Paul Newlan

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Paul Newlan
Paul Newlan in 12 O'Clock High 1965.jpg
Newlan in 12 O'Clock High, 1965
Paul Emory Newlan

(1903-06-29)June 29, 1903
DiedNovember 23, 1973(1973-11-23) (aged 70)

Paul Emory Newlan (June 29, 1903 – November 23, 1973) was an American film and TV character actor from Plattsmouth, Nebraska.[1] He was best known for his role as Captain Grey on the NBC police series M Squad[2] and for his roles in films including The Americanization of Emily and The Slender Thread.


Early in his career, Newlan worked in Vaudeville, sometimes doing as many as 10 shows a day.[3]

Newlan appeared in dozens of films and TV shows between 1935 and 1971. Among his other film roles were My Favorite Spy, The Captive City, The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd and The Buccaneer, in addition to smaller roles in numerous other films including Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, You're Never Too Young, We're No Angels, and To Catch a Thief.

On March 4, 1955, Newlan appeared as the outlaw Jules Beni in an episode of Jim Davis's syndicated western series Stories of the Century. Gregg Palmer played Jack Slade, the superintendent of the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company, in Julesburg, Colorado, who sets out to capture Beni.[4]

Newlan portrayed Big Harpe on the miniseries Davy Crockett[5] and General Prichard on the ABC war series Twelve O'Clock High. He also made appearances on series such as Gunsmoke, The Deputy, Thriller (4 episodes), Wagon Train and most notable the 1964 Twilight Zone episode "The Brain Center at Whipple's". In 1965 he played Andy Handshaw, a retired US Forest Service Ranger, in the TV series Lassie episode "Lassie and the Seagull" (Season 12, Ep.4). His final credit was in 1971 on Robert Young's Marcus Welby M.D.


Newlan died of congestive heart failure on November 23, 1973 in Studio City, California.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Well Known Singer Here". The Plattsmouth Journal. Nebraska, Plattsmouth. December 5, 1935. p. 1. Retrieved January 2, 2018 – via
  2. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 714. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  3. ^ "Newlan's A Rarity Among The Stars". The Daily Reporter. Ohio, Dover. May 14, 1960. p. 25. Retrieved April 16, 2017 – via open access
  4. ^ "Stories of the Century: "Jack Slade", March 4, 1955". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 240–241. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.

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