Strother Martin

Strother Martin

Highest Rated: 100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Villain (1979)

Birthday: Mar 26, 1919

Birthplace: Kokomo, Indiana, USA

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Strother Martin was the National Junior Springboard Diving Champion when he came to Hollywood as a swimming coach in the late 1940s. He stuck around Lala-land to play a few movie bits and extra roles before finally receiving a role of substance in The Asphalt Jungle (1950). Lean and limber in his early day, Martin was frequently cast in parts which called upon his athletic prowess (e.g. a drawling big-league ball player in 1951's Rhubarb). As his face grew more pocked and his body more paunched with each advancing year, Martin put his reedy, whiny voice and sinister squint to excellent use as a villain, most often in westerns. It took him nearly 20 years to matriculate from character actor to character star. In 1967, Martin skyrocketed to fame as the sadistic prison-farm captain in Cool Hand Luke: his character's signature line, "What we have here is a failure t' communicate," became a national catchphrase. While he continued accepting secondary roles for the rest of his career, Martin was awarded top billing in two sleazy but likeable programmers, Brotherhood of Satan (1971) and Ssssssss (1973). A veteran of scores of television shows, Strother Martin was seen on a weekly basis as Aaron Donager in Hotel De Paree (1959) and as star Jimmy Stewart's country cousin in Hawkins (1973).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Hard Times Actor 2001
No Score Yet Hotwire "The Weasel" 1980
No Score Yet Better Late Than Never J.D. Ashcroft 1979
No Score Yet Love and Bullets Louis Monk 1979
0% The Villain Parody Jones 1979
29% Nightwing Selwyn 1979
36% The Champ Riley 1979
No Score Yet The Secret of Nikola Tesla George Westinghouse 1979
50% Up in Smoke Mr. Stoner 1978
60% The End Dr. Waldo Kling 1978
No Score Yet The Steel Cowboy Actor 1978
85% Slap Shot Joe McGrath 1977
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat) Billy 1976
44% Rooster Cogburn McCoy 1975
No Score Yet Revenge of Red Chief Actor 1975
92% Hard Times Poe 1975
30% Sssssss Dr. Carl Stoner 1973
57% Pocket Money Bill Garrett 1972
No Score Yet Fools' Parade Lee Cottrell 1971
0% The Brotherhood of Satan Doc 1971
No Score Yet Hannie Caulder Rufus Clemens 1971
93% The Ballad of Cable Hogue Bowen 1970
90% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Percy Garris 1969
90% The Wild Bunch Coffer 1969
88% True Grit Col. G. Stonehill 1969
75% The Flim-Flam Man Lovick 1967
100% Cool Hand Luke Captain 1967
50% Nevada Smith Strother 1966
100% Harper (The Moving Target) Claude 1966
No Score Yet An Eye for an Eye Trumbull 1966
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Jeb Ross 1965
100% Shenandoah Engineer 1965
No Score Yet Brainstorm Mr. Clyde 1965
No Score Yet Invitation to a Gunfighter Fiddler 1964
67% McLintock! Agard 1963
No Score Yet Showdown Charlie Reeder 1963
94% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Floyd 1962
83% The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy) Parson 1961
No Score Yet Sanctuary Dog Boy 1961
No Score Yet The Wild and the Innocent Ben Stocker 1959
68% The Shaggy Dog Thurm 1959
91% The Horse Soldiers Virgil 1959
No Score Yet Black Patch Petey 1957
100% Attack Sgt. Ingersol 1956
88% The Big Knife Stillman 1955
98% Kiss Me Deadly Harvey Wallace, Truck Driver 1955
No Score Yet Drum Beat Scotty 1955
No Score Yet Strategic Air Command Airman 1955
13% The Silver Chalice Actor 1954
No Score Yet South Sea Woman Young Marine 1953
No Score Yet The Magnetic Monster Copilot 1953
No Score Yet Rhubarb Shortly McGirk 1951
No Score Yet The People Against O'Hara Actor 1951
97% The Asphalt Jungle Karl Anton Smith 1950
No Score Yet The Damned Don't Cry Springboard diver 1950
No Score Yet Tajna Nikole Tesle Actor


No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1980
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Flowers 1977
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Brand Billy Timble Dooley Rowley Bunch Ben Snow Cooter 1974
No Score Yet Bonanza
Cole Urey Little Meredith Lonnie Joad Bruder 1972
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
Terry Riggs 1970
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
Willard 1968
90% Gilligan's Island
George Barkley 1967
No Score Yet Lost in Space
Nerim 1966
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Harper 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Joe Mead Pete Gibson Roy 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Saulter 1964
82% The Twilight Zone
Mothershed 1961
No Score Yet Rawhide
Meeker 1959
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Cafe Owner 1956


Captain says: What we've got here is failure to communicate.

Denis Le Mieux says: Joe, who own the Chiefs?

Joe McGrath says: Owns! Owns!

Captain says: What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men.

Percy Garris says: I'm not crazy; I'm just colorful.

Percy Garris says: I'm not crazy, I'm just colorful.