Strother Martin

BirthDay:

26 Mar 1919

BirthPlace:

Kokomo, Indiana, USA

BirthName:

Strother Douglas Martin Jr.

Bio:

American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, but quickly returned to Indiana. Strother Jr. grew up in Indianapolis and in Cloverdale, Indiana. He excelled at swimming and diving, and at 17 won the National Junior Springboard Diving Championship. He attended the University of Michigan as diving team member. He served in the U.S. Navy as a swimming instructor in World War II. Nicknamed "T-Bone" Martin for his diving style, his 3rd place finish in the adult National Springboard Diving Championships cost him a place on the 1948 Olympic team. He moved to California to become an actor, but worked in odd jobs and as a swimming instructor to Marion Davies and the children of Charles Chaplin. He found work as a swimming extra in several films and as a leprechaun on a local children's TV show, "Mabel's Fables." Bit parts came his way, leading to television work with Sam Peckinpah, which led to a lifelong relationship. He also found memorable roles for John Ford and by the 1960s was a familiar face in American movies. With Cool Hand Luke (1967) in 1967 came new acclaim and a place among the busiest character actors in Hollywood. He worked steadily and in substantial roles throughout the 1970s and seemed at the peak of his career when he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1980.
Filmography

Actor ( 171 credits )

The Secret Life of Nikola Tesla (1980) George Westinghouse
Hotwire (1980) The Weasel
Love and Bullets (1979) Louis Monk
The Villain (1979) Parody Jones
Nightwing (1979) Selwyn
The Champ (1979) Riley
Up in Smoke (1978) Arnold Stoner
The End (1978) Dr. Waldo Kling
Vega$ (1978)  Hank Jenner (1 episode, 1978)
Slap Shot (1977) Joe McGrath
ABC Weekend Specials (1977)  Bill Driscoll (1 episode, 1977)
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (1976) Billy
Hard Times (1975) Poe
Rooster Cogburn (1975) McCoy
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1980)
Baretta (1975)  Doc Stockwell / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1977)
The Rockford Files (1974)  Thomas Tyler 'T.T.' Flowers (2 episodes, 1977)
Movin' On (1974)  Cabe Miller (1 episode, 1975)
Petrocelli (1974)  Clate Dobie (1 episode, 1975)
Paper Moon (1974) (1 episode, 1974)
Sssssss (1973) Dr. Carl Stoner
Hawkins (1973)  R.J. Hawkins (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
Pocket Money (1972) Bill Garrett
The Rookies (1972)  Teacher (1 episode, 1974)
Fools' Parade (1971) Lee Cottrill
The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) Doc Duncan
Red Sky at Morning (1971) John Cloyd
Hannie Caulder (1971) Rufus Clemens
Nichols (1971)  Zachariah (1 episode, 1972)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) Bowen
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Percy Garris
The Wild Bunch (1969) Coffer
True Grit (1969) Col. G. Stonehill
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)  Terry Riggs (1 episode, 1970)
Love, American Style (1969)  Dennis Wright (segment "Love and the Old Boyfriend") (
It Takes a Thief (1968)  Willard Knox (1 episode, 1968)
The Doris Day Show (1968)  Tyrone Lovey (2 episodes, 1969)
The Name of the Game (1968)  Nanyface (1 episode, 1969)
Cool Hand Luke (1967) Captain
The Flim-Flam Man (1967) Lovick
The Invaders (1967)  Charlie Coogan (1 episode, 1967)
Gentle Ben (1967)  Reed Olmstock (1 episode, 1968)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)  Harvey Bains / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
He & She (1967)  The Rev. Mr. Anderson (1 episode, 1968)
The Danny Thomas Hour (1967)  Paul Rooney (1 episode, 1968)
Nevada Smith (1966) Barney (uncredited)
Harper (1966) Claude
An Eye for an Eye (1966) Trumbull
Tarzan (1966)  O'Keefe / ... (3 episodes, 1967)
Iron Horse (1966)  Applegate / ... (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
The Rounders (1966)  Cousin Fletch (2 episodes, 1966)
The Road West (1966)  Grady Couts (1 episode, 1967)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) Jeb Ross
Shenandoah (1965) Train Engineer
Brainstorm (1965) Mr. Clyde
Lost in Space (1965)  Nerim (1 episode, 1966)
The Big Valley (1965)  Dan'l Hawkes / ... (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Run for Your Life (1965)  Holly Amberton (1 episode, 1968)
A Man Called Shenandoah (1965)  Cowboy (1 episode, 1966)
The Legend of Jesse James (1965)  Meeker (1 episode, 1966)
Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964) Fiddler
Gilligan's Island (1964)  George Barkley (1 episode, 1967)
Daniel Boone (1964)  Tarbot (1 episode, 1969)
Kentucky Jones (1964)  Boney Benton (1 episode, 1965)
Profiles in Courage (1964) (1 episode, 1965)
McLintock! (1963) Agard
Showdown (1963) Charlie Reeder
The Fugitive (1963)  Shirky Saulter (1 episode, 1964)
The Lieutenant (1963)  Taxi Driver (1 episode, 1964)
The Dakotas (1963)  Private Anton Copang (1 episode, 1963)
Glynis (1963)  Dance Hall Customer (1 episode, 1963)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Floyd
The Virginian (1962)  Finley / ... (2 episodes, 1965-1970)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1973)
Stoney Burke (1962)  Buckley (1 episode, 1962)
The Deadly Companions (1961) Parson
Sanctuary (1961) Dog Boy
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961)  Harper Worthington Yates (1 episode, 1965)
Ben Casey (1961)  Adam Raemecker / ... (2 episodes, 1962)
The Dick Powell Theatre (1961) (1 episode, 1962)
The Americans (1961)  Wadd (1 episode, 1961)
The New Breed (1961)  Benny Kohler (2 episodes, 1962)
Outlaws (1960)  Garvey (1 episode, 1962)
Pete and Gladys (1960)  Harold Horton (1 episode, 1962)
The Law and Mr. Jones (1960) (1 episode, 1961)
The Wild and the Innocent (1959) Ben Stocker
The Shaggy Dog (1959) Thurm
The Horse Soldiers (1959) Virgil
Twilight Zone (1959)  Mothershed (1 episode, 1961)
Bonanza (1959)  Cole Younger / ... (5 episodes, 1964-1972)
Rawhide (1959)  Bates / ... (2 episodes, 1959-1965)
The Rebel (1959)  Jess - Deputy (1 episode, 1959)
Black Saddle (1959)  Pit Thatcher (1 episode, 1959)
Hotel de Paree (1959)  Aaron Donager (29 episodes, 1959-1960)
Cowboy (1958) Cowhand Bitten by Snake (uncredited)
77 Sunset Strip (1958)  Charles Sloane (1 episode, 1963)
Lawman (1958)  Jack Foley (1 episode, 1959)
The Texan (1958)  Polk Blackston (1 episode, 1959)
Jefferson Drum (1958)  Pete Henke (1 episode, 1958)
Frontier Justice (1958)  Toby (1 episode, 1958)
Black Patch (1957) Deputy Petey Walker
Copper Sky (1957) Pokey
Perry Mason (1957)  Gerald Sommers / ... (4 episodes, 1961-1965)
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957)  A. Carew / ... (4 episodes, 1957-1962)
Whirlybirds (1957)  'The Great Herman' (1 episode, 1959)
Trackdown (1957)  Benny French (1 episode, 1958)
The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (1957)  Tomar (1 episode, 1957)
Panic! (1957)  Hank Judson (1 episode, 1958)
The Gray Ghost (1957)  Michael (1 episode, 1957)
Boots and Saddles (1957)  Slocum (1 episode, 1958)
Man Without a Gun (1957) (1 episode, 1958)
The Walter Winchell File (1957)  Little Julie (1 episode, 1958)
The Web (1957) (1 episode, 1957)
Attack (1956) Sgt. Ingersol
World Without End (1956) Nihka (uncredited)
Johnny Concho (1956) Townsman (uncredited)
The Black Whip (1956) Thorny
Playhouse 90 (1956)  Earle Wheeler (1 episode, 1958)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956)  Leopold Vaupel (1 episode, 1958)
Zane Grey Theater (1956)  Joby (1 episode, 1957)
Broken Arrow (1956)  Joe Roman / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Telephone Time (1956) (1 episode, 1957)
Target Zero (1955) Pvt. Dan O'Hirons (uncredited)
The Big Knife (1955) Stillman (uncredited)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Harvey Wallace
Strategic Air Command (1955) Airman (uncredited)
Gunsmoke (1955)  Ben Snow / ... (11 episodes, 1956-1974)
The Millionaire (1955)  Pete Hill (1 episode, 1957)
Matinee Theatre (1955)  Phil (1 episode, 1957)
Crusader (1955)  Ray Dutcher (1 episode, 1956)
Navy Log (1955)  D'Amico (1 episode, 1958)
Crossroads (1955)  Landry Kersh (1 episode, 1955)
Stage 7 (1955)  Lt. Bob Handley / ... (2 episodes, 1955)
Frontier (1955)  Lee / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
The Silver Chalice (1954) Father (uncredited)
Drum Beat (1954) Scotty
A Star Is Born (1954) Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Prisoner of War (1954) Man on Crutches (uncredited)
World for Ransom (1954) Corporal (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954)  Buckshot / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1978)
Lassie (1954)  Lem Boots (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
The Lone Wolf (1954)  Nick Davis (1 episode)
The Lineup (1954) (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Studio 57 (1954)  Pete Dutton (1 episode, 1954)
Mystery Is My Business (1954) (1 episode, 1954)
South Sea Woman (1953) Marine in Audience at Court-martial (uncredited)
The Magnetic Monster (1953) Co-Pilot
General Electric Theater (1953)  Gunnery Officer Daly / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1958)
The Man Behind the Badge (1953)  Brother Daniel (1 episode, 1955)
Scandal Sheet (1952) Man on crutches (uncredited)
Androcles and the Lion (1952) Soldier (uncredited)
Storm Over Tibet (1952) Co-pilot
Death Valley Days (1952)  Arkie Monson / ... (4 episodes, 1964-1967)
Four Star Playhouse (1952)  Tom Blair (1 episode, 1953)
Dangerous Assignment (1952)  Riri (1 episode, 1952)
Cavalcade of America (1952)  Wilkins (1 episode, 1955)
Chevron Theatre (1952) (2 episodes, 1952)
Invitation Playhouse: Mind Over Murder (1952) (2 episodes, 1952)
The People Against O'Hara (1951) (uncredited)
Rhubarb (1951) Michael 'Shorty' McGirk (uncredited)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951) Corporal (uncredited)
I Love Lucy (1951)  Cafe Waiter (1 episode, 1956)
Dragnet (1951) (1 episode, 1952)
Schlitz Playhouse (1951)  Bellhop / ... (3 episodes, 1953-1956)
Hollywood Opening Night (1951) (1 episode, 1953)
The Damned Don't Cry (1950) Springboard Diver (uncredited)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) William Doldy (uncredited)
Big Town (1950)  Eddie Benson / ... (1 episode, 1952)
Treasury Men in Action (1950) (1 episode, 1954)
Stars Over Hollywood (1950) (1 episode, 1951)
Fireside Theatre (1949) (4 episodes, 1951-1952)