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Frank Ferguson

American character actor Frank Ferguson appeared in scores of films and television shows, often as self-important types. Prior to his film debut, he was a prominent performer and director with the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he coached numerous up-and-coming young actors such as Dana Andrews, George Reeves, Robert Preston and Victor Mature. He broke into films, himself, in the early 1940s, usually playing minor supporting roles, though he was seen to advantage in larger roles, notably in two of the best-known (and oddest) westerns of the '50s, Rancho Notorious (1952) and Johnny Guitar (1954). He played hundreds of ranchers, bankers and police detectives in films and television throughout the '50s and '60s. He became most familiar as "Gus" on the children's program My Friend Flicka (1955) and later as "Eli Carson" on the two TV series based on the novel Peyton Place (1964). He semi-retired in 1972 and died of cancer six years later.


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Born:
Dec 25, 1899 In Ferndale, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
184
First Appeared:
In the movie Abe Lincoln in Illinois 1940-02-12
Latest Project:
Movie Nerdland 2016-12-06
Known For
Poster of The Andy Griffith Show
Poster of Four Mothers
Filmography
Movie Nerdland Dr. Grieve 2016-12-06
Movie Suburbanite Tom Ransome 2016-01-12
Movie Rules Don't Apply Sam Arrants 2016-11-23
Movie Spotlight Dr. Hoffman 2015-11-06
Movie Sisters Marshal Williams 2015-12-18
Movie Awakened Mr. Green 2014-03-21
Movie Perfect Sisters Champ Wiley 2014-04-08
Movie The Town That Came A-Courtin' Newspaper Editor 2014-01-19
Movie Drumline: A New Beat Walter Bronson 2014-10-27
Movie Runaway 2014-09-28
Movie Rage Dr. Hoffman 2014-05-09
Movie This Is Martin Bonner Mike Edwards 2013-06-28
Movie The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Deacon Matt Holmes 2012-08-29
Movie The Great Mint Swindle Haljerson 2012-03-11
Movie Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace Chad Polson 2011-07-22
Movie WWE Survivor Series 2011 John Letherby 2011-11-21
Movie Kevin Smith: Smodimations Haljerson 2011-10-18
Movie Bloodbath in the House of Knives Dr. Grieve 2010-10-26
Movie Up in the Air Bartender 2009-09-05
Movie Restless Rex 2009-12-30
Movie Chaos Theory Marshal George Henderson 2008-03-14
Movie Sleepwalking R.J. O'Connell 2008-01-14
Movie The Crew Dolan 2008-10-01
Movie The Price to Pay Colpeck 2007-04-04
Movie Meet Bill Dr. Ludlow 2007-09-07
Movie Cars Electronics Engineer (uncredited) 2006-06-08
Movie Monster House Bill Porter (lawyer) 2006-07-21
Movie My Date with Drew Preacher 2005-08-05
Movie Breaking News Easterner at Training Camp 2004-06-10
Movie Tremors 4: The Legend Begins Mr. Norton 2004-01-02
Movie WWF: Undertaker - The Phenom Newspaper Editor 2002-02-05
Movie Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself Marshal George Henderson 2002-11-08
Movie 100 Women Mr. Dunn 2002-10-18
Movie Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Admiral L.D. 2001-01-01
Movie The Brainiacs.com Sheriff Howard 2000-12-22
Movie Easy Rider: Shaking the Cage Mike Edwards 1999-10-07
Movie A Bing Crosby Christmas District Attorney Hunt 1998-01-01
Movie Shakespeare in Love Park Attendant 1998-12-11
Movie Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings Chad Polson 1994-03-16
Movie Close to Eden Marshal Bullock 1991-01-01
Movie Intimate Stranger Mahoney (uncredited) 1991-11-15
Movie Runaway Heart John Letherby 1990-10-27
Movie Mamba Bartell 1988-11-01
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Mechanic 1981-12-13
Movie Chaser for Chico 1974-01-01
Movie The Balloon Vendor Preacher 1974-12-21
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Nanny and the Professor Unknown 1970-01-21
Movie Che! Embassy Attendant 1969-06-27
Movie My Dream Boat Burns 1967-09-27
Movie The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Colpeck 1966-01-01
Movie The Great Sioux Massacre General Alfred Howe Terry 1965-04-25
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Movie The Quick Gun Dan Evans 1964-04-01
Series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Unknown 1964-09-14
Movie Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Newspaper Editor 1964-12-15
Series Peyton Place 1964-09-15
Movie The Secret Invasion Paul Harrison 1964-09-16
Movie The Balcony Cyrus Cook 1963-03-21
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Newspaper Editor 1961-12-18
Series COronado 9 Unknown 1960-09-06
Movie Raymie Rex 1960-07-05
Series The Tall Man Unknown 1960-09-10
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Movie Sunrise at Campobello Dr. Bennett 1960-09-28
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Series Laramie Unknown 1959-09-15
Series Lock-Up Unknown 1959-09-28
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Movie Cole Younger, Gunfighter Sheriff Ralph Wittrock 1958-03-30
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Movie Terror in a Texas Town Deacon Matt Holmes 1958-09-01
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie Andy Hardy Comes Home Mayor Benson 1958-12-22
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Movie The Lawless Eighties Owen Sutter 1957-05-31
Movie Gun Duel In Durango Sheriff Howard 1957-05-01
Movie The Iron Sheriff Holloway 1957-04-01
Movie The Phantom Stagecoach Joe Patterson 1957-03-31
Movie This Could Be the Night Mr. Shea 1957-05-14
Series Leave It to Beaver Unknown 1957-10-04
Series Have Gun – Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Series State Trooper Unknown 1956-09-25
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie The Eternal Sea Admiral L.D. 1955-04-19
Movie New York Confidential Dr. Ludlow 1955-02-15
Movie The Violent Men Mahoney (uncredited) 1955-01-26
Movie City of Shadows District Attorney Hunt 1955-06-02
Movie The McConnell Story Mechanic 1955-09-29
Movie At Gunpoint Marshal George Henderson 1955-12-25
Movie Moonfleet Coachman 1955-06-24
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Series The Lone Wolf Unknown 1954-01-01
Movie The Outcast Chad Polson 1954-08-15
Movie Johnny Guitar Marshal Williams 1954-05-26
Movie The Shanghai Story Haljerson 1954-09-01
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Young at Heart Bartell 1954-12-01
Movie The Marksman Champ Wiley 1953-04-10
Movie Powder River Johnny Slater 1953-06-07
Movie Trouble Along the Way Mike Edwards 1953-04-04
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Star of Texas Marshal Bullock 1953-01-11
Movie Woman They Almost Lynched Bartender 1953-03-20
Movie The Blue Gardenia Drunk Reporter 1953-03-23
Movie The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Dr. Morton 1953-06-13
Movie The Lone Hand Mr. Dunn 1953-06-26
Movie Wicked Woman Bill Porter (lawyer) 1953-12-09
Movie Texas Bad Man Gil 1953-12-20
Movie City of Bad Men Easterner at Training Camp 1953-09-11
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Movie Big Leaguer Wally Mitchell 1953-08-19
Movie Hannah Lee John Britton 1953-07-13
Movie So This Is Love Commencement Speaker 1953-07-15
Movie Oklahoma Annie Eldridge Haskell 1952-03-24
Movie Rancho Notorious Preacher 1952-03-01
Movie Room for One More Steve (uncredited) 1952-01-10
Movie The Winning Team Sam Arrants 1952-06-20
Movie Boots Malone Private Investigator 1952-01-11
Movie Wagons West Cyrus Cook 1952-07-06
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Hopalong Cassidy Unknown 1952-09-19
Series Adventures of Superman Unknown 1952-09-19
Movie It Grows on Trees John Letherby 1952-09-02
Movie Thunder in God's Country Bates 1951-04-07
Movie Santa Fe Marshal Bat Masterson 1951-04-01
Movie Fighting Coast Guard 1951-05-31
Movie The Barefoot Mailman Doc Bethune (uncredited) 1951-12-03
Movie On Dangerous Ground Willows 1951-12-17
Movie Elopement Pinkie's Father 1951-11-23
Movie Louisa Park Attendant 1950-05-31
Movie The Good Humor Man Insp. Quint 1950-06-01
Movie The Furies Dr. Grieve 1950-08-16
Movie Under Mexicali Stars Counterfeitor Goldie 1950-11-20
Movie Frenchie Jim Dobbs 1950-12-25
Movie Shockproof Logan (uncredited) 1949-01-25
Movie Dynamite 'Hard Rock' Mason 1949-01-18
Movie Caught Dr. Hoffman 1949-02-17
Movie State Department: File 649 1949-02-11
Movie Free For All Hap Ross 1949-11-01
Movie Roseanna McCoy Ellison Hatfield 1949-10-12
Movie Follow Me Quietly J.C. McGill 1949-07-07
Movie The Miracle of the Bells Dolan 1948-03-27
Movie The Hunted Paul Harrison 1948-04-07
Movie The Bride Goes Wild Reporter (uncredited) 1948-03-03
Movie Fighting Father Dunne Colpeck 1948-05-12
Movie Fort Apache Newspaperman (uncredited) 1948-03-26
Movie Walk a Crooked Mile Carl Bemish 1948-09-02
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Mr. McDougal 1948-06-15
Movie The Walls of Jericho Tom Ransome 1948-11-22
Movie Rachel and the Stranger Mr. Green 1948-09-20
Movie The Vicious Circle Stark 1948-07-21
Movie Blaze of Noon Cash Jones 1947-05-02
Movie Welcome Stranger Crane (uncredited) 1947-06-13
Movie Variety Girl R.J. O'Connell 1947-08-29
Movie They Won't Believe Me Mr. Cahill, Defense Attorney 1947-07-16
Movie Shy Guy Mr. Norton 1947-08-05
Movie O.S.S. Electronics Engineer (uncredited) 1946-05-26
Movie Blonde for a Day Walter Bronson 1946-06-10
Movie The Searching Wind Embassy Attendant 1946-08-09
Movie Secrets of a Sorority Girl Justin Farley 1945-08-15
Movie The Ox-Bow Incident Deacon Matt Holmes 1943-03-11
Movie Broadway Reporter 1942-05-08
Movie This Gun for Hire Albert Baker 1942-05-13
Movie Spy Ship Burns 1942-06-06
Movie Ten Gentlemen From West Point Alden Brown 1942-06-26
Movie Four Mothers Music Foundation Director 1941-01-04
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Grant's Secretary 1941-11-01
Movie Abe Lincoln in Illinois Mayor Benson 1940-02-12
Movie Father Is A Prince Ben Haley 1940-11-18