Victor French

Victor French

  • Highest Rated: 88% The Other (1972)
  • Lowest Rated: 54% Wild Rovers (1971)
  • Birthday: Dec 4, 1934
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of a movie stunt man, Victor French made his screen entree in westerns, where his unkempt beard and scowling countenance made him a perfect heavy. He carried over his robbin' and rustlin' activities into television, making multiple appearances on such series as Gunsmoke and Bonanza. It was former Bonanza star Michael Landon, a great friend of French's, who "humanized" the veteran screen villain with the role of farmer Isiah Edwards in the weekly TV drama Little House on the Prairie. French temporarily left Little House in 1977 to star in his own sitcom, Carter Country, in which he played an affable Southern sheriff who tried his best to accommodate the ever-changing racial relationships of the 1970s. In 1984, Landon cast French as ex-cop Michael Gordon, whose bitterness at the world was softened by the presence of a guardian angel (Landon), in the popular TV series Highway to Heaven. French directed every third episode of this series, extending his directorial activities to the Los Angeles theatre scene, where he won a Critics Circle award for his staging of 12 Angry Men. In contrast to his earlier bad-guy roles, French went out of his way in the 1980s to avoid parts that required him to exhibit cruelty or inhumanity. Victor French died in 1989, shortly after completing work on the final season of Highway to Heaven.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

79% An Officer and a Gentleman Joe Pokrifki 1982
No Score Yet Choices Gary Carluccio 1981
No Score Yet The Ghosts of Buxley Hall Sergeant Major Chester 1980
No Score Yet The Nickel Ride Paddie 1975
No Score Yet The House on Skull Mountain Andrew Cunningham 1974
88% The Other Angelini 1972
68% Rio Lobo Ketcham 1971
54% Wild Rovers Sheriff Bill Jackson 1971
No Score Yet Chato's Land Martin Hall 1971
No Score Yet Flap Rafferty 1970
78% There Was a Crooked Man Whiskey 1970
No Score Yet Death of a Gunfighter Phil Miller 1969
No Score Yet Charro! Vince Hackett 1969
No Score Yet Spencer's Mountain Spencer Brother 1963
No Score Yet The Clown And The Kid 1st Patrolman 1961

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Director Mark Gordon
  • 2016
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Fame
1982-1987
Mr. Donlon
  • 1984
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Director Edwards Isaiah Edwards Mr. Edwards
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Dallas
1978-1991
Director
  • 1982
33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
1979-1981
Director
  • 1981
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Guest Director Dibble Smith Ruxton Waco Thompson Trafton Sheriff Bo Harker Daniel Shay Roland Daniel Ed Vail Travers Eben Luken Roland Jed Frazer Clay Tynan Ross Les Dean Spear
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Curtis
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Sheriff Pool
  • 1973
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Leduc Vic Hatcher
  • 1971
  • 1968
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Aaron Callahan Jesse Conn
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1962
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Tony
  • 1967
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Agent 44
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
1965-1971
Commando #2
  • 1965
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Mugs Carson
  • 1965

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