Ron Foster (actor)

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Ron Foster
Ernest Borgnine McHale Seven Against the Sea 1962.JPG
Ron Foster (left) and Ernest Borgnine in the "Seven Against the Sea" April 3, 1962 episode of Alcoa Premiere (pilot for the 1962–66 World War II ABC sitcom McHale's Navy)
Born Ronald R. Foster
(1930-02-19) February 19, 1930 (age 87)
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Occupation Television and film actor
Years active 1956–2008

Ronald R. "Ron" Foster (born February 19, 1930), is an American actor whose longest-running role was as Dr. Charles Grant from 1991 to 1995 in the defunct CBS soap opera The Guiding Light.[1][2]


His early work included twenty-four appearances from 1957 to 1959, mostly in the role of Officer Garvey in the Broderick Crawford syndicated television series Highway Patrol. Foster also made five appearances between 1959 and 1960 on CBS's short-lived adventure series Men into Space in the role of Lieutenant Neil Templeton. He appeared three times in different roles from 1959 to 1964 on CBS's Rawhide, starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood. From 1964 to 1971, he appeared five times in different roles on another western, NBC's Bonanza. He appeared twice in 1957 on separate episodes in the first season of the NBC western Wagon Train.[1]

One of Foster's most memorable half-hour appearances was as Master Sergeant William Connors on CBS's The Twilight Zone in the 1963 episode "The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms", a story of a modern military patrol which encounters shocking evidence from the Battle of the Little Big Horn in Montana. His co-stars in the segment are Randy Boone and Warren Oates.[3]

In 1957, Foster played Kenny Hedges in the episode entitled "Jet Flight" of the military series The West Point Story. He appeared at this time on Death Valley Days as Siles Begg in "Rough and Ready".

In 1959, he was cast as Steve in the film Diary of a High School Bride;[1] and appeared in starring roles in several low budget films for producer Edward Small and director Edward L. Cahn, including Cage of Evil and The Walking Target (both 1960).[4][5]

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Foster's last regular role was in segments of NBC's Law and Order as William Jefferson in the 1990 episode "Everybody's Favorite Bagman" and as Councilman Clayton in "Haven" in 1999. He performed voice work between 1995 and 2008 in such video games as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Longest Journey, Grand Theft Auto IV and Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ron Foster". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ron Foster". BFI. 
  3. ^ "The Twilight Zone: "The Seventh Is Made up of Phantoms" (1963)". IMDB. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Abbreviated View of Movie Page". 
  5. ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". 
  6. ^ "Colt .45". Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Twilight Zone". Retrieved January 18, 2010. 

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