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Liam Sullivan

Highest Rated: 94% That Darn Cat! (1965)

Lowest Rated: 29% The Magic Sword (1962)

Birthday: May 18, 1923

Birthplace: Not Available

Until his death at 74 from a heart attack, Liam Sullivan was a very busy actor on television and in theater, and in the former medium, he made a career specializing almost exclusively in erudite villains (or, at least, luckless ambitious men). A native of Jacksonville, IL, Sullivan was descended from W.E. Sullivan, the founder of the renowned Eli Bridge Company; the latter conpany became famous for popularizing the Ferris wheel, and a century later remains a mainstay of the amusement ride industry. Liam Sullivan, however, decided to go into a different end of the entertainment field, acting in local theater while attending Illinois College and later studying drama at Harvard University. His patrician good looks and dashing persona, coupled with a good range, enabled him to take a large variety of parts: playboys, rogues, heroes. In his younger days, he'd have made a perfect Rupert of Hentzau in The Prisoner of Zenda. Sullivan's Broadway credits included The Constant Wife with Katherine Cornell, and Love's Labours Lost, both in the early 1950s; and, in the 1960s, Mike Nichols' production of The Little Foxes. Though he also did theatrical work in Los Angeles, Sullivan didn't make too many movie appearances: Disney's That Darn Cat (as Agent Sullivan, no less) and Bert I. Gordon's The Magic Sword were probably his two most widely seen films.His television career, however, which began at the start of the 1950s on live shows such as Lights Out, afforded Sullivan a busy career across four decades. He was on the soap opera General Hospital, but was also a familiar figure in prime-time series, including westerns such as Have Gun Will Travel, The Virginian, Bonanza, and The Monroes (a series in which he had a regular role as a villain); but also in science fiction (Lost In Space), crime dramas (The Fugitive, Dragnet), and comedies (Gomer Pyle, USMC). On Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in the episode "Leviathan," he plays an ambitious scientist whose undersea discovery results in his undergoing a hideous transformation and a horrible fate; in the Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren," he made a memorable impression as a humanoid alien (working opposite Barbara Babcock in a sadistic role), glib-tongued, erudite, and perfectly at ease manipulating and attempting to kill people with his telekinetic power. He also starred in one of the more widely remembered Twilight Zone shows, "The Silence," playing a man who accepts a bet from a social rival that he can go for a year without uttering a single word. Sullivan's best performance, however, was in the 1968 Dragnet episode "The Big Prophet," as William Bentley, an academic-turned-guru (obviously inspired by Timothy Leary) whose public espousal of drug use results in a confrontation with the police. Sullivan was at his most waspish (in a manner reminiscent of Clifton Webb's Waldo Lydecker from Laura) in the three-man drama, made up entirely of his verbal sparring with series stars Jack Webb and Harry Morgan. He was still working regularly in the 1990s, right up to the time of his death, a month before his 75th birthday.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet In the Arms of a Killer Austin Buchanan 1992
No Score Yet Jury Duty: The Comedy Actor 1990
No Score Yet Dreams of Gold Actor 1986
No Score Yet Wisdom Jake Perry 1986
No Score Yet Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story Rupert Carmody 1986
No Score Yet What Waits Below Lemurian Elder 1985
No Score Yet Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter George Abbott 1984
94% That Darn Cat! Graham 1965
No Score Yet One Man's Way Dr. Gordon 1963
29% The Magic Sword Sir Branton 1962


56% 8 Simple Rules
Duane McDougal Duane Zac 2005
No Score Yet Dallas
Allen 1990
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
Wilson 1986
No Score Yet The A-Team
Dr. Peters 1984
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Harold Sands 1982
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Dillon Hyde 1980
No Score Yet Maude
Jeremy Hubbard 1977
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
Chambers 1976
80% Star Trek
Parmen 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Ellis Clegg 1968
No Score Yet Bonanza
Terrence O'Toole 1966
No Score Yet Lost in Space
Nexus 1966
No Score Yet Rawhide
Whitley 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Franklyn 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Parrell Gilrain Dickie 1962
82% The Twilight Zone
Jamie Tennyson Headmaster 1962
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Father McCann 1960


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