Frank Emmons Overton
March 12, 1918
|Died||April 24, 1967 (aged 49)|
|Resting place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery|
Frank Emmons Overton (March 12, 1918 – April 24, 1967) was an American actor. Best known for Maj. Harvey Stovall in Twelve O'Clock High (1964-1967) and Sherriff Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and General Bogan in Fail-Safe (1964).
Overton's acting career began on the stage in New York City. His Broadway credits include The Desperate Hours (1954), The Trip to Bountiful (1953), Truckline Cafe (1945) and Jacobowsky and the Colonel (1943).
Overton appeared in numerous television programs during the early 1950s and through the late 1960s. In 1959, he appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone with Gig Young, called "Walking Distance".In an episode aired on January 31, 1963 Frank appeared in a Twilight Zone episode titled MUTE as sheriff Harry Wheeler in which actress Ann Jillian played a telepathic child. Other TV work included The Fugitive in 1963. He played Sheriff Heck Tate in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1964, he played General Bogan in the film Fail-Safe. 
Overton appeared in an episode of the 1961 ABC series The Asphalt Jungle. He made two guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason in diverse roles. In 1961 he played a priest, Father Paul, in "The Case of the Renegade Refugee," and in 1963 he played Deputy D.A. Nelson Taylor in "The Case of the Bluffing Blast."
Overton played Major Harvey Stovall in the TV series Twelve O'Clock High, and also played a significant role in the movie Wild River, where he appeared as the jilted fiancé of Lee Remick. His last TV role was that of Elias Sandoval in Star Trek's "This Side of Paradise", which originally aired in March 1967, just one month before his death at age 49.
Overton died after a heart attack in 1967 in Pacific Palisades, California. He was survived by his wife, Phyllis Hill, and a daughter. He is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the Garden of Memory (formerly Section 6), L-44, with his wife, who died in 1993.
|Boomerang||1947||Man in Mob Behind Jail||Uncredited|
|No Way Out||1950||Intern||Uncredited|
|The True Story of Jesse James||1957||Maj. Rufus Cobb|
|Desire Under the Elms||1958||Simeon Cabot|
|The Last Mile||1959||Father O'Connors|
|Wild River||1960||Walter Clark|
|The Dark at the Top of the Stairs||1960||Morris Lacey|
|Posse from Hell||1961||Burt Hogan|
|Claudelle Inglish||1961||Harley Peasley|
|To Kill a Mockingbird||1962||Sheriff Heck Tate|
|The Trip to Bountiful||1953||Sheriff||TV movie|
|Studio One||1954||Mr. McGinnis||Episode: "The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners"|
|The Twilight Zone||1959-1963||Robert Sloan / Harry Wheeler||Episodes: Walking Distance, Mute|
|Thriller||1960||Bart Hattering||Episode: "Child's Play"|
|Perry Mason||1961||Father Paul||Episode: "The Case of the Renegade Refugee"|
|Bonanza||1962-1967||Amos Crenshaw / Capt. Matthew White||Episodes: "The Wormwood Cup", "The Storm"|
|The Virginian||1962-1967||Sam Atkins / Mr. Umber / Sam Cafferty||Episodes: "A Welcoming Town", "Smile of a Dragon", "50 Days to Moose Jaw"|
|The Fugitive||1963||Sheriff Al Springer||Episode: "Nightmare at Northoak"|
|Twelve O'Clock High||1964–1967||Maj. Harvey Stovall||61 episodes|
|The Invaders||1967||Dr. Grayson||Episode: "Genesis"|
|Star Trek||1967||Elias Sandoval||Episode: ”This Side of Paradise”|
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