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Frank Ferguson

American character actor Frank Ferguson appeared in scores of films and television shows, often as self-important types. Prior to his film debut, he was a prominent performer and director with the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he coached numerous up-and-coming young actors such as Dana Andrews, George Reeves, Robert Preston and Victor Mature. He broke into films, himself, in the early 1940s, usually playing minor supporting roles, though he was seen to advantage in larger roles, notably in two of the best-known (and oddest) westerns of the '50s, Rancho Notorious (1952) and Johnny Guitar (1954). He played hundreds of ranchers, bankers and police detectives in films and television throughout the '50s and '60s. He became most familiar as "Gus" on the children's program My Friend Flicka (1955) and later as "Eli Carson" on the two TV series based on the novel Peyton Place (1964). He semi-retired in 1972 and died of cancer six years later.


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Born:
Dec 25, 1899 In Ferndale, California
Movie/TV Credits:
155
First Appeared:
In the movie Gambling On The High Seas 1940-06-22
Latest Project:
Series Little House on the Prairie 1974-09-11
Known For
Poster of Pocketful of Miracles
Poster of The Iron Sheriff
Poster of The McConnell Story
Poster of The Hunted
Filmography
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series Return to Peyton Place Eli Carson 1972-04-03
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Series The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Nanny and the Professor Unknown 1970-01-21
Movie The Great Sioux Massacre General Alfred Howe Terry 1965-04-25
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Movie The Quick Gun Dan Evans 1964-04-01
Series Wendy and Me Unknown 1964-09-14
Movie Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Newspaper Editor 1964-12-15
Series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Unknown 1964-09-14
Series Peyton Place 1964-09-15
Series Temple Houston Judge Gurney 1963-09-19
Series Temple Houston Unknown 1963-09-19
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Asphalt Jungle Unknown 1961-04-02
Series Target: The Corruptors! Unknown 1961-09-29
Series Everglades Unknown 1961-10-09
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Newspaper Editor 1961-12-18
Movie Raymie Rex 1960-07-05
Series COronado 9 Unknown 1960-09-06
Series The Tall Man Unknown 1960-09-10
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Movie Sunrise at Campobello Dr. Bennett 1960-09-28
Series Lock-Up Unknown 1959-09-28
Series Laramie Unknown 1959-09-15
Series Wichita Town Unknown 1959-09-30
Series The Alaskans Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Series Philip Marlowe Unknown 1959-10-06
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Movie Terror in a Texas Town Deacon Matt Holmes 1958-09-01
Movie Cole Younger, Gunfighter Sheriff Ralph Wittrock 1958-03-30
Series Mike Hammer Unknown 1958-01-07
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Bronco Unknown 1958-09-23
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Movie Andy Hardy Comes Home Mayor Benson 1958-12-22
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Movie The Lawless Eighties Owen Sutter 1957-05-31
Movie This Could Be the Night Mr. Shea 1957-05-14
Movie The Iron Sheriff Holloway 1957-04-01
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Movie Gun Duel In Durango Sheriff Howard 1957-05-01
Movie The Phantom Stagecoach Joe Patterson 1957-03-31
Series Leave It to Beaver Unknown 1957-10-04
Series Have Gun – Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series My Friend Flicka Unknown 1956-02-10
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series State Trooper Unknown 1956-09-25
Movie City of Shadows District Attorney Hunt 1955-06-02
Movie The Eternal Sea Admiral L.D. 1955-04-19
Movie Moonfleet Coachman 1955-06-24
Movie The Violent Men Mahoney (uncredited) 1955-01-26
Movie New York Confidential Dr. Ludlow 1955-02-15
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Movie The McConnell Story Mechanic 1955-09-29
Movie At Gunpoint Marshal George Henderson 1955-12-25
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Outcast Chad Polson 1954-08-15
Series The Lone Wolf Unknown 1954-01-01
Movie The Shanghai Story Haljerson 1954-09-01
Movie Johnny Guitar Marshal Williams 1954-05-26
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Drum Beat Mr. Dyar 1954-11-10
Movie Young at Heart Bartell 1954-12-01
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Movie Trouble Along the Way Mike Edwards 1953-04-04
Movie The Marksman Champ Wiley 1953-04-10
Movie The Blue Gardenia Drunk Reporter 1953-03-23
Series City Detective Unknown 1953-01-01
Movie The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Dr. Morton 1953-06-13
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Woman They Almost Lynched Bartender 1953-03-20
Movie Powder River Johnny Slater 1953-06-07
Movie City of Bad Men Easterner at Training Camp 1953-09-11
Movie Wicked Woman Bill Porter (lawyer) 1953-12-09
Movie Big Leaguer Wally Mitchell 1953-08-19
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Movie The Lone Hand Mr. Dunn 1953-06-26
Movie Hannah Lee John Britton 1953-07-13
Movie So This Is Love Commencement Speaker 1953-07-15
Movie Oklahoma Annie Eldridge Haskell 1952-03-24
Movie The Winning Team Sam Arrants 1952-06-20
Movie Rancho Notorious Preacher 1952-03-01
Movie Room for One More Steve (uncredited) 1952-01-10
Movie Has Anybody Seen My Gal? 1952-06-25
Movie Boots Malone Private Investigator 1952-01-11
Movie Million Dollar Mermaid Prosecutor 1952-12-04
Movie Wagons West Cyrus Cook 1952-07-06
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Adventures of Superman Unknown 1952-09-19
Movie It Grows on Trees John Letherby 1952-09-02
Series Hopalong Cassidy Unknown 1952-09-19
Movie Thunder in God's Country Bates 1951-04-07
Movie Santa Fe Marshal Bat Masterson 1951-04-01
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie The Barefoot Mailman Doc Bethune (uncredited) 1951-12-03
Movie Elopement Pinkie's Father 1951-11-23
Movie On Dangerous Ground Willows 1951-12-17
Movie The Furies Dr. Grieve 1950-08-16
Movie Louisa Park Attendant 1950-05-31
Movie The Good Humor Man Insp. Quint 1950-06-01
Series Treasury Men in Action Unknown 1950-09-11
Movie Frenchie Jim Dobbs 1950-12-25
Movie Under Mexicali Stars Counterfeitor Goldie 1950-11-20
Movie Shockproof Logan (uncredited) 1949-01-25
Movie Dynamite 'Hard Rock' Mason 1949-01-18
Movie State Department: File 649 1949-02-11
Movie Slightly French Marty Freeman (uncredited) 1949-02-02
Movie Caught Dr. Hoffman 1949-02-17
Movie Free For All Hap Ross 1949-11-01
Movie Roseanna McCoy Ellison Hatfield 1949-10-12
Movie Follow Me Quietly J.C. McGill 1949-07-07
Movie The Hunted Paul Harrison 1948-04-07
Movie The Miracle of the Bells Dolan 1948-03-27
Movie The Bride Goes Wild Reporter (uncredited) 1948-03-03
Movie Fighting Father Dunne Colpeck 1948-05-12
Movie Fort Apache Newspaperman (uncredited) 1948-03-26
Movie The Inside Story Eph 1948-03-14
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Mr. McDougal 1948-06-15
Movie The Walls of Jericho Tom Ransome 1948-11-22
Movie Rachel and the Stranger Mr. Green 1948-09-20
Movie Walk a Crooked Mile Carl Bemish 1948-09-02
Movie The Vicious Circle Stark 1948-07-21
Movie Blaze of Noon Cash Jones 1947-05-02
Movie The Man I Love Army Doctor 1947-01-11
Movie Welcome Stranger Crane (uncredited) 1947-06-13
Movie Variety Girl R.J. O'Connell 1947-08-29
Movie The Perils of Pauline Movie Theatre Owner 1947-07-04
Movie They Won't Believe Me Mr. Cahill, Defense Attorney 1947-07-16
Movie O.S.S. Electronics Engineer (uncredited) 1946-05-26
Movie The Searching Wind Embassy Attendant 1946-08-09
Movie Blonde for a Day Walter Bronson 1946-06-10
Movie Secrets of a Sorority Girl Justin Farley 1945-08-15
Movie Broadway Reporter 1942-05-08
Movie This Gun for Hire Albert Baker 1942-05-13
Movie Spy Ship Burns 1942-06-06
Movie Ten Gentlemen From West Point Alden Brown 1942-06-26
Movie Four Mothers Music Foundation Director (uncredited) 1941-01-04
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Grant's Secretary 1941-11-01
Movie Gambling On The High Seas The State's District Attorney 1940-06-22
Movie Father Is A Prince Ben Haley 1940-11-18