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      Peter Whitney

      Peter Whitney

      Highest Rated: 100% The Big Heat (1953)

      Lowest Rated: 57% Mr. Skeffington (1944)

      Birthday: May 24, 1916

      Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

      Character actor Peter Whitney played to type, heaving his fleshy frame and glowering through numerous villain roles in films of the '40s and '50s, followed by similar turns in TV series. He honed his skills performing with the Pasadena Playhouse before landing a contract with Warner Brothers in 1941. Supporting parts in minor films quickly came his way, both for Warner and on loan to other studios, including a minor Abbott and Costello comedy, "Rio Rita." He occasionally hooked more memorable parts, including a double role as a pair of murderous redneck twins tormenting Fred MacMurray in "Murder, He Says." Toward the late '50s, he moved almost exclusively into TV series, with a recurring role on the single season of "The Rough Riders" as a former Union soldier, but more often he played guest spots as a seedy, intimidating hick scoundrel in many Westerns, including "The Rifleman" and "Gunsmoke." Whitney's final part was in a 1972 episode of "Night Gallery," where he played a grave robber. He died that same year of a heart attack at age 55.

      Highest rated movies

      The Big Heat poster
      The Big Heat
      In the Heat of the Night poster
      In the Heat of the Night
      The Ballad of Cable Hogue poster
      The Ballad of Cable Hogue
      Destination Tokyo poster
      Destination Tokyo
      Mr. Skeffington poster
      Mr. Skeffington

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      94% 81% The Ballad of Cable Hogue Cushing (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 29% The Great Bank Robbery Brother Jordan Cass (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chubasco Matt (Character) - 1968
      95% 92% In the Heat of the Night George Courtney (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sword of Ali Baba Abou (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 66% Buchanan Rides Alone Amos Agry (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Domino Kid Lafe Prentiss (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Man From Del Rio Ed Bannister (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 18% Great Day in the Morning Phil (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 54% The Sea Chase Bachman (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 34% Savage Wilderness Sergeant Major Decker (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Day of Triumph Nikator (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 20% The Black Dakotas Grimes (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 28% Gorilla at Large Kovacs (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 26% All the Brothers Were Valiant James Finch (Character) - 1953
      100% 90% The Big Heat Tierney (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Sioux Uprising Ahab Jones (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 25% Violence Joker Robinson (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 53% Three Strangers Timothy Delaney (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 67% Hotel Berlin Heinrichs (Character) - 1945
      57% 80% Mr. Skeffington Chester Forbish (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 72% Action in the North Atlantic Whitey Lara (Character) - 1943
      67% 65% Destination Tokyo Dakota (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 80% Whistling in Dixie Frank V. Bailie (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 50% Reunion in France Soldier (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 38% Rio Rita Jake (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 20% Valley of the Sun Willie (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Underground Alex Schumann (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough Roy (Character) - 1941

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960 1968 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Garrett Clegg (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides London Bob (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan Patrick Mulvany (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mothers-in-Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Gip Cooley (Guest Star) 1955 1957 1959 1961 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Capt. Otto Varnum (Guest Star) 1961-1962 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1958 1961-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1961 1964
      No Score Yet 100% The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Hutch (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1958-1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957-1958 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1958 1960
      No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law of the Plainsman Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Ringo Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1955 1957 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Passage Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind Closed Doors Unknown (Character) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1955
      No Score Yet 100% Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1954