G.D. Spradlin

G.D. Spradlin

Highest Rated: 98% Apocalypse Now (1979)

Lowest Rated: 13% Canadian Bacon (1995)

Birthday: Aug 31, 1920

Birthplace: Paul's Valley, Oklahoma, USA

A former attorney and oil producer millionaire, character actor G.D. Spradlin broke into show business in his 40s with a string of TV guest spots on "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (CBS, 1964-69) and "Dragnet 1967" (NBC, 1967-1970). Often cast as authority and military figures, the commanding Spradlin broke through as the corrupt, bigoted U.S Senator who winds up blackmailed into loyalty to the Corleones in "The Godfather: Part II" (1974). He scored in two memorable sports-related roles in "One on One" (1977) and "North Dallas Forty" (1979), before essaying the crucial supporting role of General Corman in "Apocalypse Now" (1979). After a searing turn as a relentless military academy commandant in "The Lords of Discipline" (1983), Spradlin played a pair of presidents "Robert Kennedy & His Times" (CBS, 1985) and "Houston: The Legend of Texas" (CBS, 1986). Settling into a series of smaller roles, he appeared in the black comedy "The War of the Roses" (1989), the biopic "Ed Wood" (1994) and the real-time thriller "Nick of Time" (1995). Spradlin wrapped his career with "Riders of the Purple Sage" (TNT, 1996), "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996) and the Watergate comedy "Dick" (1999). Although he never became a household name, Spradlin embodied the American Dream and left behind an impressive body of character acting work.

Highest rated movies

Apocalypse Now
The Godfather, Part II
Ed Wood
Apocalypse Now Redux
Monte Walsh
One on One
The War of the Roses
Will Penny



71% 53% Dick Ben Bradlee (Character) $6.2M 1999
No Score Yet 52% Riders of the Purple Sage Pastor Dyer (Character) - 1996
68% 70% The Long Kiss Goodnight President (Character) $33.4M 1996
32% 47% Nick of Time Mystery Man (Character) $7.8M 1995
13% 52% Canadian Bacon R. J. Hacker (Character) $133.7K 1995
13% 67% Clifford Parker Davis (Character) $6.5M 1994
93% 88% Ed Wood Reverend Lemon (Character) $5.9M 1994
No Score Yet 67% Carolina Skeletons Hiram Stoker (Character) - 1991
85% 71% The War of the Roses Harry Thurmont (Character) $84.1M 1989
No Score Yet 67% Resting Place Sam Jennings (Character) - 1986
20% 47% Tank Sheriff Cyrus Buelton (Character) - 1984
38% 56% The Lords of Discipline Gen. Bentley Durrell (Character) - 1983
30% 39% Wrong Is Right Philindros (Character) - 1982
30% 22% The Formula Arthur Clements (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 12% The Jayne Mansfield Story Gerald Conway (Character) - 1980
98% 94% Apocalypse Now General (Character) $78.8M 1979
84% 70% North Dallas Forty B. A. Strothers (Character) - 1979
93% 91% Apocalypse Now Redux General (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maneaters Are Loose! Gordon Hale (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 60% And I Alone Survived Bob Elder (Character) - 1978
88% 76% One on One Coach Moreland Smith (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The November Plan Gen. Winfield (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 20% Judgement: The Court Martial of Lt. William Calley Military Judge (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oregon Trail Thomas Hern (Character) - 1975
96% 97% The Godfather, Part II Senator Pat Geary (Character) - 1974
20% 54% The Hunting Party Sam Bayard (Character) - 1971
89% 64% Monte Walsh Hal Henderson (Character) - 1970
66% 74% Zabriskie Point Lee's Associate (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dial Hot Line Doctor Stone (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 31% Hell's Angels '69 Detective (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Number One Doctor Tristler (Character) - 1969
85% 73% Will Penny Anse Howard (Character) - 1968


No Score Yet No Score Yet Robert Kennedy and His Times Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet 86% Columbo Martin Hammond (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet 100% Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1968 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Col. Driscoll (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1966