway not once but eight times, from March 1928 through April 1932.

Barton's film career was also concurrent to his stage performances, it began in the silent era, in 1923, and he appeared in a number of Paramount Pictures short subjects in 1929. Some of his films credits are: Why Women Remarry (1923) ― Helldorado (1935) ― Captain Hurricane (1935) ― His Family Tree (1935) ― Back to Nature (1936) ―  Hideaway Girl (1936) ―  The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) ―  The Time of Your Life (1948) ― Yellow Sky (1951) ―  The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1950) ― Wabash Avenue (1950) ―  The Scarf (1951) ― Here Comes the Groom (1951) ―  Golden Girl (1951) ― The Naked Hills (1956) ―  Quantez (1957) ― The Misfits (1961) 

On television he appeared in The Ford Television Theatre (1954) ― Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955) ― Lux Video Theatre( 1952-1956) ― Studio One in Hollywood (1956) ― The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956) Playhouse 90 (1958) ― Hotel Pardee (1959) ― Kraft Television Theatre (1954-1957) ― The Rifleman (1959) ― Loretta Young (1960) ― The Americans ― (1961) Adventures in Paradise ― (1961) Naked City ― (1959-1961) ― Frontier Circus (1962).

Bing Crosby considered James Barton to be one his ten favorite performers of all time, alongside names such as Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, and Nat King Cole.

Born: November 1, 1890, Gloucester City, New Jersey
Died: February 19, 1962, Mineola, New York of a heart attack
James Barton — Find A Grave

 


Arthur Batanides played Little Boy Sherman Old Man Running.
He was the dude that Lou shot.

He became interested in acting after performing stand-up routines in front of fellow GIs in Europe, during World War II. Educated in dramatic art at the Actors' Lab in Los Angeles, followed by extensive stage experience.

In the 1959-1960 season, Batanides appeared in a supporting role as police Sergeant Olivera in the syndicated crime drama, Johnny Midnight (1960).
Batanides was in several TV series: Crusader (1956) ― Zorro (1959)
Combat! (1963) ― The Twilight Zone (1959-1961) ― The Asphalt Jungle (1961) ― Blue Light (1966) Lost in Space (1967) ― Mission: Impossible (1967-1972) The Silent Force (1970) I Spy (1966-1967) ― The Dick Van Dyke Show (1963-1964) The Wild Wild West (1960-1961) ― Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958-1959) ― The Odd Couple (1972-1974) Perry Mason (1963) ― Happy Days (1974-1983).

 One of his more recognizable roles was that of the unfortunate Starfleet officer/geologist D'Amato in the Star Trek episode That Which Survives..

Among his film credits are The Unearthly (1957) — Violent Road (1958) — The Leech Woman (1960) — Man-Trap (1961)  The Maltese Bippy Evil Roy Slade (1972)  —  Brannigan (1975).  He also appeared in The Ten Commandments (1956) — Spartacus (1960) — Violent Road (1958) — The Maltese Bippy (1969) — Brannigan (1975) — The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976).

He appeared as Mr. Kirkland in four of the Police Academy film series, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) ― Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986) ― Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) and the 6th installment (City Under Siege) was his final acting appearance.

Arthur Batanides was once married to Midge Ware. Midge was in The Illustrator as Hannah Shaw.

Born: April 9, 1923, Tacoma, Washington
Died: January 10, 2000, Los Angeles, California
 Arthur Bantanides — Find A Grave


Alan Baxter as Sid Fallon, the bully with the knife in The Boarding House.


Baxter attended Williams College, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity
War Service: Baxter served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

He appeared with Chuck in Branded in Romany Roundup as the sheriff.
Alan Baxter's TV career spanned over thirty-five years .
He also appeared in other TV series
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury  (1971) ― Alias Smith and Jones ― Green Acres ― The Bold Ones: The Lawyers ― Adam-12 ― Bonanza ― Becker ― Get Smart ― Ironside ― Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre ― Run for Your Life ― My Three Sons ― The Monroes ― Daniel Boone ― The Wild Wild West ― Outer Limits.
Some of his movies credits are Willard Chisum Welcome to Hard Times This Property Is Condemned Mary Burns Fugitive Thirteen Hours by Air The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Winged Victory.

He appeared in two musicals, Tea and Sympathy (1955) and South Pacific (1957) (in a non-singing role).

Born: November 19, 1908, East Cleveland, Ohio
Died: May 7, 1976, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
 Alan Baxter — Find A Grave


Hal Baylor played Charlie Crown. in Short Rope for A Tall Man.
He was the son of Ben Crown and the guy so eager to hang our Lucas!

He held the California Heavyweight Boxing Championship, posting a professional record of 52-5.  He also attended Washington State on an athletic scholarship.  His great-great grandfather was the original founder of Baylor University.

He had almost 200 credits to his name and is known for A Boy and His Dog (1975) ― The Set-Up (1949) ― Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) ― Kraft Mystery Theater (1959) ― Emergency! (1972) among many others.

His fight with Robert Ryan in The Set-Up (1949) is still considered one of the best-choreographed boxing scenes in film history.
His acting career has spanned over thirty years including one hundred and eighty-six credits to his name. 

Here is one of those faces you see often, but you don't remember the name.  He has been in a lot of TV classics and had a starring role in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.  He had appeared on Gunsmoke seven times. 

*Father & Son casting.....I saw episode #103 Short Rope for a Tall Man the other day, and took an interest in the actor (Hal Baylor) who played Bert Freed's son.  The Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb) says that Hal was born in 1918, and Bert was born in 1919.  That's strange casting. In this case the son was older then the father.....go figure!
Thanks Glenn Gilbert for this piddlin' stuff.....keep up the good work! ~ I tip my cowgirl hat to ya'!

Birth Name: Hal Britton
Born: December 10, 1918, Banner County, Nebraska, Nebraska
Died: January 5, 1998, Los Angeles, California

Hal Baylor — Find A Grave
 


Brandon Beach as a Townsman in Day of the Hunter.

 Brandon has over one-hundred and fifty credits to his name. His first appearance was in the 1934 movie Gentlemen Are Born as the Third Broker. He had appeared in over one hundred movies including: His most current movies were: Made in Paris (1966) ― O.K. Crackerby! (1965) The Great Race (1965) Fluffy (1965) The Love Affair (1965)  How to Murder Your Wife (1965) Dear Heart (1964) Youngblood Hawke (1964) Fate Is the Hunter (1964) Good Neighbor Sam (1964) Bedtime Story (1964) 4 for Texas (1963) Critic's Choice (1963) The Music Man (1962) Advise & Consent (1962) Rome Adventure (1962)  Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961) A Fever in the Blood (1961).

Some of his TV Series are:  The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1965) ― Dr. Kildare (1963)Bonanza (1963)Hazel (1963) ―The Westerner (1960) ― Perry Mason (1958-1961)The Rifleman (1960)  ― Bronco (1959) ― The Untouchables (1959-1960) ― The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1959)U.S. Marshal (1959)Whirlybirds (1958) ― The Millionaire (1958) 77 Sunset Strip (1958)The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1958)Have Gun - Will Travel (1957-1958) ― Maverick (1957-1958)― Tombstone Territory (1957) ― Death Valley Days (1953-1957) ― Playhouse 90 (1957) ― I Love Lucy (1955)Playhouse 90 (1957).

Born: October 18, 1879 in Washington, District of Columbia
Died: November 22, 1974 (age 95) in Costa Mesa, California

 


Stephen Bekassy as Count Brissard in The Princess.

Stephen Bekassy, born István Békássy in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, was a Hungarian-born American film actor, in Hollywood from the 1940's.

Bekassy's American stage debut came in Errand for Berenice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1944, his American film debut was in A Song to Remember (1945).
He appeared in films such as
Beyond the Time Barrier (1960) ― The Light in the Forest (1958) ― The Racers (1955) ― Prisoner of War (1954) ― Hell and High Water (1954) ― Fair Wind to Java (1953) ― The Pathfinder (1952)  ― Woman of the North Country (1952) ― Ten Tall Men (1951) ― Secrets of Monte Carlo (1951) ― Black Magic (1949) ― Arch of Triumph (1948).

Some of his TV Show appearances include: The Rogues (1964) ― Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1964)
The Rifleman (1962)  ― The Bob Cummings Show (1961)Adventures in Paradise (1960-1961)Follow the Sun (1961) Hong Kong (1961)Checkmate (1961) Surfside 6 (1960) Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1960)One Step Beyond (1960)Bat Masterson (1959-1960)Pony Express (1959) Perry Mason (1958-1959) ― Maverick (1957).

 Born: February 10, 1907, Nyíregyháza, Hungary
Died: October 30, 1995, Budapest, Hungary

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