Byron Foulger

Byron Foulger

Highest Rated: 100% Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Lowest Rated: 57% Streets of Laredo (1949)

Birthday: Aug 27, 1899

Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, USA

Character actor Byron Foulger's familiar face was seen in over 450 feature films and TV series across his lengthy and fruitful screen career, most notably in the 1940s as part of acclaimed director Preston Sturges' core acting troupe. After cutting his teeth on Broadway and in radio appearances, Foulger began acting on screen in the late 1930s. With a knack for characterizations of whiny, shifty, mealy-mouthed supporting characters, he landed parts in many features before finding himself in Sturges' gang of stock character actors. Throughout the 1940s he appeared in five of the director's features, including the instant-classic Hollywood satire "Sullivan's Travels." Though he was a minor player in these bigger-budget Hollywood productions, he found meatier roles in lesser pictures like the B horror flick "The Man They Could Not Hang." In the 1950s he began to appear on television, with small character arcs and one-off appearances on dozens of series. Shopkeepers, businessmen, bank tellers--these sorts of mild-mannered, minor-but-necessary parts were his forte. In 1957 director William Beaudine playfully cast him against type as the Devil himself in the Bowery Boys comedy "Up in Smoke." As television grew in popularity, so did Foulger, who worked on the small screen with recurring parts on "Dennis the Menace," "Lassie," and, in one of his last performances, the role of train engineer Wendell Gibbs on long-running sitcom "Petticoat Junction." Foulger died of heart problems at the age of 70.

Highest rated movies

Sullivan's Travels
The Great McGinty
In Name Only
The Lost Weekend
You Can't Take It With You
Ministry of Fear
Hangmen Also Die
I Shot Jesse James

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love War Will (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 75% The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Rev. Marshall (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 58% The Gnome-Mobile Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited) (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 49% Marriage on the Rocks Mr. Bruno (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 32% Guns of Diablo Unknown (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 0% The Devil's Partner Papers (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twelve Hours to Kill Shelby Gardner (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 27% High School Big Shot Mr. Mathews (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet King of the Wild Stallions A.B. Orcutt (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Going Steady Mr. George Potter (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 78% Up in Smoke Satan (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Curfew Breakers School Principal (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 40% The River's Edge Floyd Barry (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 18% The Spoilers Montrose (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 27% Cattle Queen of Montana Land Office Clerk (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Confidentially Connie Professor Rosenberg (uncredited) (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flaming Urge A. Horace Pender (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 20% The Magnetic Monster Mr. Simon (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Apache Country Secretary Bartlett (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Jesse James Rufe Dakin (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Experiment Alcatraz Jim Carlton (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Desert Sparky Johnson (Character) - 1950
78% 67% I Shot Jesse James Silver King Room Clerk (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dalton Gang Amos Boling (Character) - 1949
57% 75% Streets of Laredo Lorn's Henchman (uncredited) (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Surrender Dear George Rogers (Character) - 1948
78% 74% The Three Musketeers Bonacieux (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 78% They Won't Believe Me Harry Bascomb (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bells of San Fernando Francisco Garcia (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 29% The Chinese Ring Armstrong (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Plainsman and the Lady Mr. Simmons (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 36% Dick Tracy vs. Cueball Simon Little (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hidden Eye Burton Lorrison (Character) - 1945
98% 90% The Lost Weekend Shopkeeper (uncredited) (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 50% The Cheaters Process Server (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 55% Cornered Hotel Night Clerk (uncredited) (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snafu Phil Ford (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of Kitty O'Day Roberts (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maisie Goes to Reno Dr. Joe Carter (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl Rush Oscar (Character) - 1944
88% 75% Ministry of Fear Newby, rushing to leave seance (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grissly's Millions Fred Palmor (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Men in White Technician (uncredited) (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 36% Casanova Brown Fletcher (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hoppy Serves a Writ Danvers (Character) - 1943
85% 67% Hangmen Also Die Bartos (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 83% So Proudly We Hail Mr. Larson (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of a Rookie Mr. Linden (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 17% The Black Raven Horace Weatherby (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man From Headquarters Hotel Manager Clark (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stand by for Action Pharmacist's Mate "Doc" Miller (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wrecking Crew Mission Worker (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Panther's Claw Everett P. Digberry (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fancy Answers Musician (Character) - 1941
100% 89% Sullivan's Travels Mr. Johnny Valdelle (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harvard, Here I Come Professor Alvin (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ridin' on a Rainbow Matt "Pop" Evans (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dude Cowboy Frank Adams (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 56% Arizona Pete Kitchen (Character) - 1940
100% 80% The Great McGinty Governor's secretary (uncredited) (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 62% The Man With Nine Lives Dr. Bassett (Character) - 1940
100% 74% In Name Only Owen - Clerk (Character) - 1939
67% 72% The Man They Could Not Hang Lang (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Exile Express Serge (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From Rio William Wilson (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Glory Senator (Character) - 1938
93% 88% You Can't Take It With You Kirby's Assistant (uncredited) (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gangster's Boy District Attorney's Secretary (uncredited) (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Luck of Roaring Camp Kentuck (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larceny on the Air Pete Andorka (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil Diamond Ole--Houseboy (Character) - 1936

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Arthur Quinn (Guest Star) 1968-1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Wendell Gibbs (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1968-1969 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love on a Rooftop Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Zeller (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Harry Bosworth (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1966 1963-1964 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mother the Car Meeks (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Colby, Hotel Desk Clerk (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Beverly Hills Resident (Guest Star) 1965 1962
100% 97% The Addams Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1962 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1963 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Leverett Thomas - Pop (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timmy & Lassie Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Dan Porter (Guest Star) 1960-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Clyde Greenfield (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Charlie (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Willis (Character) 1958 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Roy Rogers Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gene Autry Show Mr. Throckmorton (Guest Star) 1955
No Score Yet 98% I Love Lucy Leader of the Band (Guest Star) 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cowboy G-Men Unknown (Guest Star) 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1953 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cavalcade of America Unknown (Character) 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown (Guest Star) 1951

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