Edward Binns

BirthDay:

12 Sep 1916

BirthPlace:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Bio:

Gravel-voiced, authoritative American character actor, a reliable presence on screen for more than four decades. The son of Pennsylvania Quakers, he was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and first learned his trade as an apprentice at the Cleveland Playhouse. Binns was among the first to join the newly established Actors Studio in 1947, which effectively paved the way for future opportunities. He made his first stage appearance that same year, appearing as a non-commissioned officer in the cast of the hit play "Command Decision". Another acclaimed performance saw him as a tough NYPD cop in "Detective Story" (1949), a part played in the film version by Frank Faylen two years later. It was no coincidence, that Binns would come to specialise in no-nonsense, hard-nosed detectives or guys in uniform, once his screen career took off in the mid-1950's. At the peak of his popularity, he starred in his own police series, Brenner (1959), which had a five-year run on CBS.

Before Binns became a much sought-after general purpose actor, utilised in literally hundreds of early live television shows, his career suffered a serious setback: he was blacklisted during the McCarthy witch hunts as a suspected communist sympathiser. This turned out to be a case of mistaken identity (a Brooklyn alderwoman with the same surname -- not related -- had been a member of the Communist Party), but the blacklisting was not expunged for another two years. Another (lesser) source of disgruntlement for Binns was, that he found himself often mistaken for the actor Frank Lovejoy (though, arguably, he more closely resembled Charles Aidman!).

In feature films, Binns was at his convincing best as the juror most likely to be swayed in 12 Angry Men (1957); as bomber pilot Colonel Grady in Fail-Safe (1964); and as General Walter Bedell Smith in Patton (1970). He had numerous excellent TV credits to his name, including a recurring role as Al Mundy's boss on It Takes a Thief (1968) and as General Korshak, attempting to poach Hawkeye as his personal physician in M*A*S*H (1972). He was otherwise gainfully employed as a narrator, voicing commercials for Amtrak and United Way and, latterly, as a drama teacher. Ed Binns died of a heart attack, while being driven in his car on the way from Manhattan to his Connecticut home, on December 4 1990.
Filmography

Actor ( 167 credits )

After School (1988) Monsignor Frank Barrett
Whatever It Takes (1986) Mr. Kingsley
The Equalizer (1985)  Father Martin O'Donohugh (1 episode, 1986)
Spenser: For Hire (1985)  John Brady (1 episode, 1986)
The Verdict (1982) Bishop Brophy
The Pilot (1980) Larry Zanoff
The Man You Loved to Hate (1979) Himself - Narrator (voice)
Oliver's Story (1978) Phil Cavilleri
Lucan (1977)  Marston (1 episode, 1977)
Diary of the Dead (1976) Mr. McNulty
Alice (1976)  Driscoll (1 episode, 1978)
Once Upon a Classic (1976) (1 episode, 1979)
Night Moves (1975) Joey Ziegler
The Blue Knight (1975) (1 episode, 1976)
Caribe (1975)  Swanson (1 episode, 1975)
Lovin' Molly (1974) Mr. Fry
The Rockford Files (1974)  Everet Alton Benson (1 episode, 1977)
Police Woman (1974)  John Solvana (1 episode, 1976)
The Manhunter (1974)  Simon Ambler (1 episode, 1975)
Chopper One (1974)  Lew Simons (1 episode, 1974)
Police Story (1973)  Lieutenant O'Brien / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
M*A*S*H (1972)  General Korshak (1 episode, 1977)
The Tell-Tale Heart (1971) Police Officer
Tarzan and the Perils of Charity Jones (1971) Pedro (archive footage)
Cannon (1971)  Lt. Lyle Stacy (1 episode, 1974)
Police Surgeon (1971)  Gar (1 episode)
Patton (1970) Major General Walter Bedell Smith
McCloud (1970)  Wild Bill Hickok (1 episode, 1974)
The Bold Ones: The Senator (1970)  Arthur Beresford (2 episodes, 1970)
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1969)  Jim Lynch (1 episode, 1971)
Hawaii Five-O (1968)  Mills (1 episode, 1973)
It Takes a Thief (1968)  Wally Powers / ... (10 episodes, 1969-1970)
The Name of the Game (1968)  Dan Borden (1 episode, 1970)
Chubasco (1967) Judge North
Ironside (1967)  Charlie Culver (1 episode, 1971)
Coronet Blue (1967)  Lyle Sailer (1 episode, 1967)
Judd for the Defense (1967)  Ambrose Liston (2 episodes, 1969)
Captain Nice (1967)  Al Spencer (1 episode, 1967)
NBC Experiment in Television (1967)  Narrator (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
The Plainsman (1966) Lattimer
Tarzan (1966)  Pedro (2 episodes, 1967)
Hawk (1966)  Roger Zollner (1 episode, 1966)
Blue Light (1966) (1 episode, 1966)
The Wild Wild West (1965)  Colonel Roper (1 episode, 1969)
The F.B.I. (1965)  Barney Simms / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
Laredo (1965)  Sgt. Durgom (1 episode, 1967)
Run for Your Life (1965)  Colonel Delaney (1 episode, 1967)
A Man Called Shenandoah (1965)  Major Morrison (1 episode, 1965)
Seaway (1965)  Castle (1 episode, 1965)
The Loner (1965)  Manet (1 episode, 1966)
The Americanization of Emily (1964) Adm. Thomas Healy
Fail-Safe (1964) Colonel Grady (as Ed Binns)
Daniel Boone (1964)  Seth Jennings (1 episode, 1965)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)  Walter Bryce (1 episode, 1964)
12 O'Clock High (1964)  Clifford Moran (1 episode, 1964)
Karen (1964)  Mark (1 episode, 1965)
Slattery's People (1964)  Representative Paul Carlson (1 episode, 1964)
Suspense (1964) (1 episode, 1964)
The Fugitive (1963)  Angstrom / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)  Captain Sloane (1 episode, 1964)
The Littlest Hobo (1963)  Lt. Kimball (1 episode, 1963)
The Dakotas (1963)  Arlie Gibbs (1 episode, 1963)
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962) Brakeman
A Public Affair (1962) Sen. Fred Baines
The Virginian (1962)  Colonel John Briscoe / ... (4 episodes, 1964-1970)
Combat! (1962)  Colonel Johnson (1 episode, 1964)
Stoney Burke (1962)  Joe Gullion (1 episode, 1962)
The Doctors and the Nurses (1962)  Dr. Anson Kiley (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Saints and Sinners (1962)  George Hawley (1 episode, 1962)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Sen. Burkette
Dr. Kildare (1961)  Peter De Gravio / ... (4 episodes, 1961-1966)
The Defenders (1961)  District Attorney Wolf / ... (5 episodes, 1961-1964)
The Dick Powell Theatre (1961)  Deke Barron / ... (2 episodes, 1963)
The New Breed (1961)  Crafts (1 episode, 1962)
Cain's Hundred (1961)  Captain Lemoyne (1 episode, 1962)
The Asphalt Jungle (1961)  Sgt. George Costello (1 episode, 1961)
The Investigators (1961)  Jim Corbin (1 episode, 1961)
Desire in the Dust (1960) Luke Connett
Heller in Pink Tights (1960) Sheriff Ed McClain
Route 66 (1960)  Donald McTaggart / ... (2 episodes, 1960-1963)
Thriller (1960)  Lt. Giddeon (1 episode, 1961)
Insight (1960)  Lou (3 episodes, 1967-1970)
Checkmate (1960)  Harl Stoner (1 episode, 1962)
The Aquanauts (1960)  Ed Barron (1 episode, 1960)
Outlaws (1960)  Sam Decker (1 episode, 1960)
Stagecoach West (1960)  Reverend Jim Hallett (1 episode, 1961)
Here's Hollywood (1960)  Himself (1 episode, 1962)
North by Northwest (1959) Captain Junket
The Man in the Net (1959) State Police Capt. Green
Compulsion (1959) Tom Daly
Curse of the Undead (1959) Sheriff
Twilight Zone (1959)  Col. Bob Donlin / ... (2 episodes, 1960-1964)
Bonanza (1959)  John Flint (1 episode, 1970)
The Untouchables (1959)  Dr. Samuels / ... (2 episodes, 1963)
The Deputy (1959)  Shad Billings (1 episode, 1961)
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (1959)  Fred Graham (1 episode, 1960)
The Detectives (1959)  Lt. Bert Walker (1 episode, 1960)
Brenner (1959)  Roy Brenner (19 episodes, 1959-1964)
The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959)  Colonel Robert Baldwin (1 episode, 1961)
The Rifleman (1958)  Keely Thompson (1 episode, 1958)
Frontier Justice (1958)  Abel McHugh (1 episode, 1958)
Special Agent 7 (1958)  Gruman (2 episodes, 1959)
Young and Dangerous (1957) Dr. Price
Portland Exposé (1957) George Madison
12 Angry Men (1957) Juror #6
Perry Mason (1957)  Charles Griffin / ... (2 episodes, 1961)
Wagon Train (1957)  Jud Steele / ... (3 episodes, 1961-1964)
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957)  Nathaniel Beecher (1 episode, 1957)
Whirlybirds (1957)  Doug Jessop / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
M Squad (1957)  Wally Gardner (1 episode, 1957)
The Thin Man (1957)  Decker (1 episode, 1958)
Suspicion (1957)  Ben Silcox / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957)  Larrabee (1 episode, 1958)
Alcoa Theatre (1957)  Captain Posen / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1960)
Goodyear Theatre (1957)  Rangler (1 episode, 1957)
The Court of Last Resort (1957)  Melvin Cressler (1 episode, 1958)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) Lt. Kennedy
Patterns (1956) Elevator Starter
The Scarlet Hour (1956) Sgt. Allen
Zane Grey Theater (1956)  Abel McHugh / ... (2 episodes, 1958-1961)
State Trooper (1956)  Frederick Walden / ... (2 episodes, 1959)
Conflict (1956) (1 episode, 1957)
Telephone Time (1956)  Brazier (1 episode, 1958)
Gunsmoke (1955)  Bill Stapp (1 episode, 1957)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)  Mr. Brown (1 episode, 1957)
Matinee Theatre (1955) (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Navy Log (1955)  Robert J. Quinn (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
The Alcoa Hour (1955)  Anderson / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Star Tonight (1955)  Roy (1 episode, 1955)
Mr. Citizen (1955) (1 episode, 1955)
Star Stage (1955) (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Front Row Center (1955) (1 episode, 1956)
Climax! (1954)  Lieutenant Lewis (1 episode, 1955)
Inner Sanctum (1954)  Barney / ... (4 episodes, 1954)
The Elgin Hour (1954)  Tucker (1 episode, 1955)
Justice (1954)  Rankin (1 episode, 1956)
Vice Squad (1953) Al Barkis
General Electric Theater (1953)  Harry Wilson (1 episode, 1962)
The Loretta Young Show (1953)  Governor Jim Pierson (1 episode, 1958)
The United States Steel Hour (1953)  Charlie Ferber / ... (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
You Are There (1953)  General Gerow / ... (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
Ponds Theater (1953) (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
Pentagon U.S.A. (1953)  Army Investigator (1953)
Without Warning! (1952) Lt. Pete Hamilton
Death Valley Days (1952)  James Hawley (1 episode, 1963)
Omnibus (1952)  Customer (1 episode, 1953)
This Is the Life (1952)  Winters (1 episode, 1956)
The Doctor (1952) (2 episodes, 1953)
Police Story (1952) (1 episode, 1952)
Joseph Schildkraut Presents (1952) (1 episode, 1953)
Teresa (1951) Sgt. Brown
Halls of Montezuma (1951) First soldier in final tracking shot (uncredited)
Schlitz Playhouse (1951)  Daniels (2 episodes, 1953-1955)
Goodyear Playhouse (1951) (2 episodes, 1955)
Lux Video Theatre (1950)  Prosecutor / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1955)
Robert Montgomery Presents (1950)  Dan Thompson (4 episodes, 1952-1955)
Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950)  Ross (1 episode, 1960)
Danger (1950)  The Man (7 episodes, 1951-1954)
Big Town (1950)  Sam Blaine (1 episode, 1955)
The Web (1950) (2 episodes, 1951-1952)
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950) (1 episode, 1951)
Suspense (1949) (1 episode, 1954)
The Big Story (1949)  George Cleveland Bullette (1 episode, 1951)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948)  Black Dog / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1955)
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948) (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
Actor's Studio (1948)  The Doctor (1 episode, 1948)
Kraft Theatre (1947)  Bull Maddox (7 episodes, 1953-1958)