Jon Locke

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Jon Locke (October 10, 1927 – October 19, 2013) was an American actor, who often specialized in television and film westerns.[1] His television credits included westerns, including Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Virginian, as well as non-western series such as The Bionic Woman,The Dukes of Hazzard, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Perry Mason.[1] Locke had recurring roles as Officer Garvey on the 1950s crime drama series, Highway Patrol, and as a Sleestak leader in the NBC television series, Land of the Lost, during the 1970s.[1] In a 1976 episode ("Abominable Snowman") of Land of the Lost he played the Snowman.

Locke was born Joseph Lockey Yon on October 10, 1927, in Orlando, Florida.[1] He became involved in theater while earning his bachelor's degree at Florida State University.[1] Locke enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he began performing in a play about Korean War pilots called "Flame-Out."[1]

Outside of television, Locke played the banjo for an annual western film festival held in Lone Pine, California.[1] He belonged to the Reel Cowboy, which are a social group of western actors who meet in the San Fernando Valley.[1] In addition to acting, Locke worked as an office manager for a real estate firm in San Fernando.[1]

Jon Locke, a longtime resident of Van Nuys, California, died from complications of a stroke at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, California, on October 19, 2013, at the age of 86.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1955 The Scarlet Coat Lieutenant Uncredited
1956 The Lieutenant Wore Skirts Roger Wilkins
1956 Battle Stations Wallakowski Uncredited
1956 Magnificent Roughnecks Driver
1956 Westward Ho the Wagons! Ed Benjamin
1957 Under Fire Corp. John Crocker
1960 Five Guns to Tombstone Rusty Kolloway
1961 Gun Fight Saunders
1973 Cinderella Liberty Go-Go Club Owner
1981 Years of the Beast Pete
1988 The Big Turnaround Police Chief
1989 Transylvania Twist Mr. Sweeney
2010 Mad Mad Wagon Party (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Passings: Noel Harrison, Jon Locke, Jamalul Kiram III". Los Angeles Times. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-11-13.

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