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Hank Patterson

Highest Rated: 94% Tarantula (1955)

Lowest Rated: 38% The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

Birthday: Oct 9, 1888

Birthplace: Springville, Alabama, USA

A pig named Arnold may have been his best-known costar, but it was just one aspect of a career Hank Patterson cobbled together that featured him in plenty of roles playing gruff and cantankerous rural characters. Tthe Alabama native moved to Texas with his family when he was still a kid. Patterson took to the road as a vaudeville pianist playing in traveling revues, eventually working his way out to California in the 1920s. He made his first film appearance in an uncredited role as a townsman in the 1939 Roy Rogers oater, "The Arizona Kid." For much of the 1940s, Patterson appeared in numerous westerns playing mostly uncredited townspeople roles. Among the few credited parts he won were in B-movies like 1946's "The El Paso Kid" and the 1949 Gene Autry vehicle, "The Cowboy and the Indians." Patterson fared far better on television, where westerns continued to be his bread and butter. While he had plenty of one-off shots on programs like "Wagon Train," "Bonanza," and "Johnny Ringo," he did have a number of notable recurring roles that included his playing an elderly bounty hunter in 1958's "Have Gun-Will Travel" and stableman Hank Miller, a character he portrayed for 11 years on "Gunsmoke." Farmer Fred Ziffel was his best-known role, a part he played on "Petticoat Junction," "The Beverly Hillbillies," and "Green Acres." Hank Patterson died from bronchial pneumonia in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 86.

Highest rated movies

Tarantula
The Amazing Colossal Man

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunfighters of Abilene Andy Ferris (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 25% Monster on the Campus Townsend (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 44% The Decks Ran Red Mr. Moody (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 29% Attack of the Puppet People Janitor (Character) - 1958
38% 21% The Amazing Colossal Man Henry (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 38% Julie Ellis (Character) - 1956
94% 51% Tarantula Josh (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet James Brothers of Missouri Waller (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperadoes of the West Hardrock Haggerty (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Riders in the Sky Luke (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Indians Ranch hand Tom (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cowboy and the Indians Tom (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Denver Kid Sgt. Cooper (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oklahoma Badlands Postmaster Fred (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Time in Nevada Tramp (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 14% Bells of San Angelo Deaf Bus Passenger (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 55% Abilene Town oug Neil (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Beauty Ed (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The El Paso Kid Jeff Winters (Character) - 1946

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Fred Ziffel (Character) 1965-1971
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Hank Miller (Guest Star) 1959-1962 1964-1966 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Phil (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet 100% The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Nephi (Character) 1952-1955 1958-1959 1963 1965 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loner Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet 90% The Andy Griffith Show Hobo (Guest Star) 1965
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Freitag (Character) 1962-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lloyd Bridges Show Dexter (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1958-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Pa Stillwell (Guest Star) 1957 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Amos (Guest Star) 1960 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Soda Smith (Guest Star) 1958 1960-1961
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Stage Driver (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Taverner (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Jack Gilly (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Jonah (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Old Timer (Character) 1952 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Annie Oakley Unknown (Guest Star) 1954 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway Patrol Frank Handley (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Roy Rogers Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1952 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gene Autry Show Wagon Driver Idaho (Guest Star) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Unknown (Guest Star) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown (Guest Star) 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1949-1950