"Welcome to The McCain Ranch"
Bettger appeared in two episodes of The Rifleman
The Wrong Man as Jay Jefferson,
he was the
corrupted marshal who was looking for an outlaw with a
price on his head ―
Holt Coyle, the owner of the notorious Skull Ranch that
has become a haven for outlaws.
Holt Coyle invites you to
The Skull Ranch
was born in Philadelphia, the son of Franklin Bettger, a third
baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals.
After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in
New York, in 1937, he worked in theater. He found brief success
on Broadway in the early 40's before getting his break when
Paramount Pictures offered him a contract. It led to his film
debut in No Man of Her Own (1950). Later that year,
he had one of his first big roles, as a kidnapper in Union
He became one of the movies most recognizable villains in the
1950's and 60's.
He appeared in more than 30 films and in several television
series and was known for portraying ruthless types with charm.
He appeared in the Oscar-winning Greatest Show on Earth
(1952) - Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Ever see Greatest Show on Earth? Love this movie
and what a cast!
In 1974, he moved to Paia, on the
island of Maui, and retired from acting five years later.
Birth Name: Lyle Stathem Bettger
Lyle Bettger was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 13, 1915
He died September 24, 2003 in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo County, California
Have you ever been watching TV or a movie and wondered who is that guy?
around The McCain Ranch