Richard Travis (actor)

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Not to be confused with the actor Richard Travis (born 1955), whose film credits since the 1980s have been mistakenly merged with those of this actor.

Richard Travis
Born William Justice
Paragould, Arkansas
Died 1989
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
real estate agent

Richard Travis (1913–1989)[1] was an American actor in films and television.

Early years[edit]

He was born William Justice in Paragould, Arkansas.


Travis began his Hollywood career in 1930s action films. The high point of his career was a lead role in the 1942 film comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), playing opposite Bette Davis. He had some other fairly important roles in the early 1940s, but his career soon declined.

In 1947, he starred in the B movie Backlash, which has become something of a cult classic among film noir fans.


Travis was busy in television roles in the early 1950s. He had the lead role of assistant Sheriff Rodger Barnett in the syndicated crime drama Code 3, which aired for thirty-nine episodes in 1957.[2]

Real estate[edit]

Travis retired from acting to pursue a prominent career in California real estate under his birth name. He founded the William Justice Company and became an officer on the Beverly Hills Realty Board.[3]

Military service[edit]

Travis served in the United States Air Force.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Room, Adrian (26 July 2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins. McFarland. p. 480. ISBN 978-0-7864-4373-4. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 198.
  3. ^ a b Thomas, Bob (June 16, 1958). "Some Days Richard Travis Is Actor, Rest Of Time He's Real Estate Man". Texas, Lubbock. Lubbock Evening Journal. p. 22. Retrieved January 22, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read

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