Bert Remsen

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Bert Remsen
Bert Remsen in Peter Gunn 1958.jpg
Bert Remsen in Peter Gunn 1958
Herbert Birchell Remsen

(1925-02-25)February 25, 1925
DiedApril 22, 1999(1999-04-22) (aged 74)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park
Casting director
Years active1952–1999
(m. 1949; div. 1950)

Barbara Dodd
(m. 1959; died 1999)
Children2, including Kerry Remsen

Herbert Birchell "Bert" Remsen (February 25, 1925 – April 22, 1999) was an American actor and casting director. He appeared in numerous films and television series.


Remsen was born in Glen Cove, New York, on Long Island, the son of Helen (née Birchell) and Winfred Herbert Remsen.[1]

He played character roles in numerous films directed by Robert Altman, including Brewster McCloud (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Thieves Like Us (1974), California Split (1974), Nashville (1975), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976), and A Wedding (1978).[citation needed]

Remsen's other film credits included Fuzz (1972), Baby Blue Marine (1976), Uncle Joe Shannon (1978), Fast Break (1979), Carny (1980), Borderline (1980), Inside Moves (1980), Second-Hand Hearts (1981), Lookin' to Get Out (1982), The Sting II (1983), Places in the Heart (1984), Code of Silence (1985), TerrorVision (1986), Eye of the Tiger (1986), Miss Firecracker (1989), Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989), Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will? (1990), and Only the Lonely (1991). His last film was the posthumously released The Sky is Falling (2000).[citation needed]

He also appeared in various television guest-starring roles, including the role of Jim Ford in the episode "Pete Henke" of the 1958 NBC western series, Jefferson Drum, starring Jeff Richards.[citation needed] He was a regular in the cast of the short-lived 1976 NBC dramatic television series Gibbsville, a regular in the first season (1980-1981) of the ABC comedy television series It's a Living as Mario the cook, and appeared on Dallas in 1987 as Harrison 'Dandy' Dandridge.[citation needed] He portrayed a judge in the pilot for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993).

After suffering an injury on the set of a television show, Remsen had moved away from acting, working in casting from 1966 to 1974. Other than one voice credit over the next few years (an announcer's voice in a 1969 episode of The F.B.I.), he did not return to acting until 1970, when he was hired as the casting director on Brewster McCloud, where director Altman talked him into taking a small role in the film instead. During his nine years as a casting director and casting supervisor, in addition to a slowly increasing workload on screen, Remsen was casting director for 31 different television series or television movies, including 25 episodes each of The F.B.I. and The Rookies.

Personal life[edit]

Seaman 1/c Herbert B. Remsen was a crew member on the destroyer USS Laffey during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. On April 16, 1945, the USS Laffey was attacked by 22 Japanese kamikaze planes during an 80-minute period. Remsen suffered burns during the battle but was able to return to duty and survive what the US Navy called, "one of the great sea epics of war".[2]

He was first married to actress Katherine MacGregor,[citation needed] who played Mrs. Oleson in the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie. His daughter, with second wife Barbara Joyce Dodd, a casting director, is actress Kerry Remsen.[3]

Select acting filmography[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
1958 Jefferson Drum Jim Ford Season 1, Episode 9 "Pete Henke"
1960 Wanted Dead or Alive Lt. Pierce Season 2, Episode 28 "Vendetta"
1962 Leave It to Beaver Mr. Thompson Season 5, Episode 23 "Eddie Quits School"
1963 The Fugitive U.S. Coast Guard Skipper Season 1, Episode 4 "Never Wave Goodbye Part II"
1976 Gibbsville Mr. Pell Regular Cast Member
1979 The New Adventures of Wonder Woman Dr. Jaffe Season 3, Episode 20 "The Boy Who Knew Her Secret"
1979 Hart to Hart Jimmy Delaney Season 1, Episode 7 "Cop Out"
1980 It's a Living Mario the Cook 13 Episodes
1987 Dallas Harrison 'Dandy' Dandridge 10 Episodes
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Judge Pilot Episode
1996 Baywatch Shop Owner Season 6, Episode 22 "Go for the Gold"


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed March 8, 2017.
  2. ^ John Wukovits, Hell From The Heavens, 2015.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed March 8, 2017.

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