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James Gregory

Highest Rated:   100% The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Lowest Rated:   17% The $1,000,000 Duck (1971)
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Birthplace:   The Bronx, New York, USA
"As familiar as a favorite leather easy chair" is how one magazine writer described the craggy, weather-beaten face of ineluctable character actor James Gregory. Indeed, it is hard to imagine any time in the past six decades that Gregory hasn't been seen on stage, on TV or on the big screen. There were those occasional periods during the 1930s and 1940s when he was working on Wall Street rather than acting, and there were those uniformed stints in the Marines and the Naval Reserve. Otherwise, Gregory remained a persistent showbiz presence from the time he first performed with a Pennsylvania-based travelling troupe in 1936. Three years later, he was on Broadway in Key Largo; he went on to appear in such stage hits as Dream Girl, All My Sons, Death of a Salesman and The Desperate Hours. In films from 1948, Gregory was repeatedly cast as crusty no-nonsense types: detectives, military officers, prosecuting attorneys and outlaw leaders. With his bravura performance as demagogic, dead-headed senator Johnny Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Gregory launched a second career of sorts, cornering the market in portraying braggadocio blowhards. One of his best characterizations in this vein was as the hard-shelled Inspector Luger in the TV sitcom Barney Miller. He played Luger for six seasons (1975-78, 1979-81), with time out for his own short-lived starring series, Detective School (1978). He also played Prohibition-era detective Barney Ruditsky on The Lawless Years (1959-61) and T. R. Scott in The Paul Lynde Show (1972), not to mention nearly 1000 guest appearances on other series. James Gregory has sometimes exhibited his sentimental streak by singing in his spare time: he has for many years been a member of the SPEBQSA, which as any fan of The Music Man can tell you is the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home!
  • Dan Peters
1983
No Score Yet The Flight of Dragons
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet The Comeback Kid
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam
  • Actor
1980
40% The Main Event
  • Gough
1979
No Score Yet The Bastard
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: Story of the U-2 Spy Incident
  • James Donovan
1976
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World
  • Chief Blair
1975
No Score Yet The Abduction of Saint Anne
  • Pete Haggerty
1975
No Score Yet Miracle on 34th Street
  • Deputy DA Thomas J. Mara
1973
No Score Yet Columbo: The Most Crucial Game
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Short Fuse
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Shoot Out
  • Sam Foley
1971
No Score Yet The Late Liz
  • Sam Burns
1971
17% The $1,000,000 Duck
  • Rutledge
1971
No Score Yet The Hawaiians
  • Dr. Whipple Sr.
1970
38% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
  • Ursus
1970
No Score Yet The Love God?
  • Darrell Evans Hughes
1969
No Score Yet The Ambushers
  • MacDonald
1968
No Score Yet The Secret War of Harry Frigg
  • Gen. Homer Prentiss
1968
No Score Yet Clambake
  • Duster Heyward
1967
No Score Yet Murderers' Row
  • MacDonald
1966
No Score Yet The Silencers
  • MacDonald
1966
No Score Yet A Rage to Live
  • Dr. O'Brien
1965
100% The Sons of Katie Elder
  • Morgan Hastings
1965
50% A Distant Trumpet
  • Maj. Gen. Alexander Upton Quaint
1964
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D.
  • Col. Fyser
1963
No Score Yet Twilight of Honor
  • Norris Bixby
1963
64% PT 109
  • Cmdr. C.R. Ritchie
1963
96% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Sen. John Iselin
1962
89% Two Weeks in Another Town
  • Brad Byrd
1962
No Score Yet X-15
  • Torn Deparma
1961
No Score Yet Al Capone
  • Schaefer
1959
No Score Yet Onionhead
  • The `Skipper'
1958
No Score Yet Gun Glory
  • Grimsell
1957
No Score Yet The Big Caper
  • Flood
1957
100% Nightfall
  • Ben Fraser, Insurance Investigator
1957
No Score Yet The Frogmen
  • Chief Petty Officer Lane
1951
86% The Naked City
  • Hicks
1948

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Barney Miller
1975-1982
  • Insp. Frank Luger
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
  • Tony Gordon
  • 1977
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
  • Commander
  • 1976
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
  • Gen. Kelly
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
  • Claude Tubbles
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
  • Shea
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • Tony Jarmin Baker Newscaster
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
  • Kirkwood
  • 1972
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • David Buckner
  • 1972
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
  • Joe Corvin
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Russell Parker Mulvaney
  • 1969
  • 1967
  • 1964
No Score Yet The High Chaparral
1967-1971
  • Jake Stoner
  • 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Wes Martin John Judge Strom
  • 1968
  • 1965
No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
1965-1971
  • Biedenbender
  • 1966
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Adams
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
  • Peter
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
  • Grant
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
  • Brothers Spencer Lash
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962-1965
  • Fred
  • 1963
  • 1962
82% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Sergeant Air Force General
  • 1961
  • 1959
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
  • Westcott Wayne Campbell Gregory
  • 1958
  • 1957

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