Lyle Bettger

Lyle Bettger

  • Highest Rated: 100% All I Desire (1953)
  • Lowest Rated: 45% The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
  • Birthday: Feb 13, 1915
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Frequently cast as Western heavies due to his steely gaze, longtime character actor Lyle Bettger traveled the well-worn path from stage to screen, making a name for himself on such small screen oaters as Rawhide and Bonanza before stepping into a more contemporary setting with frequent appearances on Hawaii Five-O. A Philadelphia native and graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, subsequent work in theater and summer stock eventually lead Bettger to Broadway, and later a contract with Paramount. In 1950, Bettger made his screen debut with the film noir drama No Man of Her Own,and the fruitful following decade found him building a solid resumé with roles in Union Station (1950) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), among numerous others. Success followed the actor to the small screen, with Bettger donning his spurs as numerous baddies and even moving on to starring roles in the series The Court of Last Resort and The Grand Jury in the late '50s. Later work on Hawaii Five-O found the easygoing actor warming to the hospitable climate in which the show was set, and after appearing in the show's 1979 series finale, Bettger retired and made a home for himself in Paia. Lyle Bettger died of natural causes September 24, 2003, in Atascadero, CA. He was 88.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Seven Minutes Griffith 1971
No Score Yet The Hawaiians Janders 1970
No Score Yet Impasse Hansen 1969
No Score Yet Fastest Guitar Alive Charlie 1968
No Score Yet Return of the Gunfighter Clay Sutton 1967
50% Nevada Smith Jack Rudabaugh 1966
No Score Yet Johnny Reno Jess Yates 1966
No Score Yet Guns of the Timberland Bell 1960
No Score Yet Gunfight at Sandoval Actor 1959
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Ike Clanton 1957
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Reece Kilgore 1956
No Score Yet The Sea Chase Chief Officer Kirchner 1955
No Score Yet Destry Phil Decker 1954
No Score Yet Drums Across the River Frank Walker 1954
No Score Yet Carnival Story Frank Colloni 1954
No Score Yet The Great Sioux Uprising Stephen Cook 1953
100% All I Desire Dutch Heinemann 1953
45% The Greatest Show on Earth Klaus 1952
No Score Yet Hurricane Smith Clobb 1952
No Score Yet Dear Brat Mr. Baxter 1951
No Score Yet Denver & Rio Grande Johnny Buff 1951
No Score Yet The First Legion Dr. Peter Morrell 1951
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own Stephen Morley 1950
No Score Yet Union Station Joe Beacom 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Louis
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Lem Jed
  • 1966
  • 1962
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Polk
  • 1964
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Whiting Madox Darius
  • 1964
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
1949-1957
  • 1954

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