Frank Overton

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Frank Overton
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Frank Overton (1960s)
Born Frank Emmons Overton
(1918-03-12)March 12, 1918
Babylon, New York, U.S.
Died April 24, 1967(1967-04-24) (aged 49)
Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction
Body discovered
April 24, 1967
Resting place
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Home town Babylon, New York
Spouse(s) Olga Knotek {1946-1952}
Phyllis Hill {1962-1967}
Children Jill Overton [b.1948]

Frank Emmons Overton (March 12, 1918 – April 24, 1967) was an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Overton was born in Babylon, New York on March 12, 1918.


Overton appeared in numerous television programs during the early 1950s and through the late 1960s. In 1959, he appeared in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone with Gig Young, called "Walking Distance". Other TV work included The Fugitive in 1963. In his role as General Bogan in the film Fail-Safe (1964), Overton appeared in a famous scene wherein he makes small talk over a secure communications unit with his Soviet counterpart while thumbing through the man's dossier. He played Sheriff Heck Tate in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.

Overton appeared in an episode of the 1961 ABC series The Asphalt Jungle. He made two guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason in diverse roles. In 1961 he played a priest, Father Paul, in "The Case of the Renegade Refugee," and in 1963 he played Deputy D.A. Nelson Taylor in "The Case of the Bluffing Blast."

Overton played Major Harvey Stovall in the TV series Twelve O'Clock High, and also played a significant role in the movie Wild River, where he appeared as the jilted fiance of Lee Remick. His last TV role was that of "Elias Sandoval" in Star Trek's "This Side of Paradise", which originally aired in March 1967, just one month before his sudden death, at age 49.


Overton died after a heart attack in 1967 in Pacific Palisades, California. Overton is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the Garden of Memory (formerly Section 6), L-44, with actress wife Phyllis Hill, who died in 1993.



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