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Richard Jaeckel



Born R. Hanley Jaeckel (the "R" stood for nothing), young Richard Jaeckel arrived in Hollywood with his family in the early 1940s. Columnist Louella Parsons, a friend of Jaeckel's mother, got the boy a job as a mailman at the 20th Century-Fox studios. When the producers of Fox's Guadalcanal Diary found themselves in need of a baby-faced youth to play a callow marine private, Jaeckel was given a screen test. Despite his initial reluctance to play-act, Jaeckel accepted the Guadalcanal Diary assignment and remained in films for the next five decades, appearing in almost 50 movies and playing everything from wavy-haired romantic leads to crag-faced villains. Between 1944 and 1948, Jaeckel served in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge, he co-starred in Sands of Iwo Jima with John Wayne and Forrest Tucker. In 1971, Jaeckel was nominated for a "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar on the strength of his performance in Sometimes a Great Notion. Richard Jaeckel has also been a regular in several TV series, usually appearing in dependable, authoritative roles: he was cowboy scout Tony Gentry in Frontier Circus (1962), Lt. Pete McNeil in Banyon (1972), firefighter Hank Myers in Firehouse (1974), federal agent Hank Klinger in Salvage 1 (1979), Major Hawkins in At Ease (1983) (a rare -- and expertly played -- comedy role), and Master Chief Sam Rivers in Supercarrier (1988). From 1991-92, Jaeckel played Lieutenant Ben Edwards on the internationally popular series Baywatch. Jaeckel passed away at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital of an undisclosed illness at the age of 70.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Martial Outlaw
  • Mr. White
1993
No Score Yet The King of the Kickboxers
  • Capt. O'Day
1991
11% Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection
  • John Page
1990
No Score Yet Ghetto Blaster
  • Mike Henry
1989
No Score Yet Ghettoblaster
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Supercarrier (Deadly Enemies)
  • Master Chief Sam Rivers
1988
30% Black Moon Rising
  • Earl Windom
1986
No Score Yet The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission
  • MP Sgt. Bowren
1985
No Score Yet Killing Machine
  • Martin
1985
No Score Yet Pacific Inferno
  • Dealer
1985
81% Starman
  • George Fox
1984
No Score Yet Fix
  • Charles Dale
1984
42% Airplane 2 - The Sequel
  • Controller
1982
No Score Yet Cold River
  • Mike Allison
1982
No Score Yet Blood Song
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet ... All the Marbles
  • Referee
1981
No Score Yet Mr. No Legs
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Awakening of Candra
  • Actor
1981
40% Herbie Goes Bananas
  • Shepard
1980
No Score Yet Pacific Inferno
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Dark
  • Det. Dave Mooney
1979
No Score Yet Speed Trap
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Sgt. Lykes
1978
No Score Yet Speedtrap
  • Billy
1978
88% Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • Capt. Stanford Towne
1977
No Score Yet Day of the Animals
  • Prof. Taylor MacGregor
1977
No Score Yet Delta Fox
  • Santana
1977
No Score Yet Mako: The Jaws of Death
  • Sonny Stein
1976
60% Grizzly
  • Scott
1976
No Score Yet The Last Day
  • Grat Dalton
1975
50% The Drowning Pool
  • Detective Franks
1975
No Score Yet Part 2 Walking Tall
  • Stud Pardee
1975
No Score Yet Chosen Survivors
  • Gordon Ellis
1974
No Score Yet Born Innocent
  • Mr. Parker
1974
No Score Yet The Outfit
  • Chemey
1974
83% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • Sheriff Kip McKinney
1973
No Score Yet Firehouse
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Kill
  • Actor
1973
86% Ulzana's Raid
  • Sergeant
1972
100% Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch)
  • Joe Ben Stamper
1971
83% Chisum
  • Evans
1970
No Score Yet The Haunted House of Horror, (Horror House)
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet The Surabaya Conspiracy
  • Dirk
1970
No Score Yet Latitude Zero (Atragon II) (Ido zero daisakusen)
  • Perry Lawton
1969
22% The Green Slime
  • Vince Elliott
1969
No Score Yet The Devil's Brigade
  • Omar Greco
1968
91% The Dirty Dozen
  • Sgt. Bowren
1967
No Score Yet Once Before I Die
  • Lt. Custer
1965
No Score Yet Outer Limits - "Specimen: Unknown"
  • Actor
1964
11% Four for Texas
  • Mancini
1963
60% Town Without Pity
  • Cpl. Birdwell "Birdie" Scott
1961
91% Flaming Star
  • Angus Pierce
1960
No Score Yet The Gallant Hours
  • Lt. Cmdr. Roy Webb
1960
No Score Yet Platinum High School
  • Hack Marlow
1960
No Score Yet The Naked and the Dead
  • Gallagher
1958
No Score Yet The Gun Runners
  • Buzurki
1958
83% The Lineup
  • Sandy McLain
1958
No Score Yet Cowboy
  • Paul Curtis
1958
No Score Yet When Hell Broke Loose
  • Karl
1958
96% 3:10 to Yuma
  • Charlie Prince
1957
100% Attack
  • Pvt. Snowden
1956
No Score Yet The Violent Men
  • Wade Matlock
1955
No Score Yet Big Leaguer
  • Bobby Bronson
1953
83% Come Back, Little Sheba
  • Turk Fisher
1952
60% My Son John
  • Chuck Jefferson
1952
No Score Yet Hoodlum Empire
  • Ted Dawson
1952
No Score Yet Wyoming Mail
  • Nafe
1950
100% The Gunfighter
  • Actor
1950
100% Sands of Iwo Jima
  • Pfc. Frank Flynn
1950
100% Battleground
  • Bettis
1949
No Score Yet City Across the River
  • Bull
1949
80% Wing and a Prayer
  • Beezy Bessemer
1944
No Score Yet Guadalcanal Diary
  • Pvt. Johnny Anderson
1943

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Irv Hartwig Murphy

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