Dennis Fimple

Highest Rated: 92% Swing Shift (1984)
Lowest Rated: 12% Down Periscope (1996)
Birthday: Nov 11, 1940
Birthplace: Not Available
A longtime character actor who uniquely parlayed his job as a newspaper delivery man into a successful acting career, Dennis Fimple never failed to end his daily route by dropping a free newspaper and headshot at the office of General Services Studios' casting director. The gamble paid off, and the casting director eventually offered young Fimple a series of small roles in Petticoat Junction. Born to an electrician and beautician in Ventura, CA, and raised in nearby Taft, the aspiring young actor decided to pursue a career on stage and screen after portraying Tom Sawyer in a junior high school play. Enchanted with his ability to goof off on-stage without getting into trouble, Fimple would eventually earn a scholarship to San Jose State and major in speech and drama in addition to earning his teaching credential. Residing in the San Francisco Bay area and working in a Cheetos factory by day, the nighttime found the tireless Fimple appearing in dinner theaters. Realizing that in order to make it, a relocation was in order, Fimple packed his bags for Hollywood with initially discouraging results. A teacher by day and newspaper delivery man by night, Fimple would follow appearances in Petticoat Junction with roles in such popular small-screen series as Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and Here Come the Brides. Roles in such features as Cactus in the Snow (1970) and Truck Stop Women (1974) followed shortly thereafter, and appearances in the following year's The Apple Dumpling Gang and the remake of King Kong (1976) found the rugged-looking actor's face gaining increasing exposure. Often cast as rough-and-tumble rural folk, Fimple remained a staple of television and film well into the new millennium. Following his final appearance in horror-rocker Rob Zombie's throwback fright-fest House of 1000 Corpses, Fimple died of natural causes at his Frazier Park, CA, home. He was 61.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
19% House of 1000 Corpses Grampa Hugo $12.6M 2003
No Score Yet Fangs Willy Kramer 2001
No Score Yet Bug Buster Judediah 1998
12% Down Periscope Fisherman 1996
66% Maverick Stuttering 1994
33% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Straw Hat 1991
No Score Yet I Know My First Name Is Steven Fred 1989
No Score Yet Once upon a Texas Train Telegrapher 1988
No Score Yet Body Slam Elmo 1987
92% Swing Shift Rupert George 1984
No Score Yet Of Mice and Men Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Evictors Mr. Bumford 1979
71% Goin' South Hangman 1978
No Score Yet J.D. and the Salt Flat Kid Actor 1978
No Score Yet Centennial Buck 1978
No Score Yet Curse of Demon Mountain Posey 1977
53% King Kong Sunfish 1976
75% Stay Hungry Bubba 1976
No Score Yet Creature From Black Lake (Demon of the Lake) Rives 1976
No Score Yet Winterhawk Scoby 1975
56% The Apple Dumpling Gang Rudy Hooks 1975
No Score Yet Bootleggers Dewey Crenshaw 1974
No Score Yet Truck Stop Women Curly 1974
No Score Yet The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe Farron 1973
No Score Yet The Culpepper Cattle Co. Wounded Man in Bar 1972

TV

CREDIT
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
Homeless Man
  • 1997
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Dante
  • 1996
No Score Yet Party of Five
1994-2000
Mechanic
  • 1996
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Cates
  • 1986
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Guest Joey
  • 1984
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Preacher
  • 1983
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
George
  • 1981
33% Battlestar Galactica
1978-1979
Duggy
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Rhino
  • 1978
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Riley
  • 1974
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Sgt. Pryor
  • 1973

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