Royce D. Applegate

Royce D. Applegate

Highest Rated: 84% The Rookie (2002)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Getaway (1994)

Birthday: Dec 25, 1939

Birthplace: Midwest City, Oklahoma, USA

Burly, round-faced actor and comedian who has also written material for the screen and other comedians, Royce Applegate has worked on the comedy stage, in TV, in films, and even as an ADR (foley) performer in his 20-plus years in Hollywood, but probably earned his best exposure as the blue-collar, no-nonsense Chief Manilow Crocker on the NBC series "seaQuest DSV," on which he appeared during the 1993-94 season, and as the grieving husband whose wife is murdered by a serial killer in William Friedkin's "Rampage" (1992). Applegate left a corporate job at a drug firm to become a folk music DJ and comedian in Dallas, Texas. After performing at The Rubiyat there, he became the opening act for Jose Feliciano on tour, and also performed at Playboy Clubs throughout the U.S. He matriculated to Hollywood, performing an act that was a cross between hip and hick, done in the thick Oklahoma accent of his youth. He began to write for other comics, including John Candy's radio show, and also won roles on such series as "That Girl." By the late 70s, Applegate was appearing on TV and in films with regularity. On TV, he was opposite Yvette Mimieux in the 1978 TV movie "Outside Chance," and in 1979 played the aptly-named race car driver Johnny Hurricane in "Hot Rod" for ABC. He appeared in the pilot of "Stir Crazy," a short-lived 1985 CBS series, as Crawford, the cowboy murderer, but was replaced for the series itself. In 1987, he made several appearances on "Houston Knights," also on CBS, and in 1990 was Deputy Winter, one of the murderous brood of in "Murder in Mississippi," the NBC telling of the Schwermer-Chaney-Goodman assassinations. "seaQuest DSV," in which Applegate was Chief Crocker, Roy Scheider's friend, followed, but Applegate was only on the NBC series' first season, being dropped from the cast due to budgetary and demographic concerns after the first season. In feature films, Applegate has had many small roles, including townsperson Dutch in "Harper Valley, PTA" (1978) and in the "Coming Attractions" segment of "The History of the World Part I" for Mel Brooks" in 1981. A more substantial part was for Friedkin in "Rampage" (1992). Applegate has also been occasionally active as a writer in both TV and motion pictures. He wrote episodes of "Welcome Back, Kotter," in the 70s. In 1977, he contributed the original story to "God Bless Dr. Shagetz," his first feature film credit, and co-wrote the screenplay for "Loose Shoes," a 1981 film lampooning coming-attraction trailers and starring many comedians including Buddy Hackett and Steve Landesberg.

Highest rated movies

The Rookie
Seabiscuit O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Back Roads
The Getaway



78% 76% Seabiscuit Dutch Doogan (Character) $120.1M 2003
84% 70% The Rookie Henry (Character) - 2002
78% 89% O Brother, Where Art Thou? Man with Bullhorn (Character) $45.5M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet F.A.R.T.: The Movie Officer Clemmons (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 66% Inherit the Wind George Sillers (Character) - 1999
33% 28% The Getaway Gun Shop Salesman (Character) $15.5M 1994
77% 89% Gettysburg Brig. Gen. James L. Kemper (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 58% Murder in Mississippi Deputy Winter (Character) - 1990
44% 51% Rampage Gene Tippetts (Character) $322.5K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain Sweeney (Character) - 1982
40% 36% Back Roads The Father (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rebel of the Road Johnny Hurricane (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outside Chance Larry O'Brien (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry Panic Grady (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 29% They Only Kill Their Masters Harry (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 17% Fuzz Patrolman Cramer (Character) - 1972


No Score Yet 35% JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 1998 2001
No Score Yet 80% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 73% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
82% 89% Twin Peaks Rev. Clarence Brocklehurst (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 85% Quantum Leap Sheriff Blount (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guns of Paradise Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Designing Women Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Houston Knights Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 67% The Dukes of Hazzard Insurance Adjuster (Guest Star) 1981 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Deputy Eddie Ream (Character) 1983
97% 100% Hill Street Blues Roy (Guest Voice) 1982
No Score Yet 80% CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1981-1982
No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Georgie (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Army Corporal (Character) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Back, Kotter Writer 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Danny (Guest Star) 1973 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Art Culina (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Eddie (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1969 1971