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Andrew Duggan (1923-1988)
Andrew Duggan

How To Cure A Friend, November 10, 1956 Written by John Meston, Directed by Ted Post, Guest Cast: Andrew Duggan, Simon Oakland, Joseph Mell

Cheap Labor, May 4, 1957 Written by John Meston, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Andrew Duggan, Peggy Webber, Robert F. Simon

Bad Lady From Brookline, April 24, 1965 Written by Kathleen Hite, Directed by Harry Harris, Guest Cast: Jan Clayton, Andrew Duggan, Peter Brooks Guilt Built, May 1, 1965

Andrew Duggan was a very prolific and familiar actor, especially on television where he made his mark. Tall, husky and square-jawed with a sturdy look, and piercing eyes he was a staple in many TV movies and as a guest on numerous series. He could play sinister or amiable types with ease. Born in Franklin, Indiana on December 28, 1923 and raised as a boy in Houston, Texas, the son of a football coach, he won a speech and drama scholarship to Indiana University. Although he probably developed a yen for acting in high school, he most certainly honed his skills in college. After a stint in the Army, where he acted in Special Services under the tutelage of Melvyn Douglas, he returned to college briefly and then to stock touring companies where he met his wife, dancer Betty Logue. Eventually made his way to Hollywood and a long and successful film and TV career. Among his films were: "Patterns" (1956) in an uncredited role, his film debut; "The Domino Kid" (1957) as Wade Harrington; "The Bravados" (1958) as Padre; "The Chapman Report" (1962) as Dr. George C. Chapman; "Merrill's Marauders" (1962) as Capt. Abraham Lewis; "Palm Springs Weekend" (1963) as Chief Dixon; "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" (1964) as Harlock; "Seven Days in May" (1964) as Col. William "Mutt" Henderson; "In Like Flint" (1967) with James Coburn, as President Trent; "It's Alive!" (1974) as the Professor; "Frankenstein Island" (1981) as The Colonel; "Doctor Detroit" (1983) as Harmon Rausehorn, his last theatrical film role. On TV he was a regular on: "Bourbon Street Beat" (1959-60) as Cal Calhoun; "Room for One More" (1962) as George Rose and "Twelve O'Clock High" (1965-67) as Brig. Gen. Ed Britt. He starred in mini-series including: "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976) as Col. Deiner; "Once an Eagle" (1976) as Gen. McKelvey; "Backstairs at the White House" (1979) as Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, my favorite of his roles and one he repeated in other films and "The Winds of War" (1983) as Admiral Kimmel. He starred in many made for TV films including: "Homecoming: A Christmas Story" (1971) as John Walton (The Walton's pilot film); "The Incredible Journey of Dr. Meg Laurel" (1979) and "J. Edgar Hoover" (1987) again as Eisenhower and his final film. He guest starred on many series including: "You Are There"; "Cheyenne": "Colt .45"; "Wagon Train"; "Jefferson Drum"; "Maverick"; "Gunsmoke"; "The Great Adventure"; "The Fugitive"; "Mission: Impossible"; "The F.B.I."; "Charlie's Angels"; "Kung Fu"; "Banacek"; "M*A*S*H*" and "Remington Steele." He died after a long battle with throat cancer on May 15, 1988 in Westwood, California at age 64.

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