|Born||Addison Whitaker Richards, Jr.
October 20, 1902
Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||March 22, 1964
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont, California|
|Occupation||Film and television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Richards (Patricia A Jones, 1 child)|
Addison Whittaker Richards, Jr. (October 20, 1902 – March 22, 1964) was an American actor of film and television. A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Richards appeared in more than three hundred films between 1933 and his death.
Richards was cast in many television series, including the syndicated 1950s crime drama, Sheriff of Cochise, starring John Bromfield. From 1955 to 1961, he appeared in six episodes in different roles on the NBC anthology series, The Loretta Young Show.
From 1957-1958, he appeared in the recurring role of J.B. Barker in nine episodes of Jackie Cooper's NBC sitcom, The People's Choice. In 1958, he was cast as Warden Johnson in the episode "Dead Reckoning" on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45.
In 1957, in the first of three appearances on Dale Robertson's NBC western series, Tales of Wells Fargo, Richards played Governor Lew Wallace in the episode entitled, "Billy the Kid", with Robert Vaughn cast as the frontier outlaw Billy the Kid. Richards played the role of Evanson in the 1957 episode "Venus of Park Avenue" on thbe CBS crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, starring David Janssen.
In 1958 and 1959, Richards was cast as Doc Jay Calhoun in seven episodes, one uncredited, of the CBS western series, Trackdown, starring Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman, with Ellen Corby in a secondary role as newspaper publisher Henrietta Porter.
In 1959, Richards portrayed Mayor Thurston in the episode "Traildust" of CBS's western series, The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun. He was cast that same year as Martin Kingsley in two episodes of the NBC western series, Cimarron City. He appeared as Doc Gamble in three episodes of the radio series made briefly into a 1959 NBC sitcom, Fibber McGee and Molly. From 1960 to 1961, he appeared as Doc Landy in eight episodes of the NBC western series, the Deputy, with Henry Fonda and Allen Case.
Richards portrayed Mark Stacy in the 1960 episode "Dennis and the Bees" of the CBS sitcom, Dennis the Menace, starring Jay North. He guest starred as Judge Danby in the 1961 episode "The Best Policy" of another NBC western series, The Tall Man, starring Barry Sullivan and Clu Gulager.
Richards was cast in two episodes of the ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys: as R.T. Overland in "Weekend in Los Angeles" (1960) and as Colonel Martin in "You Can't Beat the Army" (1961). In 1961, he appeared in different roles in two episodes of the CBS crime drama, Checkmate. He was cast as an immigration officer in the 1962 episode "Mi's Citizenship" of the NBC family drama, National Velvet.
Richards appeared on the CBS sitcoms, Pete and Gladys and in 1963 as Dean Hollister in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, starring Dwayne Hickman. He was cast as Frank Newton on an episode of Petticoat Junction in October 1963. He was cast twice in 1964 on CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies, with Buddy Ebsen. His last television role was as Colonel Saunders in the 1964 episode "The Permanent Recruit" of ABC's No Time for Sergeants, loosely based on the Andy Griffith film of the same name.
- The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
- Gentlemen Are Born (1934)
- Beyond the Law (1934)
- G Men (1935)
- Frisco Kid (1935)
- Home on the Range (1935)
- Little Big Shot (1935)
- The Walking Dead (1936)
- The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)
- China Clipper (1936)
- Ready, Willing and Able (1937)
- The Singing Marine (1937)
- Smart Blonde (1937)
- Boys Town (1938)
- Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
- Exile Express (1939)
- My Little Chickadee (1940) (uncredited)
- The Man from Dakota (1940)
- Northwest Passage (1940)
- Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)
- Edison, the Man (1940)
- Ski Patrol (1940)
- Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
- Forbidden Passage (1941)
- Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)
- Men of Boys Town (1941)
- Texas (1941)
- Secret Agent of Japan (1942)
- A-Haunting We Will Go (1942)
- Flying Tigers (1942)
- Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943)
- Air Force (1943)
- The Mad Ghoul (1943)
- A Guy Named Joe (1943)
- The Fighting Seabees (1944)
- The Mummy's Curse (1944)
- Black Market Babies (1945)
- The Adventures of Rusty (1945)
- The Shanghai Cobra (1945)
- Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)
- Rustlers (1949)
- The Ten Commandments (1956)
- The Californians as Thomas Durkin in " Dangerous Journey" (NBC-TV, 1958)
- Lassie as Dr. Watkins in "The Christmas Story" (CBS-TV, 1958) …
- Rawhide Season 1/14 Incident of the Dog Days (CBS-TV, 1959)
- Inherit the Wind (1960)
- "Addison Richards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), p. 104
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