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Jack Webb

Name at Birth: John Randolph Webb
Date of Birth: April 2, 1920, Santa Monica, California
Died: December 23, 1982 (heart attack).
Julie London (1945-1953) (divorced)
Dorothy Towne (1955-1957) (divorced)
Jackie Loughery (1958-1964) (divorced) – Miss USA of 1952
Opal Wright (1980-1982)

Stacey (January 11, 1950 – September 27, 1996)
Lisa (Born: November 29, 1952)

World War II: In Army Air Force
Post-war: Became radio announcer in San Francisco, California.
1946: Starred in his own radio series.
1949: Created radio police drama series “Dragnet.”
1951 (December): “Dragnet” moves to TV.

For more information about Jack Webb‘s non-Dragnet TV programs, click here.

Actor filmography
(In reverse chronological order.)
“Escape” (1973) TV Series (voice)
O’Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) (TV)

Dragnet (TV Series; 1967-1970)

Dragnet TV movie (1966, aired 1969)

Star Spangled Salesman (1966)

Red Nightmare (1962) (later known as: The Commies Are Coming)
Correspondent William Brown provided us with the following background information on this interesting entry in Jack Webb‘s filmography. The film is often thought to have been made in the 1950’s:

“1. Although this film is very much 1950’s in mentality, it in fact was made in 1962.
2. Its original title was “Red Nightmare,” and was first reissued in 1965, and then again under its current title in 1984.
3. It was produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense, and under the personal supervision of Jack L. Warner. In fact, it was cited by the 1971 CBS documentary “The Selling of the Pentagon” as the most ambitious of the Defense Department films.
4. One of the co-stars was one Patricia Woodell, who played the 18-year-old daughter, Linda Donovan. This actress also happened to be 18 when the film was made. She was born in 1944 in Winthrop, Massachusetts (the birthplace cited in the Interet Movie Database was done so in error), and made her film debut here. A year later, in 1963, with her first name shortened to Pat, she became part of the cast of a new series entitled “Petticoat Junction,” in which she played the first Bobbie Jo Bradley. She departed the series the same year as the first reissue of this propaganda film, in 1965.
5. Also featured in the film was Robert Conrad , then of “Hawaiian Eye,” later of “The Wild, Wild West .” Mr. Conrad, of course, would star in the ill-fated Webb-produced series “The D.A.” in 1971, the most I could say about which was that this show would be replaced in its time slot by “Sanford & Son,” which would be one of NBC’s biggest hits of the ’70’s.”

Thanks, William!

Last Time I Saw Archie, The (1961)

-30- (1959)
Click HERE for more detailed information on this movie.

D.I., The (1957)

Challenge of Ideas, The (1955)
Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)

Dragnet (1954)

“Dragnet” (1951) TV Series

Appointment With Danger (1951)
You’re in the Navy Now / U.S.S. Teakettle (1951)
Dark City (1950)
Halls of Montezuma (1950)

Men, The (1950)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sword in the Desert (1949) (uncredited)
He Walked by Night (1948)

Hollow Triumph (… aka Scar, The) (1948)

Director filmography

“Project U.F.O.” (1978) TV Series
Emergency (1971) (TV)
O’Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) (TV)
Dragnet (TV Movie; filmed in 1966 but not shown until 1969)
Last Time I Saw Archie, The (1961)
-30- (1959)
D.I., The (1957)
Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)
Dragnet (1954)
“Dragnet” (1951) TV Series

Producer filmography

“Little Mo” (1978) Made for TV (executive)
“Adam 12” (1968) TV Series
“Temple Houston” (1963) TV Series (executive)
Man From Galveston, The (1963) (executive)
-30- (1959)
Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)

Writer filmography

Dragnet (1987) (The television series was revived then. I’m not sure yet if he had any writing credits or not.)
Dragnet TV movie (1966, aired 1969) (also television series)
Dragnet (1954) (also television series)

Harry Morgan

Real name: Harry Bratsburg
Date of Birth: April 10, 1915, Detroit, Michigan
Educated at the University of Chicago
He was also known as Henry Morgan in his early days, but changed his name to Harry to avoid confusion with another actor.
Actor filmography

Incident in a Small Town (1994) (TV) …. Judge Bell (… aka Incident, The)
Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992) (TV) …. Judge Stoddard Bell
Incident, The (1990) (TV) …. Judge Bell
14 Going on 30 (1988) (TV)
“You Can’t Take It with You” (1987) TV Series …. Martin Vanderhof
Dragnet (1987) …. Captain Gannon
“Blacke’s Magic” (1986) TV Series …. Leonard Blacke
“After M*A*S*H” (1983) TV Series …. Doctor Sherman Potter
Sparkling Cyanide (1983) (TV) …. Captain Kemp (… aka Agatha Christie’s ‘Sparkling Cyanide’)
Flight of Dragons, The (1982) …. Green Wizard
Rivkin: Bounty Hunter (1981) (TV)
More Wild Wild West (1980) (TV) …. Robert “Skinney” T Malone
Roughnecks (1980) (TV)
Scout’s Honor (1980) (TV)
“Backstairs at the White House” (1979) (mini) TV Series …. President Harry S. Truman
“Roots: The Next Generations” (1979) (mini) TV Series …. Bob Campbell
Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The (1979) …. Major Gaskill
Better Late Than Never (1979) (TV)
Wild Wild West Revisited, The (1979) (TV) …. Robert “Skinny” Malone
Cat from Outer Space, The (1978) …. General Stilton
Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (1978) (TV)
Maneaters Are Loose! (1978) (TV)
Exo-Man, The (1977) (TV)
Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa, The (1977) (TV) (… aka Adventures of Freddy, The)
Murder at the Mardi Gras (1977) (TV)
Shootist, The (1976) …. Marshal Thibido
Apple Dumpling Gang, The (1975) …. Homer McCoy
Sidekicks (1974) (TV) …. Sheriff Jenkins
Charley and the Angel (1973) …. The Angel
“Hec Ramsey” (1972) TV Series …. Doc Coogan (1972-74)
“M*A*S*H” (1972) TV Series …. Colonel Sherman T. Potter (1975-1983)
Snowball Express (1972) …. Jesse McCord
“D.A., The” (1971) TV Series …. H.M. ‘Staff’ Stafford (1971-72)
Barefoot Executive, The (1971) …. E. J. Crampton
Ellery Queen: Don’t Look Behind You (1971) (TV)
Feminist and the Fuzz, The (1971) (TV)
Scandalous John (1971) …. Sheriff Pippin
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) …. Taylor Burton
Dragnet 1969 (TV)
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) …. Olly Perkins
Viva Max! (1969) …. Chief of Police Sylvester
“Dragnet ’67” (1967) TV Series …. Officer Bill Gannon (1967-70)
Flim Flam Man, The (1967) …. Sheriff Slade (… aka One Born Every Minute)
Frankie and Johnny (1966) …. Cully
Star Spangled Salesman (1966)
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966) …. Major Pott
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965) …. Sarajevo
“Kentucky Jones” (1964) TV Series …. Seldom Jackson (1964-65)
“Richard Boone Show, The” (1963) TV Series …. (repertory)
How the West Was Won (1962) …. General Ulysses S. Grant
“Pete and Gladys” (1960) TV Series …. Pete Porter
Cimarron (1960)
Inherit the Wind (1960)…. Judge
Mountain Road, The (1960)…. Michaelson
It Started with a Kiss (1959)
Under Fire (1957)
Backlash (1956)…. Tony Welker
Bottom of the Bottle, The (1956) (… aka Beyond the River)
Star in the Dust (1956) …. Lew Hogan
Teahouse of the August Moon, The (1956)…. Sergeant Gregovich
Far Country, The (1955)…. Ketchum
Not as a Stranger (1955)…. Oley
Strategic Air Command (1955)
“December Bride” (1954) TV Series …. Pete Porter (1954-59)
About Mrs. Leslie (1954)…. Fred Blue
Glenn Miller Story, The (1954)…. Chummy MacGregor
Arena (1953)
Champ for a Day (1953)
Thunder Bay (1953)…. Rawlings
Torch Song (1953)…. Joe Dennar
Bend of the River (1952)…. Shorty (… aka Where the River Bends)
Boots Malone (1952)…. Quarter Horse Henry
High Noon (1952)…. William Fuller
My Six Convicts (1952)
Scandal Sheet (1952) (… aka Dark Page, The)
Toughest Man in Arizona (1952)…. Verne Kimber
What Price Glory (1952)…. Sgt. Moran
Appointment With Danger (1951)…. George Soderquist
Blue Veil, The (1951)
Well, The (1951)…. Claude Packard
When I Grow Up (1951)
Dark City (1950) (as Henry Morgan) …. Soldier
Down to the Sea in Ships (1949) …. Britton
Holiday Affair (1949)…. Police Lieutenant
Madame Bovary (1949)…. Hyppolite
Red Light (1949) (as Henry Morgan) …. Rocky
Strange Bargain (1949)…. Inspector Webb
All My Sons (1948)…. Frank Lubey
Big Clock, The (1948)…. Bill Womack
Moonrise (1948) (as Henry Morgan) …. Billy Scripture
Race Street (1948) (as Henry Morgan) …. Hal Towers
Saxon Charm, The (1948)
Yellow Sky (1948)…. Half Pint
Gangster, The (1947)…. Shorty
Dragonwyck (1946)…. Klaus Bleecker
From This Day Forward (1946) (as Henry Morgan) …. Hank Beesley
It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog (1946) (as Henry Morgan) …. Gus Rivers
Somewhere in the Night (1946)…. Bath Attendant
Bell for Adano, A (1945) (as Henry Morgan) …. Capt. Purvis
State Fair (1945)…. Barker (… aka It Happened One Summer)
Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944) (as Henry Morgan) (… aka Last Gangster, The)(… aka
Roger Touhy)
Wing and a Prayer (1944)…. Malcolm Brainard
Crash Dive (1943)
Happy Land (1943)
Ox-Bow Incident, The (1943)…. Art Croft (… aka Strange Incident)
Loves of Edgar Allan Poe, The (1942) (as Henry Morgan)
Omaha Trail, The (1942)…. Nat
Orchestra Wives (1942)…. Cully
To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) (as Henry Morgan) …. Mouthy

Ben Alexander

(Ben, left, with LAPD Detective Thad Brown; courtesy of Raul Moreno)
Ben played Friday’s partner, Officer Frank Smith (1953-1959)
Real name:Nicholas Benton Alexander Date of birth: May 26, 1911 (Goldfield, Nevada) Died: July 5, 1969 (Hollywood, California)



“Felony Squad” (1966) TV Series …. Sergeant Dan Briggs (1966-1969)
“About Faces” (1960) TV Series …. Host (1960-61)
“Take a Good Look” (1959)TV Series …. Panelist Panelist (1960)
Man in the Shadow (1957/I) …. Ab Begley … aka Pay the Devil (1957) (UK) … aka Seeds of Wrath (1957)
Dragnet (1954)…. Officer Frank Smith
“Dragnet” (1952)TV Series …. Officer Frank Smith (1952-1959) … aka “Badge 714” (1952) (USA: syndication title)
“Party Time at Club Roma” (1950)TV Series …. Host (1950-51)
Criminals Within (1941)…. Sergeant Paul … aka Army Mystery (1941)
Leather Pushers, The (1940)…. Announcer
Buried Alive (1939)…. Pudgy Reporter (Manning Pal)
Convict’s Code (1939)
Mr. Doodle Kicks Off (1938)…. Larry
Spy Ring, The (1938) …. Don Mayhew … aka International Spy (1938) … aka Somewhere in Paris (1938/II)
Western Gold (1937)…. Bart… aka Mysterious Stranger, The (1937) (UK)
Life of the Party, The (1937)(uncredited) …. Orchestra Leader
Outer Gate, The (1937)…. Bob Terry… aka Behind Prison Bars (1937)
Legion of Missing Men, The (1937)…. Don Carter
Shall We Dance? (1937)(uncredited) …. Bandleader
Hearts in Bondage (1936)…. Eggleston
Red Lights Ahead (1936)
Annapolis Farewell (1935)…. Adams… aka Gentlemen of the Navy (1935) (UK)
Born to Gamble (1935)…. Paul Mathews
Fire Trap, The (1935)
Grand Old Girl (1935)…. Tom Miller
Reckless Roads (1935)…. Wade Adams
Splendor (1935)(uncredited) …. Bit Part … aka Splendour (1935)
Flirtation (1934)
Life of Vergie Winters, The (1934)…. Barry Preston
Once to Every Woman (1934)…. Joe
Most Precious Thing in Life, The (1934)…. Gubby Gerhart
This Day and Age (1933)…. Morry Dover
What Price Innocence? (1933)…. Tommy Harrow … aka Shall the Children Pay?
Stage Mother (1933)…. Francis Nolan
Alias the Professor (1933)
High Pressure (1932)…. Geoffrey
Lovers Courageous (1932)(uncredited) …. Street Kid in South Africa
Vanishing Frontier (1932)…. Lucien Winfield
Tom Brown of Culver (1932)…. Ralph
Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)…. College Boy
… aka Molly Louvain (1932)
Are These Our Children? (1931)…. Nick Crosby
Many a Slip (1931)…. Ted Coster
Mystery Ship (1931)
Suicide Fleet (1931)…. ‘Kid’
Wise Child, A (1931)
It’s a Wise Child (1931)…. Bill
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)…. Franz Kemmerick
Fighting for Fame (1927)
Scotty of the Scouts (1926)
Highbinders, The (1926)…. Roy Marshall
Shining Adventure, The (1925)…. Benny
Pampered Youth (1925)…. George Minafer, as a child
Flaming Love (1925)…. Benny Keene … aka Frivolous Sal (1925)
Self-Made Failure, A (1924)…. Sonny
Boy of Mine (1923)…. Bill Latimer
Jealous Husbands (1923)…. Bobbie (later called Spud) … aka Jealous Fools (1923) (USA)
Penrod and Sam (1923)…. Penrod Schofield
In the Name of the Law (1922)…. Harry O’Hara (age 9)
Heart Line, The (1921)…. The Child
Through Eyes of Men (1920)…. Little Billy … aka Thru Eyes of Men (1920) (USA: promotional title)
Notorious Mrs. Sands, The (1920)…. Child
Family Honor, The (1920)…. Little Ben Tucker
Triflers, The (1920)(as Benny Alexander) …. Rupert Holbrook
Better Wife, The (1919)…. Little Dick
Tangled Threads (1919)…. ‘Sonny Boy’ Wayne
Mayor of Filbert, The (1919)(as Bennie Alexander) …. Carroll
Hushed Hour, The (1919)…. Gondy
Josselyn’s Wife (1919)…. Tommy Josselyn
White Heather, The (1919)…. Donald Cameron
Turn in the Road, The (1919)…. Bob
Lady of the Dugout, The (1918)…. Lady’s Son
Little Orphant Annie (1918)…. Orphan
One Woman, The (1918)…. Boy
Heart of Rachael, The (1918)…. Jim
Hearts of the World (1918)…. The littlest brother
Little American, The (1917)(uncredited) …. Bobby Moore
Each Pearl a Tear (1916) … aka Each Hour a Pearl (1916) (USA: alternative title) … aka Every Pearl a Tear (1916)

Note: Some of the information on this page comes from the Internet Movie Database.

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