Liam Dunn (1916-1976)
Liam Dunn

No Tomorrow, January 3, 1972 Written by Richard Fielder, Directed by Irving Moore, Guest Cast: Sam Groom, Pamela McMyler, Henry Jones, Leo Gordon, Steve Brodie, Richard Hale, Liam Dunn, H.M. Wynant, Leo Genn, Dan Flynn

He was a very welcome sight in films and TV of the 1960s and 70s. A small, frail, skinny man with a receding hairline, small straight mouth, big eyes and a nervous demeanor he played doddering old coots most often. He was also quite good at delivering wisecracks. He was born in New Jersey on November 12, 1916. Little is known of his early days but he worked as a newspaper reporter and later a casting director for CBS in New York. He decided to give acting a try late in his life and he made his film debut in "Catch-22" (1970) as Father. His other film credits include: "The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid" (1972) as Drummer; "What's Up, Doc?" (1972) as Judge Maxwell; "Charlie and the Angel" (1973) as Dr. Sprague; "Emperor of the North" (1973) as Smile; "Papillon" (1973) as Old Trustee; "Young Frankenstein" (1974) as Mr. Hilltop; "Blazing Saddles" (1974) as Rev. Johnson; "Bank Shot" (1974) as Painter; "Herbie Rides Again" (1974) as Doctor; "Peeper" (1975) as Billy Pate; "At Long Last Love" (1975) as Harry; "Gus" (1976) as Dr. Morgan; "Silent Movie" (1976) as News Vendor and "High Velocity" (1977) as Bennett, his last theatrical film. On TV he was a regular on the series: "Captain Nice" (1967) as Mayor Finney, a surprisingly funny series that went virtually unnoticed; "The Queen and I" (1969) as Capt. Washburn and "Diana" (1973-74) as Smitty, the Bellboy. He appeared in some TV movies including: "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1972); "Genesis II" (1973); "A Cry in the Wilderness" (1974); "The Night That Panicked America" (1975) and "The Quinns" (1977). His style was much like that of actor James Gleason. He guest starred on many TV series including: "Alias Smith and Jones"; "All In the Family"; "Sanford and Son"; "Barney Miller"; "Banacek"; "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"; "Emergency!" and "The Partridge Family." He died of emphysema on April 11, 1976 in Granada Hills, California at age 59.

Biography courtesy of GREAT CHARACTER ACTORS