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Gary Merrill

Highest Rated:   100% Decision Before Dawn (1951)
Lowest Rated:   83% The Incident (1967)
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A rugged, craggy-faced, bushy-browed lead actor and character player, he began his stage career in 1937, which was interrupted by service in World War Two. He debuted onscreen in Winged Victory (1944), but did not begin regularly appearing in films until 1949; he was usually cast as grim, determined, humorless men in action features. From 1950-60 he was married to actress Bette Davis, with whom he appeared in three films. His many TV credits include a role in the series Young Dr. Kildare. He was politically active in liberal causes, and played a part in rejuvenating Maine's Democratic party; he also helped elect Edmund Muskie to governor of that state in 1953. In 1965 he took part in the Selma-Montgomery civil rights march. At odds with President Johnson's Vietnam policy, he switched parties and in 1968 tried unsuccessfully to win a Republican nomination to the Maine legislature as an anti-war, pro-environmentalist primary candidate. He authored an autobiography, Bette, Rita and the Rest of My Life (1989); "Rita" refers to actress Rita Hayworth, with whom he'd had a romantic affair.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Seekers
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn
  • Pap
1974
No Score Yet Earth II
  • Walter Dietrich
1971
No Score Yet The Power
  • Inspector Mark Corlane
1968
No Score Yet The Last Challenge
  • Squint Calloway
1967
83% The Incident
  • Douglas McCann
1967
No Score Yet Hondo and the Apaches
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Clambake
  • Sam Burton
1967
No Score Yet Around the World Under the Sea
  • Dr. August Boren
1966
No Score Yet Ride Beyond Vengeance
  • Dub Stokes
1966
No Score Yet Destination Inner Space
  • Dr. LaSatier
1966
No Score Yet Cast a Giant Shadow
  • Pentagon Chief of Staff
1966
83% Mysterious Island
  • Gideon Spillet
1961
No Score Yet The Great Imposter
  • Pa Demara
1961
No Score Yet The Pleasure of His Company
  • James 'Jim' Dougherty
1961
No Score Yet The Savage Eye
  • The Poet
1960
No Score Yet The Wonderful Country
  • Maj. Stark Colton
1959
No Score Yet The Missouri Traveler
  • Doyle Magee
1958
No Score Yet Witness to Murder
  • Lawrence Mathews
1954
No Score Yet The Human Jungle
  • Danforth
1954
No Score Yet The Black Dakotas
  • Brock Marsh / Zachary Paige
1954
No Score Yet A Blueprint for Murder
  • Fred Sargent
1953
No Score Yet Phone Call From a Stranger
  • David L. Trask
1952
No Score Yet P.O.W.
  • Actor
1952
100% Decision Before Dawn
  • Col. Devlin
1951
No Score Yet The Frogmen
  • Lt. Cmdr. Pete Vincent
1951
No Score Yet Another Man's Poison
  • George Bates
1951
100% Where the Sidewalk Ends
  • Tommy Scalise
1950
100% All About Eve
  • Bill Sampson
1950
No Score Yet Slattery's Hurricane
  • Cmdr. Kramer
1949
96% Twelve O'Clock High
  • Col. Keith Davenport
1949
No Score Yet The Quiet One
  • Narrator
1948

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Paradine
  • 1961

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