Crahan Denton

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Crahan Denton (born Arthur Denton, March 20, 1914 – December 4, 1966) (pronunciation: "kran") was an American stage and television actor. One of his most famous film roles was in To Kill A Mockingbird where he portrays "Walter Cunningham," a client of the main character, Atticus Finch, and the leader of a mob which attempts to lynch another of Finch's clients.

He was born in Seattle, Washington, United States.

From 1945 until his death in 1966, Denton starred in many films, including The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery, The Parent Trap, Birdman of Alcatraz, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Bus Riley's Back in Town. He was also a guest star on many television shows, including Bonanza, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, The Fugitive, The Donna Reed Show, (1962 episode Once Upon a Timepiece).

In 1960, he also co-starred in an unsold pilot titled, "Mountain Man" about a Rocky Mountain fur trading station in the 1840s.

Denton made two guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason, including the role of murder victim Frank Jarrett in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Nimble Nephew."

In 1966, Denton died after suffering a heart attack in Piedmont, California. He was 52 years old at the time of his untimely death.


Film Year Role Notes
Crime, Inc. 1945 Vannie Denton Uncredited
The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery 1959 John Egan
The Young One 1960 Jackson
The Parent Trap 1961 Hecky
Walk on the Wild Side 1962 Bit Part Uncredited
Birdman of Alcatraz 1962 Kramer
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Walter Cunningham Sr.
Hud 1963 Jesse
Captain Newman, M.D. 1963 Major Snowden
Bus Riley's Back in Town 1965 Spencer

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