Earl Holliman

Earl Holliman

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
  • Lowest Rated: 67% Anzio (Lo sbarco di Anzio) (1968)
  • Birthday: Sep 11, 1928
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • While many of Earl Holliman's bucolic screen characters tended to shy away from "book learnin," Holliman himself is a graduate of UCLA. Making his film debut with a one-line bit as a bellboy in Martin and Lewis' Scared Stiff (1953), Holliman went on to featured and co-starring roles in westerns and military dramas, usually cast as a hot-headed rustic with a streak of manic unpredictability. His larger film roles include the comic-relief cook in Forbidden Planet (1956), Katharine Hepburn's girl-happy brother in The Rainmaker (1956)--a performance that earned him a Golden Globe nomination--and Matt Elder in the John Wayne starrer Sons of Katie Elder (1965). A nearly inescapable presence on television, Holliman turned in some impressive work on the many live TV anthologies of the 1950s. His portrayal of a shipwrecked marine in the 1958 Kraft Theatre production "The Sea is Boiling Hot," in which he carried on a one-sided debate with monolingual Japanese officer Sessue Hayakawa, led to his being cast in a similar solo turn in the 1959 Twilight Zone pilot episode "Where is Everybody?" His series-TV credits include the roles of gunslinger-turned-hotelier Sundance in Hotel de Paree (1959), bronco buster Mitch Guthrie in Wide Country (1962), Palm Springs private eye Matthew Durning in PS I Luv U (1991) and barkeep Darden Towe in Delta (1992). Undoubtedly his most famous TV assignment was as Angie Dickinson's superior officer Lt. Bill Crowley in the weekly Police Woman (1974-78). Most recently Earl Holliman made a most welcome guest appearance as Lea Thompson's Wisconsinite dad in the TV sitcom Caroline in the City.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Children of Giant Actor 2015
No Score Yet Les enfants de Géant Actor 2015
No Score Yet Return to 'Giant' Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Perfect Tenant Earl Michaels 2000
No Score Yet Visit To A Small Planet Actor 1999
No Score Yet Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Jake Flagg 1987
No Score Yet Shattered: If Your Kid's on Drugs Actor 1986
86% Sharky's Machine Hotchkins 1981
No Score Yet Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff Ed Eckles 1979
No Score Yet I Love You...Goodbye Tom Chandler 1973
No Score Yet The Biscuit Eater Harve McNeil 1972
No Score Yet Tribes DePayster 1970
No Score Yet Smoke Cal Finch 1970
67% Anzio (Lo sbarco di Anzio) Platoon Sergeant Abe Stimmler 1968
No Score Yet The Power Talbot Scott 1968
No Score Yet A Covenant with Death Bryan Talbot 1966
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Matt Elder 1965
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke Archie Kramer 1961
No Score Yet Armored Command Mike 1961
80% Last Train from Gun Hill Rick Belden, Craig's Son 1959
No Score Yet Don't Go Near the Water Adam Garrett 1957
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Charles Bassett 1957
No Score Yet Trooper Hook Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Rainmaker Jim Curry 1956
95% Giant Bob Dace 1956
98% Forbidden Planet Cook 1956
No Score Yet Westward Ho the Wagons! Little Thunder 1956
No Score Yet The Burning Hills Mort Bayliss 1956
No Score Yet Strange Lady in Town Tomasito Diaz 1955
92% The Big Combo Mingo 1955
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times Red 1955
No Score Yet Escape to Burma Kasha 1955
88% Broken Lance Denny Devereaux 1954
No Score Yet Secret of the Incas Actor 1954
80% The Bridges at Toko-Ri Gamidge 1954
No Score Yet Alaska Seas Indian Boy 1954
No Score Yet Destination Gobi Frank Svenson 1953
No Score Yet Devil's Canyon Joe 1953
83% Scared Stiff Actor 1953
No Score Yet Pony Soldier Comes Running 1952

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Sheriff Tanner Wayne Platt
  • 1994
  • 1991
13% Delta
1992-1993
Darden Towe
  • 1993
  • 1992
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1992
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
  • 1990
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Boone Shadler Hackett Will
  • 1973
  • 1970
  • 1969
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • 1971
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Berserk Security Chief
  • 1970
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Clegg
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Judd
  • 1965
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Mike Ferris
  • 1959
No Score Yet NightMan
1987-1999
Frank Dominus
0% P.S.I. Luv U
1992
Matthew Durning

QUOTES FROM Earl Holliman CHARACTERS

Cook
Another one of them new worlds. No beer, no women, no pool partners, nothin'. Nothin' to do but throw rocks at tin cans, and we have to bring our own tin cans.