Johnny Seven

Highest Rated: 94% The Apartment (1960)
Birthday: Feb 23, 1926
Birthplace: Not Available
Johnny Seven was the quintessential character actor of the television era, with over 600 small-screen appearance to his credit -- on top of several dozen film roles -- in a career lasting over 50 years. He was born John Anthony Fetto II in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in 1926. The only son among six children in a working-class family, he didn't aspire to a performing career until after he'd served in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to a combat unit, the 187th Gun Battalion, but happened to appear in some shows while in uniform, and in one army instructional film dating from 1950, and he decided to try acting after returning to civilian life. Based in New York, he did a lot of Off-Broadway theater in the early '50s, and made his movie debut as a longshoreman in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954). Seven did a lot of live television and also appeared in several episodes of Sgt. Bilko, but he mostly played tough guys in hard-edged crime dramas, such as Cop Hater (1958), starring a young Robert Loggia and featuring a very young Jerry Orbach in a small role; and The Last Mile (1959), with Mickey Rooney.Seven was put under contract with Universal's television division in 1958, and for the next two decades became something of a fixture on their various action shows, right up to and including The Rockford Files in the 1970s. In the early '60s, he turned up in small roles in a few major motion pictures, such as playing Shirley MacLaine's brother in Billy Wilder's The Apartment. But most of his work was in television, on everything from Get Smart to Marcus Welby, M.D. Ironside gave Seven one of his rare chances for a recurring role, as Lt. Carl Reese in over two dozen episodes across the series' run. He also wrote plays, starting with Salvage in 1958, and screenplays, and turned to directing as well as producing in 1964 with the Western Navajo Run, in which he also starred. His other writing and producing credits included the dramatic short Gina & Me (1980). Seven's last screen credit dated from the mid-'90s, and he died of lung cancer in early 2010.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Love God? Petey 1969
No Score Yet The Destructors Spaniard 1968
No Score Yet Gunfight in Abilene Loop 1967
45% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Vittorio 1966
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told Pilate's aide 1965
No Score Yet Boy Who Caught A Crook Rocky Kent 1961
94% The Apartment Karl Matuschka 1960
No Score Yet The Music Box Kid Tony Maldano 1960
No Score Yet Guns of the Timberland Vince 1960
No Score Yet Cop Hater William 'Willie' Bronken 1958

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Man
  • 1985
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Dawson Brooks Ernie Rascoe
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1978
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Fenton
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
George
  • 1977
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Lt. Carl Reese
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Joe
  • 1971
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Kosovich
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Trager / Cunningham
  • 1965
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Barens
  • 1965

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