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Kenneth Tobey

Highest Rated:   97% Airplane! (1980)
Lowest Rated:   35% Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Body Shot
  • Arthur
1994
56% Single White Female
  • Desk Clerk
1992
41% Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
  • Smitty
1992
No Score Yet Desire and Hell at Sunset Motel
  • Captain Holiday
1992
67% 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
81% 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
95% The Candidate
  • Starkey
1972
67% Ben
  • Engineer
1972
No Score Yet Fireball Forward
  • Gen. Dawson
1972
64% 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
No Score Yet 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
83% He Walked by Night
  • Detective
1948
No Score Yet This Time for Keeps
  • Soldier
1947
No Score Yet Dangerous Venture
  • Actor
1947

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Rurigan
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Sheriff
  • 1986
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Barrett
  • 1976

Quotes from Kenneth Tobey's Characters