Royal Dano

Highest Rated: 100% Man of the West (1958)
Lowest Rated: 0% Ghoulies II (1988)
Birthday: Nov 16, 1922
Birthplace: Not Available
Cadaverous, hollow-eyed Royal Dano made his theatrical entree as a minor player in the Broadway musical hit Finian's Rainbow. Born in New York City in 1922, he manifested a wanderlust that made him leave home at age 12 to travel around the country, and even after he returned home -- and eventually graduated from New York University -- he often journeyed far from the city on his own. He made his acting debut while in the United States Army during World War II, as part of a Special Services unit, and came to Broadway in the immediate postwar era. In films from 1950, he received his first important part, the Tattered Soldier, in John Huston's 1951 adaptation of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage. Thereafter, he was often seen as a Western villain, though seldom of the cliched get-outta-town variety; in Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar (1954), for example, he fleshed out an ordinary bad-guy type by playing the character as a compulsive reader with a tubercular cough. He likewise did a lot with a little when cast as Mildred Natwick's deep-brooding offspring in Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry. With his deep, resonant speaking voice and intense eyes, Dano could make a recitation of the telephone book sound impressive and significant, and some of his non-baddie characters include the prophet Elijah, who predicts the destruction of the Pequod and the death of Ahab, in Huston's Moby Dick (1956), Peter in The King of Kings (1961) and Mayor Cermak in Capone (1975); in addition, he played Abraham Lincoln in a multipart installment of the mid-'50s TV anthology Omnibus written by James Agee. On the small screen, the producers of The Rifleman got a huge amount of mileage out of his talent in five episodes in as many seasons, most notably in "Day of Reckoning" as a gunman-turned-preacher. He also appeared in memorable guest roles in the high-rent western series The Virginian, The Big Valley, and Bonanza, and had what was probably his best television role of all as the tragically insensitive father in the two-part Little House On The Prairie episode "Sylvia." Toward the end of his life, Royal Dano had no qualms about accepting questionable projects like 1990's Spaced Invaders, but here as elsewhere, he was always given a chance to shine; one of Dano's best and most bizarre latter-day roles was in Teachers (1982), as the home-room supervisor who dies of a heart attack in his first scene -- and remains in his chair, unnoticed and unmolested, until the fadeout.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
57% The Dark Half Digger Holt 1993
8% Spaced Invaders Wrenchmuller 1990
0% Ghoulies II Uncle Ned 1988
No Score Yet Once upon a Texas Train Nitro Jones 1988
77% Killer Klowns from Outer Space Framer Gene Green 1988
10% House II: The Second Story Gramps 1987
No Score Yet Red-Headed Stranger Larn Claver 1987
No Score Yet Redheaded Stranger Actor 1986
No Score Yet Cocaine Wars Bailey 1986
62% Teachers Ditto 1984
98% The Right Stuff Minister 1983
59% Something Wicked This Way Comes Tom Fury 1983
80% Hammett Pops 1982
No Score Yet Take This Job and Shove It Beeber 1981
No Score Yet In Search of Historic Jesus Prophet 1979
No Score Yet Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter Actor 1979
No Score Yet Crash of Flight 401 Actor 1978
No Score Yet One Man Jury Bartender 1978
No Score Yet Donner Pass: The Road to Survival Sutter 1978
No Score Yet Bad Georgia Road Arthur Pennyrich 1977
No Score Yet Drum Zeke Montgomery 1976
95% The Outlaw Josey Wales Ten Spot 1976
40% The Killer Inside Me Father 1976
No Score Yet Capone Mayor Anton Cermak 1975
No Score Yet The Wild Party Tex 1975
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1975
71% Big Bad Mama Rev. Johnson 1974
No Score Yet Manhunter Actor 1974
No Score Yet Cahill U.S. Marshal MacDonald 1973
60% Electra Glide in Blue Coroner 1973
No Score Yet Messiah of Evil Joseph 1973
No Score Yet Moon of the Wolf Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Culpepper Cattle Co. Rustler 1972
67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Gustavson 1972
No Score Yet Chandler Sal Sachese 1971
No Score Yet Skin Game John Brown 1971
No Score Yet Run, Simon, Run Actor 1970
No Score Yet Backtrack Faraway 1969
No Score Yet Death of a Gunfighter Arch Brandt 1969
29% The Undefeated Major Sanders 1969
No Score Yet Day of the Evil Gun Dr. Prather 1968
No Score Yet If He Hollers, Let Him Go! Carl Blair 1968
No Score Yet The Last Challenge Pretty Horse 1967
No Score Yet Welcome to Hard Times (Killer on a Horse) John Bear 1967
No Score Yet Gunpoint Ode 1966
83% Seven Faces of Dr. Lao Carey 1964
40% Savage Sam Pack Underwood 1963
No Score Yet Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Marley's Ghost 1962
85% King of Kings Peter 1961
No Score Yet Posse from Hell Uncle Billy Caldwell 1961
No Score Yet Cimarron Ike Howes 1960
No Score Yet The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Sheriff 1960
No Score Yet These Thousand Hills Carmichael 1959
No Score Yet Never Steal Anything Small Words Cannon 1959
100% Man of the West Trout 1958
No Score Yet Saddle the Wind Clay Ellison 1958
No Score Yet Man in the Shadow Aiken Clay 1957
No Score Yet Crime of Passion Alidos 1957
No Score Yet Tension at Table Rock Jameson 1956
No Score Yet Santiago Lobo 1956
85% Moby Dick Elijah 1956
No Score Yet Tribute to a Bad Man Abe 1956
No Score Yet All Mine to Give Howard Tyler 1956
90% The Trouble with Harry Calvin Wiggs 1955
100% The Far Country Luke 1955
93% Johnny Guitar Corey 1954
100% Bend of the River Long Tom 1952
No Score Yet Carrie Captain 1952
82% The Red Badge of Courage The Tattered Man 1951
No Score Yet Flame of Araby Basra 1951

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Mr. Hector Webb Harold Hector
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Dr. Williams Holsang
  • 1979
  • 1977
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Henry
  • 1973
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Owen
  • 1972
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Lambert Bender Praylie Rory Luken Dooley Tater Watney Tandy Gideon Hale Jessup Henry
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1956
  • 1955
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Matt Ganther Hank
  • 1967
  • 1965
  • 1962
No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
Major
  • 1966
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Newton Teisner Wentworth Prospector
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1962
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Preacher
  • 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Atkins Martin Ross
  • 1960
  • 1957
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Woodcutter
  • 1957

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