Lyle Bettger

Lyle Bettger

Highest Rated: 100% All I Desire (1953)

Lowest Rated: 42% The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

Birthday: Feb 13, 1915

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Being the son of a baseball star (St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Frank Bettger) didn't curb Lyle Bettger's acting ambitions for a moment. He had his eyes on the entertainment industry from a young age, shining in the Dramatics Club at the Haverford School, an esteemed prep school for boys in Pennsylvania. He attended college for a few years, but left to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. After graduating in 1937, Bettger took stage roles with touring companies and local theater groups for what he called "10 indifferent years in the theater." The film production company Paramount stepped up with a three-year contract just as he was considering throwing in the towel. After he spent a decade appearing in mostly comedies, Paramount made the seemingly odd decision to place him in the role of a villain opposite Barbara Stanwyck in "No Man of Her Own," a dark drama about intimidation and betrayal. From this point on, Bettger was rarely granted the opportunity to play anything but cruel and intimidating characters. Off camera, however, he was quite affable, well-liked among his colleagues, and relished every moment with his longtime wife and three children.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 0% Impasse Hansen (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 40% Return of the Gunfighter Clay Sutton (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 0% The Fastest Guitar Alive Charlie (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 18% Johnny Reno Mayor Jess Yates (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Town Tamer Lee Ring (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guns of the Timberland Clay Bell (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunfight at Sandoval Unknown (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet End of a Gun Marshal Mark Strett (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showdown at Abilene Dave Mosely (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 60% Destry Phil Decker (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 52% The Sea Chase Chief Officer Kirchner (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 84% The Lone Ranger Reece Kilgore (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 0% Carnival Story Frank Colloni (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drums Across the River Frank Walker (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Sioux Uprising Stephen Cook (Character) - 1953
100% 75% All I Desire Dutch Heinemann (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vanquished Roger Hale (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forbidden Justin Keit (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 50% Denver & Rio Grande Johnny Buff (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hurricane Smith Clobb (Character) - 1952
42% 54% The Greatest Show on Earth Klaus (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear Brat Mr. Baxter (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Legion Dr. Peter Morrell (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 65% Union Station Joe Beacom (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 67% No Man of Her Own Steve Morley (Character) - 1950

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Commander Tully (Character) 1975 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Julian Mallory (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1966 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Ed Polk (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Maj. Ben Roberts (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grindl Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie John McCambridge (Guest Star) 1961-1962 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1962 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Vince Ober (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and Mr. Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law of the Plainsman Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957

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