Olan Soule

Birthday: Feb 28, 1909
Birthplace: Not Available
Olan Soule was so familiar as a character actor in movies and television during the 1950s and 1960s -- and right into the 1980s -- that audiences could be forgiven for not even reckoning with his 25-year career on radio. Soule was born in 1909 in La Harpe, Illinois, to a family that reportedly could trace its ancestry back to three passengers on the Mayflower. He began acting in tent shows in his teens, and made his first appearance on radio in 1926. With his rich, expressive voice -- which frequently seemed to belong to characters that audiences thought of as more physically imposing than the slightly built, 135-pound actor -- he quickly found himself in demand for a multitude of roles. Soule ultimately became closely associated with two series, spending more than a decade on the radio soap opera Bachelor's Children, and a nine-year run on The First Nighter, starting in the 1940s. He made the jump to television in 1949, but even in the visual medium his voice was initially part of his fortune -- one of his early movie assignments was as the narrator of the feature film Beyond The Forest (1949), starring Bette Davis. And many of those early on-screen assignments in features were uncredited, such as his appearance as Mr. Krull in Robert Wise's The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951). Still, Soule did attract attention, with his signature thin physique and the fact that he seemed to show up dozens of times a year, all over television and in movies. By the start of the 1960s, he'd amassed literally hundreds of screen appearances, making him one of the most recognizable character actors of the time period.One producer who took full advantage of Soule's skills early and often was Jack Webb, himself a radio veteran, who cast him in well over two dozen episodes of the original in 1950s Dragnet television series, principally in the recurring role of Ray Pinker. When Webb revived Dragnet in the second half of the 1960s, Soule was no less active, showing up at least a half dozen times each season, often in the role of police-lab scientist Ray Murray. Soule's studious, cerebral portrayal of Murray was reminiscent of the lab technician portrayed by Webb himself in He Walked By Night, the movie that led Webb to create Dragnet in the first place. In between those assignments, Soule appeared in dozens of features and was seen on the small screen in everything from Bonanza and Petticoat Junction to My Three Sons and the Herschel Bernardi series Arnie. Later in his career, Soule returned to his roots, lending his vocal talent to the animated series Super Friends.

Highest Rated Movies



50% The Shaggy D.A. Bar Patron 1976
38% St. Ives Station Man 1976
56% The Apple Dumpling Gang Rube Cluck 1975
No Score Yet The Legend of Lizzie Borden Eli Bence 1975
71% The Towering Inferno Engineer 1974
90% Fantastic Planet Actor 1973
No Score Yet The Seven Minutes Harvey Underwood 1971
No Score Yet The Destructors Mace 1968
No Score Yet Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth Actor 1967
85% The Cincinnati Kid Desk Clerk 1965
No Score Yet Girl Happy Waiter 1965
17% It Happened at the World's Fair Henry Johnson 1963
100% Days of Wine and Roses Elevator Operator 1962
No Score Yet Cash McCall Joe - Bell Captain (uncredited) 1960
99% North by Northwest Assistant Auctioneer 1959
No Score Yet Dragnet Ray Pinker 1956
No Score Yet Queen Bee Dr. Pearson 1955
73% This Island Earth 1st Reporter 1955
No Score Yet Daddy Long Legs Assistant Hotel Manager 1955
No Score Yet Cult of the Cobra Maj. Martin Fielding 1955
No Score Yet Prince Of Players Catesby 1955
No Score Yet Front Row Center: Tender Is the Night Actor 1955
No Score Yet Phffft! Mr. Duncan 1954
53% Human Desire Lewis 1954
No Score Yet Francis Joins the WACs Capt. Creavy 1954
No Score Yet Never Wave at a WAC Lt. Quartermaster 1953
80% Call Me Madam Clerk 1953
No Score Yet Stars and Stripes Forever Glove Salesman 1952
88% Monkey Business Hotel Clerk 1952
100% Don't Bother to Knock Desk Clerk 1952
No Score Yet The Atomic City Mr. Fenton 1952
No Score Yet The Story of Will Rogers Secretary 1952
No Score Yet You Never Can Tell Salesman 1951
94% The Day the Earth Stood Still Mr. Krull 1951
No Score Yet Branded Bank Clerk 1950
No Score Yet The Lady Takes a Sailor Secretary 1949


No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Ticket Agent McGinnis
  • 1980
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33% Battlestar Galactica
  • 1979
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No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
  • 1978
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Desk Clerk
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Monkees
  • 1967
No Score Yet Bonanza
Herman, telegrapher Ira Hotel Clerk Telegrapher
  • 1967
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No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bewitched
  • 1965
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
  • 1965
83% The Munsters
  • 1965
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
Orphanage Investigator Daniel Farrow
  • 1965
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No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
John Masters
  • 1964
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80% The Twilight Zone
Revenue Man Smiles
  • 1964
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No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Brother Fish Art Dealer Darlene's Father Chemist
  • 1962
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No Score Yet Maverick
Hotel Clerk Denver Desk Clerk
  • 1961
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No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Dr. Gettleman
  • 1955
No Score Yet Super Friends


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