Richard Crane (actor)
Richard Ollie Crane
June 6, 1918
New Castle, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||March 9, 1969 (aged 50)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery|
Richard Ollie Crane (June 6, 1918 – March 9, 1969) was a character actor whose career spanned three decades in films and television. His early career included many uncredited performances in feature films made in the 1940s.
Early years and career
Crane was born in New Castle, Indiana. Crane may be best remembered for his portrayal of the title role in the TV science fiction series Rocky Jones, Space Ranger,: 905 which ran for two seasons starting in 1954. In 1952, he signed a seven-year contract that specified he was to make annual tours of the United States, appearing as Jones in presentations to school groups.
In 1949–1950, he portrayed Lieutenant Cummings in Mysteries of Chinatown a crime drama on ABC television.: 738 Crane also appeared in the outer-space adventure serial Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe in 1953, as Dick Preston, Cody's semi-comical sidekick, and was the hero of the 1951 serial based loosely on Jules Verne's Mysterious Island.
Crane portrayed Gene Plehan in the crime drama Surfside 6 on ABC (1960-1962).: 1041 He later made numerous appearances in many popular TV shows. In 1958-1959 he made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: as George Moore in "The Case of the Lonely Heiress," and Dr. Douglas Keene in "The Case of the Caretaker's Cat." Other television appearances included The Lone Ranger, Death Valley Days, Dragnet, Lassie, The Rifleman, and Gang Busters, in which he played gangster John Dillinger's associate Homer Van Meter. (Footage from Gang Busters, including Crane's part as Homer Van Meter, was edited into the low-budget theatrical film Guns Don't Argue.)
Crane acted on stage with the Las Palmas Theater, performing in Command Decision in 1949 and Light Up the Sky in 1950.
Crane died of a heart attack at the age of 50. He is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.
- Susan and God (1940) - Bob
- We Who Are Young (1940) - Savoy-Carlton Bellboy (uncredited)
- Meet the Wildcat (1940) - Bill—Office Worker (uncredited)
- Who Killed Aunt Maggie? (1940) - Radio Station Man (uncredited)
- Keeping Company (1940) - Eddie Lane (uncredited)
- The Saint in Palm Springs (1941) - Whitey (uncredited)
- Double Date (1941) - Boy (uncredited)
- In the Navy (1941) - Office Boy (uncredited)
- Keep 'Em Flying (1941) - Cadet Stevens (uncredited)
- Tillie the Toiler (1941) - Young man (uncredited)
- This Time for Keeps (1942) - Eustace Andrews
- Eagle Squadron (1942) - Griffith
- The Phantom Plainsmen (1942) - Tad Marvin
- Sweater Girl (1942) - Freshman (uncredited)
- Her Cardboard Lover (1942) - Casino Page (uncredited)
- Flying Tigers (1942) - Airfield Radioman (uncredited)
- This Is the Army (1943) - Sergeant on Field March (uncredited)
- Someone to Remember (1943) - Paul Parker
- So Proudly We Hail! (1943) - Georgie Larson (uncredited)
- Corvette K-225 (1943) - Leading Torpedo Man (uncredited)
- Happy Land (1943) - Russell 'Rusty' Marsh
- Cry 'Havoc' (1943) - Man (uncredited)
- Riders of the Deadline (1943) - Tim Mason
- Ladies Courageous (1944) - Carl (uncredited)
- None Shall Escape (1944) - Willie Grimm as a Man
- Follow the Boys (1944) - Marine Officer (uncredited)
- Wing and a Prayer (1944) - Ens. Gus Chisholm
- An American Romance (1944) - Hank (uncredited)
- Captain Eddie (1945) - Capt. Bill Cherry
- The Flying Serpent (1946) - Radio Announcer (uncredited)
- Behind Green Lights (1946) - Johnny Williams - Reporter
- Johnny Comes Flying Home (1946) - Johnny Martin
- Campus Honeymoon (1948) - Robert Watson
- Arthur Takes Over (1948) - James Clark
- Waterfront at Midnight (1948) - Denny Hanrohan
- Triple Threat (1948) - Don Whitney
- Angel on the Amazon (1948) - Johnny MacMahon
- Dynamite (1949) - Johnny Brown
- A Lady Without Passport (1950) - Lt. Maxon, Navy Flyer
- The Last Outpost (1951) - Lt. McReady (uncredited)
- Home Town Story (1951) - Don (uncredited)
- Mysterious Island (1951 serial) - Capt. Cyrus Harding
- Man in the Saddle (1951) - Juke Vird
- Leadville Gunslinger (1952) - Jim Blanchard
- Thundering Caravans (1952) - Deputy Dan Reed
- Ellis in Freedomland (1952) - Male Model
- Winning of the West (1953) - Jack Autry aka Jack Austin
- Woman They Almost Lynched (1953) - Yankee Lieutenant (uncredited)
- The Neanderthal Man (1953) - Dr. Ross Harkness
- The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953 serial) - Richard Dale
- Sea of Lost Ships (1953) - Radar Man (uncredited)
- Flight Nurse (1953) - Lt. Will Cary (uncredited)
- The Eternal Sea (1955) - Lt. Johnson
- No Man's Woman (1955) - Dick Sawyer
- Bobby Ware Is Missing (1955) - Police Car Deputy in Car #12
- The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) - Seaman (uncredited)
- Bailout at 43,000 (1957) - Captain Jack Nolan
- Official Detective (1957, Episode: "Hired Killer") - Det. Benson
- The Deep Six (1958) - Lieutenant j.g. Swanson
- The Alligator People (1959) - Paul Webster
- Battle Flame (1959) - Dr. Bill Stoddard
- 13 Fighting Men (1960) - Loomis
- Devil's Partner (1961) - David Simpson
- Boy Who Caught a Crook (1961) - Connors
- House of the Damned (1963) - Joseph Schiller
- Please Don't Touch Me (1963)
- Surf Party (1964) - Sgt. Wayne Neal
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- ^ Bacon, James (January 13, 1952). "Richard Crane Gives Up Movie For TV Contract". Asheville Citizen-Times. North Carolina, Asheville. Associated Press. p. B 11. Retrieved June 12, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- ^ "Stage Lead Taken by Richard Crane". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. May 23, 1950. p. 30.
Sources and External Links
- Richard Crane at IMDb
- Profile, epguides.com
- Space Hero Files: Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, slick-net.com
- A database and Cover gallery of Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, comics.org