Chet Allen (actor, born 1928)

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Chet Allen
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Allen in 1957
Born (1928-08-17)August 17, 1928
Chickasha, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died April 19, 2011(2011-04-19) (aged 82)
Topanga, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, art director, production designer
Years active 1950–1964, 1987

Chet Allen (August 17, 1928 – April 19, 2011) was an American actor.

Life and career[edit]

Allen was born in Chickasha, the seat of Grady County, Oklahoma on August 17, 1928.[1][2]

Allen was known for his supporting role as the 31-year-old "Slats" in the 1959-1960 NBC adventure/drama television series The Troubleshooters with costars Keenan Wynn (1916–1986) and Bob Mathias (1930–2006). The half-hour, black-and-white program was about unusual events, usually of a rescue nature, regarding an international construction company. Forrest Compton and the stunt actor Carey Loftin (1914–1997) also appeared in the 26-week series.[3] The series is also notable for being directed by a young Robert Altman,[4] whom Allen was close friends with and once related to by marriage.[5]

He was an art director for the films The Delinquents (1957), The Magic Bond (1956), and Honeymoon for Harriet (1950).[1] In 1964, Allen, at thirty-six, made his last acting appearance as a hoodlum in the film, Robin and the Seven Hoods. In 1987, he was production designer for the USA network film, P.K. and the Kid, starring Molly Ringwald in the role of P.K. Bayette. The picture was filmed around Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

After transitioning from the film industry to construction in the early 1960s, Allen became a sought-after designer and builder of swimming pools in the Los Angeles area. A father of six, Allen died at the age of 82 on April 19, 2011 of lung cancer at his home in Topanga, California.[6]


  1. ^ a b Chet Allen at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Chester "Chet" Reid Allen: 1928 – 2011 - Topanga Messenger". Topanga Messenger Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  3. ^ Neil McDonald, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, p. 866
  4. ^ "Searching the WCFTR Collections". Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  5. ^ McGilligan, Patrick (1989-07-15). Robert Altman: Jumping Off the Cliff. Macmillan. ISBN 9780312304676. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 

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