J. Edward McKinley

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J. Edward McKinley (October 11, 1917 – July 30, 2004) was an American character actor.[1] He frequently played authority figures, including lawmen or medical personnel.

McKinley was born in Seattle, Washington. He got his early break in Hollywood in the late 1950s, when he began appearing in episodes of many television series. His film work included Advise & Consent, The Angry Red Planet, A Thunder of Drums,[2] the abortion drama The Case of Patty Smith,[3][4] and Blake Edwards' comedy The Party (1968), in which he played Fred Clutterbuck, the studio head and party host.[5][6]

Airing on 3/16/1965, the episode "By The Numbers, Paint!" of the 1960s American Television series McHale's Navy, McKinley plays visiting Senator Duncan. (1965 - Season 3, Episode 26 ) Other notable Television roles included parts on The Donna Reed Show, Hazel, Bewitched, Surfside 6, Sugarfoot, Ben Casey, 77 Sunset Strip, Perry Mason, Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Rockford Files, Eight Is Enough, Bret Maverick, Little House on the Prairie, The Wild Wild West, and in 1986 Highway to Heaven, his final appearance. McKinley died in Beverly Hills, California.

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  1. ^ Sherman, Gene (November 10, 1960). CITYSIDE: Stardom for a Freedom Fighter. Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Weiler, A.H. (September 27, 1961) 'A Thunder of Drums' Comes to Capitol. New York Times
  3. ^ Staff report (June 30, 1961). McKinley Signed. Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ Harford, Margaret (June 1, 1962). Abortion Racket Exposed. Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ Martin, Betty (June 24, 1967). Binnie Back With 'Angels.' Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Mirisch, Walter (2008). I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0-299-22640-9.

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