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Dennis Fimple

Highest Rated:   92% Swing Shift (1984)
Lowest Rated:   12% Down Periscope (1996)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
67% 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
50% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Dante
  • 1996

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