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March 8, 1923|
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Died||December 15, 2014
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Washington, University of Michigan|
Booth Colman (March 8, 1923 – December 15, 2014) was an American film, television and stage actor. In his later years he played older authority figures such as doctors and lawyers. Colman appeared in films since 1952, when he appeared uncredited in The Big Sky directed by Howard Hawks.
Life and career
Colman was born in Portland, Oregon. As a child actor in local productions became active in local radio. He attended the Universities of Washington and Michigan. After Army service during World War II he went to New York and in 1944 began a long career in Broadway theater, first appearing in a production of Irwin Shaw's war drama The Assassin. He was soon invited to join Maurice Evans' acting company, where he continued to act on stage and later in films.
He appeared dozens of times on prime-time television dramas and comedies. In 1964 he appeared in two episodes of Perry Mason, one as a doctor in police investigations and the other as a prosecuting attorney. Other televisions appearances include Frasier, Gilligan's Island, McCloud and The Monkees. Films include Them! (1954), The Silver Chalice (1954), Moonfleet (1955), My Gun Is Quick (1957), Wild on the Beach (1965), Maryjane (1968), The Lawyer (1970), Scandalous John (1971), Time Travelers (1976), Norma Rae (1979) and Intolerable Cruelty (2003). In 1983 he portrayed the kindly scientist Professor Hector Jerrold in the ABC daytime melodrama General Hospital.
In 1974 Colman played the role of Dr. Zaius in the popular short-lived TV series, Planet of the Apes; the role made famous on the big screen by his former teacher, Maurice Evans. In the six episodes in which he appeared, he even wore the same costume that Evans wore in Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
- The Official Booth Colman Website
- High Council - An Interview with Booth Colman, by Jeff Krueger - 'Simian Scrolls' #12
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