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Royal Dano

Highest Rated:   100% Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Lowest Rated:   0% Ghoulies II (1988)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
71% Killer Klowns from Outer Space
  • Framer Gene Green
1988
0% 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
58% 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 Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet In Search of Historic Jesus
  • Prophet
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
67% 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 Death of a Gunfighter
  • Arch Brandt
1969
17% 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
100% 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
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
97% Johnny Guitar
  • Corey
1954
100% Bend of the River
  • Long Tom
1952
No Score Yet Carrie
  • Captain
1952
90% The Red Badge of Courage
  • The Tattered Man
1951
No Score Yet Flame of Araby
  • Basra
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Mr. Hector Webb Harold Hector
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979

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