Hoyt Axton

Hoyt Axton

Highest Rated: 100% Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

Lowest Rated: 47% We're No Angels (1989)

Birthday: Mar 25, 1938

Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, USA

Hoyt Axton's face is best known to audiences for his on-screen performances in a handful of '70s and '80s films. These include his role as the father of Billy Peltzer in "Gremlins." In the camp horror classic--one of cinema's most famous and amusing examples of "buyer beware"--Axton's character purchases a lovable, furry "Mogwai" for his son, only for it to produce less affable spawns once the child violates some of the unique rules that accompany all Mogwai: don't get them wet, and don't feed them after midnight. Axton also portrayed the father of Alec Ramsey in "The Black Stallion," the uplifting tale of a friendship between a boy and a wild horse. Axton's legacy as an actor, however, is meager compared to his legacy as a singer-songwriter. His signature song, "Joy to the World" (made famous by the band Three Dog Night), has featured prominently in many films, perhaps most powerfully in "The Big Chill," a comedy-drama about old friends reunited by a funeral. The soundtrack--consisting mostly of '60s and '70s hits--played an integral role in establishing the characters and the nostalgic tone of the story.

Highest rated movies

Heart Like a Wheel
The Black Stallion
Disorganized Crime
We're No Angels




No Score Yet 27% King Cobra Mayor Ed Biddle (Character) - 1999
60% 40% Among Giants Non-Original Music $64.4K 1998
No Score Yet 33% Number One Fan Lt. Joe Halsey (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 40% Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Huey P. Long, Sr. (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Season of Change Big Upton (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doorways Jake (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harmony Cats Bill Stratton (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 49% Buried Alive Sheriff Sam Eberly (Character) - 1990
47% 41% We're No Angels Father Levesque (Character) $10.0M 1989
50% 57% Disorganized Crime Sheriff Henault (Character) $7.4M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge Sheriff Ben Tree (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 50% Retribution Lt. Ashley (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story Charlie Hartford (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dixie Lanes Clarence Laidlaw (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 76% Christmas Comes to Willow Creek Al (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 86% Dallas: The Early Years Aaron Southworth (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 57% Act of Vengeance Silous Huddleston (Character) - 1986
85% 78% Gremlins Rand Peltzer (Character) - 1984
100% 82% Heart Like a Wheel Tex Roque (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 61% Deadline Auto Theft Captain Gibbs (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rousters Cactus Jack Slade (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 60% The Junkman Capt. Gibbs (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 34% Endangered Species Ben Morgan (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 61% Liar's Moon Cecil Duncan (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cloud Dancer Brad's Mechanic (Character) - 1980
90% 83% The Black Stallion Alec's Father (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 40% Smoky Fred Denton (Character) - 1966


No Score Yet 57% Captain Planet and the Planeteers Big Ed Baker (Guest Voice) 1994
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1984-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rousters Jack Slade (Character) 1983-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flo Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet 67% The Dukes of Hazzard Himself (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet 100% I Dream of Jeannie Bull (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1965