Glenn Strange

Glenn Strange

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Lusty Men (1952)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
  • Birthday: Aug 16, 1899
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A New Mexican of Native American extraction, actor Glenn Strange held down several rough-and-tumble jobs, from deputy sheriff to rodeo rider, before settling on a singing career. He made his radio bow on Los Angeles station KNX (the CBS-owned affiliate) as a member of the Arizona Wranglers singing group. Thanks to his husky physique and plug-ugly features, Strange had no trouble finding work as a stuntman/villain in western films and serials. He also displayed a flair for comedy as the sidekick to singing cowboy Dick Foran in a series of B-sagebrushers of the late '30s. During the war years, Strange became something of a bargain-basement Lon Chaney Jr., playing homicidal halfwits in a handful of horror pictures made at PRC and other low-budget studios. These appearances led to his being cast as the Frankenstein monster in the 1944 Universal programmer House of Frankenstein; he was coached in this role by the "creature" from the original 1931 Frankenstein, Boris Karloff. Given very little to do in House of Frankenstein and the 1945 sequel House of Dracula other than stalk around with arms outstretched at fadeout time, Strange brought none of the depth and pathos to the role that distinguished Karloff's appearances. Strange was shown to better advantage in his last appearance as The Monster in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) where he convincingly menaced the eternally frightened Lou Costello and even indulged in a couple of time-honored "scare" routines, while still remaining in character (Some scenes had to be reshot because Strange couldn't stop laughing at Costello's antics; towards the end of shooting, Strange broke his ankle and had to be replaced in a few shots by Lon Chaney Jr., who was costarring in the film as the Wolf Man). Though typecast as heavies in both movies and television -- he played the hissable Butch Cavendish in the Lone Ranger TV pilot -- Strange was well known throughout Hollywood as a genuine nice guy and solid family man. Glenn Strange's last engagement of note was his 11-year run (1962-73) as Sam, the Long Branch bartender on TV's Gunsmoke.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Sixteen Tongues Actor 1999
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James Henchman 1959
80% Last Train from Gun Hill Saloon Bouncer 1959
No Score Yet Quantrill's Raiders Todd 1958
80% Jailhouse Rock Simpson, Convict 1957
No Score Yet The Halliday Brand Townsman 1957
No Score Yet The Fastest Gun Alive Sheriff 1956
No Score Yet Jubilee Trail Tom Branders 1954
No Score Yet Escape From Fort Bravo Sgt. Compton 1953
No Score Yet The Great Sioux Uprising Stand Watie 1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed Ben Hanley 1953
No Score Yet Devil's Canyon Marshall, the Wagon Driver 1953
100% The Lusty Men Rig Ferris the Foreman 1952
No Score Yet Montana Belle Deputy 1952
No Score Yet Legend of the Lone Ranger Actor 1952
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Black Norton 1951
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain Devil Dan Winfield 1951
83% The Red Badge of Courage Colonel 1951
100% Vengeance Valley Dave Allard 1951
No Score Yet Texas Carnival Tex Hodgkins 1951
No Score Yet Double Crossbones Capt. Ben Avery 1951
No Score Yet Master Minds Atlas 1949
No Score Yet The Gal Who Took the West Man 1949
No Score Yet Rimfire Stagecoach Driver 1949
88% Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein The Monster 1948
100% Red River Naylor 1948
No Score Yet The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap Lefty 1947
17% The Sea of Grass Bill Roach 1947
80% Sinbad the Sailor Slave Master 1947
91% Brute Force Tompkins 1947
No Score Yet Wyoming Cowboy 1947
No Score Yet Up Goes Maisie Cop 1946
No Score Yet Saratoga Trunk Cowboy 1946
No Score Yet Beauty and the Bandit Actor 1946
56% House of Dracula The Monster 1945
No Score Yet Renegades of the Rio Grande Bart Drummond 1945
No Score Yet Silver City Kid Actor 1945
No Score Yet Harmony Trail US Marshal Taylor 1944
No Score Yet The Contender Biff 1944
No Score Yet The Monster Maker Giant 1944
55% House of Frankenstein Frankenstein Monster 1944
No Score Yet Forty Thieves Ike Simmons 1944
No Score Yet The Woman of the Town Walker 1944
No Score Yet Knickerbocker Holiday Big Muscle 1944
No Score Yet Death Valley Rangers Actor 1943
No Score Yet False Colors Sonora 1943
No Score Yet Bullets and Saddles Actor 1943
No Score Yet Arizona Trail Matt Baker 1943
No Score Yet The Kansan,(Wagon Wheels) Second Gate Guard (uncredited) 1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic Tex Mathews 1943
No Score Yet The Black Raven Sandy 1943
No Score Yet The Desperadoes Lem 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Southerner 1943
No Score Yet Wild Horse Stampede Tip 1943
No Score Yet Haunted Ranch Rance Austin 1943
No Score Yet The Kid Rides Again Tom 1943
No Score Yet Black Market Rustlers Corbin 1943
No Score Yet Boothill Bandits The Maverick 1942
29% The Mummy's Tomb Man Riding Buckboard 1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl Man 1942
No Score Yet Down Texas Way Sheriff 1942
No Score Yet The Mad Monster Petro 1942
No Score Yet Sunset on the Desert Louie 1942
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Trapped Stanton 1942
No Score Yet The Lone Rider and the Bandit Saloon Keeper 1942
No Score Yet Stagecoach Buckaroo Braddock 1942
No Score Yet Bandit Ranger Frank Curtis 1942
No Score Yet Lone Star Law Men Scott 1942
No Score Yet Rolling Down the Great Divide Joe 1942
No Score Yet Romance on the Range Stokes 1942
No Score Yet Forbidden Trails Howard 1941
No Score Yet Dude Cowboy Krinkle 1941
No Score Yet The Bandit Trail Idaho 1941
No Score Yet Fugitive Valley Gray 1941
No Score Yet Arizona Cyclone Jessup 1941
No Score Yet The Kid's Last Ride Bart 1941
No Score Yet Wide Open Town Ed Stark 1941
No Score Yet The Fargo Kid Sheriff 1940
No Score Yet The Dark Command Tough 1940
No Score Yet Three Men from Texas Ben Stokes 1940
No Score Yet Days of Jesse James Cole Younger 1939
No Score Yet Blue Montana Skies Causer 1939
No Score Yet Rough Riders' Round-up Boggs 1939
No Score Yet Across the Plains Jeff Masters 1939
No Score Yet Law of the Pampas Slim 1939
No Score Yet Range War Sheriff 1939
No Score Yet Mysterious Rider Cramer 1938
No Score Yet Prison Break Prisoner 1938
No Score Yet Pride of the West Saunders 1938
No Score Yet Gunsmoke Trail Actor 1938
No Score Yet Forbidden Valley Corlox 1938
No Score Yet Whirlwind Horseman Henchman Bull 1938
No Score Yet Border Wolves Deputy Joe O'Connell 1938
No Score Yet Six-Shootin' Sheriff Kendal Henchman 1938
No Score Yet Sunset Trail Bouncer 1938
No Score Yet In Old Mexico Burk 1938
No Score Yet Ghost Town Riders Actor 1938
No Score Yet Adventure's End Barzek 1937
No Score Yet Arizona Days Pete 1937
No Score Yet Cherokee Strip Harry, Fiddle Player and Band Leader (uncredited) 1937
No Score Yet Trouble in Texas Middleton Sheriff 1937
No Score Yet Song of the Gringo Actor 1936
No Score Yet Rocket Ship Soldier 1936
No Score Yet Spaceship to the Unknown Soldier 1936
No Score Yet Law of the 45's Monte 1935
No Score Yet Lawless Range Burns' Henchman (uncredited) 1935
No Score Yet Moonlight on the Prairie Stew-Bum - Henchman with Pete 1935
No Score Yet The New Frontier Norton 1935
No Score Yet Westward Ho Carter 1935
No Score Yet Border Vengeance Actor 1935
No Score Yet The Star Packer (He Wore a Star) Loco Frank 1934
No Score Yet Hurricane Express Jim 1932
No Score Yet The Riding Tornado Cowboy 1932
No Score Yet A Man's Land ranch hand 1932
No Score Yet Range Feud Cowhand Slim 1931
No Score Yet Hard Hombre Cattleman in Plaid Shirt (uncredited) 1931
No Score Yet Wild Horse Actor 1931

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Sam, the bartender Man Sam
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
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  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955

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