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Ralph Moody

Highest Rated: 98% Strangers on a Train (1951)

Lowest Rated: 40% Kid Galahad (1962)

Birthday: Nov 5, 1886

Birthplace: Not Available

A favorite of producer/director Jack Webb, character actor Ralph Moody was a familiar face to viewers of Dragnet in both its 1950s and 1960s incarnations -- but that would be an unfair (as well as inaccurate) way to describe an actor who amassed hundreds of film and television appearances in barely 20 years of movie and television work. Born in St. Louis, MO, in 1886, Moody didn't make his screen debut until 1948, with a small role in Man Eaters of Kumaon. Already in his sixties, he always looked older than he was, and his craggy features could also impart a fierceness that made him threatening. Although Moody was known for playing kindly or crotchety old men, he occasionally brought that fierceness to bear, as in the Adventures of Superman episode "Test of a Warrior", in which he played the sinister medicine man Okatee. But in between that and dozens of other one-off television assignments, Moody also managed to work in scenes as the coffin-boat skipper in Samuel Fuller's Pickup on South Street and one of the rescue workers in Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole. Moody was one of those actors who could work quickly and milk a line or a scene for all its emotional worth. What's more, he could do it without over-emoting. He was the kind of character player that directors and producers in budget-conscious television of the 1950s needed. In an episode of Circus Boy, he played a touching scene with a young Micky Dolenz, as an aging railroad engineer introducing the boy to the world of locomotives and trains. After that, Moody got called back to do three more episodes. But it was Jack Webb who really put him to work in Dragnet and many of his other productions, in radio and feature films as well as television. His more memorable appearances on Dragnet included "The Big Producer", as a once-famous movie producer who is reduced to selling pornographic pictures to high-school students, and "The Hammer", from the 1967 revival of the series, in which he portrayed the neighbor of a murder victim. Moody continued working regularly in television until a year before his death in 1971, at age 84. His final appearance was in the Night Gallery episode "The Little Black Bag".

Highest Rated Movies



88% The Chase Actor 1966
40% Kid Galahad Peter J. Prohosko 1962
No Score Yet The Outsider Uncle 1961
78% Homicidal 1st Clerk 1961
No Score Yet The Story of Ruth Cleshed (uncredited) 1960
No Score Yet The Legend of Tom Dooley Doc Henry 1959
60% The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold Padre Vincente Esteban 1958
No Score Yet Going Steady Justice of the Peace 1958
No Score Yet Pawnee (Pale Arrow) Chief Wise Eagle 1957
67% The Monster That Challenged the World Old Gatekeeper 1957
No Score Yet Reprisal Matara 1956
No Score Yet Toward the Unknown H.G. Gilbert 1956
88% Last Hunt Indian Agent 1956
No Score Yet Many Rivers to Cross Sandak 1955
No Score Yet The Far Horizons Le Borgne 1955
No Score Yet Strange Lady in Town Gen. Lew Wallace 1955
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times Pa 1955
No Score Yet Rage at Dawn Noah Euall 1955
No Score Yet Tumbleweed Aguila 1953
91% Pickup on South Street Captain 1953
No Score Yet Seminole Kulak 1953
No Score Yet Salome Dissenting Scholar 1953
No Score Yet The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima Villager 1952
No Score Yet Affair in Trinidad Coroner 1952
No Score Yet Talk About a Stranger Short 1952
71% Road to Bali Bhoma Da 1952
83% Carrie Actor 1952
No Score Yet Red Mountain Meredyth 1951
92% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) Kusac, the Miner 1951
98% Strangers on a Train Man 1951


No Score Yet Bonanza
Clarke Chief White Bear Indian Chief Old Indian Pete Tall Pony Gabe 1971
No Score Yet Get Smart
Carruthers 1969
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
HoTami 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Jenkins Morgan Dennison Jacob Wiltzy George L. Ballard 1964
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Harvey Long Robe Marston 1963
82% The Twilight Zone
Pa Myrtlebank 1962
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Harlin 1956
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
Okatee 1955


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