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James Gregory

Highest Rated:   100% The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Lowest Rated:   0% The $1,000,000 Duck (1971)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
38% The Main Event
  • Gough
1979
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World
  • Chief Blair
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
0% The $1,000,000 Duck
  • Rutledge
1971
No Score Yet The Late Liz
  • Sam Burns
1971
No Score Yet The Hawaiians
  • Dr. Whipple Sr.
1970
41% 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 Hunted
  • Actor
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
No Score Yet 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
60% 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 Al Capone
  • Schaefer
1959
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 Climax!
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet The Frogmen
  • Chief Petty Officer Lane
1951
86% The Naked City
  • Hicks
1948

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Adams
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Sergeant Air Force General

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