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King Moody

  • Highest Rated: 45% The Dark Backward (1991)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)
  • Birthday: Dec 6, 1929
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Character actor King Moody was best known for the five seasons in which he appeared in the recurring role of Shtarker, the assistant to evil mastermind Siegfried (Bernie Kopell) on the spy-spoof series Get Smart. Born Robert King Moody in New York City in 1929, he made his screen acting debut at age 29 in Tom Gaeff's notorious low-budget science fiction thriller Teenagers From Outer Space (1959), playing the evil alien spaceship captain. Over the next seven years Moody appeared in all manner of television series, including Tombstone Territory, Sea Hunt, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., as well as a few feature films. In 1966, he was cast in the role of Shtarker, the physically imposing but not overly bright villain working alongside Kopell's Siefried, on Get Smart -- the two made a very funny pair, especially when sparring with Don Adams' Maxwell Smart, and given their characters' German names and the origins of the series as a Mel Brooks co-creation, it was inevitable that there would be some comical Nazi elements in their backgrounds (Starker was identified in one episode as a Third Reich track star and "the second man out of El Alemein" -- Siegfried was the first man out). Following the show's cancellation, Moody kept working in one-off roles in various dramas, sitcoms, features, and TV movies, but never had another role as memorable. He was called back into service once more for the 1989 TV movie Get Smart Again. He passed away in 2001.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

45% The Dark Backward Twinkee Doodle 1991
No Score Yet Switched at Birth Dr. Zelf 1991
No Score Yet Wedding Band Detective 1989
No Score Yet Get Smart Again Shtarker 1989
No Score Yet Get to Know Your Rabbit TV Reporter 1972
No Score Yet The Strawberry Statement Television Newscaster 1970
No Score Yet Sweet November Digby 1968
No Score Yet The Destructors Patch 1968
No Score Yet Any Wednesday Milkman 1966
No Score Yet Five Minutes to Love Blowhard 1963
40% Teenagers from Outer Space Captain 1959

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Mike Sr.
  • 1989
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Otto Schiller
  • 1978
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Det. Lt. Bruce Leonard
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Ken Willett Fireman
  • 1972
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Markovitch Starker Kirsch
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Charlie Man Carter
  • 1968
  • 1967

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