|Born||Jack Lee Ging
November 30, 1931
Alva, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Ramona Ging (1978-present); 2 children
Gretchen Graening (1956-1972; divorced) 1 child
Katie Ging (1952-1954; divorced); 1 child
He had the starring role in the war film Sniper's Ridge (1960), played Will Coleman in the 1975 adaptation of the film Where the Red Fern Grows, and appeared sporadically as police contact Lieutenant Dan Ives on Mike Connors's Mannix in the early 1970s. Other film credits include Hang 'Em High (1968), Play Misty for Me (1971), and High Plains Drifter (1973), all opposite Clint Eastwood, the horror films Die Sister, Die! (1972) and Sssssss (1973), and That Man Bolt (1973). He also appeared in TV movies such as Terror in the Sky (1971) and The Disappearance of Flight 412 (1974).
Ging portrayed "Dan Wright" in NBC's The Man and the Challenge, an adventure series which ran for thirty-six episodes during the 1959-1960 season. Ging also starred in an episode of Bat Masterson with Gene Barry: "Dead Men don't pay no debts" playing a small town sheriff in love with a girl who's name is the same as the man he's sworn to kill.
Ging was cast as a "Raider" in eight episodes of the 1958-1959 syndicated western series, Mackenzie's Raiders, starring Richard Carlson as Colonel Ranald Mackenzie and set in southwest Texas on the Mexican border. Thereafter, he appeared as "Beau McCloud" in thirteen episodes in the last season of the ABC western series, Tales of Wells Fargo, with fellow Oklahoman Dale Robertson.
In 1960, Ging appeared in one episode of The Twilight Zone: "The Whole Truth". He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason. In 1962, he appeared as Danny Pierce in "The Case of the Lonely Eloper". From 1962-1964, he appeared as a young psychiatrist in NBC's 62-episode medical drama The Eleventh Hour.
Ging's other roles were on The Roaring 20s, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Wiseguy, B. J. and the Bear, The Highwayman and War and Remembrance. In 1981, Ging played Tracy Winslow in the episode "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" on ABC's The Greatest American Hero. From 1984–1985, Ging played the arrogant Lieutenant Ted Quinlan on the adventure/detective series Riptide; his character was killed off and he went on to appear on The A-Team, in which he made two guest appearances as villains.
He has four children from three marriages. His two youngest children are from his third marriage, to Ramona Ging. He has one child each from previous marriages to Katie Ging (1952–54) and Gretchen Graening Ging (1956–72). He lives in Palm Springs, California.