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Strother Martin

Highest Rated:   100% Hard Times (1975)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Villain (1979)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hard Times
  • Actor
2001
67% Pocket Money
  • Bill Garrett
1999
50% Rooster Cogburn
  • McCoy
1999
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
0% Nightwing
  • Selwyn
1979
40% The Champ
  • Riley
1979
No Score Yet The Secret of Nikola Tesla
  • George Westinghouse
1979
38% Up in Smoke
  • Mr. Stoner
1978
No Score Yet The Steel Cowboy
  • Actor
1978
81% Slap Shot
  • Joe McGrath
1977
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat)
  • Billy
1976
No Score Yet Revenge of Red Chief
  • Actor
1975
100% Hard Times
  • Poe
1975
22% Sssssss
  • Dr. Carl Stoner
1973
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
89% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Percy Garris
1969
96% The Wild Bunch
  • Coffer
1969
90% True Grit
  • Col. G. Stonehill
1969
71% The Flim-Flam Man
  • Lovick
1967
100% Cool Hand Luke
  • Captain
1967
57% 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
No Score Yet Shenandoah
  • Engineer
1965
No Score Yet Brainstorm
  • Mr. Clyde
1965
No Score Yet Invitation to a Gunfighter
  • Fiddler
1964
60% McLintock!
  • Agard
1963
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Floyd
1962
83% The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy)
  • Parson
1961
67% The Shaggy Dog
  • Thurm
1959
100% The Horse Soldiers
  • Virgil
1959
No Score Yet Cowboy
  • Trailhand
1958
No Score Yet Black Patch
  • Petey
1957
100% Attack
  • Sgt. Ingersol
1956
80% The Big Knife
  • Stillman
1955
97% 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
96% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Mothershed
  • 1961

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