Donald Woods (actor)
in Sea Devils (1937)
|Born||Ralph L. Zink
December 2, 1906
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
|Died||March 5, 1998
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
|Forest Lawn Cemetery (Cathedral City)|
|Spouse(s)||Josephine Van der Horck (m. 1933–98) (his death) 2 children|
Donald Woods (December 2, 1906 – March 5, 1998) was a Canadian-born American film and television actor whose career spanned six decades.
Born Ralph L. Zink in Brandon, Manitoba, Woods moved with his family to California and was raised in Burbank. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and made his film debut in 1928. His screen career was spent mostly in B movies, although he occasionally scored a role in a prestige feature film like A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Anthony Adverse (1936), Watch on the Rhine (1943), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944), and Roughly Speaking (1945).
Of most importance to his acting career were several seasons as Leading Man with the Elitch Gardens Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado. He performed at the Elitch Theatre in 1933, 1932, 1939, 1941, 1947, and 1948.
In the early days of television, Woods appeared as the title character in the 1951 TV series Craig Kennedy, Criminologist, and such anthology series as The Philco Television Playhouse, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, The United States Steel Hour, Crossroads, and General Electric Theater.
On April 11, 1961, Woods appeared as "Profesor Landfield" in the episode "Two for the Gallows" on NBC's Laramie western series. Series character Slim Sherman (John Smith) is hired under false pretenses to take Landfield into the Badlands to seek gold. Landfield, however, is really Morgan Bennett, a member of the former Henry Plummer gang who has escaped from prison. Slim has no idea that Lanfield is seeking the loot that his gang had hidden away. Series character Jess Harper (Robert Fuller), Pete Dixon, played by Warren Oates, and Pete's younger brother soon come to Slim's aid. The title stems from the talk that the undisciplined Dixon brothers might eventually wind up on a hangman's noose.
Woods later was a regular on the short-lived series Tammy and made guest appearances on Bat Masterson, Wagon Train, Ben Casey, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Stoney Burke, Bourbon Street Beat, Bonanza, Coronet Blue, Ironside, Alias Smith and Jones and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, among many others.
Woods retired from acting in 1976 and became a successful real estate broker in Palm Springs where he lived with his wife, childhood sweetheart Josephine Van der Horck. They were married from 1933 until his death and had two children, Linda and Conrad. He was interred at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.
- Charlie Chan's Courage (1934)
- Fog Over Frisco (1934)
- Frisco Kid (1935)
- The Florentine Dagger (1935)
- The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
- The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935)
- A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
- Road Gang (1936)
- Anthony Adverse (1936)
- A Son Comes Home (1936)
- The White Angel (1936)
- Sea Devils (1937)
- The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)
- The Black Doll (1938)
- Beauty for the Asking (1939)
- The Girl from Mexico (1939)
- Mexican Spitfire (1940)
- The Gay Sisters (1942)
- Corregidor (1943)
- Watch on the Rhine (1943)
- The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944)
- Roughly Speaking (1945)
- Wonder Man (1945)
- Star in the Night (1945)
- Night and Day (1946)
- Never Say Goodbye (1946)
- Scene of the Crime (1949)
- Johnny One-Eye (1950)
- The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
- 13 Ghosts (1960)
- Kissin' Cousins (1964)
- True Grit (1969)
- "Laramie: Two for the Gallows". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- Brooks, Patricia; Brooks, Jonathan (2006). "Chapter 8: East L.A. and the Desert". Laid to Rest in California: a guide to the cemeteries and grave sites of the rich and famous. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. p. 245. ISBN 978-0762741014. OCLC 70284362.
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