Woodward as deputy Shotgun Gibbs from The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, 1959
Thomas Morgan Woodward
September 16, 1925
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Died||February 22, 2019 (aged 93)|
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
University of Texas at Arlington
|Spouse(s)||Enid Anne Loftis (1950-???)|
Thomas Morgan Woodward (September 16, 1925 – February 22, 2019) was an American actor, best known for his recurring role on the soap opera Dallas as Marvin "Punk" Anderson. He also played Boss Godfrey (the Walking Boss) in Cool Hand Luke (1967), the silent, sunglasses-wearing "man with no eyes", and he had the most guest appearances on Gunsmoke at 19 episodes.
Woodward was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the third of five sons of Dr. Valin Woodward and his wife, Frances McKinley. He grew up in Arlington, Texas, graduating from high school in 1944. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he enrolled at North Texas Agriculture College, where he was active in the theater. He graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance. He went on to attend law school at the University of Texas at Austin. During that time he hosted a local radio talk show and sang with a barbershop quartet and a dance band.
Woodward was a member of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He flew his first plane at the age of 16 years. He returned to the military during the Korean War in the military air transport command.
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
In the 1966 episode "Hugh Glass Meets the Bear" of the syndicated anthology series, Death Valley Days, Woodward was cast as Thomas "Broken Hand" Fitzpatrick. John Alderson played Hugh Glass, who after being mauled by a bear and abandoned by Fitzpatrick crawled two hundred miles to civilization. Victor French portrayed Louis Baptiste, with Tris Coffin as Major Andrew Henry.
Woodward guest starred in two episodes of the original series of Star Trek as two different characters. In the first-season episode, "Dagger of the Mind" (1966), Woodward plays Dr. Simon van Gelder, a deputy director of a facility for the criminally insane.
In articles in the magazines Starlog and Entertainment Weekly[volume & issue needed], Woodward called the role of Dr. Simon Van Gelder the most physically and emotionally exhausting acting job of his career. He was cast in "The Omega Glory" in Star Trek's second season, playing Captain Ron Tracey.
Woodward was a familiar face on the television drama series Dallas from 1980–1989. His recurring role was Marvin "Punk" Anderson. As the series progressed, Woodward's role became that of a trusted advisor to the Ewing sons.
In 1963, Woodward recorded "Heartache City" backed with "An Encouraging Word" (CRC Charter 15).
Woodward died on February 22, 2019 at his Hollywood Hills house in California.
In 2009, Woodward was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In 1986, he was inducted into the Order of West Range of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
In 1988, he received the Golden Lariat Award at the National Western Film Festival for his contributions to the Western genre. He won the Golden Boot Award given by the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Woodward appeared in more than 250 television shows and films throughout his acting career.
Woodward made many other television guest appearances, including:
- The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1958–1961) - Shotgun Gibbs
- Wagon Train (1958–1965, 12 episodes) - Clyde / Zach Ryker / Jute Pardee / Pocky / Ciel / Second Killer / Barney / Walt Keene / Chief Spotted Horse / Jubal Ash / Jupe / Ben Lafferty
- Days of Our Lives (1965) - Phillip Colville (1987)
- The Lucy Show (1966, as a cowboy with John Wayne) - Pierce
- Star Trek (1966–1968, episodes 2 episodes) - Captain Tracey / Dr. Simon van Gelder
- Bonanza (1960–1971, 8 episodes) - Sheriff Clyde Morehouse / Jess Waddle / Will McNabb / Luke Catlin / Mike Gillis / McDermott / Deputy Sheriff Rick Conley / Sheriff Biggs
- Gunsmoke (1957–1974, 19 episodes) - Abraham Wakefield / Bear Sanderson / Lamoor Underwood / Walt Clayton / Luke Dangerfield / Quentin Sargent / Josh Stryker / Luke Brazo / Grant Lyle / Harl Townsend / Zack Johnson / Beaumont / Earl Miller / Ben Rucker / Sholo / Deeks / Calhoun
- Logan's Run (1977–1978, 3 episodes as "Morgan") - Morgan
- The Waltons (1974–1978, 2 episodes) - Boone Walton
- Hill Street Blues (1982, 5 episodes) - John Renko
- The Dukes of Hazzard' (1980–1984, 2 episodes) - 1: The season 2 episode "Mason Dixon's Girls", in which he played a drug lord named Dempsy, and 2: The seventh-season episode "Cool Hands Luke & Bo". where he spoofed his character of Boss Godfrey, as Colonel Cassius Claiborne.
- The A-team (1983–1987, 2 episodes, as Bus Carter in the 2nd season 2 part episode "When you comin Back Range Rider" and as Captain Winnetka in the season 3 episode "Showdown")
- Dallas (1980–1987) - Marvin "Punk" Anderson (oilman and best friend of Jock Ewing)
- The X-Files (Aubrey) (1995) - Old Harry Cokely
- Millennium (1997) - Iron Lung Man
- The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) - Alex
- Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957) - Tilly Moore (uncredited)
- The Gun Hawk (1963) - Deputy 'Mitch' Mitchell
- Gunpoint (1966) - Drago Leon
- Cool Hand Luke (1967) - Boss Godfrey
- Firecreek (1968) - Willard
- Death of a Gunfighter (1969) - Ivan Stanek
- The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) - The Boss
- A Small Town in Texas (1976) - C.J. Crane
- Walking Tall: Final Chapter (1977) - The Boss
- Which Way Is Up? (1977) - Mr. Mann
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) - J.P. Sands
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- "Morgan Woodward, Mirrored-Sunglasses Boss in 'Cool Hand Luke,' Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. February 23, 2019. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
- Aaker, Everett (2017). Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. pp. 447–448. ISBN 9781476662503. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
- "Actor Woodward Establishes Film Studies Endowment". University of Texas at Arlington. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
- "Morgan Woodward, Arlington native who appeared in 'Dallas' and played bad guys in 'Star Trek,' dies at 93". Dallas News. 23 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
- "Morgan Woodward villain in films". The Deseret News. August 8, 1973. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- "Hugh Glass Meets the Bear on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Database. March 24, 1966. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
- Starlog (USA) May 1988, Vol. 11, Iss. 130, pg. 72-73, by: Mark Phillips, "Morgan Woodard: Keeping Sane"
- "Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. December 14, 1963. p. 12. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
- "Great Western Performers". National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
- "Lifetime Achievement: Order of the West Range". PIKE. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
- "Native Arlington actor known for 'Cool Hand Luke' and 'Star Trek' roles dies". star-telegram. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
- "The Official Morgan Woodward Website". morganwoodward. Retrieved 25 February 2019.