May 24, 1916|
Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||March 30, 1972
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Years active||1941 - 1972|
|Spouse(s)||Adrienne Whitney (3 children)
Barbara Engle (2 children)
Peter Whitney (May 24, 1916 – March 30, 1972) was an American actor in film and television. Born Peter King Engle in Long Branch, New Jersey, Whitney's corpulent, heavy build qualified him to play brutish villains in many Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s.
From the late 1950s, he played character roles in many television series, including nine appearances on ABC's The Rifleman. One of his The Rifleman roles was in "Mail Order Groom" (1960), in which he portrays John Jupiter, a man of great physical strength who must exert patience while he is harassed by two townsmen, played by John Anderson and Sandy Kenyon, who had quarreled with Whitney's intended spinster bride, Isabel Dent, played by Alice Backes (1923–2007).
In 1960, in the episode "Surface of Truth" of another ABC/WB western series, Lawman, Whitney played Lucas Beyer, a crude white man who has lived for ten years with the Cheyenne Indians. Beyer accidentally kills his wife in a fit of rage and runs into Laramie, Wyoming, to escape the wrath of her pursuing brother. Marshal Dan Troop uses an old Indian "truth" method to try to determine what happened.
Whitney made three guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason. In 1961 he played Roger Gates in "The Case of the Pathetic Patient." In 1962 he played prison escapee Stefan 'Big Steve' Jahnchek in "The Case of the Stand-in Sister," and in 1965 he played Capt. Otto Varnum in "The Case of the Wrongful Writ."
Other series on which Whitney appeared were The Public Defender, Gunsmoke, City Detective, Fury, My Friend Flicka ("A Case of Honor"), The Californians, Sheriff of Cochise, Behind Closed Doors, Northwest Passage, Tate, Tombstone Territory (episode "Apache Vendetta"), Johnny Ringo, Riverboat, Bourbon Street Beat, The Alaskans, Overland Trail (as Governor Sutcliff in episode "First Stage to Denver"), The Rebel, The Islanders, Adventures in Paradise, Straightaway, Wagon Train, Bonanza, The Monkees, The Beverly Hillbillies, Rawhide (episode "Incident of the Music Maker"), and Hawaii Five-O.
Whitney also played a French partisan fighter named Massine in the 1963 episode "Thunder from the Hill" of ABC's military drama, Combat!.
- Underground (1941)
- Blues in the Night (1941)
- Whistling in Dixie (1942)
- Destination Tokyo (1943)
- Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
- Mr. Skeffington (1944)
- Murder, He Says (1945)
- Three Strangers (1946)
- Northwest Outpost (1947)
- The Big Heat (1953)
- The Great Sioux Uprising (1953)
- The Sea Chase (1955)
- Man From Del Rio (1956)
- Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
- The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
- In the Heat of the Night (1967)
- The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
- The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
- ""Mail Order Groom" on The Rifleman (January 12, 1960)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
- "Colt .45". ctva.biz. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
- ""Surface of Truth", Lawman, April 17, 1960". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved April 18, 2013.