Wright King

Wright King

Highest Rated: 98% A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Lowest Rated: 50% Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)

Birthday: Jan 11, 1923

Birthplace: Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA

Wright King was born Thomas Wright Thornburg King on Jan. 11, 1923 in Okmulgee, OK. He studied acting at the St. Louis School of Theatre, after which he enlisted in the United States Navy and served briefly in World War II. Upon returning home, he relocated to New York where he began work as a theater actor, first in children's productions and at the Yiddish Art Theatre, and then in a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the New York City Center. This led him to a role in Elia Kazan's film adaptation of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951), which kicked off his career in pictures. Throughout the 1950s, King garnered minor parts in a slew of television productions, as well as the starring role as Ernest P. Duckweather in the children's TV series "Johnny Jupiter" (ABC 1953-54), which only ran for one season. He returned to the big screen with the likes of "The Young Guns" (1956), "Stagecoach to Fury" (1956), and "Hot Rod Rumble" (1957), though kept a foot in the television world with a regular role on the Western drama "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (CBS 1958-1961) and a pair of appearances on the hit science-fiction series "The Twilight Zone" (CBS 1959-1964). King's work with the latter series' creator, Rod Serling, landed him a part in the Serling-penned feature film "Planet of the Apes" (1968); that same year, King appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's musical film "Finian's Rainbow" (1968). Such work preceded a decade of one-off television appearances and minor parts in movies, including the role of a priest in the Western drama "House Made of Dawn" (1972) and that of a doctor in the science fiction film "Invasion of the Bee Girls" (1973). King retired from acting following his appearance in the TV movie "The Critical List" (NBC 1978). He died at the age of 95 on Nov. 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 21% The Spell Rian (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Macahans Infantry Captain (Character) - 1976
50% 33% Invasion of the Bee Girls Dr. Murger (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Along Came a Spider Frank Dietzler (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cast a Long Shadow Noah Pringle (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Rod Rumble Ray Johnson (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold and the Brave Technician Fifth Grade (Character) - 1956
98% 90% A Streetcar Named Desire A Collector (Character) - 1951

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Marston (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Les Slauson (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan August Gordon Elliott (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Jonathan Webber (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Joe Penny (Guest Star) 1966 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Bud (Guest Star) 1964-1965 1961-1962 1959 1957 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Sidney Weplo (Guest Star) 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Hecate (Character) 1963 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1961 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1961 1959 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Ringo Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The David Niven Show David (Character),
Host
1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Service Demers (Character) 1957-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1956-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Knows Best Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1952

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