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      Hoyt Axton

      Hoyt Axton

      Highest Rated: 100% Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

      Lowest Rated: 43% Disorganized Crime (1989)

      Birthday: Mar 25, 1938

      Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, USA

      Hoyt Axton's face is best known to audiences for his on-screen performances in a handful of '70s and '80s films. These include his role as the father of Billy Peltzer in "Gremlins." In the camp horror classic--one of cinema's most famous and amusing examples of "buyer beware"--Axton's character purchases a lovable, furry "Mogwai" for his son, only for it to produce less affable spawns once the child violates some of the unique rules that accompany all Mogwai: don't get them wet, and don't feed them after midnight. Axton also portrayed the father of Alec Ramsey in "The Black Stallion," the uplifting tale of a friendship between a boy and a wild horse. Axton's legacy as an actor, however, is meager compared to his legacy as a singer-songwriter. His signature song, "Joy to the World" (made famous by the band Three Dog Night), has featured prominently in many films, perhaps most powerfully in "The Big Chill," a comedy-drama about old friends reunited by a funeral. The soundtrack--consisting mostly of '60s and '70s hits--played an integral role in establishing the characters and the nostalgic tone of the story.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Heart Like a Wheel
      90% The Black Stallion 86% Gremlins 48% We're No Angels
      43% Disorganized Crime

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      ENDANGERED SPECIES, from left: Hoyt Axton, JoBeth Williams, 1982, © MGM ENDANGERED SPECIES, Paul Dooley, Joseph G. Medalis, JoBeth Williams, Hoyt Axton, 1982, (c) MGM HEART LIKE A WHEEL, Bonnie Bedelia, Hoyt Axton, 1983, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. WE'RE NO ANGELS, from left: Sean Penn, Hoyt Axton, 1989, © Paramount GREMLINS, Keye Luke, John Louie, Hoyt Axton, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. GREMLINS, Hoyt Axton, Zach Galligan, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. GREMLINS, Zach Galligan, Frances Lee McCain, Hoyt Axton, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. RETRIBUTION, Hoyt Axton, 1988 HEART LIKE A WHEEL, Hoxt Axton, Bonnie Bedelia, 1983. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. ENDANGERED SPECIES, Hoyt Axton, 1982. (c) MGM.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 28% King Cobra Mayor Ed Biddle (Character) - 1999
      64% 40% Among Giants Non-Original Music $64.4K 1998
      No Score Yet 33% Number One Fan Lt. Joe Halsey (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 40% Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Huey P. Long, Sr. (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Season of Change Big Upton (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doorways Jake (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harmony Cats Bill Stratton (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 50% Buried Alive Sheriff Sam Eberly (Character) - 1990
      48% 41% We're No Angels Father Levesque (Character) $10.0M 1989
      43% 58% Disorganized Crime Sheriff Henault (Character) $7.4M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge Sheriff Ben Tree (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 50% Retribution Lt. Ashley (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story Charlie Hartford (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dixie Lanes Clarence Laidlaw (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 75% Christmas Comes to Willow Creek Al (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 86% Dallas: The Early Years Aaron Southworth (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 50% Act of Vengeance Silous Huddleston (Character) - 1986
      86% 78% Gremlins Rand Peltzer (Character) - 1984
      100% 82% Heart Like a Wheel Tex Roque (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 61% Deadline Auto Theft Captain Gibbs (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rousters Cactus Jack Slade (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 60% The Junkman Capt. Gibbs (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 34% Endangered Species Ben Morgan (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 59% Liar's Moon Cecil Duncan (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cloud Dancer Brad's Mechanic (Character) - 1980
      90% 83% The Black Stallion Alec's Father (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 40% Smoky Fred Denton (Character) - 1966

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 78% The New Adventures of Captain Planet Big Ed Baker (Guest Voice) 1994
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Sheriff Tate (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1984-1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flo Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard Himself (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Johnny Starbuck (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Big Buck Buckley (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet 54% I Dream of Jeannie Bull (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1965