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Jeremy Slate

Highest Rated:   100% The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Lowest Rated:   0% G.I. Blues (1960)
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One of the more talented "barrel-chested surfer boys" of the early '60s to follow in the wake of Tab Hunter and Troy Donahue, Jeremy Slate gained instant notoriety as a playboy hunk who set many a female heart aflutter. Born February 17, 1926, in Atlantic City, NJ, Slate first fell into the public spotlight at age 34, when cast as second-string fiddle to Keith Larsen in the CBS prime-time series The Aquanauts. Larsen and Slate played Drake Andrews and Larry Lahr, professional deep-sea divers who spent their days salvaging for treasure off the Southern California coast. The adventure drama debuted on CBS Wednesday evening, September 14, 1960. Unfortunately, The Aquanauts (unlike its syndicated competitor, Sea Hunt) ran headfirst into awful ratings. After several attempts by the network to save it from oblivion (including a new lead actor replacing Larsen, a new location in Malibu Beach, and a new title, Malibu Run) it quickly plummeted out of sight before wrapping in September 1961. Slate's early film roles were almost all of the vacuous-hunk variety, and thus mirrored his Aquanauts turn. He appeared in a brace of Elvis flicks, G.I. Blues (1960) and Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), and as Scandinavian beefcake Eric Carlson in Bob Hope's musical comedy farce I'll Take Sweden (1965). The Henry Hathaway-directed Westerns The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and True Grit (1969) provided the actor with slightly more substantial roles. Meanwhile, Slate guest starred on an estimated 100 television programs, from Bewitched to Gunsmoke to Police Story to Mission: Impossible.Slate maintained a higher profile as a writer and star of the motorcycle cult film Hell's Angels '69 (1969), directed by Lee Madden. This fell in the middle of a spate of grade-Z motorcycle flicks with Slate in the cast, from 1968's The Mini-Skirt Mob to 1967's Born Losers (the first of the Billy Jack cycle) to 1969's Hell's Belles. The "tough guy" role in these films was not anomalous for Slate, for as the '60s rolled on (and the actor entered his forties), his onscreen type shifted from that of a lusty Southern Californian sex symbol to a wizened street tough. The films in which he sustained this image varied somewhat in quality, but Slate scraped bottom (and then some) in William Grefe's nasty exploitationer The Hooked Generation (1969) as the head of a gang of drug pushers.In 1979, Slate hit a second wind of his career as Chuck Wilson on the ABC daytime soap One Life to Live. The role lasted eight years. During the '80s and '90s, he also appeared as a character actor in such low-profile cinematic features as Deadlock (1988), Maddalena Z (1989), and The Lawnmower Man (1992, playing Father McKeen).Jeremy Slate died at age 80, of complications following surgery for esophageal cancer, on November 19, 2006. His last film, Terry Leonard's Buttermilk Sky (2007), was released posthumously.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
38% The Lawnmower Man
  • Father Francis McKeen
1992
No Score Yet The Dream Machine
  • Jack
1991
No Score Yet Voyage of the Heart
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet The Dead Pit
  • Dr. Gerald Swan
1989
No Score Yet Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn
  • Mesquite
1989
No Score Yet A Whisper Kill
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Deadlock
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Hell's Angels Forever
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Mr. Horn
  • Capt. Emmet Crawford
1979
No Score Yet Stranger in Our House
  • Tom Bryant
1978
No Score Yet The Centerfold Girls (Girl Hunter)
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Stowaway to the Moon
  • Rick Lawrence
1974
No Score Yet Alligator Alley
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Hell's Angels '69
  • Wes
1969
90% True Grit
  • Emmett Quincy
1969
No Score Yet Hell's Belles
  • Dan
1969
No Score Yet The Hooked Generation
  • Daisey
1968
No Score Yet The Mini-Skirt Mob
  • Lon
1968
No Score Yet The Devil's Brigade
  • Patrick O'Neill
1968
60% Born Losers
  • Danny
1967
100% The Sons of Katie Elder
  • Deputy Sheriff Ben Latta
1965
No Score Yet I'll Take Sweden
  • Erik Carlson
1965
40% Girls! Girls! Girls!
  • Wesley Johnson
1962
0% G.I. Blues
  • Turk
1960

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Henshaw
  • 1979

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