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Glenn Strange



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tales of Frankenstein
  • Actor
2001
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
77% 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 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 Legend of the Lone Ranger
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Montana Belle
  • Deputy
1952
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway
  • Black Norton
1951
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain
  • Devil Dan Winfield
1951
90% The Red Badge of Courage
  • Colonel
1951
No Score Yet 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 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 Silver City Kid
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Renegades of the Rio Grande
  • Bart Drummond
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 Knickerbocker Holiday
  • Big Muscle
1944
No Score Yet Forty Thieves
  • Ike Simmons
1944
No Score Yet The Woman of the Town
  • Walker
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 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 Lone Star Law Men
  • Scott
1942
No Score Yet Romance on the Range
  • Stokes
1942
No Score Yet Rolling Down the Great Divide
  • Joe
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 Riders of Death Valley
  • Tex
1941
No Score Yet Wide Open Town
  • Ed Stark
1941
No Score Yet Arizona Cyclone
  • Jessup
1941
No Score Yet The Kid's Last Ride
  • Bart
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 Law of the Pampas
  • Slim
1939
No Score Yet Range War
  • Sheriff
1939
No Score Yet Across the Plains
  • Jeff Masters
1939
No Score Yet Mysterious Rider
  • Cramer
1938
No Score Yet Prison Break
  • Prisoner
1938
No Score Yet Gunsmoke Trail
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Forbidden Valley
  • Corlox
1938
No Score Yet Border Wolves
  • Deputy Joe O'Connell
1938
No Score Yet Whirlwind Horseman
  • Henchman Bull
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 Six-Shootin' Sheriff
  • Kendal Henchman
1938
No Score Yet Adventure's End
  • Barzek
1937
No Score Yet Arizona Days
  • Pete
1937
No Score Yet Trouble in Texas
  • Middleton Sheriff
1937
No Score Yet Cherokee Strip
  • Harry, Fiddle Player and Band Leader (uncredited)
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

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