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      Clu Gulager

      Clu Gulager

      Highest Rated: 98% The Last Picture Show (1971)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Piranha 3DD (2012)

      Birthday: Nov 16, 1928

      Birthplace: Holdenville, Oklahoma, USA

      A first cousin of storied humorist Will Rogers, Clu Gulager never equaled his well-known relative's fame but instead made his mark as an obscure Method actor. Gulager debuted on television alongside Paul Newman in "Bang the Drum Slowly," a 1956 episode of "The United States Steel Hour" drama anthology adapted from the novel of the same name. The native Oklahoman's early career was spent playing heavies in crime dramas like "The Untouchables" and "The Lawless Years." And while film work led to parts as Lee Marvin's hitman partner in 1964's "The Killers" and as a mechanic in the 1969 Newman racing film "Winning," it would be weekly Westerns that made Gulager a familiar television face. His sympathetic portrayal of Billy the Kid on the 1960 NBC series "The Tall Man" led to his being a series regular on "Whispering Smith" and eventually playing Emmett Ryker through 103 episodes of 1963's "The Virginian." He took a brief stab at moviemaking as the writer/director/producer of the 1969 short film "A Day With the Boys" (which earned him a Cannes Film Festival award nomination), but Gulager's most notable subsequent movie role was in "The Last Picture Show." Most of his 1970s working was in guest shots on numerous television crime dramas. He enjoyed a brief comeback in the 1985 cult horror film "The Return of the Living Dead" and by the 2000s, Clu Gulager was playing a supporting role in son John Gulager's "Feast" film series. Clu Gulager died on August 5, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 93.

      Highest rated movies

      98% The Last Picture Show
      91% The Return of the Living Dead
      80% The Killers
      76% The Hidden
      63% Winning
      60% Tapeheads
      55% Feast
      43% A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

      Photos

      RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, James Karen (center), Clu Gulager (r.), 1985, (c)Orion Pictures MCQ, Clu Gulager, 1974 TOUCHED BY LOVE, Clu Gulager, 1980, ©Columbia Pictures / OUT OF PRINT, Clu Gulager, 2014, ©Level 33 Entertainment

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      11% 22% Piranha 3DD Mo (Character) $370.9K 2012
      No Score Yet 30% Feast III: The Happy Finish Bartender (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 29% Feast II: Sloppy Seconds Bartender (Character) - 2008
      55% 59% Feast Bartender (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vic Vic Reeves (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ballad of a Gunfighter Uncle Buck Peters (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 50% Eddie Presley Sid (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 42% In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco McLennan County Sheriff (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Killing Device Smitty (Character) - 1993
      33% 79% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Dark Glasses (Character) $3.6M 1991
      60% 46% Tapeheads Norman Mart (Character) $129.0K 1988
      No Score Yet 12% Teen Vamp The Reverend (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 40% Summer Heat Will (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 41% Uninvited Albert (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 34% From a Whisper to a Scream Stanley Burnside (Character) - 1987
      76% 72% The Hidden Lt. Ed Flynn (Character) $9.7M 1987
      No Score Yet 54% Hunter's Blood Mason Rand (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 25% Prime Risk Paul Minsky (Character) - 1985
      91% 79% The Return of the Living Dead Burt Wilson (Character) - 1985
      40% 49% Into the Night Federal Agent (Character) - 1985
      43% 33% A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Ken Walsh (Character) $29.9M 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Arizona Ripper Chief Peter "Pete" Dawson (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 32% The Initiation Dwight Fairchild (Character) - 1984
      43% No Score Yet Lies Doctor Bartlett (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 92% Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story J.R. Smith (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 50% Kenny Rogers as the Gambler Rufe Bennett (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 87% Touched by Love Don Fielder (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 28% A Force of One Dunne (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Man Stands Alone Marvin Tayman (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Willa Joe Welch (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ski Lift to Death Marv Gilman (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonderland Cove Cuda Weber (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lawman Without a Gun Marvin Tayman (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stickin' Together Cuda Weber (Character) - 1978
      25% 73% The Other Side of Midnight Bill Fraser (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging Charlie Cobb (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Killer Who Wouldn't Die Harry Keller (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smile, Jenny, You're Dead Det. Milt Bosworth (Character) - 1974
      40% 56% McQ Toms (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hit Lady Roarke (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Stranger Came by Train Glenn Mortenson (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heart in Hiding Ford (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Houston, We've Got a Problem Lou Matthews (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mystery in Dracula's Castle Keith Raynor (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Call to Danger Emmet Jergens (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chant of Silence Unknown (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 29% Molly and Lawless John Deputy Tom Clements (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 79% The Glass House Brian Courtland (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Footsteps Jonas Kane (Character) - 1972
      98% 89% The Last Picture Show Abilene (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Company of Killers Frank Quinn (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet San Francisco International Bob Hatten (Character) - 1970
      63% 48% Winning Larry the Mechanic (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Day With the Boys Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1969
      80% 71% The Killers Lee (Character) - 1964

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Quinn Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 68% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Ray Carter (Guest Star) 1985 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Nathan Sloan (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet North and South, Book II Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1982-1983 1986
      No Score Yet 95% Magnum, P.I. Theo Wolf (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet 39% Airwolf Cullen Dixon (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet 80% Knight Rider Eugene Hanson (Character),
      Gene Hanson (Guest Star)
      1985
      No Score Yet 86% Street Hawk Will Gassner (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Master Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Unknown (Character) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Heavens Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Inspector George Turner (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon B.J. Long (Guest Star) 1971-1972 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Johnny Monahan (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaft Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Tim Keegan (Character) 1974
      No Score Yet 100% Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Lyle Foster (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Dustin Ellis (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Jake Carewe (Guest Star) 1963-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Elliott Garrison (Guest Star) 1959 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Billy the Kid (Character) 1960-1962
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Rod Collins (Character) 1959-1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Private Gil Brady (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour James Wesley (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1957