Kenneth Tobey

Highest Rated: 97% Airplane! (1980)
Lowest Rated: 35% Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
Birthday: Mar 23, 1917
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA
Though seemingly born with a battered bulldog countenance and a rattly voice best suited to such lines as "We don't like you kind around these parts, stranger," tough-guy character actor Kenneth Tobey was originally groomed for gormless leading man roles when he came to Hollywood in 1949. Possessing too much roughhewn authority to be wasted in romantic leads, Tobey was best served in military roles. One of these was the no-nonsense but likeable Capt. Patrick Hendrey in the 1951 sci-fi classic The Thing From Another World, a role that typed him in films of a "fantastic" nature for several years thereafter. From 1956 through 1958, Tobey co-starred with Craig Hill on the popular syndicated TV adventure series Whirlybirds; up to that time, televiewers were most familiar with Tobey as Jim Bowie in the ratings-busting Davy Crockett miniseries. Though often consigned by Hollywood's typecasting system to workaday villain roles, Kenneth Tobey has not be forgotten by filmmakers who grew up watching his horror-flick endeavors of the 1950s; he has been afforded key cameo roles in such latter-day shockers as Strange Invaders (1983) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, and in 1985 he reprised his Thing From Another World character in The Attack of the B-Movie Monsters.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Body Shot Arthur 1994
55% Single White Female Desk Clerk 1992
42% Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Smitty 1992
No Score Yet Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel Captain Holiday 1992
69% Gremlins 2: The New Batch Projectionist 1990
No Score Yet Ghost Writer Cop #2 1989
No Score Yet Freeway Monsignor Kavanaugh 1988
35% Big Top Pee-wee Sheriff 1988
82% Innerspace Man in Restroom 1987
No Score Yet The Lost Empire Cop 1985
63% Strange Invaders Arthur Newman 1983
No Score Yet The Creature Wasn't Nice Actor 1983
68% The Howling Older Cop 1981
97% Airplane! Air Controller Neubauer 1980
No Score Yet Hero at Large Fire Chief 1980
63% MacArthur Adm. `Bull' Halsey 1977
No Score Yet Gus Asst. Warden 1976
No Score Yet Baby Blue Marine Buick Driver 1976
No Score Yet W.c. Fields And Me Parker 1976
No Score Yet Homebodies Construction Boss 1974
50% Dirty Mary Crazy Larry Sheriff Donahue 1974
75% Walking Tall Augie McCullah 1973
No Score Yet Rage Col. Nickerson 1972
87% The Candidate Starkey 1972
67% Ben Engineer 1972
No Score Yet Fireball Forward Gen. Dawson 1972
60% Billy Jack Deputy 1971
71% Marlowe Sgt. Fred Beifus 1969
No Score Yet A Time for Killing Cleehan 1967
No Score Yet 40 Guns to Apache Pass Cpl. Bodine 1967
No Score Yet A Man Called Adam Actor 1966
No Score Yet Stark Fear Cliff Kane 1962
No Score Yet Six Gun Law Shorty 1962
No Score Yet X-15 Col. Craig Brewster 1961
No Score Yet Seven Ways from Sundown Texas Ranger Lieutenant Herly 1960
No Score Yet Cry Terror! Agent Frank Cole 1958
60% Jet Pilot Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles Capt. Herbert Allen Hazard 1957
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Bat Masterson 1957
No Score Yet Mark Of The Vampire Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Vampire Sheriff Buck Donnelly 1957
No Score Yet Davy Crockett and the River Pirates Jocko 1956
No Score Yet The Great Locomotive Chase Anthony Murphy 1956
75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Mahoney 1956
No Score Yet The Search for Bridey Murphy Rex Simmons 1956
No Score Yet Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Col. Jim Bowie 1955
63% It Came from Beneath the Sea Cmdr. Pete Mathews 1955
No Score Yet Rage at Dawn Monk Claxton 1955
No Score Yet Down Three Dark Streets Zack Stewart 1954
No Score Yet Ring of Fear Shreveport 1954
80% The Bigamist Tom Morgan 1953
No Score Yet Fighter Attack George 1953
94% The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Col. Jack Evans 1953
80% Angel Face Bill Crompton 1952
88% The Thing from Another World Captain Patrick Hendry 1951
No Score Yet Rawhide Wingate 1951
No Score Yet Right Cross Reporter 1950
No Score Yet Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Fowler 1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Goes West Pilot 1950
No Score Yet Task Force Capt. Williamson 1949
79% I Was a Male War Bride Seaman 1949
No Score Yet The Great Sinner Cabby 1949
83% The Stratton Story Detroit Player 1949
No Score Yet The File on Thelma Jordon Police Photographer 1949
96% Twelve O'Clock High Sentry 1949
86% He Walked by Night Detective 1948
No Score Yet This Time for Keeps Soldier 1947
No Score Yet Dangerous Venture Actor 1947

TV

CREDIT
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Rurigan
  • 1994
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Judge Kesey Kemp
  • 1988
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
Sheriff
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Max Captain
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Barrett
  • 1976
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • 1975
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Sheriff
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Josiah Heath Notary
  • 1972
  • 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Ed Terrall Fickett Ben Spadden
  • 1972
  • 1964
  • 1960
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Venable
  • 1959
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Bramer
  • 1956

QUOTES FROM Kenneth Tobey CHARACTERS