Frank Overton

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Frank Overton
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Frank Overton (1960s)
Born Frank Emmons Overton
(1918-03-12)March 12, 1918
Babylon, New York, U.S.
Died April 24, 1967(1967-04-24) (aged 49)
Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
Cause of death Myocardial infarction
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Home town Babylon, New York
Spouse(s) Olga Knotek {1946-1952}
Phyllis Hill {1962-1967}
Children Jill Overton [b.1947]

Frank Emmons Overton (March 12, 1918 – April 24, 1967)[1] was an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Overton was born in Babylon, New York on March 12, 1918. He attended Bard College in upstate New York. Cite is incorrect>"Death Takes Two Actors". The Deseret News. Associated Press. April 25, 1967. p. A7. Retrieved 16 October 2016. </ref>


Overton's acting career began on the stage in New York City.[2] His Broadway credits include The Desperate Hours (1954), The Trip to Bountiful (1953), Truckline Cafe (1945) and Jacobowsky and the Colonel (1943).[3]

Overton appeared in numerous television programs during the early 1950s and through the late 1960s. In 1959, he appeared in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone with Gig Young, called "Walking Distance". Other TV work included The Fugitive in 1963. In 1964, he played General Bogan in the film Fail-Safe. He played Sheriff Heck Tate in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.[1]

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 fiance 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.[4] He is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the Garden of Memory (formerly Section 6), L-44, with his wife, who died in 1993.


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  1. ^ a b Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 143. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Death Takes Two Actors". The Deseret News. Associated Press. April 25, 1967. p. A7. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "("Frank Overton" search results)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Actor Frank Overton, 49, Dies Suddenly". Lebanon Daily News. Pennsylvania, Lebanon. United Press International. April 25, 1967. p. 2. 

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