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This is a list of character actors whose last name
ending in the letter P 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
This section of character actors is dedicated to each & everyone one of
character actors that
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.
James Parnell as the drunk in
movie appearance was in California Passage in (1950). Some of
his movie credits are Incident in the Alley ― The Clown and the
Kid (1961) ― Gun Fight (1961) ― The Running Target (1956) ― Apache
Drums (1951) ― G.I. Jane (1951) ― Anything Can Happen (1952)
and he appeared in the 1954 Movie, White Christmas as a Sheriff.
He had several recurring roles on TV Shows: Fireside Theatre
― Topper ― Public Defender ― Cicco Kid ― Cavalcade of America ― The Lone
Ranger ― Schlitz Playhouse ― Whirlybird ― The Walter Winchell File
― Have Gun - Will Travel ― Flight ― U.S. Marshal and The Loretta Young
Born: October 9, 1923, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died: December 27, 1961, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Regis Parton as the victim in
Besides The Rifleman he has appeared with Chuck Connors in
Hire Gun (1957) and
in The Bounty.
He doubled for Rory Calhoun, Tyrone
Power, and Gary Cooper. Besides acting, this Cowboy has done a lot of
things besides acting, stunts — stunt double —w as a stunt
coordinator — fencing tutor.
Parton was a Navy swimmer who made the 1940 US Olympic swim
team although those Olympics were cancelled. He was working
as a Santa Monica lifeguard when he started appearing in
He moved to Hollywood in the 1940's and started out as a
stuntman in movies. His first appearance was in 1941 in
the Navy. From there he went on to play roles ranging
from cowpokes to space aliens. His early credits include the
Abbott and Costello fantasy Keep 'Em Flying (1941)
and Backlash (1956). During the '50s, he specialized
in westerns and in the '60s.
known for his work on The Monster Squad (1987), The Stunt Man (1980) and
The Love Bug (1968) and
the Metaluna Mutant in This Island Earth (1955).
a stunt coordinator for A.C. Lyles Paramount westerns.
His daughter Regina became an actress and founded the United
Born: January 27, 1917 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Died: May 31, 1996 (age 79) in Riverside, California
Hank Patterson as Abe Merar in
Wonder if he's any relation to the Merar's in 'The
Score is even' or the Merar’s in The Ordeal?
I know you know this guy. He has appeared in
so many of things. He
was semi-regular on Gunsmoke from 1963 and stayed until its
end in 1975, mostly as Hank Miller, but he did play other
characters on that show. At the same time he was starring on
Gunsmoke he also played the same character (Fred Ziffel)
in three different series: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)
― Petticoat Junction (1963) and Green Acres
He played Pete Duggan on
The New Adventures of Spin and Marty.
He was married for over 60 years to the same lady, Daisy.
Nominations: TV Land Most Heart
Warming Pet-Human Relationship Award.
Elmer October 9, 1888 in Springville, Alabama
Died: August 23, 1975 (age 86) in Woodland Hills, Los
Lee Patrick as Leota Carraway in
Lee Patrick played Leota Carreway, the woman
looking for her long-lost husband, Norman.
versatile performer, she played a wide variety of roles. Her
acting career spanned over forty years.
She began her career by
appearing on the stock stage in her teens and debuted on
Broadway in 1922 as an ensemble actress in The Bunch and
Judy, starring Fred Astaire. She continued working on
Broadway during the 1920s and 1930s
She went on to
appear in such films as Border Cafe (1937) ― The Sisters
(1938) ― South of Suez (1940) ― Saturday's Children (1940) ― The
Nurse's Secret (1941) ― The Maltese Falcon (1941) in the role of
Girl Friday 'Effie Perine' to Humphrey Bogart's character 'Sam
Spade') ― Dangerously They Live (1941) ― Now, Voyager (1942) ―
Gambler's Choice (1944) ― Mrs. Parkington (1944) ― Mildred
Pierce (1945) ― Wake Up and Dream (1946) ― Caged (1950) ― The
Lawless (1950) ― Tomorrow is Another Day ― (1951) ― There's No
Business Like Show Business (1954) ― Vertigo (1958) ― Auntie
Mame (1958) ― Pillow Talk (1959) ― Summer and Smoke (1961) and 7
Faces of Dr. Lao (1964).
In television, she appeared in the CBS situation comedy
Topper that aired from 1953 until 1955. She made several
appearances as the mother of Ida Lupino in the CBS sitcom Mr.
Adams and Eve (1957 until 1958). In 1963 she appeared as
'Aunt Wilma Howard' in the episode Skeleton in the Closet
of the CBS sitcom The Real McCoys and in 1965 she
appeared as 'Mrs. Ashton Durham' in the episode It's a Dog's
World of the NBC sitcom Hazel. She also turned in a
hilarious voice performance as 'Mrs. Frumpington' in an episode
of the CBS animated series The Alvin Show.
Her final film role was a reprise of her 'Effie
Perine' character in a reworking of the Sam Spade story The Black Bird
Born: November 22, 1901, New York City, New York
Died: November 21, 1982, Laguna Beach, California
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