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      Frank Ferguson

      Frank Ferguson

      Highest Rated: 100% Bend of the River (1952)

      Lowest Rated: 55% The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

      Birthday: Dec 25, 1899

      Birthplace: Ferndale, California, USA

      Few actors can boast a career of over 100 roles, but incomparable character actor Frank Ferguson sports nearly 300 unique performances. Born on Christmas Day in the final week of the 19th century, Ferguson didn't break into show business until approaching middle age. He more than made up for lost time, however, and tore through the '40s starring in as many as 18 small roles per year. He met with major success in '48 as the proprietor of a museum of horrors in the comedy classic "Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein." Ferguson likewise portrayed countless memorable characters in the '50s, including the ranch hand Gus Broeberg in the famous TV western "My Friend Flicka." With his natural versatility and the burgeoning popularity of television as an entertainment medium, Ferguson had found a new home. He famously played "Lassie"'s veterinarian on several episodes of the canine adventure series, and embodied the even-tempered Eli Carson on over a hundred episodes (and a feature-length follow-up) of the primetime soap "Peyton's Place." A voracious performer even into his 70s, Ferguson guest-starred on family frontier series"Little House on the Prairie," the crime drama "McMillan & Wife," and two episodes of the farm comedy "Green Acres," before succumbing to cancer at 78.

      Highest rated movies

      Terror in a Texas Town
      Rancho Notorious
      Bend of the River
      Johnny Guitar
      This Gun for Hire
      The Furies
      The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
      Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

      Photos

      ON DANGEROUS GROUND, from left: Sumner Williams, Ward Bond, Robert Ryan, Frank Ferguson, 1952 FOLLOW ME QUIETLY, Walden Boyle, Frank Ferguson, William Lundigan, Joe Whitehead, Jeff Corey, 1949 HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL?, Frank Ferguson, Charles Coburn, Willard Waterman, 1952 THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME, Frank Ferguson, Robert Young, 1947 BOSS OF BIG TOWN, Frank Ferguson, Patricia Prest, John Litel, 1942 BOSS OF BIG TOWN, Frank Ferguson, John Litel, Florence Rice, 1942 BOSS OF BIG TOWN, Frank Ferguson, John Litel, Florence Rice, 1942 FRENCHIE, from left: Frank Ferguson, Shelley Winters, 1950 JOHNNY GUITAR, Ben Cooper, Joan Crawford, Frank Ferguson, Scott Brady, 1954 BLONDE FOR A DAY, Frank Ferguson, Hugh Beaumont, Kathryn Adams, 1946 THE MARKSMAN, from left: Frank Ferguson, Wayne Morris, 1953 THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME, Frank Ferguson, Robert Young, 1947 JOHNNY GUITAR, Scott Brady, Ernest Borgnine, Ben Cooper, Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Frank Ferguson, Royal Dano, Ward Bond, Mercedes McCambridge, 1954

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Macahans Grandpa Macahan (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Along Came a Spider Dr. Andrew Blake (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 25% The Great Sioux Massacre Gen. Alfred Howe Terry (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 38% The Quick Gun Dan Evans (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 53% Those Calloways Doctor (uncredited) (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 60% The Big Night Dave (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 40% Cole Younger, Gunfighter Sheriff Ralph Wittrock (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Andy Hardy Comes Home Mayor Benson (Character) - 1958
      100% 67% Terror in a Texas Town Deacon Matt Holmes (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 18% The Iron Sheriff District Attorney Holloway (Character) - 1957
      69% 70% Moonfleet Coachman (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 25% The McConnell Story Mechanic (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 36% At Gunpoint Marshal George Henderson (Character) - 1955
      94% 85% Johnny Guitar Marshal Williams (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 0% The Outcast Chad Polsen (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hannah Lee John Britton (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Leaguer Wally Mitchell (Character) - 1953
      91% 68% The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Dr. Morton (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marksman Champ Wiley (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Star of Texas Marshal Bullock (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Models, Inc. Joe Reynolds (Character) - 1952
      63% 56% The Marrying Kind Mr. Quinn (uncredited) (Character) - 1952
      100% 69% Rancho Notorious Preacher (Character) - 1952
      86% 69% Million Dollar Mermaid Boston Prosecutor (Character) - 1952
      100% 79% Bend of the River Tom Grundy (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 63% The Winning Team Sam Arrants (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 29% It Grows on Trees John Letherby (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Oklahoma Annie Eldridge Haskell (Character) - 1952
      89% 79% On Dangerous Ground Willows (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good Humor Man Insp. Quint (Character) - 1950
      92% 79% The Furies Dr. Grieve (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Louisa Park Attendant (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet State Department: File 649 Consul Reither (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 57% Follow Me Quietly J.C. McGill (Character) - 1949
      55% 70% The Barkleys of Broadway Mr. Perkins (uncredited) (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dynamite "Hard Rock" Mason (Character) - 1949
      67% 64% Rachel and the Stranger Mr. Green (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vicious Circle Stark (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 56% The Miracle of the Bells Mike Dolan (Character) - 1948
      90% 85% Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Mr. McDougal (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 44% The Hunted Paul Harrison (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 60% The Walls of Jericho Tom Ransome (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 76% They Won't Believe Me Mr. Cahill (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Searching Wind Embassy Attendant (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Chaser Attorney J.T. Vickers (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Truck Busters George Havelock (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 11% Pilot No. 5 Mr. Tully (Character) - 1943
      94% 82% This Gun for Hire Albert Baker (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 100% The Body Disappears Psychology Prof. McAuley (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gambling on the High Seas John (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Is a Prince Ben Haley (Character) - 1940

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Calder (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet 100% Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Fisherman (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Ben Wiggins (Guest Star) 1954-1955 1959 1964 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Harvey Jackson (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1964-1965 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Peyton Place Eli Carson (Character) 1964-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960 1962 1964-1965
      No Score Yet 100% The Andy Griffith Show Mr. Foley (Guest Star) 1960-1961 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Sheriff Barnes (Guest Star) 1961 1963 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Enoch (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Sheriff (Guest Star) 1961 1963-1964
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Krueger (Character) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Ben Carter (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1957 1960 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Sedge (Guest Star) 1957 1959-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1960 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1958 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Governor Lew Wallace (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Unknown (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Scotty (Guest Star) 1959-1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Sheriff Slim Lydell (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Old Billy North (Guest Star) 1959-1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Mr. Keller (Guest Star) 1958-1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Timmy & Lassie Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Judge Tolliver (Guest Star) 1957 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957-1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Turn of Fate Milbanks (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet G.E. Theater Lt. King (Character) 1954 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage 7 Unknown (Character) 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Bennett (Guest Star) 1954-1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jeff's Collie Unknown (Guest Star) 1954-1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1954