Gregory Walcott

Gregory Walcott

Highest Rated: 89% Norma Rae (1979)

Lowest Rated: 37% Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

Birthday: Jan 13, 1928

Birthplace: Wendell, North Carolina, USA

Actor Gregory Walcott was a Clint Eastwood movie regular, guested on nearly every major Western TV series of the 1960s, and landed top billing in police procedural "87th Precinct" (NBC, 1961-62), but much to his dismay, he was perhaps best-known for his performance in Ed Wood's cult classic, "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959). Born Bernard Mattox in Wendell, NC in 1928, Walcott served in the U.S. Army towards the end of World War II and attended Furman University on a football scholarship before hitchhiking to Los Angeles to seek fame and fortune in Hollywood. After making an uncredited appearance in "Red Skies of Montana" (1952), Walcott went onto play a number of authority figures including merciless drill instructor Sgt. Jim Beller in "Battle Cry" (1955), a military policeman in "Mister Roberts" (1955) and Deputy Jess Foley in "Texas Lady" (1955). Following further similar roles in the likes of "The Lieutenant Wore Skirts" (1956), "The Steel Jungle" (1956) and "Jet Attack" (1958), Walcott was cast as Jeff Trent, a pilot plagued by grave-robbing extra-terrestrials in Ed Wood's notorious "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959). Often described as the worst movie ever made, the sci-fi thriller threatened to become an albatross around Walcott's neck. But he soon bounced back, starring alongside Robert Lansing in "87th Precinct" (NBC, 1961-62), producing and appearing as a medical missionary in "Bill Wallace of China" (1967) and landing regular guest spots in a string of small screen Westerns including "Bonanza" (NBC, 1959-1973), "Laramie" (NBC, 1959-1963) and "Rawhide" (CBS, 1959-1966). Walcott then joined the latter's star, Clint Eastwood, in a number of box office hits, including "Joe Kidd" (1972) as County Sheriff Mitchell, "The Eiger Sanction" (1974) as wannabe assassin Pope, and "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974) as a naïve used car salesman. Walcott also impressed as Gene Hackman's psychopathic brother Weenie in "Prime Cut" (1972), stagecoach robber Bull Schmidt in "Man of the East" (1972) and patrolman Mashburn in "The Sugarland Express" (1974). After appearing as Captain Elliot Buckmaster in war epic "Midway" (1976) and reuniting with Eastwood for a final time as pompous policeman Putnam in "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978), Walcott played the sheriff who hauls Sally Field away in the famous protest scene from "Norma Rae" (1979) and added the likes of "CHiPs" (NBC, 1977-1983), "The Dukes of Hazzard" (CBS, 1979-1985) and "Vega$" (ABC, 1978-1981) to his list of small screen credits. Walcott's work rate slowed down considerably in the 80s, with a minor part in comedy horror "House II: The Second Story" (1987) and occasional spots on "Dynasty" (ABC, 1981-89), "Murder She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996) and "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) his most notable roles. Having previously distanced himself from the biggest flop of his career, Walcott then appeared to embrace it when he appeared as a potential backer in the tribute to his former director, "Ed Wood" (1994). The affectionate biopic proved to be his final performance, and in 2015, Walcott died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home, aged 87.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Race the Wind Don Summerfun (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 62% Tilt Mr. Davenport (Character) - 1979
89% 79% Norma Rae Lamar Miller (Character) - 1979
37% 55% Every Which Way But Loose Putnam (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 25% The Quest Blacksmith (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 41% A Man From the East Bull Schmidt (Character) - 1974
85% 66% The Sugarland Express Patrolman Ernie Mashburn (Character) - 1974
67% 49% The Last American Hero Cleve Morley (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hard Driver Cleve Morley (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man of the East Bull Schmidt (Character) - 1972
69% 72% Prime Cut Weenie (Character) - 1972
80% 54% Joe Kidd Mitchell (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 61% On the Double Colonel Rock Houston (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 67% The Outsider Sgt. Kiley (Character) - 1961
68% 45% Plan 9 From Outer Space Jeff Trent (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jet Attack Lt. Bill Claiborne (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Badman's Country Bat Masterson (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder Over Arizona Mark Warren (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Texas Lady Deputy Jess Foley (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Steel Jungle Guard Weaver (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 20% The McConnell Story 1st MP (Character) - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Airwolf Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Hatcher (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eight Is Enough Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Slick McBurney (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story the Cadillac Driver (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1972 1969-1970 1967 1963 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Clay (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shane Harmon (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1962-1964 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dakotas Tom Davis (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Ben Yuma (Guest Star) 1960-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Lou (Guest Star) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1960 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Odie Hewitt (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Jim Roberts (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Bill Johnson (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Service Caldwell (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories of the Century John Younger (Guest Star) 1954

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