Cliff Osmond

Cliff Osmond

Highest Rated: 96% The Fortune Cookie (1966)

Lowest Rated: 50% Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)

Birthday: Feb 26, 1937

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

With an oafish, blubber-cheeked appearance offset somewhat by his dulcet baritone lilt, Cliff Osmond spent the bulk of his younger years portraying lovable lugs and dimwitted scoundrels who were possibly just a bit slicker than they looked. The character actor got his start delivering vibrant cowpoke performances from beneath layers of dirt and grime, often appearing as a favored guest star on the rugged TV westerns of the early 1960s. Within just a few short years, he was discovered and cleaned up by legendary director Billy Wilder, who regularly cast him as boneheaded cops and lowbrow schemers in a series of madcap comedies starring the venerable duo of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. While he often cropped up on the sidelines of such fizzy Wilder concoctions as the crooked legal lark "The Fortune Cookie" and the zany prison-and-prostitution odyssey "Irma La Douce," his signature role will always be that of Barney, the affable songwriter who offered up such droll ditties as "I'm a Poached Egg" in the tuneful rom-com hit "Kiss Me, Stupid" ('64). Osmond appeared in several more films throughout the '70s, including his Wilder swan song. the newspaper dramedy "The Front Page," but the majority of his acting career's remainder saw him return to TV guest-stardom, where he became one of the most dependable recurring players on the long-running western staple "Gunsmoke." Also dabbling in behind-the-scenes roles, he become an award-nominated TV scribe and a one-time feature-film director before retiring from show business in 1996.

Highest rated movies

The Fortune Cookie
Kiss Me, Stupid
Invasion of the Bee Girls

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Penitent Director - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Search of a Golden Sky Russ McGuire (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet California Gold Rush Harry Love (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Incident at Crestridge Bill McLaren (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 54% The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Wes Hardin (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Brain Unknown (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guardian of the Wilderness McCollough (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 58% The Mouse and His Child C. Serpentina (Voice) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Art of Crime Nanoosh (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 43% Sharks' Treasure Lobo (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 35% Oklahoma Crude Massive Man (Character) - 1973
50% 33% Invasion of the Bee Girls Captain Peters (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Heist Tom Logan (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 12% Sweet Sugar Burgos (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Guns for Texas Running Antelope (Character) - 1968
96% 80% The Fortune Cookie Purkey (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 17% Alexander the Great Memnon (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Raiders Private Jean Duchamps (Character) - 1964
75% 66% Kiss Me, Stupid Barney (Character) - 1964

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bodies of Evidence Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guns of Paradise Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet 99% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
22% No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
59% No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Writer 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Movin' On Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Leonard de Paolo (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Faust (Character) 1975 1973
No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Bo Remick (Guest Star) 1968-1971
No Score Yet 88% The Good Guys Burglar (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Al Jennings (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
72% 80% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shane Joshua (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laredo Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Sam Reardon (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grindl Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dakotas Telford (Guest Star) 1963
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Manolo (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1962

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