James Gregory

Birthday: Dec 23, 1911
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
"As familiar as a favorite leather easy chair" is how one magazine writer described the craggy, weather-beaten face of ineluctable character actor James Gregory. Indeed, it is hard to imagine any time in the past six decades that Gregory hasn't been seen on stage, on TV or on the big screen. There were those occasional periods during the 1930s and 1940s when he was working on Wall Street rather than acting, and there were those uniformed stints in the Marines and the Naval Reserve. Otherwise, Gregory remained a persistent showbiz presence from the time he first performed with a Pennsylvania-based travelling troupe in 1936. Three years later, he was on Broadway in Key Largo; he went on to appear in such stage hits as Dream Girl, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman and The Desperate Hours. In films from 1948, Gregory was repeatedly cast as crusty no-nonsense types: detectives, military officers, prosecuting attorneys and outlaw leaders. With his bravura performance as demagogic, dead-headed senator Johnny Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Gregory launched a second career of sorts, cornering the market in portraying braggadocio blowhards. One of his best characterizations in this vein was as the hard-shelled Inspector Luger in the TV sitcom Barney Miller. He played Luger for six seasons (1975-78, 1979-81), with time out for his own short-lived starring series, Detective School (1978). He also played Prohibition-era detective Barney Ruditsky on The Lawless Years (1959-61) and T. R. Scott in The Paul Lynde Show (1972), not to mention nearly 1000 guest appearances on other series. James Gregory has sometimes exhibited his sentimental streak by singing in his spare time: he has for many years been a member of the SPEBQSA, which as any fan of The Music Man can tell you is the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home! Dan Peters 1983
No Score Yet The Flight of Dragons Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Comeback Kid Actor 1980
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam Actor 1980
38% The Main Event Gough 1979
No Score Yet The Bastard Actor 1978
No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: Story of the U-2 Spy Incident James Donovan 1976
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World Chief Blair 1975
No Score Yet The Abduction of Saint Anne Pete Haggerty 1975
No Score Yet Miracle on 34th Street Deputy DA Thomas J. Mara 1973
No Score Yet Columbo: The Most Crucial Game Actor 1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Short Fuse Actor 1972
No Score Yet Shoot Out Sam Foley 1971
No Score Yet The Late Liz Sam Burns 1971
0% The $1,000,000 Duck Rutledge 1971
No Score Yet The Hawaiians Dr. Whipple Sr. 1970
38% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes Ursus 1970
No Score Yet The Love God? Darrell Evans Hughes 1969
No Score Yet The Ambushers MacDonald 1968
No Score Yet The Secret War of Harry Frigg Gen. Homer Prentiss 1968
No Score Yet Clambake Duster Heyward 1967
No Score Yet Murderers' Row MacDonald 1966
No Score Yet The Silencers MacDonald 1966
No Score Yet A Rage to Live Dr. O'Brien 1965
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Morgan Hastings 1965
50% A Distant Trumpet Maj. Gen. Alexander Upton Quaint 1964
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D. Col. Fyser 1963
No Score Yet Twilight of Honor Norris Bixby 1963
64% PT 109 Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie 1963
98% The Manchurian Candidate Sen. John Iselin 1962
100% Two Weeks in Another Town Brad Byrd 1962
No Score Yet X-15 Torn Deparma 1961
No Score Yet Onionhead The `Skipper' 1958
No Score Yet Gun Glory Grimsell 1957
No Score Yet The Big Caper Flood 1957
100% Nightfall Ben Fraser, Insurance Investigator 1957
No Score Yet The Frogmen Chief Petty Officer Lane 1951
86% The Naked City Hicks 1948


No Score Yet Barney Miller
Insp. Frank Luger
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Tony Gordon
  • 1977
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
  • 1976
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Gen. Kelly
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Claude Tubbles
  • 1974
No Score Yet All in the Family
  • 1972
No Score Yet Columbo
David Buckner
  • 1972
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Joe Corvin
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
Russell Parker Mulvaney
  • 1969
  • 1967
  • 1964
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Wes Martin John Judge Strom
  • 1968
  • 1965
No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
  • 1966
80% Star Trek
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
Brothers Spencer Lash
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
Sergeant Air Force General
  • 1961
  • 1959
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Westcott Wayne Campbell Gregory
  • 1958
  • 1957