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      Norman Burton

      Highest Rated: 88% Save the Tiger (1973)

      Lowest Rated: 36% The Gumball Rally (1976)

      Birthday: Dec 5, 1923

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      A devotee of method acting made popular by The Actor's Studio in New York, Norman Burton had a long and storied career but never received much recognition. He began in the theater, appearing in the musical comedy "A Sound of Hunting" and Eugene O'Neill's four-act play "Anna Christie." His first film role came in 1956, with a bit part as a reporter in the B-grade horror film "Fright." This led to a series of TV guest appearances and small film roles. In addition to appearing on TV shows such as the fantasy sitcom "Bewitched/b and the Mel Brooks spy spoof "Get Smart," Burton had many small films roles and was one of the few actors in both "Planet of the Apes" and its sequel "Escape from the Planet of the Apes." One of his more memorable roles and a minor career highlight occurred in 1971 when he played the role of Felix Leiter in the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever." He also had a memorable turn as a man who saves a maintenance worker's life but is himself killed in the blockbuster "The Towering Inferno" in 1974. Subsequently, he appeared almost exclusively on TV and had one of his few recurring roles as Joe Atkinson, an IADC agent in "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman." He continued acting until 1993 and was killed in a car accident in 2003, just short of his 80th birthday.

      Highest rated movies

      Save the Tiger poster
      Save the Tiger
      Escape From the Planet of the Apes poster
      Escape From the Planet of the Apes
      The Towering Inferno poster
      The Towering Inferno
      Bloodsport poster
      Bloodsport
      The Gumball Rally poster
      The Gumball Rally

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      46% 74% Bloodsport Helmer (Character) $10.8M 1988
      No Score Yet 0% Bad Guys Captain Watkins (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 52% Pray for Death Lt. Anderson (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 32% Mausoleum Dr. Simon Andrews (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Peyton Place Jay Kamens (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 43% Scorchy Chief Frank O'Brien (Character) - 1976
      36% 65% The Gumball Rally Lieutenant Roscoe (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conspiracy of Terror Lt. Rossos (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Force Five Arthur Haberman (Character) - 1975
      68% 72% The Towering Inferno Giddings (Character) - 1974
      88% 74% Save the Tiger Fred Mirrell (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 33% They Call It Murder Movie Director (Character) - 1971
      77% 53% Escape From the Planet of the Apes Army Officer (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 50% Hand of Death Chief Homicide Investigator (Character) - 1962

      TV

      Credit
      83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Charley Sayers (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Captain Friend (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet 89% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1983 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet 100% The Facts of Life Dr. Green (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet 80% CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      100% 79% Wonder Woman Unknown (Character) 1977
      No Score Yet 100% The Rockford Files Markell (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      55% 100% Planet of the Apes Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Sully Hirt (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet 100% I Dream of Jeannie Mr. Asher (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Mr. Hilmer (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet 20% Bewitched Moving Man (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Car Salesman (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1962