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Malcolm Atterbury



American actor Malcolm Atterbury may have been allowed more versatility on stage, but so far as TV was concerned he was the quintessential grouchy grandfather and/or frontier snake-oil peddler. Atterbury was in fact cast in the latter capacity twice by that haven of middle-aged character players The Twilight Zone. He was the purveyor of an elixir which induced invulnerability in 1959's "Mr. Denton on Doomsday" and a 19th century huckster who nearly sets a town on fire in "No Time Like the Past" (1963). Atterbury enjoyed steadier work as the supposedly dying owner of a pickle factory in the 1973 sitcom Thicker Than Water, and as Ronny Cox's grandfather on the 1974 Waltons clone Apple's Way. Malcolm Atterbury's best-known film role was one for which he received no screen credit: he was the friendly stranger who pointed out the crop-duster to Cary Grant in North By Northwest (1959), observing ominously that the plane was "dustin' where they're aren't any crops."

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
71% The Towering Inferno
  • Jeweler
1974
81% The Longest Yard
  • Actor
1974
80% Emperor of the North Pole (Emperor of the North)
  • Hogger
1973
73% The Learning Tree
  • Silas
1969
75% Hawaii
  • Gideon Hale
1966
80% The Chase
  • Mr. Reeves
1966
100% Seven Days in May
  • White House Physician
1964
96% The Birds
  • Deputy
1963
82% Advise and Consent
  • Sen. Tom August
1962
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke
  • Rev. Winemiller
1961
100% Wild River
  • Sy Moore
1960
No Score Yet Hell Bent for Leather
  • Gambie
1960
30% From the Terrace
  • George Fry
1960
100% North by Northwest
  • Man on Road
1959
100% Rio Bravo
  • Jake
1959
No Score Yet High School Big Shot
  • Mr. Grant
1959
No Score Yet How to Make a Monster
  • Richards
1958
No Score Yet From Hell to Texas
  • Hotel Clerk
1958
No Score Yet No Time for Sergeants
  • Man with Applications
1958
No Score Yet The Dalton Girls
  • Mr. Sewell, the Bank Manager
1958
No Score Yet Blood of Dracula
  • Lt. Dunlap
1957
No Score Yet Valerie
  • Actor
1957
40% I Was a Teenage Werewolf
  • Charles
1957
No Score Yet Fury At Showdown
  • Norris
1957
No Score Yet Crime of Passion
  • Officer Spitz
1957
No Score Yet Reprisal
  • Luther Creel
1956
No Score Yet Toward the Unknown
  • Hank
1956
No Score Yet Storm Center
  • Frank
1956
No Score Yet Dakota Incident
  • Bartender/Desk Clerk
1956
No Score Yet Dragnet
  • Lee Reinhard
1956
No Score Yet Crime in the Streets
  • Mr. McAllister
1956
No Score Yet Man Without a Star
  • Fancy Joe Toole
1955

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Brewster Davenport
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Professor Eliot Henry J. Fate

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