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James Jeter

Highest Rated: 71% Black Sunday (1977)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Hollywood Knights (1980)

Birthday: Sep 15, 1921

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Born September 15, 1921, the character actor James Jeter first appeared on screens big and small in films such as "The Sand Pebbles" and on TV series such as "The Wild Wild West." His recurring appearances as various guards, blacksmiths, and storekeepers on the long-running Western series "Bonanza" set the mold for a long career portraying rural lawmen and blue-collar workers from America's heartland. In addition to turning up on the outskirts of projects such as the medical drama "Emergency!," the truck-driving saga "B.J. and the Bear," and the filmed-in-Colorado relationship dramedy "A Change of Seasons," Jeter became a particularly familiar face in sheriff and deputy roles, appearing as the uncredited Precinct Captain in the harrowing, Western-influenced action-thriller "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976). After his seemingly expert portrayals led to a recurring role as the town blacksmith on the family series "Little House on the Prairie," the actor memorably cut loose as Smitty, a speed-shop owner and unconventional father figure in the prankster comedy "The Hollywood Knights." Before retiring in 1994, Jeter appeared as a rustic old-timer in Clint Eastwood's tender crime-saga-road-movie "A Perfect World." He died in 2007.

Highest rated movies

Black Sunday
The Border
Fun With Dick and Jane
The Hollywood Knights

Filmography

Movies

Credit
65% 53% The Border Frank (Character) - 1982
14% 71% The Hollywood Knights Smitty (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 12% The Jayne Mansfield Story Middle-Aged Man (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 59% Fast Break Officer Hedgewood (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night They Took Miss Beautiful Lew (Character) - 1977
54% 51% Fun With Dick and Jane Immigration Officer (Character) - 1977
71% 65% Black Sunday Watchman (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 60% Katherine Fireman (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Shadow in the Streets Travis (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hurricane Billy (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Kovack Albert (Character) - 1974

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Bodyguard (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 67% The Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1981-1982
No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Hans Dorfler (Guest Star) 1974-1975 1977 1979-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.J. and the Bear Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H General's driver (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Customer (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Apple's Way Station Owner (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Barker (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1963 1969-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1965